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Knox Preserve

Day staff

Publication: theday.com

Published May 11. 2011 4:00AM   Updated June 01. 2011 1:28PM
Judy Benson/The Day
A rustic bench along one of the trails affords birders a place to pause as they search for birds.

Knox Preserve

Town: Stonington

Directions: Take I-95 to Exit 90, then head south on Route 27 to Route 1 north (Stonington Road). After a little over a mile turn right onto Wilcox Road. Preserve entrance is on the right next to Miner Cemetery, near the intersection of Route 1, Wilcox Road and Cove Road.

Where to Park: There is a small parking area at the entrance, and cars can also park along the north side of Wilcox Road.

Description: This small but significant area attracts dozens of migratory bird species in spring and fall, as well as birds that nest there in the spring and summer. A variety of habitats attract songbirds, ground-nesting birds, hawks and shorebirds. About a mile of unmarked, interconnected trails traverse the property. The parcel is close to 17.5 acres, about 10 of which is used by a local farmer to raise corn and hay and as pastureland.

Regulations: Open sunrise to sunset; dogs must be on a leash no longer than 7 feet at all times; passive recreational uses – hiking, birdwatching, photography – are permitted. No bikes or horses.

Amenities: None.

Natural Features: Early successional and grassland habitat as well as coastal area along Quiambog Cove.

Fees: Free. Users of properties are encouraged to become members in Avalonia, as there are costs associated with maintenance. Membership forms at: http://www.avalonialandconservancy.org/DONORS-MEMBERSINFO.html

Owned by: Avalonia Land Conservancy

More information: www.avalonialandconservancy.org


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