Recent Sightings

Sightings Over The Last 30 Days

May 21, 2015

Red-eyed vireo on nest

Red-eyed vireo on nest

A red-eyed vireo is dutifully sitting on eggs in her nest in the Native Plant Garden. Photo by Bill Moses.

May 17, 2015

Mating luna moths

Mating luna moths

Bill Moses caught this fantastic image of mating luna moths on the Native Plant Garden fence. The following day, one moth remained and posed for many a visitor.

May 16, 2015

Defoliating catepillars attack the trees

Defoliating catepillars attack the trees

A mix of more than three caterpillar species began their decent upon the Sanctuary and many other nearby areas. Frank Snyder with the Bureau of Forestry told us the mix of pests include fall cankerworms, oak sawfly, oak leaf rollers, cankerworms, sawflies, gypsy moth, and other native defoliators.  

He warns to expect the worst in some portions of the county and probably more wide spread defoliation then we have seen in years. However, cooler weather and/or rain may help.

May 15, 2015

Deer cross the Little Schuylkill River

Deer cross the Little Schuylkill River

A morning paddle near hte base of Hawk Mountain brought the chance to see two deer cross the river as well as a family of geese protecting their gaggle.

May 11, 2015

Pink lady's slipper

Pink lady's slipper

Keep a sharp eye open for this native orchid that grows in open woodlands. While this is the most common native orchid in the region, it still rare and should be protected.

May 6, 2015

Jacob's ladder

Jacob's ladder

A lovely native ground cover, Jacob's ladder is now in bloom and provides a beautiful blue entry to the Native Plant Garden.

May 5, 2015

Dogwood

Dogwood

The dogwood trees are in bloom along Hawk Mountain Road ushering your way to the Sanctuary. Dogwood typically blooms in time for Mother's Day.

May 4, 2015

Chipmunk

Chipmunk

You can always count on the industrious chipmunk, often seen in and about the Visitor Center and always around the bird feeders.

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