Gettysburg NMP is more than just battlefields and monuments. Its large size and variety of habitats allow many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians to call the park home. While walking through the 1,900 acres of maturing woodlands and woodlots visitors have the potential to observe a variety of species ranging from the common white-tailed deer to the less prominent black-throated blue warbler.
Through studies conducted in cooperation with the Pennsylvania State University, a complete inventory of amphibian and reptile species has been documented. If patient a visitor may have the opportunity to observe a northern two-lined salamander in one of the riparian areas or a spotted turtle in the shallow areas of one of the park’s streams.
Did You Know?
John Burns, a 72 year old veteran of the War of 1812 and resident of Gettysburg, fought side by side with Union soldiers on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg. His service is commemorated by a battlefield statue at Gettysburg National Military Park.