Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, Fox Chapel

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Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve is a 134-acre (0.5 km2) protected area for flora, fauna, and wildlife in Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh suburb. The site has served as the headquarters of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (ASWP) since 1977.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy owns the land on which Beechwood Farms is located, and leases the site to the ASWP. The nature reserve comprises woodlands, fields, streams, and a pond. It also features more than 5 miles (8.0 km) of walking trails—open from dawn to dusk every day year-round, some of which are accessible for individuals with special needs.
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  • wonderful spot to walk around and bird. The meadow was full of goldfinches and cedar waxwings, and the trails were well marked and easy to navigate. 
    wonderful spot to walk around and bird. The meadow was full of goldfinches and cedar waxwings, and the trails were well marked and easy to navigate.  more »
  • This place is great for families that want to experience the outdoors. None of the paths are that long ( under a mile) so its great for kids to go exploring. There are bridges, outlooks, ponds, and.....  more
    This place is great for families that want to experience the outdoors. None of the paths are that long ( under a mile) so its great for kids to go exploring. There are bridges, outlooks, ponds, and.....  more »
  • Very peaceful, relaxing place with an awesome gift shop. Lots of unique, natural gifts & plants available to buy. Free, onsite parking along with trails & a small play area are also available. 
    Very peaceful, relaxing place with an awesome gift shop. Lots of unique, natural gifts & plants available to buy. Free, onsite parking along with trails & a small play area are also available.  more »
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  • Great place for a field trip with elementary students, middle school and even high school. Lots to see and lots to learn. Environmental reserve this close to a major city is wonderful. Keep up the great work you are doing. There is even history to learn from this reserve. The families that made it happen, the roads and farms that used to exist before it became a reserve. What an amazing place.
  • There are a surprising number of trails available here. Highly recommend stopping to hang around outside and get some sun
  • The best little hike tucked away in an unsuspecting part of Greater Pittsburgh. I love it here. I’ve chosen to start my birthday off with a hike here for the past two years and I want it to be a tradition! The trails are well kept and there are a lot of gorgeous birds to see and hear. The shop here is also so fun - I love the tshirts.
  • The area is so so close for the ppl in the outskirts of pgh of whom LOVE wildlife (especially birds) like myself and don't maybe have time and or the money to go to the aviary or zoo every month or so. The picture I posted was unfortunately the only one I got bc I, to be honest was overwhelmed by THE GIFT SHOP AND ALL ITS GORGEOUS MERCHANDISE. Its about half the sz of the Aviary gift shop, but so is this section of the Audubon chapter. This bird home is hand painted by an artist &is weather proofed. So it's not just gorgeous...u can actually UTILIZE IT AND NOT JUST LOOK AT IT SITTING SOMEWHERE! I fell in love with nuthatch's during the civid lockdown. To be honest, their "song" aka "communication to one another", is so so faint...I doubt anyone without exceptional hearing who knows their birds know about these very specific special birds. They're about the sz of a house sparrow and are the most gorgeous grayish/ blue, with a little bit of white and black. The males are only slightly brighter than females so unless their standing side by side it's harder to tell them apart unlike the Robin's, Cardinals, or other birds. This is definitely my moms mothers day or future gift of some sort. If it's still there when the time comes. As any gift shop, it's a bit on the high priced side but after all... so are 99%of gift shops. Least this money actually (I'm thinking) supported the artist who painted them. Every penny I can also give, to help any animals in this harsh time makes me glad to do so. So if you genuinely LOVE nature and want mother nature to have some help getting back on her feet... dont purchase bird supplies from a HUGE "online store" pay a little more. Support the artist who painted this gorgeous birdhouse and support the birds and what the Audubon are all trying to accomplish. Before we lose even more birds. I read the next we are going to lose to extinction, is the "Marsh Sparrow" or "Puffin". We can't afford to lose "ANYONE ELSE"! Even if you don't love animals...do you want bugs out of control biting you and causing disease&discomfort for you& your pets this season? Birds help bring all those bugs back to normal numbers. Go to the Audubon. See the beautiful land and gift shop. Take your kids, grand kids. I'm taking my God Daughter after shes done w/ school this yr. Shes very young but was raised to respect all living things. She will absolutely LOVE THE AUDUBON! HAVE A GOOD DAY AND GO SUPPORT SOME BIRDS YOU HUMANS🦅🦆🦉🦋🕊🐣🐦🦇❣
  • We joined a guided birdwatching group this morning (05/15/2019). The hiking paths were full of Spring flowers and the air was filled with birdsong. It was a fun, informative and smart bunch of people. Our leaders were skilled and patient. We heard or saw about 10 different species. The gift shop is a treat with many cool things for birders and gardeners. We'll be back.

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