Date(s) - Sun Sep 24, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Trip leader: Susan Braun
The Barrens to Bald Eagle Wildlife Corridor is one of the last remaining natural connections allowing free passage of wildlife between State Game Lands 176 and Bald Eagle Mountain. The corridor is forever protected through a joint public/private partnership between ClearWater Conservancy, Halfmoon Township Open Space Preservation Program, County Planning and Community Development Office, and private donors. The Scotia Barrens and Bald Eagle Mountain are both designated “Important Bird Areas” and “Important Mammal Areas” because they provide large, unique, or critical habitat for many bird and mammal species. Residential development threatens to isolate these two natural land masses from each other as well as the wildlife populations they support. The wildlife corridor provides a natural connection between two critical habitats, forever ensuring safe passage.
We will tour the grass and wildflower meadows and woodland areas to learn about the importance of wildlife corridors and the diverse community of bird, mammal, plant, pollinator, and amphibian species they support. This is an easy walk over mown paths.
Directions: Address: 235 Harness Downs Road, Port Matilda, PA
Take US 322 West to SR 550 (Buffalo Run Road). Travel 2.9 miles to Saddle Ridge Road on the left. Travel Saddle Ridge Road taking first right onto Harness Downs Road. Follow Harness Downs Road to its end and the parking area. The hiking trail begins in the extreme left-hand corner of the parking lot. Please note: speed limit is 25 mph on Saddle Ridge and Harness Downs Roads. Please be a thoughtful visitor and strictly obey the speed limit. https://goo.gl/maps/ufw4DK7Z9VL2