The Creek Road Black-crowned Night-Heron colony is approximately one acre in size and is located next to Lititz Run Creek. Historically, nests have been located in the Sycamore trees, although other deciduous trees grow in the area.

Directions: The Creek Road site located in Lancaster County near the village of Oregon. It can be reached by driving north out of Lancaster on Rt. 272. Just past the Oregon Dairy Store, which is on the north side of Rt. 272, take the first left onto Creek Road. At the stop sign, make a right and then a quick left to stay on Creek Road. After approx. 200 feet, the colony can be seen on the east side of the road. For best viewing, park behind the shops at the corner of Creek Road and Oregon Road and walk to the site, which is on private ?

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Ornithological Summary

Area supports 100 active nests for Black-crowned Night-Herons, the second largest colony in Pennsylvania. The colony was reported in 1992 and has been monitored since that time. Sycamore trees provide nests for the majority of the herons.

Conservation Issues

Human disturbance and recreational use are possible threats to the site, as well as potential future sale of the site by the owner.

The colony has been monitored since its discovery, but it is not under any management agreement. It is located on private property.


Mainly Sycamore trees located along the creek.

Land Use

Located on private property.

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