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Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve

Fishers, IN

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When to Visit:
January - Less ProductiveFebruary - Less ProductiveMarch - Less ProductiveApril - Most ProductiveMay - Most ProductiveJune - Less ProductiveJuly - Less ProductiveAugust - Less ProductiveSeptember - Most Productive
October - Less ProductiveNovember - Less ProductiveDecember - Less Productive

Ritchey Woods is a 127 acre park in Fishers, IN.  It contains a variety of habitats and a state dedicated nature preserve.

Specialty Species:

Sora:  Common in the restored wetland complex.

Yellow-throated Warbler:  Found nesting in the woodland areas throughout the nature preserve.

Louisiana Waterthrush:  Found along the creeks throughout the nature preserve.

Summer Tanager:  Nesting species in the woodland areas of the park.

Lincoln’s Sparrow:  Can be found during migration along the Prairie Trail.

Where to Bird:

Prairie Trail:  This trail takes you through a varied habitat.  It is very good for sparrows and other grassland birds.  During migration, this trail is the best trail to find warblers. 

South Ridge nad Beech Hollow Trails: South Ridge Trail and Beech Hollow Trail Loop are both good for breeding woodland birds.  Summer Tanagers and Yellow-billed Cuckoos nest annually.  During migration warblers, vireos, and thrushes use this area as well.

Creek Ridge Trail: Creek Ridge Trail is a very good trail for migrant and breeding warblers.  Yellow-throated Warbler, Northern Parula, and Louisiana Waterthrush breed in this area.  This is one of the best watersheds in Hamilton County, creating great habitat for birds.

Hours:

Dawn to Dusk

Fees:

None

Accessiblity:

The trails are easy to moderate and are not handicapped accessible.

Trails:

Two miles of trails are located in the park.

Non-birding Equipment Needed:

Lenght of Visit:

½ day or just a morning is recommended.

Map:

Website:

Directions:

From the North:  Take I-69 south to 96th Street.  Turn right (west).  At the second stop light turn right (north) onto Hague Road.  The park is located 0.8 miles north of 96th Street on the left (west).

From the South:  Take I-69 north to 96th Street.  Turn left (west).  At the second stop light turn right (north) onto Hague Road.  The park is located 0.8 miles north of 96th Street on the left (west).

From the East:  Take 96th Street west to Hague Road.  Turn right (north).  The park is located 0.8 miles north of 96th Street on the left (west).

From the West:  Take 96th Street east to Hague Road.  Turn left (north).  The park is located 0.8 miles north of 96th Street on the left (west).

Address:

10410 Hague Road
Fishers, IN 46038

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