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By Kelly Enright

From Rocky Mountain nationwide Park in Colorado to the Tallgrass Prairie nationwide look after in Kansas, this quantity presents a photo of the main excellent and demanding typical locations within the nice Plains and Rocky Mountains.

• Illustrations depict 50 of the main precious landscapes within the Rocky Mountains and nice Plains

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Some rare and endangered species (such as the bog turtle) require open areas for their habitats, but if the swamp receives too many nutrients, red maple trees may close the open spaces and threaten those habitats. The Northwest Highlands of Connecticut are ecologically strong in part due to their proximity to the spectacular Berkshire Taconic Landscape, which reaches across western Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. Its span encompasses the Berkshire and Taconic mountains and connects them to the Appalachian range.

The refuge also houses many species of salamanders, turtles, insects, and frogs, and the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel is protected at Prime Hook. The refuge carefully monitors this rare squirrel population as well as protects the mature hardwood forest areas where the squirrel can thrive. Forest conservation is a priority at the refuge, which features a diverse array of maple, oak, pine, hickory, and poplar. Additionally, the upland shrub habitat areas of the refuge are small but provide necessary breeding opportunities for the coastal plain swamp sparrow, a bird that is very unusual for Delaware.

Middleford North Preserve is a step toward improving the quality of the Nanticoke River, the watershed, and creating a healthy environment for all beings that are 18 America’s Natural Places: North and Northeast sustained by it. The river is a vital spawning ground for river herring, striped bass, and redbreast sunfish, and plants such as Long’s bittercress, seaside alder, and Parker’s piperwort are endangered species that find a suitable habitat at Middleford North. As with many of the extremely fragile natural areas in Delaware, Middleford North is not open to the public.

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