Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site CGF14: Dora Kelley Park
Dora Kelley Park is an excellent example of conscientious urban planning and conservation efforts. Surrounded by urban sprawl, this woodland gem should be a prime birding spot any time of the year. A few species include tufted titmouse, white-breasted nuthatch, belted kingfisher, and red-bellied woodpecker. A beautifully maintained self-guided interpretive trail traverses the deciduous woodland habitat, which is primarily composed of spectacular red, white, black, and chestnut oaks and American beech in the uplands. Mountain laurel is scattered throughout the sub-canopy. The understory is open with essentially no other vegetation. A small pond often has mallards, in addition to the chorus of spring peepers. Along the creek, riparian species such as river birch and American sycamore dominate the landscape. A small patch of green in an otherwise developed landscape can be a gold mine for hungry, insectivorous passerines during sping. Invasive plant management is underway at Dora Kelley Park, allowing native wildflowers to once again flourish in their respective habitats.
From Hidden Oaks Park and Nature Center, return via Hummer Road to SR 236 East. Travel approximately 3.9 miles to Beauregard Street and take a left. After the turn, the road will fork; veer right at the fork. Follow North Beauregard Street 1.0 miles north to Sanger Avenue. Turn left onto Sanger Avenue and follow it to the dead end at the park. Visit the Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center where trail maps and brochures are available.