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Mineland to Habitat: A reclaimed strip mine on
State Game Lands 121 in Huntingdon County has
remained relatively lifeless for the better part of
60 years. The 20-acre site was like many of the
Commonwealth's surface mines, a compacted mix
of shale, coal slag, and heavy clay that supported
very little vegetation outside of a few hardy weeds and
invasive shrubs. The site resembled an abandoned parking
lot, and had about the same wildlife habitat value. However, the adjacent
forests and shrublands support a small population of golden-winged warblers -
small, ground-nesting songbirds that nest in the dense cover of young forests and
shrublands. Federal Pittman-Robertson funds were used to make the abandoned
site more suitable for golden-wings and other species that seek out young forestland. Heavy equipment deep-tilled the soil down to 36 inches and reduced soil
compaction. Then, lime and fertilizer were added to sweeten the nutrient-poor
soil. Trees and shrubs likely to thrive in the modified ground were planted in
early 2016. Despite last summer's record heat and persistent drought, the site is
becoming well-established. About 80 percent of the planted trees survived. Goldenrod, bee balm and asters are thriving. Surveys will be performed to see if the
golden-wings and other wildlife that prefer new forest use the improved habitat.
- A. Clayton Lutz, Southcentral Region Wildlife Diversity Biologist
Restoring a Corner of History: Presque Isle State Park, and its Gull Point Natural
Area in particular, supports a unique feature for Pennsylvania - a natural beach!
Miles of sandy beach. And, like beaches everywhere, it attracts attention. Millions of people visit the park annually and a wide variety of plants and animals
associated with this interface of water and land make their home here. Two birds,
the state-endangered common tern and federally endangered piping plover historically nested along this narrow spit of sand - the only place in Pennsylvania
suitable for them. Both disappeared about 50 years ago. But common tern
numbers have increased in recent years and several nesting attempts have
been documented. A team comprised of staff from Audubon, U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources'
Bureau of State Parks, and the Game Commission have rallied to remove exotic
plants invading the beach and provide protections for terns and plovers that might
try to nest. Efforts included trail cameras and a part-time observer to monitor
nest sites and enforce closed areas. Those efforts are paying off. Eight tern nests
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