Herbert L. Taylor Woods

The Tippecanoe Audubon Society received its first land donation from Herbert L. Taylor in 1990. This 11-acre section along the Eel River contains geologic features and interesting vegetation in addition to good birding. Mr. Taylor had lived on the property in his custom-designed “teepee” building – a three- story tower with one room on each level. The building has long since deteriorated but, Mr. Taylor’s wishes to preserve the wildlife and natural beauty of his property still stand.

Despite the relatively small area of the preserve, almost 200 plant species have been identified there. Several ecotypes occurring at this site include: moderately mature upland forest which has an excellent display of spring and early summer wildflowers; flood plain forest dominated by silver maple and black willow with some burr oak and black ash trees; and a disturbed flood plain with sedges, skunk cabbage, jewelweed and giant angelica flowering stalks that can grow to heights of seven feet.

Some notable species that have been seen here include:

  • Wood Duck
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Eastern Screech Owl
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Great-crested Flycatcher
  • Gray-cheeked Thrush
  • Sedge Wren
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Ovenbird
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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