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Hueston Woods Biological Station

Established in April of 2004, the Hueston Woods Biological Station (HWBS) was the first AREI bird banding station opened. Its location is in a secluded area below the dam of Acton Lake in the Hueston Woods State Park, Preble and Butler Counties, OH. This 10 acre area is comprised of mainly successional woods with marshy and edge areas. We started with just 10 nets, and have expanded to about 40 nets in 2008.  Banding here is weather dependant, as we are outside and exposed to the elements.  If it is too cold, too hot, raining, or windy, we will not band. Keep checking our Calendar for updates. Parking is limited, and the nearest restroom facilities are an uphill walk of about ½ mile. As rough as the site is, it is our favorite place to band.  We discover great diversity here and have recapture records for every year since 2004.  Birds return to this area every year on their way up north to breeding grounds and down south to overwinter. Two Wood Thrushes have been recaptured in the same net, on about the same day of the year, for 3 years straight!  Very cool!

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Detailed Directions: From Oxford, OH: Take Brown Road north out of Oxford, toward Hueston Woods State Park. Brown Road will dead end at Loop Road of Hueston Woods State Park. Turn right (east) onto Loop Road and travel about 3 miles. You will come down a long hill before the bridge that crosses the creek from the spillway of the damn. Before you get to the bridge (maybe 50 yards), you will see a service drive on the left – the drive has a gate that is generally closed and locked. That is the entrance to HWBS. When we are banding, the gate will be open. Unfortunately, there is very limited parking inside the service drive, so please park outside the gate, or park down at the bridge in the fossil collecting parking lot.