Beiser Field Station
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Tips for birding Beiser Field Station
The Beiser Field Station is mostly used for research by the students and faculty at Marietta College, but it is open to the public. The property is still a work in progress but the trails are mowed and clearly marked. Currently, the parking area is just a grassy field that can get a little muddy during wet weather. We hope to get some gravel there soon. The main trail follows the river on mostly level ground and is easy walking. Other trails lead up a steep hillside with several switchbacks and can be difficult in places.
The Field Station is located in a very under-birded area of Washington County and has a lot of habitat diversity. It boarders the Wayne National Forest and Little Muskingum River. It has open fields, managed pollinator habitat, early successional bottomland (riparian zone), and mature upland hardwood forests. There are two streams that cross the property.
From Jason White
About Beiser Field Station
Marietta College, through the generosity of Ralph Voorhees, and with the cooperation of the Lower Muskingum Conservancy and funding from the Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program, operates the Barbara A. Beiser Field Station. Named for Barbara Beiser, Valedictorian of the Marietta College class of 1949, the field station occupies 2000 feet of riverbank on the Little Muskingum River about 5 miles east of the college campus. The approximately 77 acre site has a variety of terrestrial habitats including mature deciduous forest, successional forest and old fields on a landscape that ranges from flat river terraces to steep forested slopes with rock outcrops. A number of wetlands including seeps, springs, streams and small floodplain ponds are also present.
From Beiser Field Station webpage
No restroom facilities.