Ridge Valley is busting with wildlife, and you can easily see it if you just keep your eye out for it. The animals of Ridge Valley are peaceful and fun to watch.
These West Rockhill woods are home to many mammals including deer, raccoon, wood chuck, opossum, squirrel, skunk, rabbit, and occasionally one might find a beaver or fox.
|Deer foot prints in the mud.Look and listen carefully.||Look carefully for the animals hiding in the shadows. Do you see the deer?||The same photo was lightened above; now do you see the two deer?|
If you would like to try tracking an animal in the woods, look for fresh tracks, stay downwind of the animal, and be extremely quiet as you move in the forest. It is easier to be quiet when the ground is damp; you won't make as much noise from cracking twigs and rustling leaves. Look for movement; it is difficult to spot some animals such as the deer above, because they excel at blending in with their surroundings, unlike humans.
|Chips of bark on this large trunk of an otherwise healthy tree indicate the likelihood that a beaver has been close by recently.||With the sound of a splash we spot the beaver, unusual for this area.|
Look very closely and you will see another world with the hundreds of insects found in the area.
|Honeysuckle with Bee||Swallowtail butterflies||Dragonfly|
A wide variety of migratory birds can be observed in the woodland and marsh areas of West Rockhill.
|Wild Turkey||Mallard Ducks||Canadian Geese|
Reptiles and amphibians found in West Rockhill area include turtles, snakes, frogs, and salamanders.
||APPEAL OF AREA||LACK OF GROWTH||BOULDERS||
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||SPRING FLORA||NONSEED PLANTS||ANIMAL WILDLIFE||TREES|