Bradford County


Herrick Twp. • 13.09 Acres

The Conservation Area is a unique parcel of land. Noteworthy natural habitat features on the Property includes a deciduous hardwood forest, shrub borders, an intermittent stream, spring seeps, wetlands, and a pond. The 13.09 acre Pelletier Property consists of approximately 5.5 acres of forested land, a 5.3 acre pond, approximately 1.5 acres of shrub borders, one-half acre of wetland borders, and a one-quarter acre residential area. The topography of the Pelletier Property is relatively level with mild sloping terrain along the western boundary.

Collectively, these natural communities found within the Conservation Area support wildlife diversity of high quality flora and fauna species. For example, the deciduous forest consists of red maple, sugar maple, red oak, black birch, white ash, and white pine. This forest setting provides habitat for seed-eating mammal species such as southern flying squirrel, gray squirrel, eastern chipmunk, white-footed mice, and deer mice. Some of the bird species observed includes golden-crowned kinglet, yellow-rumped warbler, eastern bluebird, black-capped chickadee, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, and white-breasted nuthatch.

The pond is considered high conservation value based upon the aquatic plant diversity and the associated animals that depend on ponds and open water wetlands. Species found include aquatic plants like snail-seed pondweed, spikerush, duckweed, water purslane, tussock sedge, water milfoil, and smartweed. This habitat offers food and cover for fish such as large mouth bass, bluegill, golden shiner, red-fin pickerel, and rock bass. Reptiles and amphibians residing in the pond include green frog, bull frog, spring peeper, pickerel frog, painted turtle, red-spotted newt, and snapping turtle. Waterfowl were observed taking refuge on the pond during their fall migration – Canada goose, mallard, wood duck, and common merganser. Waterbirds, namely great blue heron and kingfisher were found hunting for fish and amphibians.

Evidence of aquatic mammals includes beaver, muskrat, mink, hairy-tail mole, and raccoon. Six species of dragonflies were identified during late season visits – fragile forktail, eastern forktail, green darner, yellow-legged meadowhawk, Jayne’s meadowhawk, and the uncommon green striped darner. The green striped darner is considered a Species of Special Concern in Pennsylvania.

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