The 226-acre Little Auglaize Wildlife Reserve in Paulding County features a diverse variety of natural habitats and has been designated a sensitive species area.
Preliminary surveys have identified pheasants, chorus frogs, painted turtles, river otters and the federally endangered Indiana bat, as well as 48 species of birds and more than 20 species of dragonflies and damselflies.
The property, established in 2019, contains more than one half mile of the Little Auglaize River and is located along the 1,444-mile Buckeye Trail.
In addition to continuing restoration of the area, plans include creating public outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking trails, birding, fishing, hunting and other activities.
The preserve is open to limited public access for hiking and wildlife observation. Contact Melanie Coulter for permission to visit the Little Auglaize Wildlife Reserve.