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Imagestormyla
Feb 20, 2010 5:28 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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Wildlife Sighting Spots. Please post here any places where wild animal lovers can view their favorite species. Sea, land and air creatures abound everywhere. Let's share our favorite habitats for all to see.

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luvsgrtdanes
Feb 21, 2010 6:53 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
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Here are few places in and around Philadelphia and Bucks County that I go to for great bird and wildlife sightings.

Churchville Nature Center in Churchville Pa is a nice quiet place to bird watch and catch sightings of heron, egrets, bald eagles, hawks and many other rare birds. They have a great spring and fall migration. There is a wonderful garden spot to sit and watch hummingbirds and butterflies in abundance. http://www.churchvillenaturecenter.org/

The John Heinz wildlife rescue in Philadelphia is great place for sighting a lot of water fowl and wildlife. Located near the Philadelphia airport you wouldn't think of it as a refuge, step inside and leave the world behind! http://www.fws.gov/heinz/index.html

Hawk Mountain located between Reading and Bloomsburg Pa is not to be missed. A spectacular lookout on top of the mountain to spot Eagle, Hawks, Falcon and more. The woods are full of wildlife such as, white tailed deer, foxes, raccoons and such. The trails are beginner to advanced and is very accessible for the average hiker. There is a small entrance fee. http://www.hawkmountain.org/

Tyler State Park is a beautiful park located in the Yardley/Newtown area of PA. It is a great place to spot many different species of wildlife and birds and is well know for horseback riding. Also a wonderful spot for bike riding. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/Parks/tyler.aspx

A few other links around Philadelphia and Bucks County
Bucks County Audubon Society http://www.bcas.org/
Peace Valley Nature Center http://www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org/

A really good resource of State Parks In PA. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/index.aspx



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Imagestormyla
Feb 21, 2010 7:04 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thumbs up Ronnie, Glad you found your way here. Thanks for posting these. The link is great too.

I've been to Peace Valley. I took my nieces and nephews there when they were younger. We rented every type of boat that they offer. We paddle boated, canoed, sailed, rowed and kayaked. The canoe ride was the best. I managed to keep everything steady until we docked when my niece managed to turn us upside down! They offer sailing classes there too,.

I always stop at Hawk Mountain on my way to Penn State. What spectacular views there are at that park.
ImageWild_Rose
Feb 22, 2010 12:02 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
Of course... I'm going to have to go with Chincoteague Island, VA. Home of the Margurite Henry book series "Misty of Chincoteague", it was always a dream of mine to go there! Last year, I finally made it, and feel completely in love with it! So much history, but even more wildlife! It's a photographer's dream, and lots to do for everyone in the family!

http://www.chincoteaguechamber.com/

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ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 23, 2010 10:01 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
One of my favorite spots is Huntington Beach State Park just south of Myrtle Beach N.C. There is so very much to see in this area. The park runs along the Atlantic Ocean so you have all the beautiful beach and shore birds. There is a tidal saltwater marsh with many birding trails and boardwalks with Observation Decks. A large lake area with alligators and turtles. There is camping at the park and also day use areas. The park service has many very nice programs and an Environmental Center. It is considered one of the best Birding spots on the East Coast.
http://huntingtonbeachsc.org/

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Imagestormyla
Feb 24, 2010 10:27 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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Rose, I've been to Chincoteague and found it to be just wonderful Your great photos always make me want to go back.

Holly, I've never been to Huntington Beach, but now from seeing all of your photos, I'm definitely adding it to my list.

