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Wildlife Watching at Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area

There are many opportunities to see wildlife, but please observe from a safe distance and do not feed wildlife.

The conservation area’s many trails offer good opportunities for seeing:

  • White-tailed deer
  • Wild turkeys
  • Squirrels
  • Grouse
  • Black bears
  • Various songbirds depending on the season

Eastern bluebird boxes are around the main parking lot. Enjoy viewing the bluebirds but do not disturb the boxes.

The field and the ridge top of the conservation area can be great places to watch the annual hawk migration as these magnificent birds of prey ride the thermals along Blue Mountain. Their migration begins in mid-September and runs through early December with the peak in early November.

American chestnuts were planted in the field near the entrance as part of a program to create blight resistant trees.