Natural Resource Monitoring at Fort Necessity National Battlefield

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Trail through a grassy meadow with wildflowers, surrounded by trees
Meadow in Fort Necessity National Battlefield.

NPS / John Wiley

Fort Necessity National Battlefield is one of nine parks in the Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network which is part of a nation-wide effort of the National Park Service to generate scientifically sound information on the changing conditions of park ecosystems. Each year, our scientists hike extensively throughout the parks stopping to collect information for the long-term monitoring programs listed below. Back at the office they analyze data and share the information with park managers to help them better understand how to best preserve park ecosystems for future generations.

To learn more about these programs and key findings, choose from the options below.

Long-term Monitoring Programs

  • Benthic macroinvertebrate under a microscope

    Benthic Macroinvertebrates

    These aquatic animals are widely regarded as the best group of animals for monitoring the ecological 'health' of streams and rivers.

  • Ovenbird on a branch

    Streamside Birds

    Our scientists document information on a community of birds that are essential components of park ecosystems.

  • Technician standing in forest identifying plants.

    Vegetation and Soils

    Forests are important ecosystems in parks, providing beautiful landscapes for recreation, and habitat for countless plants and animals.

  • Two invasive vines on the forest floor

    Invasive Plants

    Parks monitor and manage invasive plants to protect important biodiversity and historic places.

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    Park Species Lists

    Species lists are available from NPSpecies, the National Park Service's tool for documenting park biodiversity. Keep in mind that these species lists are a work-in-progress. Changes and updates are made as more species are shepherded through a rigorous vetting process. The absence of a species from a list produced with the tool below doesn't necessarily mean the species is absent from a park.

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    Visit NPSpecies for more comprehensive information and advanced search capability. Have a suggestion or comment on this list? Let us know.


    Reports & Publications

    Find in-depth information on natural resources in Fort Necessity National Battlefield at the links below.

    Air Quality

    Source: Data Store Collection 4304 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

    Animals

    Source: Data Store Collection 4298 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

    Geology and Soils

    Source: Data Store Collection 4299 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

    Landscapes

    Source: Data Store Collection 4303 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

    Plants

    Source: Data Store Collection 4301 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

    Water Quality

    Source: Data Store Collection 4300 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

    Weather and Climate

    Source: Data Store Collection 4302 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.


    Citizen Science Opportunities

    Bird observations from eBird

    Fort Necessity National Battlefield has one or more “birding hotspots” set up in eBird. Help the park record bird data by adding your bird observations to the appropriate hotspot when you visit the park.

    Species observations from iNaturalist

    Last updated: November 17, 2021