The ecological community under the power lines is known as a shrubland. In New York, most shrublands [pic 1] are transitional areas forming after disturbance (e.g. fire or wind storms). Plants common here include many wildflowers, low woody shrubs such as blueberries [pic 2], and edible & medicinal herbs such as yarrow [pic 3] & goldenrod [pic 4]. There are also many invasive shrubs such as shrub honeysuckle [pic 5] and multiflora rose [pic 6]. Habitats like this are important for many songbirds and mammals. The golden-winged warbler [pic 7], for example - a small yellow and black songbird - may soon be listed as a threatened species in New York state.
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