Birder's Guide to Pennsylvania by Paula Ford

By Paula Ford

This publication takes the reader to nearly 2 hundred parks, refuges, and scorching spots for migratory and resident birds all through Pennsylvania. information on 7 geographical regions—including 34 maps—make this the main entire, statewide consultant to be had to Pennsylvania birding websites.

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In Somerset, tum west onto SR 31 and continue toward Bakersville, about 7 miles. Watch for a directional sign and tum left onto LR 4001. The park is about 2 miles ahead. Stop at the visitors' center for a free map. The park's day-use areas are open from dawn to dusk. Facilities at the park include 270 modem campsites. There are also group tenting facilities for up to 125 people. The visitors' center has historical, natural, and environmental exhibits. Environmental education programs are provided during the summer months.

Box 31, 1509 Pittsburgh Road, Franklin, PA 16323, (814) 423-3187. EDINBORO Edinboro, population 7,736, is the home of Edinboro State University. Edinboro Lake, northwest of the town, like other lakes in the area is good for migratory waterfowl in spring and fall. Black Tern, a species that is on the Pennsylvania endangered list, has been reported at the lake. Union City Dam Union City dam is a dry-bed reservoir on French Creek. It does not provide the usual menu of recreation facilities at typical Army Corps of Engineers' facilities, but because its water levels fluctuate depending on the rainfall in the area, it can be very good for birds.

Schools, scout groups, and other organizations may schedule free programs by contacting the park offlce. The park has 42 miles of trails through a variety of habitats and is the southern terminus for the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Trail. O Box 7404, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. The 28-mile Yough River Hike/Bike Trail is wheelchair-accessible. A hike through the Ferncliff Natural Area gives a glimpse of plants such as Carolina Tassel-rue and Large-flowered Marshallia usually found in more southern areas.

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