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  • 85 - Kitty Todd Nature Preserve

    The Nature Conservancy
    10420 Old State Line Road
    Swanton, OH

    419.867.1521

    Public Access

    Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the first weekend of the month from May through October

    Amenities

    Hiking Trails, Outdoor Feeders

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 37'3.96"; W 83° 47'35.20"

    Driving Directions

    Take Eber Road to its dead end at Old State Line Road and turn left. Preserve is about ¼ mile down the road on the right.

    What to Look For

    One of the Oak Opening's premier natural areas, Kitty Todd protects more than 900 acres. A primary habitat is oak savanna, which is maintained by controlled burning. Breeding bird diversity is great, and includes Red-headed Woodpecker, Summer Tanager, and Lark Sparrow. Blue Grosbeak has occurred. As many as 70 species may breed annually on or near the preserve, including both cuckoos, seven species of flycatchers, and eight species of sparrows. Spring and fall migration can bring influxes of migratory songbirds, and remarkable flights of raptors can pass overhead in fall migration.

    Natural Features

    Kitty Todd supports over 90 species of state-listed rare species. Highlights include Ohio's only native cactus, prickly pear (Opuntia humifusa), the carnivorous spathulate-leaved sundew (Drosera intermedia), and yellow fringed orchid (Platanthera ciliaris). Rare animals include Blanding's and spotted turtles, and frosted elfin butterfly. The federally endangered Karner blue butterfly occurs; its host plant is wild lupine (Lupinus perennis) which is plentiful.