Biodiversity – Mt. Pleasant

Trees & Wildlife at the Howard County Conservancy’s Mt. Pleasant Farm

For more information on biodiversity at Mt. Pleasant you can visit the Maryland Biodiversity Program’s site:

Birds at Mt. Pleasant
These birds have been sighted at Mt. Pleasant Farm by the Howard County Bird Club – View their Site Guide

Common Loon
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Wild Turkey
Upland Sandpiper
Common Snipe
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Caspian Tern
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
House Sparrow
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-breasted Chat
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Mammals at Mt. Pleasant

These mammals have been sighted at Mt. Pleasant Farm.

American Beaver
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
Eastern Chipmunk
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Gray Fox
Long-tailed Weasel
Meadow Vole
Red Fox
Striped Skunk
Short-tailed shrew
White-footed Mouse
White-Tailed Deer


Habitat exists on Mt. Pleasant Farm that would support these mammals, although they have not been sighted.

Black Bear
Eastern Coyote
Northern Flying Squirrel
Various Mole & Shrew Species

Fish at Mt. Pleasant

Blacknose Dace
Longnose Dace
Rosyside Dace
Creek Chub
White Sucker
Mottled Sculpin

Insects at Mt. Pleasant

Beetle, Common Ground
Beetle, False Bombardier
Beetle, Patent Leather
Beetle, Six-Spotted Tiger
Carpenter Bee
Cricket, Field
Honey Bee, Western
Stinkbug, Brown Marmorated
Wheel bug

Butterflies of Mt. Pleasant

These butterflies have been sighted at Mt. Pleasant Farm by the Howard County Bird Club. View their Site Guide

Swallowtail Butterflies:Brush-footed Butterflies:Skipper Butterflies:
Pipevine SwallowtailsAmerican SnoutSilver-spotted Skipper
Black SwallowtailsVariegated FritillaryLong-tailed Skipper
Spicebush SwallowtailGreat Spangled FritillaryNorthern Cloudywing
Giant SwallowtailMeadow FritillaryHayhurst's Scallopwing
Eastern Tiger SwallowtailSilvery CheckerspotJuvenal's Duskywing
Pearl CrescentHorace's Duskywing
Whites and Sulphur Butterflies:Question MarkWild Indigo Duskywing
Cabbage WhiteEastern CommaCommon Checkered-Skip
Falcate OrangetipMourning CloakCommon Sootywing
Clouded SulphurAmerican LadySwarthy Skipper
Orange SulphurPainted LadyClouded Skipper
Cloudless SulphurRed AdmiralLeast Skipper
Sleepy OrangeCommon BuckeyeFiery Skipper
Red-spotted PurplePeck's Skipper
Gossamer- Winger Butterflies:ViceroyTawny-edged Skipper
HarvesterHackberry EmperorCrossline Skipper
American CopperNorthern Pearly EyeSouthern Broken-dash
Coral HairstreakLittle Wood SatyrNorthern Broken-dash
Banded HairstreakCommon Wood NymphLittle Glassywing
Juniper HairstreakMonarchSachem
White M HairstreakHobomok Skipper
Gray HairstreakZabulon Skipper
Red-banded HairstreakBroad-winged Skipper
Eastern Tailed-blueDun Skipper
Summer AzureOcola Skipper

Reptiles and Amphibians at Mt. Pleasant

These have been sighted at Mt. Pleasant Farm

American Bullfrog
American Toad
Black Rat Snake
Common Ribbon Snake
Dusky Salamander
Eastern Box Turtle
Eastern Garter Snake
Grey Tree Frog
Hognose Snake
Northern Brown Snake
Northern Red Salamander
Northern Two-lined Salamander
Ring Neck Snake
Spotted Salamander
Spring Peeper
Wood Frog
Habitat exists on Mt. Pleasant Farm that would support these reptiles and amphibians, although they have not been sighted.

Trees at Mt. Pleasant

American Beech
American Chestnut
American Elm
American Persimmon
American Sycamore
Bald Cypress
Box Elder
Black Gum
Black Locust
Black Walnut
Black Willow
Eastern White Pine
Flowering Dogwood
Mockernut Hickory
Northern Red Cedar
Red Bud
Red Maple
Red Mulberry
Red Oak
River Birch
Silver Maple
Slippery Elm
Black Cherry
Staghorn Sumac
Tree of Heaven
Tulip Poplar
White Oak

Woody Plants at Mt. Pleasant

Climbing Bittersweet
Highbush Blackberry
Black Haw
Virginia Creeper
Riverbank/Frost Grape
Summer/Pigeon Grape
Japanese Honeysuckle
Poison Ivy
Wild Black Raspberry
Multiflora Rose
Virginia’s Bower

Herbaceous Perennials and Wildflowers at Mt. Pleasant

Agrimony, Small-flowered
Aster, Heath
Aster, Purple-stemmed
Avens, White
Beggar-ticks, Swamp
Bindweed, Hedge
Black-eyed Susan
Blue Curls
Bluebells, Virginia
Buckwheat, Climbing False
Burdock, Common
Buttercup, Bulbous
Buttercup, Kidneyleaf
Campion, White
Chickweed, Common
Chickweed, Star
Clover, Rabbit-foot
Clover, Red
Clover, White
Clover, Black
Coneflower, Green headed/Tall
Cress, Hairy Bitter
Cress, Mouse-ear
Cress, Winter
Daisy, Oxeye
Dayflower, Asiatic
Dock, Bitter/Broad
Dodder, Common
Evening-primrose, Common
Everlasting, Sweet
Fleabane, Daisy
Garlic, Field
Goldenrod, Canada
Goldenrod, Flat-topped
Goldenrod, Rough-stemmed
Ground Cherry, Smooth
Indian Hemp
Indian Tobacco
Joe-Pye Weed, Hollow
Knapweed, Brown
Knapweed, Spotted
Knotweed, Virginia
Lady’s Thumb
Lamb’s Quarter
Lilies, Fawn
Lobelia, Great
Mercury, Three-seeded
Milkweed, Common
Milkweed, Swamp
Mugwort, Common
Mullein, Moth
Mustard, Garlic
Nightshade, Bittersweet
Nightshade, Black/Common
Pennycress, Field
Peppergrass, Field
Peppergrass, Wild
Periwinkle, Lesser
Plantain, Broadleaved/Common
Plantain, English
Queen Anne’s Lace
Ragweed, Common
Ragweed, Great
Skunk Cabbage, Eastern
Snakeroot, Clustered
Solomon’s Seal, False
Spring Beauty
Spurge, Flowering
Strawberry, Indian
Tearthumb, Arrow-leaved
Tearthumb, Halbard-leaved
Tearthumb, Perfoliata
Thistle, Bull
Thistle, Canada
Tich-trefoil, Hoary
Toothwort, Slender
Touch-me-not, Spotted
Trout Lily
Vervain, White
Violet, Common Blue
Violet, Pale
Water-pepper, Mild
Wood-sorrel, Yellow