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Site MLS02: Slate Lick Fields

Description

Elevation: 1382 ft. Slate Lick Fields offers a series of clearings in various stages of regeneration. These fields support an abundance of wildlife, especially in spring when several species of uncommon warbler are known to breed. Look to the scrubby fields for nesting blue-winged and golden-winged warblers, which have been known to hybridize and produce "Brewster's" warbler. Yellow-breasted chat and prairie warbler also breed in the regenerating shrub land. During the spring, the fields should be checked in the early evening for displaying American woodcock, which are more elusive at other times of year. Later in the summer, as the birds ease their singing, butterfly sightings increase. Search the numerous patches of crown vetch, Queen Anne's lace and golden rod for pearl crescent, hackberry emperor, red-spotted purple, and spicebush swallowtail. For the more adventurous, take on the challenge of identifying a few area duskywings.

Directions

From New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, return to US 211 and follow it west 5.6 miles to Timberville. In Timberville, turn left onto SR 42 and continue 1.3 miles to SR 259. Turn right on SR 259 and travel for 7.5 miles to the Town of Fulks Run. Turn left on Rt. 817 and continue for 2.4 miles to an Hog Pen Road. Turn right and continue 0.6 miles to the parking area on right.

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