Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Stillwater Marsh

Stillwater Marsh



To get to Stillwater Marsh from Bloomington, go east on State Road 46 to Kent Road. This is a gravel road just before the bridge over Salt Creek. Turn right onto Kent Road and follow it across a bridge to McGowan Road. Turn right onto McGowan Road and follow to the Stillwater marsh overlook and the North Fork area.

Stillwater Marsh is open October 15 through April 15; the rest of the year, there are viewing stations to watch waterfowl. Bald eagles have been sighted.

During the winter and early spring, water is pumped into Stillwater from the north fork of Salt Creek to create an important resting area for waterfowl. In mid-April, the marsh is drained and then planted with wildlife food crops. The result is a rich habitat area for animals of all types.

Parts of the NorthFork complex are closed from October 15 through April 15. Hunting is permitted in the Stillwater/North Fork area. This area is excellent for waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, and wading birds.

This is a great area for birds. The following birds may be expected to be found here.
Swans
geese
grebes
ducks
Flycatchers
Olive-sided
Yellow-bellied Flycatchers
Acadian Flycatchers
Vireos
Veery Thrush
Gray-cheecked Thrush
Wood Thrush
Cerulean Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Bald Eagles
Northern Harriers



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