Flora and Fauna

Schönwald is located in the Upper Eno Protected Watershed in Orange County, NC.  We are committed to preserving and developing habitat for the area's native plants, animals and pollinators.  Most of Schönwald lies in a hickory- and oak-dominated forest, but there are also cedar, pine, redbud, tulip, beech, and dogwood trees.  We remove dry fallen trees and thin some smaller trees to keep the forest healthy and fire-resistant as it grows naturally, but we do not log the forest.  We cherish Schönwald as a nature preserve.

Schonwald is home to many of North Carolina's state symbols, including: 

  • State bird - Cardinal
  • State butterfly - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • State insect - Honeybee
  • State marsupial - Opossum
  • State tree - Dogwood
  • State amphibian - Marbled Salamander
  • State reptile - Eastern Box Turtle
  • State fruit - Scuppernong Grape

Here are some other creatures and plants you may see, hear, or find evidence of at Schönwald:

Squirrels, deer, mink, coyotes, opossums, bats, toads, tree frogs, peeper frogs, pileated woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, flickers, wild turkeys, Eastern bluebirds, cardinals, and many other songbirds, hawks, crows, and turkey vultures.