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Eastern Woodlands

Eastern Woodlands

The Eastern Woodlands is a community of broadleaf trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and animals that respond to the four-season cycle of the moderate climate found in the eastern woodlands. Fields now break up the once endless forest. Man-made changes have eliminated some animals of the deep woods, but have invited newcomers who live in fields and the forest edge. In spite of the changed environment, some animals, like the white-tailed deer and the raccoon, are more plentiful today than ever before.


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Barn Owl Eastern Woodlands

Barn Owl

Tyto alba

Biome: Eastern Woodlands

Classification: Birds

Biography: Identified by its heart-shaped facial disk, white underparts, and long legs, the barn owl roosts and nests on ledges in old buildings, silos, and barns, as well as in hollow trees. Having the most sensitive hearing of all owls, the barn owl can pinpoint the direction and... More >


Black Bear Eastern Woodlands

Black Bear

Ursus americanus

Biome: Eastern Woodlands

Classification: Mammals

Biography: Of the three bear species that inhabit North America, the American black bear is the only one found exclusively on this continent. It relies upon its keen sense of smell to locate a variety of foods. The black bear's diet changes seasonally, and includes berries, acorns,... More >


Bobcat Eastern Woodlands

Bobcat

Lynx rufus

Biome: Eastern Woodlands

Classification: Mammals

Biography: Strictly a carnivore, the bobcat hunts for small animals during the twilight and nighttime hours. Excellent nocturnal vision, sensitive whiskers, and acute hearing enable it to stalk and pounce on its prey. The shy and elusive bobcat is named for its short "bobbed" tail,... More >


Eastern Screech Owl Eastern Woodlands

Eastern Screech Owl

Otus asio

Biome: Eastern Woodlands

Classification: Birds

Biography: The call of this small owl is not truly a screech, but actually a long, quavering trill. Although only eight inches tall, the screech owl can be fierce and bold, preying on a variety of insects, rodents and birds, including birds larger than itself. As with all owls, the... More >


Red-tailed Hawk Eastern Woodlands

Red-tailed Hawk

Bueteo jamaicensis

Biome: Eastern Woodlands

Classification: Birds

Biography: Preferring to hunt the open lands, this diurnal bird of prey will soar over fields or perch patiently on nearby trees. Using its extraordinary eyesight, the hawk locates unsuspecting prey like field mice and rabbits. An adult red-tailed hawk has very distinctive field... More >


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