The Biological Station, intended to provide Cornell students and researchers with access to Cayuga Lake, has been long regarded as botanically significant by university faculty members. The lakeside forest, in conjunction with other neighboring natural areas (the Fuertes Bird Sanctuary at Stewart Park and Hog Hole across the inlet) at this end of Cayuga Lake, provides important bird habitat, especially for migrating species.
Watch for poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans). It grows abundantly here, both as bushes and vines. Some vines growing on trees have large branches extending away from the tree at eye level.