Visit to Cranesville Swamp Preserve (West Virginia & Maryland) - August 10, 2017
Managed by the Nature Conservancy, this 1,600-acre nature preserve is located in Preston County, West Virginia and Garrett County, Maryland. From the Nature Conservancy site - "A window into ice ages past, Cranesville Swamp is located in a "frost pocket," an area where the surrounding hills capture moisture and cold air that conspire to create a landscape more reminiscent of habitat found much further north in Canada. Given Cranesville Swamp’s lush forest and wetland, it’s not surprising that it is home to an exceptional variety of animals. In total, more than 50 rare plants and animals live at Cranesville." Did not see a ton of birds, mostly they were high up in the trees - along with the squirrels. But I did see a hairy woodpecker and a few butterflies. Still, it was a nice day to be in the preserve on my visit, Thursday August 10th, 2017.