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Birding in Ohio

Also, see Edge of Appalachia Preserve, Shawnee State Forest, and Edge of Appalachia Important Bird Area

Adams County

Edge of Appalachia Preserve

Abner Hollow Road

Lynx, Ohio 45650

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Edge of Appalachia Preserve (TNC)--Abner Hollow Rd.

Coordinates: 38.7195369, -83.4246826
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About the Edge of Appalachia Preserve

The most popular of all trails in the Edge of Appalachia Preserve system is the one that leads to Buzzardroost Rock, which stands like a giant limestone monument far above the waters of Ohio Brush Creek. The panoramic scene from this hilltop has been called Ohio’s most spectacular view.

The 465-acre protected area is named for the turkey and black vultures (buzzards) frequently seen soaring above or roosting on the rock. This dolomitic outcrop towers 300 feet above the valley and provides habitat for a number of rare prairie plant species, including the plains muhlenbergia grass, which is classified as an endangered species in Ohio.

Ancient forests of massive oaks and American chestnut once blanketed nearly all of what would become southern and eastern Ohio. When the first white settlers arrived in the Ohio Valley, wolves and elk wandered this rustic landscape of pristine rivers and fertile forests.

Yet by the early 1900s, about 90 percent of the original forest cover had been cleared to make room for farmland and to feed the iron furnaces of southern Ohio--severely degrading part of North America’s oldest and most biologically diverse forest systems.

Today, Ohio’s Appalachian forests are returning, with nearly 40 percent of the region cloaked in mixed hardwood forest. The Nature Conservancy’s nearly 16,000-acre Edge of Appalachia Preserve is a key component of this recovery process, mending habitats on a large scale and preserving the landscape’s unique natural legacy.
From Edge of Appalachia Preserve website

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Worm-eating Warbler
Photo by Robert Foppe

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L1232969 US US-OH US-OH-001 38.7195369 -83.4246826 Edge of Appalachia Preserve (TNC)--Abner Hollow Rd.