Skyline Drive Status
Winter Weather is in the forecast so please check before coming. For the most current Skyline Drive Status, call 540-999-3500, choose Option 1, and then Option 1. You can also use Facebook and Twitter for updates. More »
Night Closures of Skyline Drive
Portions of Skyline Drive will be closed at night (5:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.) during hunting season. Starting November 11 the north and south sections will be closed at night. The entire Drive will be closed at night starting December 9. More »
Other Invertebrates (corals, sponges, worms, etc.)
Animals throughout the world are divided into two major groups - those that possess a backbone (vertebrates) and those that do not (invertebrates). These groupings are based largely on tradition and convenience rather than natural biological differentiation. Invertebrates constitute about 95% of all described animals with nearly one million of those being insects (refer to the Insects webpage).
Examples of more visible invertebrates at Shenandoah, other than insects, are earthworms, ticks, millipedes, and Daddy-long-legs or harvestmen spiders. Some will encounter evidence left behind by these organisms - the spider's web or the mucus trail of a land snail or slug. Unfortunately, virtually no studies of these animals have occurred at Shenandoah. Numbers of species simply are not known.
Invertebrates are found in most habitats including the depths of the oceans and on glacial ice. Like insects, invertebrates serve various important ecological roles including consumption and reduction of organic matter, decomposition, and as a food source.
Websites that provide photographs and helpful biological information about invertebrates include the following:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Key to Aquatic Macroinvertebrates
Did You Know?
Shenandoah National Park is an outdoor laboratory that helps scientists study the effects of our activities on the environment. To learn more, click on Science and Nature. More...