Luzerne County

Weintraub

Dallas Township • 34.41 Acres

The Weintraub Conservation Area exhibits an Appalachian Oak Forest, a Mixed Hemlock-Deciduous Forest, and early successional forests. Collectively, the various natural communities found within the Conservation Area support wildlife diversity of “high quality” flora and fauna species.

The Appalachian Oak Forest consists of tulip poplar, sugar maple, red oak, black birch, white ash, and American basswood. This forest setting provides habitat for seed-eating mammal species such as southern flying squirrel, gray squirrel, eastern chipmunk, and white-footed mice. Bird species observed in this environment include black-capped chickadee, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, scarlet tanager, red-eyed vireo, eastern wood pewee, and white-breasted nuthatch.

The Mixed Hemlock- Deciduous Forest is frequented by resident and migratory songbirds. The tall conifers provide nesting habitat for declining neo-tropical woodland warblers such as black-throated green, yellow-rumped, and blackburnian, in compliment of other forest interior species such as blue-head vireo, red-eyed vireo and veery. The sloped forest floor is blanketed with logs, limbs, branches, rocks, and boulders that offer cover for terrestrials animals like red squirrels, gray squirrels, eastern chipmunks, short-tail shrews, red-backed salamanders, and red efts.

Many plants- both native and non-native origins, including horticultural specimens, provide important wildlife habitat for butterflies including orange sulphur, red admiral, meadow fritillary, wood nymph, mourning cloak, eastern tailed blue, pearl crescent, great spangled fritillary, and summer azure. Notwithstanding, the caterpillars of moth species utilized these food sources as well and include species such as hickory tussock, fall webworm, yellow banded tussock moth, eastern tent, forest tent, and hooded owlet moth.

The Property also contains spring seeps and an intermittent creek thus providing important breeding habitat for amphibians and aquatic invertebrates.
The Site hosts a high degree of common flora and fauna species which is important for sustainable bio-diversity. Additionally, a locally uncommon plant called maple-leaf goosefoot and the most eastern Pennsylvania range of the cucumber magnolia tree occur throughout the Conservation Area.

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