Chautauqua Creek East Branch Preserve
Featuring 2,400 feet of natural stream frontage, the Chautauqua Creek East Branch Preserve helps filter and slow runoff into Chautauqua Creek. This undisturbed preserve also provides habitat to many species of birds and wildlife, making it a favorite place for birdwatchers and for CWC-led tours. A beaver pond on the property attracts and serves as a home to many woodland and aquatic creatures.
Size: 21.6 acres
Year Conserved by CWC: 2005
Conservation Values: Trees growing along the protected streambank help stabilize the bank and mitigate flood events. Vegetation along the bank filters and improves water quality en route to Lake Erie and Westfield’s public drinking water supply. This large tract of undisturbed land provides crucial resting, foraging and breeding habitat for certain wildlife species.
Recreational Use: There are currently no developed trails or facilities in this preserve. Informal paths are present but fragmented and difficult to follow, often leading through dense underbrush and deep muck. The preserve is an area of special interest to botanists and birdwatchers. Archery hunting and fishing are allowed at this preserve.
Location and Parking: Located on the Mayville-Sherman Road (Route 430) in the town of Chautauqua, the preserve is accessible at the main sign and gravel parking lot across from Red Wing Road, about 5 miles from Mayville.
Features of Interest: The preserve is filled with forested riparian wetlands and streams, as well as an expansive system of beaver ponds. An upland area on the west side of the property contains mature to old growth trees. The western edge of the preserve is bordered by an inactive railroad berm that is owned by Chautauqua Rails to Trails.
SPECIES OF INTEREST:
Trees: Black cherry (Prunus serotina), American beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Shrubs: Dogwoods (Cornus spp.), hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) raspberries (Rubus spp.)
Aquatic Plants: Waterweed (Elodea canadensis), duckweeds (Lemna spp.)
Wildflowers: Lance-leaved goldenrod (Solidago graminifolia), Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium maculatum), swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), wild clematis (Clematis sp.), trout lily (Erythronium americanum), St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), square-stem monkey flower (Mimulus ringens), wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa), black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia serotina), blue flag iris (Iris versicolor)
Fish: Creek chub (Semotilus atromaculatus), pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus)
Mammals: North American beaver (Castor canadensis), river otter (Lontra canadensis), muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
Birds: Common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas), green heron (Butorides virescens), great blue heron (Ardea herodias), red tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Insects: Baltimore checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton), ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculate), bumblebee (Bombus sp.)