Directions to Birding Locations

Prothonotary Warbler — Photo by Cris L. Hamilton
Prothonotary Warbler
Photo by Cris L. Hamilton ©

This section is a must for both novice and advanced birders. These are the best birding hotspots in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Novice birds may use these write-ups to identify birds in the area while advanced birders may use this to locate a specific species. Hopefully, when this section is complete, there will be maps, habitats, checklists and even noteworthy plants for each birding hotspot.

These excerpts are written by members of the club and it is by no means exhaustive or complete. If you would like to contribute and are familiar with a birding hotspot, please send us a write-up. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged.

Allegheny Front Hawk Watch, Central City, PA Linesville Fish Hatchery
Allegheny River, Highland Park Lock & Dam #2 Lower Buffalo Creek Important Bird Area (IBA 80)
Bavington Area — SGL 117, Washington County Mammoth Wetlands
Bear Run Nature Reserve, Fayette County McConnells Mill State Park
Boyce-Mayview Park Miller's Pond — Pymatuning State Park
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve M. K. Goddard State Park, Mercer County
Black Swamp Moraine State Park
Brady's Bend Hawk Watch New Wilmington Area, Lawrence and Mercer Counties
Butler — Freeport Trail, Butler County North Park, Allegheny County
Cambridge Springs Area — SGL 277, Crawford County Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County
Cedar Creek Park, Westmoreland County Oil Creek State Park, Venango County
Clear Creek State Park and Forest, Jefferson County Pennsy Swamp
Conneaut Harbor (Conneaut Ohio) Pennsylvania State Game Lands Maps
Cook Forest Piney Tract (Mt. Zion)
Crane Creek State Park Pittsburgh's Rivers
Duck Hollow and Nine Mile Run Polk Wetlands
Emmerling Community Park Powder Mill Nature Reserve
Enlow Fork Presque Isle State Park, Erie County
Frick Park Pymatuning State Park Visitors Center is on State Road 3011, 1.25 miles south of Linesville; follow the signs for the Spillway
Geneva Marsh Area Raccoon Creek Valley & State Park
Hampton Township Community Park, Allegheny County Shenango River Lake formerly Shenango Reservoir. Download the Birds of Shenango Checklist
Harrison Hills Park with Trail Map Sewickley Heights Borough Park
Imperial Grasslands SGL 95 — Hilliards Area and the Glades, Butler County
Independence Marsh, Beaver County Todd Nature Reserve
Indian Creek Trail, Fayette County Upper St. Clair Wetlands
Indian Head Trail, Fayette County Volant Strips
Jennings Prairie, Butler County Wildflower Reserve, Beaver County
Lake Arthur East Wissahickon Nature Club Meetings
Lake Arthur North Shore Wolf Creek Narrows, Butler County
Lake Arthur South Shore Yellow Creek State Park

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Sherron Lynch, Brian Shema, Chuck Tague