The Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is 107.24 acres of woods and former pasture land, including 5 acres of reconstructed prairie, and was donated in 1981 by Webster and Gloria Gelman, John Greenleaf and Barbara Greenleaf Buckley, Gerald and Sarah Howe, and Mauricio and Emilia Lasansky. It is located at 2545 Sugar Bottom Road, Solon IA 52333, about 1.5 miles NW of the intersection with Newport Road.
Listen to Jason Taylor talk about Turkey Creek Nature Preserve restoration efforts:
Check out this Instagram photo album of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve! Turkey Creek Nature Preserve photos
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve eBird species list link. eBird is the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by eBirders around the world. A collaborative enterprise with hundreds of partner organizations, thousands of regional experts, and hundreds of thousands of users, eBird is managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Read Bur Oak Land Trust’s property usage info here: Property Usage Info
Geocaches are hidden at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Check out the listings at www.geocaching.com (you need a login to view caches). Here are some great excerpts from people who have visited these geocaches:
Of all of the hides out here, this one is my favorite. As a young boy, geography and the lines and rivers on a map always fascinated me… I finally got to the destination and I surveyed “my” island. A neat spot. Thank you for bringing me here.
It had rained tonight, and the encroaching darkness set the tone for a refreshing and peaceful walk here. I stopped short of where I needed to go, but with the help of the GPS I finally figured out I had a few more steps to take…. I’m still laughing over this one.
A nice description of this pretty area…. I try to think how Iowa was 200 years ago and how much prairie isn’t with us anymore because of our incredibly rich soil….Thank you for allowing us to visit this “place out of time.”
I huffed and puffed up the hill…. Believe me, the climb is worth it! You were right when you said that Iowa is not flat!… This cache earns a favorite point from me.
Listen to the sounds of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve (July 28, 2017 at 7:45 am):
** Birds identified by Mark Madsen as goldfinches, field sparrows, indigo buntings, and eastern towhees.