Y: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

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Y: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

yoloYolo Bypass Wildlife Area is the perfect spot to escape urban life in nearby Sacramento and Davis. Bird watchers, hunters and schoolchildren all come to the area to experience wildlife up-close in nature.

Located in the heart of the Pacific Flyway, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area’s approximately 16,600 acres is a haven for fish, waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds, neotropical migratory birds, raptors, invertebrates, snakes, turtles, toads, and bats. Vegetation community types include managed seasonal and permanent wetland, natural seasonal wetland, natural perennial wetland, and riparian woodland.

https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Lands/Places-to-Visit/Yolo-Bypass-WA

R: Riley Fuzzle Road (Peckinpaugh Preserve)

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R: Riley Fuzzle Road (Peckinpaugh Preserve)

riley fuzzyEstablished in 2005, the 25-acre Peckinpaugh Preserve merges 10 acres generously donated by Mrs. Patricia Peckinpaugh Hubbard and 15 acres contributed by the Houston Audubon Society.

The preserve is named in honor of Mrs. Hubbard’s parents. Mrs. Hubbard’s father, William Thomas Peckinpaugh, purchased the land in the 1920’s. The preserve is located adjacent to the new Riley Fuzzel Road bridge. Spring Creek forms the southern boundary of this beautifully wooded preserve, with undeveloped forest land and the Spring Trails subdivision to the north. The preserve is protected by a conservation easement held by Bayou Land Conservancy, formerly known as Legacy Land Trust.

riley fuzzy2A canoe launch has opened at the end of Old Riley Fuzzel Road, adjacent to the Peckinpaugh Preserve, which offers direct access to Spring Creek. The preserve contains 2,385 linear feet or almost one-half of a mile of frontage along the banks of Spring Creek.

http://www.springcreekgreenway.org/naturecenter.htm

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P: Prairie Fest – Tandy Hills Natural Area

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prairie fest3Just in time to celebrate this gorgeous spring weather in north Texas is the 10th Annual Prairie Fest – next Saturday, April 25th, from 11am to sunset.

The 10th annual Prairie Fest is a free outdoor festival celebrating the natural world at the best place to see wildflowers in north Texas.

The event is held at Tandy Hills Natural Area, a 160 acre indigenous prairie remnant, located in the middle of Fort Worth.

Along with arts, entertainment, and tasty local food and beverages you’ll find prairie wildflower tours, storytellers and nature-science hikes on rolling hills, spontaneous happenings inside the Prairie Circle of artists and green exhibitors.

Free & open to the public

http://www.tandyhills.org/fest

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N: J. T. Nickel Family Nature & Wildlife Preserve

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N: J. T. Nickel Family Nature & Wildlife Preserve

JT NickleThe J. T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve is the largest privately protected conservation area in the Ozarks. The preserve was formed in 2000 as the result of a land gift from the John Nickel Family. This 17,000-acre landscape rests in eastern Oklahoma’s rolling Cookson Hills and overlooks the Illinois River. Spring-fed creeks meander amid a rugged topography of steep slopes and narrow valleys harboring a mosaic of oak-hickory forest, lofty pine woodland, and a diverse mix of savanna, shrubland, and prairie. The preserve provides optimal habitat for a suite of uncommon breeding bird species, including some whose survival requires large blocks of intact habitat.

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/oklahoma/placesweprotect/j-t-nickel-family-nature-and-wildlife-preserve.xml

M: McDowell Grove Forest Preserve, Naperville, Illinois

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M: McDowell Grove Forest Preserve

mcdowell groveThis 465-acre McDowell Grove Forest Preserve in Naperville, Illinois, is comprised of mature woodlands, open fields with eastern bluebirds and Cooper’s hawks, and a floodplain forest with towering butternuts and black maples. It’s recently been the site of a dam- modification project, which will return the stretch of river to a healthier, more natural waterway and improve aquatic habitats.

  • Picnics: Picnickers can reserve either the 25-person shelter along the river or the 150-person picnic area to the southeast through Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248 but must do so at least three business days before their visit.
  • Trails: McDowell Grove features nearly 7 miles of looped turf and limestone trails for hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers and horseback riders. The trails connect to the Regional Trail, which links with four other preserves.
  • Fishing: Anglers can access the 22-acre Mud Lake and the West Branch of the DuPage River from McDowell Grove Forest Preserve. The state has stocked the river with smallmouth bass for catch-and-release fishing. Anglers will find catfish, bass, carp, sunfish and bluegill in Mud Lake.

http://www.dupageforest.com/Conservation/Forest_Preserves/McDowell_Grove.aspx

K: Kaweah Oak Preserve

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K: Kaweah Oak Preserve

kaweahKaweah Oaks Preserve, a 322-acre nature preserve, protects one of the last remaining valley oak riparian forests in the San Joaquin Valley. When you walk along the trails at Kaweah Oaks Preserve, you can easily imagine how this area looked before it was settled 100 years ago. More than 300 plant and animal species live, feed or reproduce at the nature preserve, including gray fox, great horned owl, Nuttall’s woodpecker, wild grapevines, willow thickets and majestic valley oaks.

There’s no fee to enter, but they request a $3 donation. Such a deal! Where can you bask in such beauty for a mere $3?

http://www.sequoiariverlands.org/protected-spaces/kaweah-oaks-preserve

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Kaweah Oaks Preserve

J: John F. Burke Nature Preserve

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J: John F. Burke Nature Preserve

Located only 10 miles from DFW Airport, the John F. Burke Nature Preserve sits waiting to be discovered by someone looking for a Shangri-La spot to relax in the middle of the big city.

Located in Farmers Branch, this 104-acre retreat is an ideal place to escape into nature.

http://visitfarmersbranch.com/Play/JohnBurkeNaturePreserve.aspx

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