Research Report #38 — Wildlife of the Shawangunk Cliffs

A note from Director of Conservation Science Dr. Elizabeth Long: For many years scientists and naturalists have been studying and observing the flora and fauna of the Shawangunk Ridge. Foremost among them was Daniel Smiley, for whom Mohonk Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center is named. Dan wrote numerous reports summarizing his observations on various topics. This regularly occurring series will feature some of these reports; some hold tremendous scientific value today and just await an interested researcher to follow up, others showcase a quirky sense of humor or highlight an oddity of nature.

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Turkey Vulture © Glenn Koehler
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Copperhead © Jamie Deppen
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Dislodged Rock Tripe © Christy Belardo
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Smooth Rock Tripe © David Johnson
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Blistered Rock Tripe © David Johnson
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Turkey Vulture © Carl Mueller
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Black Vulture © Jane Vecchione
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Black Vulture © Michael Neil O’Donnell
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Allegheny Woodrat nursing young © ARKive
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Trailing Arbutus © Fred Gerty
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© Tom Weiner

With over 8,000 acres on the Shawangunk Ridge, Mohonk Preserve is the largest member and visitor-supported nature preserve in New York State.

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