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Whitney Preserve

Hot Springs, SD

Handicap Accesible

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

Whitney Preserve is a Nature Conservancy property with many habitats including grassland, forest, and riparian. 

Specialty Species:

Sharp-tailed Grouse:  Look for this species in the grasslands of the preserve.  This species occurs year round.

Common Poorwill:  This species can be found throughout the property during the summer.

Lewis’s Woodpecker:  Look for this species along ridges, especially on dead trees.

Northern Shrike:  This species can be found throughout the grassland areas of the property.  Watch for them perched on the tops of trees.

Rock Wren:  This wren is at the western edge of its range at this location.  They breed in the rocky areas of the property.

Canyon Wren:  This wren is at the western edge of its range at this location.  Look on sheer cliff faces during the summer.

Bohemian Waxwing:  These waxwings can occur during the winter months.  Look for them on fruiting trees throughout the property.

Indigo Bunting:  This bunting is at the very northwest edge of its range at this property.  It breeds on the property and cannot be found anywhere else in the Black Hills with regularity.

Orchard Oriole:  This oriole is at the western edge of its range on this property.  It is a common breeder along the creek on the property.

Where to Bird:

Whitney Preserve Nature Trail:  Walk the trail off of the parking area for a chance at all of the above species depending on the season.  Watch for Prairie Rattlesnakes along the trail.

Hours:

Dawn to Dusk

Fees:

None

Accessiblity:

The first part of the trail is handicap accessible, the rest is not.

Trails:

Many trails are on the property.

Non-birding Equipment Needed:

Lenght of Visit:

Half or full day visit is recommended

Map:

Website:

Directions:

From the North:  Take SD-79 South toward Hot Springs.  Turn right (west) onto Route 18.  Go 4.1 miles and turn left (west) on Route 18 Truck Bypass.  After 0.7 miles, turn left (south) onto Route 71/Cascade Road.  Go 8.1 miles and turn right (north) into the Whitney Preserve parking lot.

From the South:  Take US-18 North towards Hot Springs.  Turn left (west) onto Route 18.  Go 4.1 miles and turn left (west) on Route 18 Truck Bypass.  After 0.7 miles, turn left (south) onto Route 71/Cascade Road.  Go 8.1 miles and turn right (north) into the Whitney Preserve parking lot.

From the West:  Take US-18 East toward Hot Springs.  Turn right (east) on Route 18 Truck Bypass.  After 1 mile, turn right (south) onto Route 71 / Cascade Road.  Go 8.1 miles and turn right (north) into the Whitney Preserve parking lot.

Address:

None Available

Nearby Birding:

Custer State Park
Wind Cave National Park