bird counts

The Preserve is a birding hotspot with species observed and documented by volunteers through the Virginia ebird program.

We are delighted with the number and diversity of birds at Leopold's Preserve and encourage everyone to visit us to view the many species of year-round winged residents and migratory species that stop by on their way north and south.

Share your tallies with us! Click here for a printable eBird Field Checklist.


September 8, 2016 - Our naturalist stroll with Lyt Wood focused on "Flying Things" - birds, butterflies, dragonflies and clouds. During the walk Mr. Wood identified a belted kingfisher, Canada goose, Carolina wren, catbird, cowbird, chimney swift, goldfinch, green heron, indigo bunting, killdeer, mallard, mockingbird, mourning dove, red-shouldered hawk, tufted titmouse, turkey vulture, and white-breasted nuthatch. 


He also noted the following butterflies:  buckeye, eastern tailed blue, hackberry emperor, least skipper, monarch, orange sulphur, pearl crescent, spicebush swallowtail, wood nymph and varigated fritillary.


Dragonflies and damselflies noted include: saddlebags, common whitetail, eastern pondhawk, green darner, halloween pennant, and a wandering glider. 

Lyt Wood, naturalist and expert on local flora and fauna

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Leopold's Preserve is open 7 days a week from dawn until dusk. Our public parking area is conveniently located off of Route 55 (John Marshall Highway).


NOTE: the entrances located within the private Villages of Piedmont community are not for public access! 

For GPS Location Use:

16290 Thoroughfare Road
Broad Run, Virginia 20137

Directions: Traveling west on John Marshall Highway (Rt. 55) turn left onto Thoroughfare Road (SR 682). Continue a short distance and the paved road turns to gravel. Cross the railroad tracks and in just a few hundred yards you will see the parking areas located to the left (Parking Lot East) and right (Parking Lot West).

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Our viewing platform is wheelchair accessible from Parking Lot West.
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