Caley is first and foremost a natural area and visitors should expect to see a variety of wildlife along its trails. Its diverse natural habitats include forest, field, successional and wetland areas.
Forest: Because Caley Reservation lies in an agricultural area and was once farmland itself, most of the forested habitat at Caley is restricted to the borders of Wellington Creek. Mature stands of cottonwood, box elder, sycamore, walnut, elm, willow, and maple can be found in the bottomlands. Deer are a common sight
Fields & Wetland: Caley supports both extensive field and wetland habitats; each supporting a characteristic assemblage of plants and animals. Nesting birds in Caley’s fields include meadowlark, field and vesper sparrows. Caley’s wetlands and ponds are noteworthy for the diversity of waterfowl that they attract in spring and fall, and for their ability to attract regionally scarce species such as Virginia rail, sora, and Sandhill cranes. A Ross’ goose was once spotted in 2008.
Successional: Successional or Scrub habitats are in transition between field and forest. Young trees from adjacent forested areas and shrubs such as gray dogwood and blackberry occupy these areas in varying densities and are mixed with stands of open grass and forbs. At Caley, in places, we attempt to reset succession through mowing to maintain these sites as habitat for brush – loving wildlife and birds such as Carolina wren, catbird, woodcock, and white-eyed vireo.
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