Birders can plan on a leisurely one hour walk
through wetlands, woodlands, and grassland prairie. The
Reserve provides a unique opportunity for birders to walk
through a cattail marsh with its elevated boardwalk system,
with opportunities to see Red-winged Blackbirds, Song Sparrows,
Swamp Sparrows, or Willow Flycatchers.
Springtime brings abundant migratory species such as
warblers, kinglets, and White-throated Sparrows. In the
evening, one can listen for the “peent” of the woodcock and
experience its joyous dance. In the summer, follow the trail
through grassland habitat to observe a variety of sparrows
such as Savannah, Grasshopper, or Vesper Sparrows.
Eastern Bluebirds can be seen in the Berard Oak Savanna or
along the woodland edge. The woodlands feature a mix of
conifers and a deciduous forest wetland, providing
opportunities to see Veery, Hermit, or Wood Thrushes gleaning
food from the forest floor. The Pileated Woodpecker is a
permanent resident which excavates large
cavities in trees in search of food. Some other permanent
residents include White and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Brown
Creepers, Great Horned and Barred Owls, and Ruffed Grouse.
In 2010, Moses Creek (ditched in the 1930s) and nearly 18
acres of wetlands were restored in the northeast portion of
the Reserve. Wide boardwalks travel over portions of the
restoration area, which include islands of large trees,
peninsulas, and replanted wetland vegetation. As this area
heals itself, watch for waterfowl and shoreline birds in the
swales, woodpeckers enjoying the dead snags, and songbirds
along the edges.
The northeast section of the trail connects the University
Trail with the Moses Creek Trail with a walk down Wilshire
Drive. This section is an additional one mile walk along a
golf course and through a residential area that provides a
variety of cover for birds. Nuthatches, chickadees, robins,
woodpeckers, and Blue Jays are only a few of the birds that
may be seen. The two small bodies of water on both sides of
the road provide distant viewing of waterfowl.