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Birding with Mike
Hildacy Preserve | Thu, April 25, 2019, 8:00am - 10:30am
Preserve Manager and expert birder Mike Coll guides spring bird walks every Thursday morning.
All are welcome to join Mike to search for warblers, orioles, flycatchers, kingbirds, bluebirds, raptors, and more. These migratory and nesting birds are sustained by healthy ecosystems that provide ample food, water, and shelter to survive a challenging world.
We’ll visit a new location each week, exploring woodlands, meadows, and streams managed by Natural Lands or our partners and friends.
April 25: Hildacy Preserve
May 2: Summerhill Preserve
May 9: Ridley Creek State Park
May 16: Willisbrook Preserve
May 23: Saunders Woods and Idlewild Preserves
May 30: Rushton Woods Preserve
The former farm fields at Hildacy have been converted to meadows dominated by native grasses such as big and little bluestem, Indian-grass, and broom-sedge. Native warm- and cool-season grasses are particularly valuable as nesting areas and food sources for birds such as Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Eastern Bluebird—all of whose populations have been in decline nationally due to loss of habitat.
Crum Creek, a tributary to the Delaware River, meanders through the preserve. The creek is the leading drinking water source for Delaware County residents and was designated a “Special Protection Stream” by the PA Department of Environmental Protection. With help from volunteers and Pennsylvania’s TreeVitalize program, we have planted hundreds of trees along the edge of Crum Creek to improve water quality. Trees and other plants in this area filter the nutrients and sediments transported by surface and groundwater flowing into the creek. Native trees also provide shade and food that benefit fish and other aquatic species.
In 2001, we completed a renovation to our headquarters, including a large addition to the original farmhouse. Throughout the design and construction process, we were careful to minimize environmental impacts. A geothermal system takes advantage of the earth’s constant temperature to heat and cool the building, while the extensive use of glass and exterior shades allow us to reduce heating costs in the winter and lighting costs year-round.
Birders of all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome.
Dress for the season and wear sturdy shoes.
Be prepared to walk a few miles on uneven terrain.
Bring water bottle and binoculars.
Please leave your four-legged friends at home.
Questions about locations or parking: email Mike Coll at email@example.com or call 267-625-1725.
Event is free. Registration required. Please complete and submit the secure, on-line registration form below to let us know you are coming, or call 610-353-5587 ext. 221.
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