Spencer Crest Nature Center

Best Time to Visit: Late Winter - Early Summer

Spencer Crest Nature Center is part of Corning Community College and features two ponds and seven miles of trails across 250 acres of lush beauty. Dogs are allowed on the trails if they are leashed, but please do pick up after your dog. The Center's trails are open from sunrise to sunset all year long, and the nature center building is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. while the College is in session. For more information, call 607-962-9012.

A map of the trail is available to download by clicking here. The trails are easy to walk, well-maintained, and you'll find a variety of plants, birds, and other wildlife. The trails vary in length, with the shortest being only a third a mile long. The Center also hosts a breeding pair of broad-winged hawks who return every April. Spring is the best time to walk these trails, as the migration brings all sorts of raptors to the area, including warblers and vireos.

Audubon protects valuable habitats and the birds that depend on them: Important Bird Areas (IBA). Find IBAs in our area at Audubon.org.

Google Map for Spencer Crest Nature Center

Birds Recorded at the Center

For a description of each of these birds, please visit the Audubon Field Guide.

American Crow American Goldfinch American Robin
Barred Owl Belted Kingfisher Blackburnian Warbler
Black-Capped Chickadee Blackpoll Warbler Black-Throated Blue Warbler
Black-Throated Green Warbler Blue Jay Blue-Headed Vireo
Blue-Winged Warbler Boblink Brown Creeper
Brown-Headed Cowbird Canada Goose Chipping Sparrow
Common Grackle Common Raven Common Yellowthroat
Dark-Eyed Junco Downy Woodpecker Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Screech-Owl Eastern Towhee Eastern Wood Pewee
Field Sparrow Golden-Crowned Kinglet Gray Catbird
Great Blue Heron Great Crested Flycatcher Great Horned Owl
Hairy Woodpecker Hermit Thrush House Finch
House Wren Indigo Bunting Killdeer
Least Flycatcher Mongolia Warbler Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal Northern Flicker Northern Parula
Northern Saw-Whet Owl Ovenbird Philadelphia Vireo
Pileated Woodpecker Prairie Warbler Purple Finch
Red-Breasted Nuthatch Red-Eyed Vireo Red-Winged Blackbird
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak Ruby-Crowned Kinglet Ruffed Grouse
Scarlet Tanager Solitary Sandpiper Song Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse Veery White-Breasted Nuthatch
White-Throated Sparrow Wild Turkey Wilson’s Warbler
Wood Duck Wood Thrush Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-Rumped Warbler