While the optimum place to observe the most species is in the prairie at 1787 Holford Road, the Preserve has several diverse bird habitats. These include acres of native prairie, a lush riparian forest with huge Chinquapin and Shumard oaks that have plenty of understory biodiversity, a creek that flows year-round with fish and amphibians, and lots of forest-to-prairie edge habitat.
The Eastern Bluebird and many other birds are here all year-round. Other birds, such as flycatchers and vireos, spend only the spring and summer breeding and raising their families, and then leave to spend winter in the tropics. Some only spend the winter with us, like several sparrow species. And some, including many warblers, only pass through as they migrate in the spring from their non-breeding grounds to their breeding grounds. That’s a lot of birds to see at different times of the year in the preserve and it’s why birding can be a year-round hobby.