"In the opinion of many, Prairie Creek Redwoods is the finest grove of redwoods in existence. At one time, US 101 passed right through the heart of the grove, but has now been routed around it via a freeway. The former US 101 is now known as the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. Close to the southern border of the park is a beautiful large meadow known as Elk Prairie. Usually, a herd of Roosevelt elk can be seen grazing here. Specialty birds: Resident—Marbled Murrelet, Spotted and Barred Owls, Steller’s Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Dipper, Varied Thrush. Summer—Band-tailed Pigeon, Vaux’s Swift, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Violet-green Swallow, Hermit Warbler. Winter—Townsend’s Warbler. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."