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William B. Clark Preserve

Birding Seasons:
Spring A+
Summer A
Fall A+
Winter B

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Site Description and Habitats

The preserve, which is owned by the Nature Conservancy of Tennessee, contains 500 acres of bottomland floodplain forest along the Wolf River. The site is wet but contains a mix of flooded and non-flooded sites. A boardwalk extends into a tupelo/cypress swamp. The trail to the boardwalk follows the top bank of the Wolf River and affords good views of river habitats.

The heart of the preserve wad donated to the Nature Conservancy of TN in 1993 by Mr. William "Buck" Clark Jr. in honor of his father.

Bird species of interest

Spring and Fall Migration: Nearly all transient warblers, vireos, thrushes and flycatchers are found annually. Golden-winged Warbler tends to occur in fall. Blackpoll (spring only), Hooded, Kentucky, Swainson’s Warblers, Philadelphia Vireo, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks can be found. Swainson’s Thrushes can be common in migration. Baltimore Oriole may be found.

Summer: Hooded, Kentucky and Swainson’s Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Eastern Wood-pewee, Orchard Oriole.

Winter: Fox, White-throated, White-crowned, Song, Swamp and Field Sparrows can be found.

Year-Round: Bald Eagle, Barred Owl

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Detailed directions for birding William B. Clark Preserve
From Memphis, take highway 57 east to Rossville in Fayette County. In Rossville, take highway 194 north. Go north until you cross the Wolf River bridge (approx. 0.5 miles). Turn immediately to the right into a parking area and canoe put-in.

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Parking area: 35.0548, -89.5399

Fees and Hours
Open year-round, dawn to dusk. There are no entrance fees.

A boardwalk and a kiosk are in place.

The Nature Conservancy
4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203

Info for other sites
Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife web site