Important Bird Areas

Susquehanna Riverlands

Pennsylvania

The Susquehanna Riverlands is a privately-owned recreational park open to the general public. It is jointly owned by Pennsylvania Power and Light Co. and Allegheny Electric Cooperative. Susquehanna Riverlands has many diverse habitat types. Along Route 11, there are cultivated fields, lawns, picnic areas and family recreational areas. There are trails through mature riparian forest, wetlands and fields. Over 1000 acres are open to hunting and other outdoor recreation. The Wetlands Native Area includes marshes, riparian forest and swamps and includes part of the North Branch Canal, a fine waterfowl habitat. The east side of the park encompasses many bird habitats, including many hundreds of acres of forest and shrubland. Gould Island has some of the largest trees in the county.

Directions: Approx. 6 miles north of Berwick on U.S. Rt. 11.

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Ornithological Summary

Densities of some forest-interior or canopy species are fairly high due to extensive forested areas. Densities or populations have been well documented for study plots on PP&L lands. Oak/hickory forest supports good populations of Scarlet Tanager, Ovenbird, Worm-eating Warbler, Pine Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Riparian forests support Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo and American Redstart. Thicket species include Golden-winged Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Blue-winged Warbler, and Brown Thrasher.

Public environmental education is one of the main focuses of land management. General stewardship practices conserve the area for bird populations and use by the general public. Certain areas are designated as natural areas, preserve, or environmental education areas. Trails allow access to forests, marshes, swamps, and fields with minimum environmental impact.

The Riverlands Nature Center provides a place where visitors can get an upclose look at some of the area's wildlife, learn about wetlands, and enjoy hands-on nature activities.

Conservation Issues

The introduction of non-indigenous fauna/flora is a major threat to the site. Succession and overuse of ATVs are two other localized threats.

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