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Wildwood Reserve

Wildwood Reserve

The Wildwood Reserve is a 50 acre nature reserve in the Town of Barton (Tioga County) owned and managed by the Carantouan Greenway, a 501 c 3 not-for-profit environmental and conservation-minded organization. It is managed by an all-volunteer board which maintains one and a half miles of mowed and cleared trails, which traverse the varied habitats of pine woods, meadow, hedgerow, pond edge and hardwoods, for public access.

Volunteers have ripped out some exotic honeysuckle and replaced them with native dogwoods in an effort to restore our understory. The Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District along with the Upper Susquehanna Coalition have constructed vernal pools to serve as breeding sites for our threatened frogs and salamanders. The Greenway maintains a website which contains a down-loadable tree-guide to match our numbered trees for educational purposes. In cooperation with Cornell Lab, the website also has an accessible e-bird button which lists the birds seen on site in the last 20 days. The Carantouan Greenway regularly advertises in the public media and the web site about educational-themed field trips such as ferns, trees, birds, general nature and fall foliage.

Wildwood Nature Preserve Web App Map
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Peregrine Falcons in New York State
Peregrine falcons are on the endangered species list in New York State. Their decline was mainly said to be caused by the pesticide DDT, which caused reproductive problems and thinning of the eggshells. Releasing of the birds of prey in the years 1974 to 1988, has helped with the return of the Peregrine falcons as a nesting species, which was no longer happening in the 1960's. In 1983, Peregrine falcons were seen nesting on two bridges in New York City and then, in 1985, Peregrine falcons were again nesting in the Adirondacks. Now, there are known to be 50 pairs throughout New York State. They nest on buildings, bridges, and cliffs and can be seen in the Adirondacks, Syracuse, Albany, Binghamton, Rochester, and Buffalo. The nesting sites are monitered and managed to promote the nesting. Their nesting season is from March through July. They usually return to the same nesting area every year and they mate for life.

During their nesting season, work on the buildings or bridges that have nests is postponed and the same goes for any outdoor activity that would disturb the nesting, such as rock climbing. As soon as the nesting season is over, the work or outdoor activity can resume. The Peregrine falcon is a bird of prey and usually feasts on other birds, such as pigeons in the city areas.
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