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Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center is located at the Dr. Victor Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve - a unique 292-acre complex of forests, ponds, and wetlands surrounded by suburban development. Reinstein Woods offers a variety of opportunities to explore and learn about nature for famil...
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Conesus Inlet Fish and Wildlife Management Area
Description: Located at the south end of Conesus Lake, the westernmost of the Finger Lakes, this picturesque wetland community contains many wetland impoundment’s. The largest covers 400 acres. Managed for public use and the enjoyment of wildlife, this is excellent habitat for water birds and wildlife viewing. Unique opportunities to view spawning runs of walleye and northern pike make this a popular area attraction.

Wildlife to Watch: A flat valley floodplain with rich marshes, ponds, and upland fields is cradled between steep-sloping forested hills. Abundant and diverse wildlife abound. Migrating waterfowl dominate spring and fall. Wildlife viewers in spring and summer are welcomed by the sounds of secretive marsh birds like common moorhens, rails, and grebes. A great blue heron rookery provides additional viewing. Raptors are common. Red-tailed hawks nest here and harriers, screech owls, and others are often seen. More than 30 nest boxes attract eastern bluebirds and an overwintering population enables year-around viewing of our state bird. Mammals such as beavers, cottontail rabbits, muskrats, fox, and deer leave tracks and traces for visitors to find. Reptiles and amphibians are seasonally abundant. A chorus of spring peepers, tree frogs, and bullfrogs can be almost deafening in the spring, and leopard frogs leap away with every step in late July.

Special Tips: This site’s most unusual wildlife viewing occurs during spring spawning season when walleye cluster along the shallows of clear flowing south McMillan Creek. Pike also use the diked spawning beds designed expressly for them.

Other Activities: Six shallow-water impoundment’s total 500 acres with more than a mile of dike to walk and explore. A mile-long trail follows the West Side of the largest wetland where walkers can enjoy the riparian woods and wetland scenery.

Ownership: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation 
Size: 1120 acres 
Closest Town: Conesus

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Common Moorhen - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Interstate 390, south of Rochester and Interstate 90, take Route 15 south (exit 9). Continue on Route 15 to Route 256 South to the wildlife management area.

For more information call 716-226-2466.

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Conesus Inlet Fish and Wildlife Management Area : Wildlife Viewing Area