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Resource Directory for Pennsylvania
Pitch, scrub, and table mountain pines are relatively small, picturesque kinds of pine trees adapted and native to the dry, poor, worn-out, or rocky soils of southeastern Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the eastern part of the United States.
Mostly I hear them calling from pond shallows in spring and early summer. If I look closely, I can see males sitting in inch-deep water with bulging throats while trilling or pairs floating while spawning in the pond.
Flowering plants originally from Europe dominate many country roadsides in southeastern Pennsylvania farmland, as elsewhere in North America.
Johnny darters, black-nosed dace, and banded killifish live in clear, flowing brooks and streams in southeastern Pennsylvania, as elsewhere in the eastern United States.
Rough-winged swallows are plain little birds that are big in being adaptable enough to use a variety of niches, both natural and human-made, for nesting.
Several kinds of native, woodland wildflowers bloom in many woods in April in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Though from different bird families, eastern bluebirds and eastern phoebes have much in common, besides their first name.
Although they are mostly nocturnal, I have heard and seen many raccoons in our area over the years.
Though scavengers of dead animals and reviled by some people, black vultures are always clean and not repulsive in appearance.
One afternoon this past summer, I noticed a pair of redheaded woodpeckers in a cow pasture that was dotted with trees, one of them dead and lacking bark but still standing.
I enjoy the wildlife I see daily at home more than any other part of nature.
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