Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park

Nature & Wildlife in Gettysburg

Plants

Prairies and Grasslands Grasslands are considered by many as one of the most endangered ecosystems globally. Grasslands were once abundant in the 1800’s when settlers had cleared much land for hayfields and pastures.  Today grasslands face danger from fires, human development, and changes in agriculture technology. Grasslands are important ...

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Animals

Birds One hundred and eighty-seven species of birds have been identified within the boundaries of the park making Gettysburg NMP a great place for birdwatchers and nature lovers alike.  The park contains many acres of open grasslands, wet meadows, hay fields, and pasture lands which provide homes to birds such ...

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Natural World

Natural Features & Ecosystems National Parks are widely recognized for their inspiring scenery. At Gettysburg National Military Park the visitor is offered a step back in time to 1863. A walk down a historic lane or park avenue invites the visitor to reflect on the events that occurred here and reflect ...

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Geology

Geologic Formations Although the park does not contain volcanoes, canyons, or other such grandiose geologic formations, its topography and geologic features are equally important in the influence that they had on the historic Civil War battle. Approximately 180 million years ago during the late Triassic Period, the Gettysburg Formation comprising ...

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