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Herrick Fen (TNC)
Coordinates: 41.2140702, -81.371119
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Photos by Tom Fishburn

Tips on birding Herrick Fen
The entrance to Herrick Fen is a bit difficult to find. If you are going north on Seasons Road and you get to the railroad tracks, you’ve gone too far north. The entrance is just south of there, on the east side of the road. There is no sign coming from the south, but there is one coming from the north (see first photo). This link shows the Google Street View pointed at the entrance. When you pull in, you will cross the railroad tracks and then start driving to the right. There is a private home/farm straight ahead, and you turn to the left before you get to that property (see second photo). This long, narrow drive leads you to the entrance to the fen, a small parking lot on the right. Do not go past this parking area because the remainder of the long drive leads to private property.

A Northern Shrike has been reported here once in 2009, then multiple times in 2017 and 2018.
From Brian Tinker and Susan Carpenter
About Herrick Fen
The initial preserve tract was purchased by Dr. J. Arthur Herrick in 1969 and now comprises some 140 acres. It is jointly owned by The Nature Conservancy and Kent State University and managed by The Nature Conservancy as a dedicated state nature preserve.
+ Fen communities
+ Variety of rare plant species
+ A trail runs from the parking lot through a meadow

From Streetsboro, travel OH-43 south for 0.2 miles from its intersection with OH-14. Turn right (southwest) on Seasons Road. Follow Seasons Road 2.2 miles to a gravel lane on the left (east) side just past a railroad crossing. There is a gravel parking lot on right.

Herrick Fen is important for its tamarack fen and cinquefoil-sedge fen communities. The tamarack fen supports one of the few reproducing populations of tamarack in Ohio, the only native conifer in Ohio which sheds its needles each year. The cinquefoil-sedge fen contains an extensive population of bayberry, a state endangered plant found in only three locations in Ohio. The preserve provides habitat for over two dozen state-listed species.

Threats to the preserve include urban encroachment, siltation, and invasive non-native plant species such as buckthorn, cattail, and reed canary grass. Extensive and prolonged fluctuations in the lake level can negatively impact the fen community, especially the tamaracks which are sensitive to high water levels caused by beaver activity in the preserve.

The ecological goal for this preserve is to restore or maintain the biodiversity of the tamarack fen and cinquefoil-sedge fens through aggressive invasive species control and managing the water level of the lake.
From Herrick Fen State Nature Preserve webpagewebpage

No restroom facilities.