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Gorge Falls

The Tankerhoosen Watershed is the home to a large variety of plants, trees, animals and fish. There is also a problem with invasive species.


Eighty bird species were found during the 2004 study. They varied throughout the Watershed as the habitat changed. The largest number of species, 34, were found at Walkers Reservoir which contains open water, emergent vegetation and forest habitat.

See the study for a full list, but some of the interesting species include the Great Blue Heron; Turkey Vulture; Red-tailed, Sharp-shinned and Cooper's hawks; Barred and Great horned owls; Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers; Eastern Bluebird and Scarlet Tanager. Of interest, the House Sparrow and European Starling are considered invasive species.

Amphibians & Reptiles

Finding these critters required stone turning and log rolling as well as some looking after dark. The most common amphibian is the northern redback salamander. There were a variety of salamanders and frog species. The only reptiles found were the Painted Turtle and the Garter Snake.


This category includes a variety of Dragonflies and Damselflies. No mussels were found during this survey. A variety of small invertebrates were also cataloged.

Source: "Wildlife Surveys at Selected Locations within the Tankerhoosen Watershed"
This survey was conducted by JANE SEYMOUR, Wildlife Consultant in 2004 to create a baseline and establish the range of wildlife in the Watershed. 8 page .pdf document.


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