(photo by William F. Voigt)
A short walk on one of Catoctin Mountain Park’s trails will take you into the forest environment. Animals you are likely to see there are squirrels, chipmunks, white-tailed deer, pileated woodpeckers and wild turkey, maybe a box turtle, and if you are extremely fortunate, a black bear.
A journey to one of Catoctin’s high gradient streams may reveal fish, salamanders, frogs, crayfish, birds and insects.
Stay overnight at Owens Creek Campground, and you might hear the duck-like cackle of the wood frog, the hoot of a great horned owl, or see bats zipping overhead in search of insects.
For more information about animal species in Catoctin Mountain Park see the Inventory and Monitoring information of the National Capital Region Network.
Did You Know?
Pileated Woodpeckers are the 2nd largest woodpecker in North America. Male has a red ‘moustache’ and the female has a black 'moustache'. Lifespan in the wild can be 8-12 years. The pileated is the only member of the woodpecker family that drills an oval-shaped hole.