Dawes Arboretum–Dutch Fork Wetlands

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Dawes Arboretum–Dutch Fork Wetlands
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Tips for birding Dutch Fork Wetlands
This mitigation wetland area is located on White Chapel Road, west from OH-13. There is a gravel parking area just off of White Chapel Road near the intersection with Licking Trails Road. Trails are not paved but offer excellent birding opportunities for wetland and grassland species. At the edge of the wetlands is the Dutch Fork, offering riparian habitat.

You can often see duck species during migration. The vegetation can get too thick to easily see the wetland ponds as the seasons progress.

Waterproof boots are useful in the spring and early summer.
From Margaret Bowman and Susan Kamps

Portable toilet available except in winter.

Tips for birding Dawes Arboretum
Dawes contains 1149 acres, 4.5 miles of a paved auto tour and 8.0 miles of mulch/gravel hiking trails on the west or main grounds.

A bird list is available on the website. Click on ‘reports’. Due to recent changes in the woodland habitat, the species variety is limited on the west or main grounds. Many of the birds listed are ‘historic sightings’ seen only once. A permit to access the trails on the east side is available at the Visitor Center during hours of operation. This area is less disturbed and may offer more birding possibilities. Trail maps are also available at the Visitor Center.

The Dawes Arboretum is located 35 miles east of Columbus on OH-13, 3 miles north of I-70 (Exit 132) or 5 miles south of Newark.

The grounds are open dawn to dusk everyday except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Visitor Center is open Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sundays and holidays, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Parking is available at the Visitor Center and throughout the auto tour.
From Ohio Ornithological Society

The Dawes Arboretum has two auto tours with audio narration available. See the description of the Audio Tour on their website.

Tips for birding Dutch Fork Wetlands
This mitigation wetland area is located on White Chapel Road, west from OH-13. There is a gravel parking area just off of White Chapel Road near the intersection with Licking Trails Road. Trails are not paved but offer excellent birding opportunities for wetland and grassland species. At the edge of the wetlands is the Dutch Fork, offering riparian habitat.
From Margaret Bowman

About the Dawes Arboretum
The Dawes Arboretum is dedicated to increasing the love and knowledge of trees, history, and the natural world. Founded in 1929 by Beman and Bertie Dawes, The Arboretum was inspired by the couple’s love of trees and nature. The arboretum provides exceptional educational programs and events as well as maintaining incredible horticulture collections on over 1,800 acres of beautiful grounds.
From Dawes Arboretum website

Handicapped restroom facilities in the Visitor’s Center.