Pennsylvania reportedly has more miles of streams than any other of the lower 48 states. Certainly that depends somewhat on how “stream” is defined; and certainly there are other states that would dispute that claim.
Whether that claim is accurate of not, there are a lot of streams in Penns Woods and many of them are unnamed tributaries of larger streams. Here in northcentral Pennsylvania many of the aquatic biologists have shortened the term “unnamed tributary” to “trib”. It’s one of those tribs that’s part of this blog post.
This trib flows year-round, even during the dry late-summer and fall of 2020. The small stream flows through an area of woodland that was never cleared for agriculture but has certainly been logged multiple times since the general area was settled shortly after the Revolutionary War. The forest surrounding the trib is dominated by eastern hemlock, red maple and red oak with a lot of other species mixed in.
There’s a wildlife trail that winds through the forest then crosses the trib, its where the trail crosses the trib that I placed a camera trap.
Here’s a collection of videos from that crossing of the trib –
What will the winter have been like at the trib? We’ll see.