Ash trees within the wildlife corridor provide seeds that are eaten by numerous songbirds. The trees also provide cover and nesting sites. Unfortunately, a pest known as the emerald ash borer can infest and kill these trees, making conservation of the ash tree a high priority.
Native wildflowers, including white dutch clover, and trees that play an important role in honeybee and butterfly survival as well as erosion control. Honeybees, like the bats, are disappearing at alarming rates. Honeybees are crucial for cross-pollination which is integral to food security in the United States. Honeybees and butterflies are so important that the FY 2015 President’s budget recommended $50 million dollars be dedicated to research and increasing the number of acres dedicated to pollinators’ conservation programs.
Eastern White Pine
The Eastern White Pine is a beautiful evergreen tree that serves as a windbreak and provides shelter for wildlife during storms. White pines provide nesting sites for numerous songbirds. Pine cones from the trees provide food for wildlife that depend on the corridor.
Numerous oak trees have taken hold along the wildlife corridor. Acorns from these trees are a vital food source for deer, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and many birds. Oak trees also provide shade and shelter for Northampton 's wildlife. Varieties found along the corridor include white oak,pin oak, and red oak. Oak trees earned the title of America's National tree in 2004.
Numerous White Dogwood trees have taken hold along the wildlife corridor. Dogwoods are a flowering tree that produce beautiful white flowers in the spring. Many parts of the tree, including the seeds, fruit, leaves, and bark are an important food source for wildlife. The red berry-like fruit of the Dogwood attracts several winter songbirds.
The wildflower variety of Tiger Lily is found throughout the corridor. Also known as the Ditch Lily, these wildflowers produce beautiful orange blooms. The Tiger Lily plays an important role in the pollination process, which in turn creates a healthier environment for township residents.
St. John's Wort
The vibrant yellow flowers of St. John's Wort bloom along the corridor during the summer months. Bees and numerous other pollinating insects are attracted to this beautiful wildflower. Many believe it has medicinal properties and aides in the treatment of depression.