Entrance to Salisbury Mine. In 1991 the landowner caught a group
of people trespassing allegedly preforming a "dark worship
service". The owner was about to bulldoze this site completely
shut when the PA Game Commission offered to gate the site instead.
The PGC asks for winter closure to minimize disturbance while
the landowner enforces year-round closure at his decision.
This gate is one of the largest and most complex designs.
At the owner's request two large doors swing open allow a tractor
or S-10 truck to be driven inside.
This abandoned limestone mine is unusual in that it intersects
many natural cave passages which have not been followed to an
This site already houses five of the six bat species known to
hibernate in Pennsylvania.
Cal and Mick spot a solitary bat which seems slightly "different"
than the hundreds they have seen so far today. It's out of reach
for a close inspection...or is it?
Our survey motto holds true again: "Anything for wildlife!"
Persistence pays off. This Indiana bat was identified making this
mine the sixth site in Pennsylvania known today to house the federally
endangered species, seven years after being managed for wildlife.