Michael Huber Prairie Warbler Preserve
About the Preserve
This preserve in the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens is named for the late Michael Huber, a dedicated conservationist who served on the Board of Trustees of New Jersey Conservation Foundation until his death in January 2009. Its pitch pine/scrub oak forests are prime breeding habitat for the Prairie Warbler, a migratory songbird that winters in the islands of the West Indies.
The preserve contains the Four Mile Spring, one of several tributaries of the Rancocas Creek that spring from the headwaters swamps of this 1,227-acre forested preserve. Approximately five miles of footpaths and sand roads wind through the preserve’s pitch pine forests and along ancient Atlantic White Cedar forests, and are open for foot travel, mountain biking and horse riding. Multiple loop routes are available for hiking and biking. Horse traffic is limited to the main trail.
One the preserve’s most interesting features is a spung located on the red trail. A spung is a hydrologically isolated wetland that relies entirely on rain and snowfall to maintain its water level. In this case, the spung at the Michael Huber Preserve is located on top of a layer of dense clay that prevents exchange with the groundwater. Because of this isolation, the spungs conditions are very dependent on varying precipitation throughout the year.
- Bird Watching