Flora & Fauna at Graystones Preserve

Fields at Graystones

To learn more about upcoming Nature Events, please visit our Calendar page or email the Preserve at GraystonesPreserve@Jeras.com.

Graystones Preserve provides a unique opportunity for observing nature in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The natural buffer created by nearby Hickory Run State Park, Lehigh Gorge State Park and PA State Game Lands and the exclusive and limited access granted to the members of Graystones create an environment where wildlife can follow their daily and seasonal life-cycles nearly undisturbed by human activity.

Verdant stands of rhododendron flank the winding roadways of Graystones below a taller canopy of mixed deciduous and coniferous trees. Here, white-tailed deer leap into shadows and turn to watch you closely. Our resident bald eagles hunt alongside our fishermen in Mud Run, using their acute vision to spy fish from above. Chipmunks flirt, and black bears scramble shyly into the brush. A chorus of native and migratory songbirds, owls, and raptors fills the air.

Graystones Preserve embraces within its 3,800 acres several distinct habitats, including forests carpeted in ferns, a lush Pocono plateau meadow, a boulder field, vernal ponds, and three miles of trout stream accented by waterfalls and pools, home to the Preserve's popular catch-and-release fly-fishing.

David Leiby is our on-site naturalist and groundskeeper as well as a member of Graystones Preserve. A native of the region with over eight years at Graystones Preserve, David has an intimate knowledge of the geology, plant, animal and aquatic life of this hidden corner of the world. David is available to lead nature walks for members or groups for a fee, and he shares his observations with members regularly in newsletters.

Recent Sightings

Birds
  • Bald Eagle
  • Black & White Warbler Chestnut-Sided Warbler
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Red-Tailed Hawk
  • Northern Harrier
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Field Sparrow
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Tree Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Woodcock
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Osprey
  • American Robin
  • American Goldfinch
  • Kinglet
  • Common Merganser
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Raven
  • American Kestrel
  • Kingfisher
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Little Green Heron
  • Indigo Bunting
  • American Bittern
  • Mourning Dove
  • Mallard
  • Wild Turkey
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
  • Black-Billed Cuckoo
  • Red-Bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Acadian Flycatcher
  • Least Flycatcher
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Yellow-Throated Vireo
  • Blue-Headed Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-Breasted Nuthatch
  • Brown Creeper
  • Carolina Wren
  • House Wren
  • Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
  • Veery
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Wood Thrush
  • Gray Catbird
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Black-Throated Blue Warbler
  • Yellow-Rumped Warbler
  • Black-Throated Green Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Pine Warbler
  • Prairie Warbler
  • American Redstart
  • Worm-Eating Warbler
  • Ovenbird
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Louisiana Waterthrush
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Canada Warbler
  • Dark-Eyed Junco
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Purple Finch
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Hummingbird
  • Various Owls
Mammals
  • White-Tailed Deer
  • Raccoon
  • Porcupine
  • Red Fox
  • Gray Squirrel
  • Red Squirrel
  • Black Bear
  • Big Brown Bat
  • Little Brown Bat
  • Flying Squirrel
  • Groundhog
  • Chipmunk
  • Cottontail Rabbit
  • Bobcat
  • Coyote
  • Mink
  • Otter
Reptiles & Amphibians
  • Timber Rattlesnake
  • Black Rat Snake
  • Copperhead Snake
  • Black Ringneck Snake
  • Hognose Snake
  • Milk Snake
  • Snapping Turtle
  • Box Turtle
  • Wood Turtle
Fish
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brook Trout
Plants and Flowers
  • Ironweed
  • Yarrow
  • Mountain Laurel
  • Rhododendron
  • Brown-Eyed Susan
  • Musk Mallow
  • Bull Thistle
  • Canadian Thistle
  • Touch-Me-Not
  • Orange Hawkweed
  • Wood Lily
  • Teaberry
  • Indian Pipe
  • Pink Lady Slipper
  • Buttercup
  • Blue Eyed Grass
  • Mouse Eared Hawkweed
  • Bluet
  • Wild Colombine
Mushrooms at Graystones Snakes at Graystones. A flower at Graystones. One of the many beautiful butterflies. A few wild turkeys. A wild grouse. A single beautiful wood lily. /Gibellula leiopus/
/Gibellula leiopus/
/Laetiporus huroniensis/
/Laetiporus huroniensis/
/Hypocrea gelatinosa/
/Hypocrea gelatinosa/
Mushrooms
Most species found by members of Eastern Penn Mushroomers

