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Birding Cass-St. Joseph County: Hotspots near Three Rivers

 

(A) Fred Russ Forest Park ★★

Fred Russ Forest Park is a 13-acre recreational area situated within a 580-acre research forest. Heavily forested, the park is a good place to look for Barred Owls, Common Yellowthroats, and Wood Thrushes. There are picnic areas and playgrounds available for children. The park also features several hiking trails and rustic restrooms.

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(B) Hidden Marsh Sanctuary ★★

Because of its scenic views, Hidden Marsh Sanctuary is the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy’s most popular nature preserve. Mildly sloped walking trails lead visitors to Hoffman Pond, where a beaver’s lodge lies. The Portage River runs alongside the park’s eastern border. Many kinds of birds commonly found in Michigan can be sighted at Hidden Marsh Sanctuary, including Wood Thrushes, Northern Waterthrushes, Eastern Bluebirds, Wood Ducks, and Yellow-throated Vireos.

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(C) Memory Isle Park ★★

Located in the center of the town of Three Rivers, the highlight of Memory Isle Park is a large pond with an island, where three rivers join. A trail connecting the park with three bridges provides easy access. The park is an excellent place to look for Hooded Mergansers and other ducks during the early spring months. After exploring Memory Isle Park, birders have the opportunity to visit Scidmore Park Petting Zoo nearby.

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(D) Mintdale Road Wetlands ★

The wetlands next to Mintdale Road filter moisture throughout the year from the nearby Fawn River Drain. Green Herons, Great Blue Herons, and Sandhill Cranes all reside in the swamp during the warm months. Because no parking areas are available, leave the car as far off the road as possible.

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