Research and Monitoring

Research helps guide management and policy decisions that protect habitats and wildlife.

Northwest Ohio is home to an unparalleled variety of habitats that are home a wide array of plants, animals and wildlife. Metroparks, often in conjunction with statewide conservation organizations, conduct a number of research and monitoring projects in order to identify and protect rare and imperiled plants and animals within the park lands. 

By collaborating with trained researchers and with the help of citizen scientist-volunteers, we have access to reliable scientific information that we use to help guide adaptive management actions for the successful preservation of our natural habitats. 

Research Permits

Permits are required when conducting research on Metroparks property. To request an application, please email Karen Menard at or call at (419) 407-9705. For more information, visit our research permits page.

Articles Tagged in Research, Monitoring

Vernal Pool Monitoring

The Metroparks Vernal Pool Monitoring Program raises public awareness about the existence of vernal pools and their importance to local biodiversity, allows people to participate in a field-research based program, and establishes baseline information about the overall biodiversity for a selected vernal pool.

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Bat Monitoring

Bats, despite their ecological importance worldwide, are an understudied group.

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Rare plant monitoring

Plant monitoring at sites in the Metroparks started in 1988 with a goal of known occurrence inventories, as well as the positive identification of new rare/heritage species locations.

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Long-term Butterfly Monitoring

There are five butterfly transects monitored in the Metroparks, currently: three occur in Oak Openings Preserve, one at Wildwood Preserve and one at Swan Creek Preserve.

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Butterfly Monitoring In The Metroparks

Butterfly monitoring in the Metroparks is facilitated in association with a long-term, (20 year) statewide study sponsored by Ohio Division of Wildlife, Ohio Lepidopterists, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Ohio Biological Survey.

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