Slough is a 127 acre wetland conservation project in Vanderburgh
County, Indiana, near the city if Evansville. The Slough is located at
5000 Waterworks Road on the Indiana-Kentucky state line in the flood
plain of the Ohio River, immediately north of the Ellis Park horse
racing track. It consists of three parcels of land, one of 53 acres
donated by Traylor Brothers Construction Company and two purchased
purchased from the State of Indiana totaling 74 acres.
All of the Eagle Slough property is forested except for the northern
most part which consists of various lakes appropriate of migrating
waterfowl. To date, over one hundred species of birds and waterfowl
have been sighted at the property. The vegetation at Eagle Slough is
varied but typical for an Ohio River wetland. Biologically significant,
however, is the existence of bald cypress trees which are not typically
found north if the Ohio River. Species inventories are ongoing.
Directions: Google Maps Trail Map: Map
of Walking Path Surface: Gravel / Dirt
Trail info: 6/10
mile - Gravel and dirt path.
The main trail is very flat and easy to walk.
The back country trail winds along the west edge of the property and
can be rugged and over grown at times.. Birding Info: The
diverse plant life and topography at Eagle Slough provides a wonderful
habitat for the expected chickadees, wrens, robins and grackles as well
a colorful array of other birds not commonly seen in town, such as
blue-gray gnatcatchers, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, blue-winged teals,
double-crested cormorants and ruby-crowned kinglets. A number of
warblers are stopping by as well.
A complete inventory of nesting, as well as migratory, birds is
presently being conducted by the Evansville Audubon Society. Thus far
there have been 127 species of birds documented on the property. The
best time for bird watching at Eagle Slough is in the early spring,
during spring migration and nesting. Late spring and summer months can
get real buggy due to the standing water. A list of the birds sighted
at Eagle Slough over the past 3 years is available at Wild Birds Unlimited.
by Steve Gifford, one of the tri-state's premier bird photographers.
View Steve's photo album at: