This was the backyard of the mansion we visited. No one has lived here for years but it is still visited because of its history of the wildlife surrounding it.
Beginning in the 1880s, J. B. Brown transformed Castle Hill Farm from an agricultural holding into a gentleman’s farm. He renovated his modest farmhouse into a rambling, shingle-style cottage that is now The Inn at Castle Hill.
Castle Hill has a wide diversity of species such as Deer, fox, turkey, and a variety of songbirds which can be observed from the many trails and roads on Castle Hill. Also, Castle Hill is home to several pairs of nesting great horned owls and red-tailed hawks.
This picture shows the different vegetation found in sand dunes. American beach grass, beach pea, and seaside golden rod are only a few of the commonly found species in this area.
This is more of the drier vegetation found closer to the beach. In a way, it somewhat resembles plants found in the desert.
This is the path we walked along to get to the nearby sand dune. There were a variety of plant and animal species in these wooded areas.
This is the vegetation shown along the dune. There is not much variety in this particular area.
This is typically where American dune grass is found which is shown in the picture. This is also where the dune is more protected.
Cranes beach is a popular beach to go to during the summer or even when it's just hot out. Although, there is no tolerance for messing up the ecosystem built.
The dunes are located in the back of the picture along side of the grass. They are more hidden against the side in a safer location.
There is little to no vegetation as the beach is closer. But, there are still many different species and crustaceans burrowed in the sand.
Our main focus recently has been on salt marshes which gives us a better knowledge on the behaviors and species there. Pickle weed, seaside goldenrod, and spike grass are just some of the common plants found in salt marshes.
Each habitat is protected is important to the many species living in or around it. Without these habitats some species we know today would not exist.