Thank you all for posting these Thumbs up

If anyone wants to see loads of beautiful photos from these destinations, visit our wildlife thread here:

http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/863/#reply
ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 25, 2010 3:46 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Oh Stormy, You will love it and beautiful Brookgreen Gardens is right across the road. Huntington Beach was part of the original property it was the location of the Beach House the Main House was across the road where Brookgreen Gardens are. Brookgreen tickets are good for 7 consecutive days at a cost of $12.
Set on a 300-acre parcel in the heart of a 9,100-acre preserve along the South Carolina coast, Brookgreen Gardens is a beautiful sculpture garden with a wildlife sanctuary, creek excursions, back road tours and seasonal events. Comprised of four former rice plantations, Brookgreen was the first public sculpture garden built in the U.S. The garden was opened to the public in 1931 by its founders Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington. Mrs. Huntington's works are featured along with other prominent American sculptors. More than 1,200 works of figurative sculpture by some 350 artists are featured in 10 separate garden "rooms," with accent pools and fountains. Seasonal offerings include a spring garden fair, two indoor changing exhibits, evening dining and other programs in the summer. Harvest Home Weekend festival in the fall and Night of a Thousand Candles during the holidays. Visit the E. Craig Wall Jr. Lowcountry Center and take enjoy one of the daily programs, tours and excursions.
There are tons of places to stay in the area you don't have to camp like we did. You can get day passes to the park or week passes.
Beautiful Brookgreen Gardens






http://www.brookgreen.org/

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Imagestormyla
Feb 25, 2010 11:16 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks, Holly. That's a really nice description and write up. It's definitely on my list now. Big Grin
ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 26, 2010 12:48 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Well I copied most of the write up from the web site. LOL
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ImageHollyAnnS
Mar 1, 2010 7:05 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa

Middle Creek Wildlife Preserve want to see 80,000 Snow Geese????????

http://www.fieldtrip.com/pa/77331512.htm

Check out this site beautiful pic and lots of Birding Site Info

http://berksawhile.blogspot.com/2009/02/middle-creek-wildlif...
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Imagestormyla
Jun 22, 2010 10:14 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Has anyone found any new places to go wildlife viewing?
ImageWild_Rose
Jun 23, 2010 9:21 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
Hubby and I are really into the National Wildlife Refuges. Most of the well-managed ones have a "Wildlife Drive" that is car accessible. We have been to Chincoteague, Blackwater, Eastern Neck, Occoquan, and Mason Neck so far. We bought the Federal Duck Stamp last year for the first time, but will continue to do so from now on. While not all of the photos I take are from the NWRs, many are.

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Imagestormyla
Jun 26, 2010 11:51 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Here's a calendar of events showing different dates and places sponsored by the Audubon Society for birdwatching.in and around the Valley Forge area. Come see our birds!!!

http://pa.audubon.org/PDFs/Spring_2010_COE.pdf
ImageWild_Rose
Aug 6, 2010 12:16 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
If you like "wild" life, then take a day trip to a local zoo! You'll always find something to look at and to learn about!

I've shared some images here... http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/30732/
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Imagestormyla
Aug 6, 2010 12:32 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Oh Yes, Thank you Karen. Philadelphia has an excellent zoo.

http://www.philadelphiazoo.org/


ImageWild_Rose
Aug 6, 2010 12:35 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
National Zoo is wonderful too!

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/
Instead of running after perfection, why not simply walk in faith?
Imagestormyla
Aug 6, 2010 12:38 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Oh, Yes! I've been to that one and it was great.
Imageeric4home
Sep 23, 2010 6:26 AM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
There is a small area right near Harrisburg Wildwood Park Nature Center. It is very nice for local folk but I wouldn't travel far to go there. There is a small nature center especially designed for children, a butterfly garden a three mile trail wooded trail the runs around the lake. You will see ducks (several types), herons, geese, lots of different birds. If you time it right you might get to see the turtle hatching. What might be worth a drive is the water lotus, The largest northern stand of native American water lotus. Not only beautiful to see but the smell is just wonderful.
http://www.wildwoodlake.org/
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Imagestormyla
Sep 23, 2010 12:15 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Ric, That sounds absolutely lovely. I would take a drive to see that. Do you know what month the turtles hatch? Thank you for posting this! Big Grin
ImageHollyAnnS
Sep 23, 2010 7:09 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
No sometime in the spring but I haven't seen them just the signs warning drivers to be on the lookout for them. BTW Stormy that was me Holly. Didn't look to see who's log on was up. Sorry *Blush*
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