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North Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve / Klydel Wetlands

North Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve/Klydel Wetlands

Location: North Tonawanda, Niagara County

Size: 28 acres

Hiking difficulty: Easy

The Western New York Land Conservancy holds a conservation easement on a 28-acre portion of the 36-acre North Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve, also known as Klydel Wetlands. The preserve is one of the largest remaining areas of open space within the city limits of North Tonawanda. It is owned by the Buffalo Audubon Society, with some portions co-owned by the Land Conservancy. Our conservation easement helps ensure that the property remains a community asset, open and natural in perpetuity, with public trails for walking.

The North Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve/Klydel Wetlands is a unique natural area that provides vital habitat for wildlife including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Many birds that require large contiguous forests to thrive, such as Wood Thrushes, Ovenbirds, and Scarlet Tanagers, are found here. Perhaps the most distinctive creature here is the Eastern-Screech Owl with its characteristic whinnying call, which you can hear at dusk. The preserve is also home to a high diversity of trees including a mature oak forest, a dazzling array of wildflowers and native plants, and a terrific stand of old-growth trees.

There is a large network of walking trails at the preserve. The main entrance is located at Kinkead & Meadow Drive. Street parking is available. A secondary entrance is located at 1343 Birch Dr, North Tonawanda.

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