Located just south of Kleinfeltersville, the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area has a full slate of events planned for this spring. Middle Creek has over 100,000 visitors each year. Particularly as a location to find snow geese during their migration, it attracts both hunters and people visiting recreationally for photography, bird-watching, hiking and more.
Find the full spring event lineup below.
Fire’s Role in Maintaining Middle Creek (April 2 at 9 a.m.)
Pennsylvania Game Commission staff will speak about the history of fire ecology in the eastern United States, as well as how it is used at Middle Creek and what equipment is involved. If weather conditions allow, a prescribed fire demonstration will be held. Meet in front of the Visitors Center.
Pollination Ecology: What’s in it for the Plants, What’s in it for the Animals (April 13 at 6:30 p.m.)
Learn about strategies used by plants and animals to achieve their goals when it comes to pollination. Using a number of visual aids, instructor Mike will show examples of the symbiotic relationships between plants and animals. You’ll also learn how to select the best native plants for pollinators in your garden. Held in the Middle Creek Auditorium.
Habitat Happenings (May 11 at 6:30 p.m.)
Join local land manager Steve Ferreri for a discussion of the wildlife habitat management at Middle Creek. Ferreri will go over the many habitats at Middle Creek, such as grasslands, savannahs, wetlands, and forests, as well as the tools used to create diverse conditions, including timber sales, water drawdowns, and prescribed fires. Held in the Middle Creek Auditorium.
Mushroom Foray: Searching for Wild Mushrooms (May 28 at 10 a.m.)
Join Pennsylvania Game Commission staff for an educational stroll through the woods to learn more about mushrooms. You’ll take a short hike looking for wild mushrooms while learning about their lifecycle, role in the ecosystem, and mushroom diversity. Great for beginners! Meet in front of the Visitors Center.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary’s Pennsylvania Black Vulture Research (June 8 at 6:30 p.m.)
Black vultures are an emerging population along the eastern seaboard, and unfortunately their annual cycles and integration with the ecosystem remain unclear due to lack of research. At this talk you’ll learn more about how Hawk Mountain Sanctuary has been monitoring the species to learn more about their movement ecology, habitat ecology, and survival rates. Held in the Middle Creek Auditorium.
Streams, Aquatic Habitats, and Macroinvertebrates (June 11 at 11 a.m.)
Join Middle Creek staff for a presentation on what aquatic macroinvertebrates are and why they are important. You’ll also adventure out to a stream and get your hands wet as you learn more about the habitat, lifecycles, and ecosystem role played by aquatic macroinvertebrates. Meet in front of the Visitors Center.
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