Haute is home to literally hundreds of diverse animal species. Amphibians,
Reptiles (snakes), Birds, Mammals, Insects, and even cellular life
rely on the forest's unique ecology for shelter, food and prey.
a quick walk through the property will reveal evidence of the many
animals that make this area their home. In early morning hours,
listen for the call of barred owls and mourning doves. There have
even been reports of rare great horned owls spotted occasionally
in the marshy lowlands. From higher ground and overlooks, keep your
eyes out for numerous other birds of prey like the red-tailed hawk,
kestrels, and turkey vultures as they circle - scanning the slopes
for rodents, snakes and other prey. Families of wild turkeys comb
the underbrush for food. There's enough songbirds, hummingbirds,
waterfowl, woodpeckers and other avian species here to please any
Vernal pools are breeding ground for amphibians such
as the spotted salamander, spring peepers, pickerel frogs and other
species. Sunny outcroppings of granite are a favorite of snakes
Whitetail deer are abundant in Terre Haute. During
morning and evening feeding hours, the woods seem to come alive
with them as they sprint and leap through the brush. Other mammals
include muskrat, beavers, mink, weasel, squirrels, brown bats, mice
and voles. Coyotes have been spotted in many nearby woods, so we
have no doubt that they are here (or soon will be),
diversity of interconnected animal life here is a primary motivation
for preserving the property in its natural, undeveloped state. These
animals rely on a contiguous chain of woods for their survival.
Dividing "their" land can cut them off from food sources,
water and breeding areas and result in their departure or even death.
Very few species make golf courses or suburban apartment complexes
their home - and for good reason.