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YOUNG CONSERVATION AREA
Edge Wade, August 2008
991 acres  Jefferson Co.  DeLorme 40, I-4
GPS:  38.4471635815,-90.663257734
 
Directions: Exit 264 off I-44, go south on Rt. W, then 3 miles west on Rt. FF.
 
When to Visit/Species to Expect:  Spring, early summer for good mix of nesting warblers, including Pine Warblers in short-leaf pine grove; orioles and tanagers.  Winter for sparrows and woodpeckers, possibly Red-breasted Nuthatches in invasion winters.
 
Features of interest to birders: Parking area gives access to Taconic Loop Trail (2.5 miles total, with cut-off) allowing hiking and viewing along creek bottom and ridge; 2 small ponds in northern part of area.  Some scrubby habitat edges accessible off the trail near the north end.  30 acres of grassland converted to prairie.
 
Old field trail (two-track) allows limited incursion into southern portion.
 
Toilets:  None
 
Camping:  None
 
Hazards/Limitations:  Heavily forested, rugged terrain with no established trails limit birding in southern 80% of the area.  Heavy tick population.