Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve

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Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve
7820 N Woodall Rd.
Ellettsville, IN 47429
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The National Audubon Society has certified it as an Important Bird Area. Visitors experience a diverse mosaic of habitats, including hardwood forest, emergent marsh, sedge meadows, and old fields reverting to forest. Trees and shrubs in the bottomland include green ash, buttonbush, red osier dogwood, pin oak, swamp white oak, shellbark hickory, and American sycamore. About 1000 trees were planted by SLT staff and volunteers. Over the next hundred years, the oaks and hickories will gradually give way to more shade-tolerant red maple and silver maple, unless other disturbances open the canopy for oaks and hickories to flourish. BBB is home to two great blue heron rookeries and an active eagles’ nest. Other animals protected in this highly endangered ecosystem include American Woodcock, Wilson’s Snipe, Marsh Wren, Sedge Wren, and the state-endangered Kirtland’s snake. Prothonotary Warblers and Wood Ducks nest in holes in mature trees, and beavers help maintain the wetland hydrology.