Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site CRI02: Three Lakes Park, Nature Center and Aquarium
This large urban park is centered on three lakes. An extensive trail system originates near the nature center and aquarium, where visitors encounter an underwater viewing window and interpretive exhibits of the local flora and fauna. From the center, the trails meander through a variety of habitats including swamps, upland forests, open fields, meadows, and riparian woodlands. In wooded areas, look for woodpeckers, vireos, and other woodland passerines. Darting flecks of vibrant gold amid swamp forests can be attributed to the Center's successful prothonotary warbler nest box program. From the observation platform on the lake edge, herons and other waders can be seen hunting the shallows for small fish and amphibians. This is also an excellent venue to study dragonflies and damselflies.
From Pole Green Park, return to the intersection of Pole Green Park Lane and Pole Green Road. Turn right and continue on Pole Green Road for 7.2 miles. Note that Pole Green Road turns into Meadowbridge Road after crossing I-295. Turn right on Azalea Avenue and make an immediate right on Wilkinson Road. Travel 1.1 miles and turn left on Sausiluta Drive, the entrance to the park.