Walloon-BirdingMany of our preserves feature visitor parking, which provides edge habitat—an open area with a neighboring forest and understory. Several bird species flock to this type of habitat, making use of the open area for hunting, while relying on the safety and cover of the nearby woods. Consequently, the largest variety of bird species can often be found in or around the parking areas.  Here are a few places of note:

Fields Preserve

  • Grassy field at the preserve entrance provides an ideal nesting area for various bird species.
  • Potential bird sightings include: Red winged blackbird, Bobolink, Barred Owl.
  • Various ecosystem types in one preserve: open field, hardwood forest, conifer forest, wetland seep.

Cedar Valley Preserve

  • Hardwood forest provides habitat for various woodland bird species, while wetlands in the towards the south of the preserve provide habitat for the seldom seen warbler, Common Yellowthroat.
  • Potential bird sightings: Red-Eyed Vireo, Wood Peewee, Ovenbird, Great Crested Fly Catcher, and Sandhill Crane. 

Cherry Lane Nature Area

  • Potential bird sightings: Wood Thrush, Veery, and Ovenbird.
    **These birds nest on or near the ground. As a result, their nests are prone to destruction by pets or other natural predators. Therefore, in keeping with our mission of preservation, we ask that visitors take extra caution with pets and remain mindful of leash requirements.

Wildwood Harbor Preserve

  • Potential bird sightings: American Redstart, Veery, Wood Peewee, and various Woodpecker species.


Our partners at the Petoskey Regional Audubon Society have been leading birding walks with us, and we look forward to learning more about the birds that use our preserves! You can explore bird sounds, and learn more at Cornell Lab of Ornithology

You can also join eBird, a project of Cornell University, to track your own bird sightings. When you create a bird list for a site, you can link it to the preserve name and tell us about it! 

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