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Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Birds at Dora Kelley Nature Park

Enjoy the sounds of springtime at Dora Kelley Nature Park, thanks to its beautiful bird populations. From raptors to kingfishers, it’s an ideal birding destination for novices and lifelong birders alike. This time of year, keep an eye (and ear!) out for species like mourning doves, chimney swifts, red-bellied and downy woodpeckers, blue jays, crows, and chickadees, among others.

But it’s not just the birds that should draw you to Dora Kelley Nature Park. The preserve covers 50 acres in total, including a mile-long trail accessible by bike or on foot. Armed with an informative booklet and trail map from the Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, follow the signposts to enjoy Holmes Run, several seeps, and a marsh that’s home to turtles, frogs, salamanders, and toads.

Picture it: walk along the stream amidst birch and sycamore trees. They’ll give you just enough shade to escape the beating sun through the late afternoon. As evening approaches, hear the final bird calls if the day as frogs croak and the water bubbles by. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect escape from the urban day-to-day?