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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Accessible Andrick Ponds State Wildlife Area - Morgan County
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Description: Andrick Ponds State Wildlife Area is a vastly underbirded location with an abundance of ponds and marshes plus small cottonwood and juniper groves. It lies just southwest of Jackson Lake State Park (do not be confused by the fact that Jackson Lake State Park is mislocated on many maps, such as eBird and Google Maps). It lies south of Morgan County Road AA and between Morgan County Roads 2 and 3. Most birders bird this location from its edges by driving the above mentioned roads, and indeed, many of the better marshes can be viewed from these public roads. Entering the state wildlife area itself, for non-hunters, is usually limited to a parking lot on west side of Morgan County Road 3 just north of the Inlet Channel and across the street from the private trailer park on the east side of county road 3. A stroll through Andrick from this access would entail a goodly 2-3 miles, but may well be worth it during non-hunting season. Check the state wildlife area website for current rules and regulations.

Since Andrick has been underbirded, exactly what its potential may be is unknown. A Mottled Duck spent several days off of county road 2 during July 2013. Least Bittern has been found here on at least two occasions and may breed, at least intermittently. American Bitterns are to be expected if the area is walked, with up to seven having been found in an hour's effort. The ponds can have fair numbers of shorebirds and herons (including Glossy Ibis in 2013) depending on water levels. At times, the cottonwoods have had reasonable numbers of warblers and thrushes and once hosted a Russet-backed (Swainson's) Thrush - a potential future split from our normal Olive-backed Swaison's Thrushes. 

Habitat: Small ponds and marshes with cottonwood and willow edges. Scattered junipers.
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Directions: From I-76, take exit 66A. Head north on Hwy. 39 for 7.25 miles through Goodrich, then go west on Y5 which will turn to the north as CR 3 and lead to the non-hunter entrance after crossing the inlet canal for Jackson Reservoir
Restrictions/Hazards: check state wildlife area website for up-to-date access regulations
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