Kirby Park Natural Area


Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA, west side of Susquehanna River


Event/Season: Spring Warbler Migration; peaks in mid-May


Possible Sightings: Least flycatcher, red-eyed vireo, Tennessee warbler, Nashville warbler, northern parula warbler, yellow warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, magnolia warbler, black-throated blue warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, blackburnian warbler, black and white warbler, American redstart, indigo bunting, rose-breasted grosbeak, scarlet tanager


Directions: I-81 to PA 309 North (Cross Valley Expressway) to Exit 2 (Center City). From Exit ramp, turn left onto Wilkes-Barre Blvd. At 5th traffic light turn right onto E. Market Street. Take Market Street half-way around Public Square so that when you leave the Square (which is actually more like one of those circles that are so familiar to New Jersey residents) you are still on Market Street. Go across the Market Street Bridge over the Susquehanna River and immediately (before the traffic light) turn right toward Reilly's Classic Cars*. Drive over the levee, park in the parking area, and walk beneath the bridge. Follow the trails through meadow and toward forest. Birding is best along the trails farther back in the forest.

*Alternatively, after crossing Market Street Bridge proceed through the first light and take the very next left. Follow this road to the Kirby Park parking area. Walk toward the tennis courts, follow the path to the top of the levee and bird from the levee or from the railroad embankment. Please note that the rail line is active, so be alert for trains. Also, trails into the Natural Area may be accessed from the top of the levee.


The maintainance of the Kirby Park Natural Area is currently being directed by the Riverfront Parks Advisory Committee, whose scientifically-based management of the Area should ensure that it realizes its potential for environmental education while retaining its value as a haven for wildlife in the midst of an urban setting.


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