Electronic Field Guide » Featured Wildlife Species

As landscapes change with Marcellus shale development, some species of wildlife will thrive and others are likely to face new challenges. This collection of links provides an overview of some of these issues, and attempts to help landowners choose how their properties can be managed to promote wildlife habitat.

Following these recommendations will benefit multiple wildlife species.  For example, brooding habitat created for ruffed grouse may also be used by wild turkey, white-tailed deer, and several different species of songbirds.  Planting mast-producing trees and shrubs will benefit white-tailed deer, black bear, wild turkey, and several different species of songbirds and small mammals.  Planting conifers provides food and cover for pine siskins (Carduelis pinus) and golden-crowned kinglets (Regulus satrapa) and cover for many species, including white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, Appalachian cottontails (Sylvilagus obscurus) and prairie warblers (Dendroica discolor).  Planting aspen provides food for white-tailed deer, eastern cottontails, snowshoe hares, beavers, ruffed grouse, and many other species of wildlife.