Whitlock Nature Preserve
Whitlock Preserve is on the west shore of Cayuga Lake, just south of Poplar
Beach in the Town of Romulus. It consists of successional hardwood
forest, with nearly 500 feet of undisturbed lakefront. The preserve
was donated to the Land Trust by Mrs. Louisa C. Whitlock and her family.
The preserve is entirely forested, with mature hardwoods and hemlock on the slopes near the lake, and young forest on the portion closest to Route 89.
Looking north at Whitlock shoreline / John Wertis
Wild Geranium / Ed Kanze
Whitlock Preserve is a quiet refuge where one can enjoy the glory of Cayuga Lake all year long from the preserve's stone beach. There is sparkling water in summer, colored maple leaves and migrating geese in the fall, the quiet of winter with the sound of lapping waves, and in spring one can enjoy the passing sailboats and shadbush, wild geranium and trillium peeking through the trees.
Migrating waterfowl such as loons, snow geese, redheads and their cousins
prefer the secluded, isolated haven of Whitlock. The preserve provides a
resting place for birds in flight. The preserve's distinctive underwater
topography, a broad shelf extending into the lake at just this place, creates
a feeding area that is particularly attractive to canvasback ducks, greater
scaups, red-throated and common loons, oldsquaws, buffelheads, and horned
and red-necked grebes during the demanding fall and spring migrations.
As the Finger Lakes becomes increasingly developed, ringed with summer and year-round homes, this section of Cayuga's shoreline will remain a treasured place of peace. It's a rare section of waterfront which is not private property, busy park or noisy marina. Let's keep a part of it forever wild. The Whitlock Preserve is a place to rest our eyes and ears; a place to slow down and relax; a place to look at and listen to the sounds of nature. The preserve is a place to gain peace and inspiration from the natural world. It is a place for birdwatchers, walkers, canoers and picnickers; for Romulus residents and Wine Trail visitors.
Photo by Ed Kanze
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