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Cayuga Community College Nature Trails

197 Franklin St.

Auburn, NY 13201

Coordinates: 42.564425°N 76.323857°W

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Cayuga Community College Nature Trails map.


Habitat: This spot on the Cayuga Community College's (CCC) Auburn campus is considered by locals as a good place for easy birding. The preserve has several habitats, including trees, shrubs, open spaces, and two small ponds that are connected by a 1-mi./1.6-km. loop trail used by CCC students, faculty, and staff as well as locals for jogging, dog walking, and communing with nature. The trail varies from crushed limestone to boardwalks to grass. There are benches at various points for relaxing, and much of the perimeter trail is accessible to wheelchairs. The entrance to the site is right next to a large parking lot. This is a pleasant spot for individuals with mobility limitations.


One of two ponds in the preserve.  There is a bench hidden in the trees on the right that makes an ideal blind/hide.

Seasons: Spring will provide you with the greatest number of birds, however, you will find resident birds at any season. Look for American robins, cedar waxwings, cardinals, catbirds, chickadees, white-breasted nuthatches, woodpeckers, blue jays, American crows, warbling vireos, common yellowthroats, song sparrows, chipping sparrows, orioles, common grackles, cowbirds, red-winged blackbirds, and mallard ducks.



1. This is not a spot to seek out large numbers or rare birds, however, because the birds are used to human traffic, you will be able to get good looks at the birds and enjoy them going about their daily routines.Expect to find cardinals, catbirds, and American robins here at the Cayuga Community College nature preserve.


2. There is a nature center on the property that is not open to the public. Across from the nature center is a gazebo that is open to the public and a water lily pond. The gazebo makes an ideal spot to have a picnic lunch.


Access: The easiest way to access the site is to take Franklin Street to Prospect Street on the east side of the campus. Turn north onto Prospect Street. Turn into campus using the first drive on your left. Bearing RIGHT alone the trees and shrubs, follow this until you see the nature trails sign (above), which will be on your right.


Nearby Birding Sites:

Fort Hill Cemetery

Cayuga Lake


Created 30 September 2010








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