August, 2009
  • Amanita bisporigera
  • Amanita muscaria
  • Amanita rubescens
  • Boletus bicolor
  • Boletus griseus
  • Cantharellus cibarius
  • Coltricia cinnamomea
  • Cortinarius armillatus
  • Craterellus fallax
  • Ganoderma tsugae
  • Geoglossum difforme
  • Hydnellum scrobiculatum
  • Hydnellum spongiosipes
  • Hypomyces hyalinus
  • Leotia lubrica
  • Paxillus involutus
  • Scleroderma citrinum
  • Tremella lutescens
  • Trichoglossum hirsutum
  • Volvariella hypopithys
  • Xanthoconium affine
  • Also various coral mushrooms, Russulas, Lactarius species, other boletes, and Hemlock Varnish Shelf
July, 2010
  • Ascomycota
  • Leotiomycetes
  • Helotiales
  • Helotiaceae
  • Ascocoryne sarcoides
  • Chlorociboria aeruginascens
  • Hyaloscyphacea
  • Lachnum virgineum (Dasyscyphus virgineus)
  • Pezizomycetes
  • Pezizales
  • Pezizaceae
  • Chromelosporium coerulescens
  • Sordariomycetes
  • Hypocreales
  • Hypocreaceae
  • Hypocrea gelatinosa
  • Xylariales
  • Xylariaceae
  • Daldinia concentrica
  • Basidiomycota
  • AGARICOMYCETES
  • Agaricales
  • Amanitaceae
  • Amanita brunnescens
  • Amanita flavoconia
  • Marasmiaceae
  • Marasmius epiphyllus
  • Xerula furfuracea
  • Nidulariaceae
  • Crucibulum laeve
  • Schizophyllaceae
  • Schizophyllum commune
  • Tricholomataceae
  • Cheimonophyllum candidissimum
  • Megacollybia platyphylla
  • Auriculariales
  • Auriculariaceae
  • Exidia recisa
  • Hymenochaetales
  • Hymenochaetaceae
  • Inonotus obliquus
  • Polyporales
  • Fomitopsidaceae
  • Piptoporus betulinus
  • Ganodermataceae
  • Ganoderma applanatum
  • Meruliaceae
  • Climacodon septentrionale
  • Polyporaceae
  • Daedaleopsis confragosa
  • Fomes fomentarius
  • Laetiporus huroniensis
  • Laetiporus sulphureus
  • Lentinus strigosus
  • Lenzites betulina
  • Lenzites elegans (Trametes elegans)
  • Polyporus alveolaris
  • Polyporus varius
  • Trichaptum biforme
  • Tyromyces chioneus
  • Russulales
  • Bondarzewiaceae
  • Bondarzewia berkeleyi
  • Russulaceae
  • Lactarius subvellereus var. subdistans
  • Russula heterophylla
  • Russula mariae
  • Russula rugulosa
  • Russula variata
  • Stereaceae
  • Stereum complicatum
  • Thelephorales
  • Bankeraceae
  • EXOBASIDIOMYCETES
  • Exobasidiales
  • Exobasidiaceae
  • Exobasidium rhododendri
  • TREMELLOMYCETES
  • Tremellales
  • Tremellaceae
  • Tremella sp.
  • MYXOMYCOTA
  • MYXOMYCETES
  • Liceales
  • Reticulariaceae
  • Lycogala epidendrum
  • PROTOSTELIOMYCETES
  • Protosteliales
  • Ceratiomyxaceae
  • Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa var. periodes
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