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Bird Watcher’s Guide to Butler County

If you’re new to being a bird watcher or are already experienced in it, you’ll find a lot of different kinds of birds all over Butler County. So this article will tell you how you can experience a lot of birds from various areas of the county. There are only a few places that are good for bird watching, so make sure to remember that you know the rights spots before you go on a bird watching trip. Also, keep a map at hand so you can find a place to rest and eat whenever you feel tired or hungry.

Bird Watcher's Guide to Butler County
Bird Watcher’s Guide to Butler County

Where to Go

To start on your bird watching journey, start at Slippery Rock. Slippery Rock is where you’ll find the best supply store that has the things a bird watcher needs. Therefore, you should buy the supplies you need here before you move on with your journey. After you get your supplies, you can start bird watching from the supply store, since the store is inside a bird sanctuary. 

  • To the south of Slippery Rock, you’ll find the Wolf Creek Narrows Natural Area. The natural area is mostly known for the flowers you can find, and there are a great variety of birds that you can see in the area, too.
  • To the east of Slippery Rock, you’ll reach State Game Lands 95 if you go through the Keister Road. You will be able to find unique species since the area is a seasonal home to them, so make sure you do your research about it beforehand so you can catch a glimpse of the different birds.        
  • To the southeast of Slippery Rock, you’ll find the Jennings Environmental Education Center, which is a place that has forest and prairie combined. The center contains an ecosystem that is exquisite as it has a large variety of birds visiting here. There is a lot to see in the center, so keep your eyes open.
  • To the south of Slippery Rock, there is the Moraine State Park. The park is expansive as it extends for almost eighteen thousand acres, and it has a shoreline that is more than forty miles long. The shore is beautiful due to Lake Arthur being a majestic sight to look at when you’re on the coast. What you’ll be looking for are the water-birds, which you can go on a boat tour to experience.
  • Far to the south of Slippery Rock, you’ll reach Succop Nature Park. The park is another place where you’ll be able to watch water-birds. The park was started up to help start a center where the community could be educated on the birds that visit the area. There are many outdoor areas here that you can explore, such as gardens, ponds, and trails.
  • To the far southeast of Slippery Rock, you’ll find the Butler-Freeport Trail, which is a place where you’ll spot a large variety of birds that you can watch as you go through a trail. The trail may take a while, so make sure you prepare for the walk.
  • Also far to Slippery Rock’s southeast, you’ll find the Todd Nature Reserve. The reserve is part of a program that seeks to protect birds, so you’ll be able to experience the magnificent bird habitats that they have for the birds as well as the beautiful scenery.
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