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Virtual Challenge: Monarch Migration-a-thon!

Fri September 1 - Sat September 30
Pledge per mile and help us conserve wildlife habitat in the Lake Erie marshes.


Monarch Migration-a-thon!
Monarchs are incredible creatures that cover thousands of miles, migrating over generations. As part of our fall migration celebration this September, participate in our Monarch migration-a-thon! For this event, you can get outside and get moving in any way you want: walking, birding, running, paddling, swimming, biking, etc. Log your activities, distance, and the number of winged species you saw along the way. Our goal as the Ottawa National Wildlife Friends is to together cover a total of 2,269 miles (the distance from Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge to the butterfly sanctuary in Sierra Chincua, Mexico) during the month of September.

Ask friends and family to sponsor your journey! Pledges can be made on a "per mile" or flat donation basis. All donations are tax deductible and will help to conserve wildlife habitat in the Lake Erie marshes.

About the Friends
Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge supports the conservation mission of Ohio’s only national wildlife refuge complex by acquiring land, engaging the community, and enhancing public access.

We exist because...
Fresh water is a finite resource. We are working to protect it. The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Complex is located along the southern shore of Lake Erie, the 11th largest lake in the world. The Great Lakes contain about 20% of the world's fresh water but they are in jeopardy. The wetlands at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge play a critical role in the Lake Erie ecosystem, acting as the kidneys of the landscape; working to protect NW Ohio's drinking water, work, and leisure. They also provide important nesting and stopover habitat for birds, fish, and wildlife. Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge works to support Ohio's only national wildlife refuge complex through fundraising and volunteerism so that we can be the change that our wildlife and community deserve.

100% of your registration fee will support Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and our mission. 

What exactly do we do? Some of our recent accomplishments include:

  • Protected 69 acres of land through our Land Acquisition and Restoration Fund.
  • Built a 1400' boardwalk and crushed gravel loop at the Fox Nature Preserve.
  • Received Ohio EPA grant to plant trees, native grasses, and flowering plants on the 40 acre Fox Nature Preserve.
  • Created ADA compliant kayak access and pavilion at the Nehls Memorial Nature Preserve.
  • Completed Wildlife Drive improvements including 9 pull-offs and a restroom mid-way through the route.
  • Partnered with 10 organizations to build the Visitor Center Fishing Access with an ADA-accessible fishing platform.
  • Constructed West Harbor Landing observation deck, parking area, kayak launch, kiosk, and pollinator habitat.
  • Built Turtle Creek Island Unit and Middle Toussaint Unit parking areas and kayak launches to promote fishing and paddling.
  • Constructed Boss Unit Shorebird Deck for birders and photographers.
  • Provided stipends for six to ten 13-week internships in the last 5 years.
  • Purchased tour bus and electric shuttle to provide free and accessible public access at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Created an Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge license plate available at Ohio BMV's.
  • Received Ohio Environmental Education Foundation grant to equip the Refuge Ranger Station with educational materials and fund a Visitor Services staff position.
  • Sponsored public events focused on fishing, hunting, environmental education, photography, and youth camps.
  • Recently awarded the Refuge Friends Group of the Year Award (2023), Nonprofit of the Year Prism Award (2023), Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence Award (2021), and the Public Lands Partner of the Year Award (2021).


Anywhere you'd like! You can complete your race on your own at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, in your community, or even in your home gym.

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