Birding Site Guide to Young CA Printable Site Guide 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.