Old trailhead at The Nature Conservancy's Slaty Mountain Preserve in West Virginia. Slaty Mountain Preserve is comprised of a dry hardwood and pine woodland including a globally rare shale barren community. Many common bird species can be observed from the road traversing the preserve. This preserve is a good place to see and hear the blue-headed vireo, red-eyed vireo, scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, blue-gray gnatcatcher, chestnut-sided warbler, black and white warbler, indigo buntings, and many other species. Due to the warm southern aspect and dry arid conditions of shale barrens, these habitats are especially good habitat for a large variety of butterflies. Fence lizards are also commonly observed basking on exposed rocks and tree trunks at this preserve © Kent Mason Enjoy the outdoors near you and take a day trip at one of our preserves.