(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?
The brook trout is a very colorful fish native to the streams of Catoctin. It is actually not a trout as its common name implies, but is a charr, a close cousin to the trout in the salmon family. Brown and rainbow trout are also present in Catoctin's streams but are not native to the eastern US.