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Buffalo Creek

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State Game Lands #232, recently acquired by the Pennsylvania Game Commission is the main land area that comprises the Buffalo Creek Watershed. The property is located in Washington County Pennsylvania and was recently identified as part of an “IBA” or Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society.   IBAs are identified based on criteria that were developed by a technical advisory committee of bird experts.These criteria pertain to sites with significant bird concentrations; sites with endangered, threatened or special concern species; and sites that are examples of representative or unique habitats. This unique property presented many opportunities to restore degraded wetland and associated upland habitats significant to waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species of wildlife.The Partnership of Ducks Unlimited, Reliant Energy, The Foundation for California University, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Pennsylvania Game Commission recently restored over 40 acres of vital wetland and associated upland habitat on the property. The restored habitat will provide nesting and brood sites for resident populations of mallards and wood ducks as well as important food sources for waterfowl migrating through in the spring and fall. Waterfowl will not be the only beneficiaries of this vital habitat. Both game and non-game species of wildlife such as whitetail deer, turkey, pheasant,bobwhite quail, amphibians, reptiles, and numerous species of passerines or songbirds will benefit from the restored habitat.Visitors to the Game Lands will also benefit from the recreational opportunities that the restored wetlands now present.

  



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