Red-tail Nature Preserve

Made up of forest, tallgrass prairie, and wetlands, Red-tail Nature Preserve is an enchanting example of diverse connected habitats. The publicly accessible section of Red-tail Nature Preserve is a wide loop trail that circles the Edgar H. and Lois C. Seward Memorial Prairie. Late summer is an excellent time to visit the native grasses and wildflowers in full bloom. The nearby reservoir is a vital stopping place for migratory waterfowl and home for hawks, osprey, and eagles. It is an excellent birding hot spot. 

Located between Prairie Creek Reservoir and the Cardinal Greenway, this preserve connects  two significant wildlife habitats and recreation areas. One part of the loop trail is a short paved path designed for bikes to easily ride between those two bike-friendly trail systems. Because it is a wildlife sanctuary, bikes are not allowed in any other part of Red-tail Nature Preserve.

Edgar H. and Lois C. Seward Memorial Prairie 

Edgar and Lois Seward were active members of the Muncie-Delaware community for over 50 years. Edgar was the former head of the Muncie Chamber of Commerce followed by over 30 years at American National Bank as president and Chairman of the Board until his retirement in 1992. Lois was a founding member of the Minnetrista Cultural Center, a member of the Ball Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, and past President of the Isanogel Center as well as several other organizations.


Acres: 105

Accessibility: Open to the Public

Features: Parking lot, paved and gravel trail (approx. 0.5 mile and flat), observation plaza, osprey nest platform

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