This field trip will fall under the heading of a general nature hike, but the focus will be on breeding birds, butterflies and wildflowers. Warder Perkins Preserve is another little known local natural area and hidden gem. Owned by our Cincinnati Audubon Chapter, Warder Perkins was designated a State Nature Preserve in 1990 and can only be visited by permit. The Preserve is situated among the rolling hills above the Ohio River in southwestern Hamilton County. The habitat found on this 25 acre site is mostly mature woodland with a well developed understory. A picturesque forest stream runs through the site and a power line cut on the edge of the property provides some brushy succesional habitat.
Our trip leaders are husband and wife team Kathy McDonald and Ned Keller, both well known area naturalists and conservationists. Kathy and Ned are also longtime ASO advocates and both have served on our ASO board. In fact Ned is our current President. Together they bring a unique skill set as field trip leaders. Ned is an expert birder with a great interest in botany and Kathy is a skilled botanizer and a founder of the Greater Cincinnati Wild Ones, an organization that promotes native plants and natural landscaping. Kathy also shares a love of birds with Ned and both are butterfly enthusiasts.
Expect to see many birds, butterflies, wildflowers and other plants on this morning walk. So come on out and join Kathy and Ned for what should be a wonderful morning exploring a lovely and little known natural area. This walk will run to about noon. The first half of this trip will be fairly level walking, but the second half will be off trail and fairly steep in places. To make your walk more comfortable we recommend waterproof footwear, wearing long pants and bringing sunscreen, insect repellent and water. Binoculars are necessary if you expect to see birds. There are no restrooms available at the preserve. Contact Ned if you have any questions.
Warder Perkins Nature Preserve has no direct street access. The property is reached from the back parking lot of the Crossroads West Side Church located at 8575 Bridgetown Road in Miami Heights (the Church has a Cleves, OH postal designation). After entering the church’s driveway, bear to the right and go all the way to the back of the parking lot.
Find a Google Map on the Crossroads Church website listed below. Be sure to click on the West Side location.