Important Bird Areas

The Hook Natural Area

Pennsylvania

The Hook Natural Area, located in Bald Eagle State Forest, is the Bureau of Forestry's largest State Forest Natural Area, and protects an entire watershed. The topography is rugged and this remote area is dominated by second growth oak forests within a large contiguous block of the Bald Eagle State Forest. The quality and complexity of the forest is high, with a healthy understory of rhododendron and a notable stand of American Chestnut. Access is provided by a number of rugged foot trails.

Directions: From State College, SR 322 E to SR 45 E to Hartleton, north on Polly Pine Road.

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Ornithological Summary

A large, protected contiguous forest - possibly the largest such area in the state - this site supports high densities of breeding interior-forest species, including Hooded, Black-and-white, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, and Pine warblers, Louisiana Waterthrush, Acadian Flycatcher, Winter Wren, and others. A total of 175 species have been recorded from this site.

Conservation Issues

Primary conservation threats to the area are overbrowsing by White-tailed Deer, and natural pests and disease affecting the forest. Recreational oversue/disturbance in conjunction with commercial development pose disruption to this area. Currently protected by State Forest Natural Area status. This very wild area is an important source area for interior species and will continue to be managed, trending towards old-growth through natural succession.

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