Central Mixedwood Wildlife
The wildlife of the Central Mixedwood Subregion is the most diverse and varied of
the Boreal Forest Natural Region. The species of
coniferous forests are wide-ranging and include
Western wood Peewee, Gray Jay, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden
and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pine Siskin, Red and
White-winged Crossbills, Dark-eyed Junco, Boreal Chickadee, and Red
Three warblers -- Bay-breasted, Cape May and Black-throated Green -- are
confined largely to mature conifer dominated mixedwood stands in the
central and eastern portions of the Subregion. Balsam fir stands
have a particularly diverse assemblage of coniferous forest birds.
Characteristic species of
are similar to those in the Dry Mixedwood Subregion and include Least
Flycatcher, House Wren, Ovenbird, Red-eyed and Warbling Vireos,
Baltimore oriole and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Species of mixedwood
forests include Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Swainson's Thrush, Solitary
Vireo, Magnolia Warbler, White-throated Sparrow and Northern Goshawk.
The most species-rich habitats are
mixedwoods and shrublands associated with swamps, ponds, streams, and
lakes. Some species, such as Yellow and Black-and-white Warblers,
American Redstart, Song Sparrow, Northern water Thrush, Fox Sparrow and
Philadelphia Vireo are mostly restricted to these sites. Barred
Owl occasionally occurs in mature mixedwoods along lakeshores and river
Typical, widespread animals include
Beaver, Moose, varying types of hares, Black Bear, wolf, lynx, Gapper's
Red-backed Vole, Deer Mouse, Least Chipmunk, Moose and Ermine.
Others, such as Fisher, Wolverine,
River Otter, and Woodland
are less common and locally distributed.
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