Whispers in the Pines: A Naturalist in the Northeast by Joanna Burger

By Joanna Burger

During this e-book, naturalist Joanna Burger takes us on a chain of pleasant journeys throughout the Pine Barrens. From the Albany Pine Bush, the ny Barrens, and the hot Jersey Pine Barrens within the Northeast, to the pinelands of South Carolina and Florida, Burger describes in energetic aspect how those habitats have come to harbor the sort of exact assemblage of species. She introduces us to amphibians and reptiles, neotropical migrants and different birds, and a variety of universal and weird mammals. Burger additionally lines the regions?¦ historical and geologic backgrounds, and the impression of human career from the time of the paleo-Indians to the current. She revisits the stress among improvement and upkeep, reminding us fit pine wasteland calls for uninterrupted land and rejuvenating fires, either one of that are more and more jeopardized. Whispers within the Pines is vital analyzing for everybody fascinated with the heritage and renovation of those particular landscapes and their flora and fauna.

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Both crown fires and scorching fires kill or damage most trees and shrubs and set back succession by leaving less woody vegetation and more open space. But hot fires also melt the resin that holds serotinous pine cones closed, releasing the seeds. The least intense fires are called “back fires” and occur when fire moves in the opposite direction from the wind, with the wind holding back the force of the fire. In the summer, back fires can scorch trees and shrubs, causing some damage, but in the cooler months they cause little damage.

The names may differ, but the structure, environment, and ambiance are similar. Further, there are scattered pine barrens from Ohio to Michigan, and although I will not discuss them here, the habitats are similar and were also created by sands left by massive inland seas. On the driest, sandiest, most nutrient-poor pine barrens along the Atlantic Coast are the Dwarf Pines, my personal favorites. Only three true Dwarf Pine barrens have trees that are less than 10 feet tall, and these occur in the Long Island Barrens, the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and the Shawangunk Mountains in New York.

Box Turtles moved into the pines after the glaciers retreated, and are still common today. Midland Painted Turtle to move eastward along the Mohawk Valley into the Pine Bush, and the Box Turtle, Spadefoot Toad, Worm Snake, and Hognose Snake moved northward from the Atlantic Coastal Plains of Long Island and New Jersey (fig. 2). The species all remained that were typical of the Adirondack Mountains, such as Yellow Birch and Wood Frog. The Pine Bush escaped the fate of most regions in the Northeast because it was not a particularly good area for farming.

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