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Common nighthawk


Due to its diverse ecological habitats, the Torrance Barrens is home to a wide range of animals. 94 birds, 19 mammals, 28 butterflies, 8 dragonflies , and 18 reptiles and amphibians can be found in the Reserve, including the Eastern Ribbonsnake and Five Lined Skink, two species of special conservation concern. 


Great Blue Heron

The Barrens' numerous wetlands make it an excellent

home for reptiles and amphibians. It is not uncommon

for summer hikers to encounter a host of species, including Leopard Frogs, American Toads, Painted Turtles, and perhaps even the elusive Massasauga Rattlesnake. 

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Black Bears, Red Foxes, and Beavers, some of the Barrens' staple mammalian residents. They are frequently spotted in marshes along the side of the Southwood Road, especially at dawn and dusk. 

Many birds can be spotted on hiking trails, including Sandhill Cranes, Great Blue Herons, Common Loons, and a host of songbird species. Lucky visitors may see Cooper's Hawks or Eastern Bluebirds, two nationally rare species. 

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