Biological Inventory

Biological Inventory

We are currently studying and surveying the species found at Leigh Farm park.  Leigh Farm is a critical biological buffer area that links to a chain of wild areas that crosses the Piedmont. This creates a corridor for animals to travel across the Piedmont and beyond.  For the protection of biodiversity, it  is essential to protect and preserve areas like these.  Habitat fragmentation is one of the most critical problems facing wildlife in our area and it is getting worse, not better.

In our biological inventory project, we are working to document all of the species that live in the area surrounding Leigh Farm park. We are using animal tracking as well as modern technology including trail cameras, GPS, GIS software, and other information tracking systems to determine the species that use the park.

Our goal is to study the area in order to develop a greater understanding of the current state of diversity in the park lands,  and to help us in developing programs that promote the biodiversity of the greater Piedmont area.

Leigh Farm park and the NCWRC area around it includes 5 types of habitat:  Bottomland hardwood forest, Upland hardwood forest, Pine forest, Forested wetlands and Fields.

Our biological inventory is just beginning.  Here are a few representative species that we have found living in the park at the early phases of the inventory project:

Birds

  • Bald Eagle -Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  • Great Blue Heron -Ardea herodias
  • Great Horned Owl-Bubo virginianus
  • Barred Owl-Strix varia
  • Wild Turkey – Meleagris gallopavo
  • Eastern Wood Pewee -Contopus virens
  • Red-shouldered Hawk- Buteo lineatus
  • Red -tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis
  • Sharp -shinned Hawk -Accipiter striatus
  • Broad -winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
  • Yellow -billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
  • Belted Kingfisher- Ceryle alcyon
  • Double -crested Cormorant -Phalacrocorax auritus
  • Wood Stork -Mycteria americana (believed to be transient –observed once, apparently blown in during a storm)

Mammals

  • Gray Fox
  • Striped Skunk
  • Beaver
  • Bobcat
  • Raccoon
  • Coyote
  • Whitetail Deer
  • Domestic Cat (wild)
  • Eastern Cottontail

Reptiles and Amphibians

  • Black Rat Snake
  • Black Racer
  • Southern Ringneck Snake
  • Banded Water Snake
  • Garter Snake
  • Northern Copperhead
  • Eastern Earth Snake
  • Rough Green Snake
  • Smooth Green Snake
  • Yellow Bellied Slider
  • Eastern Box Turtle
  • Fence Lizard
  • Five Lined Skink
  • Marbled Salamander
  • Gray Treefrog (and Copes Gray Treefrog)
  • Fowlers Toad
  • Green Treefrog
  • Upland Chorus Frog
  • Spring Peeper

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