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Bird Walks on the Preserves
May 18, 2023 | 8:00 am - 10:30 am
Natural Lands’ Hildacy Preserve is the perfect place to spot a wondrous assortment of resident and migratory birds. Join Natural Lands’ Mike Coll for a spring morning bird walk at this picturesque property.
These habitats provide resources for a variety of species, including raptors, woodpeckers, sparrows, kinglets, and more. Can’t attend this one? Check out these other walks:
The former farm fields at Hildacy have been converted to meadows dominated by native grasses such as big and little bluestem, Indian-grass, and switchgrass. Native grass meadows provide valuable habitat for many bird species that are in decline across their ranges. Eastern Bluebirds, American Kestrels, Indigo Buntings, and Red-shouldered Hawks have all nested at Hildacy in recent years.
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.
Before you go:
- Meet at the Kiosk at the parking lot.
- Birders of all backgrounds and experience levels are invited to join the walk.
- Please bring binoculars, and a water bottle to stay hydrated.
- Dress for the season. Trails are easy to moderate and may be rocky or wet at times.
- Please leave your four-legged friends at home.
Help us all stay safe:
- If you are sick or not feeling well, please stay home.
- Masking is optional. The CDC recommends masking for those who are at high risk for getting very sick when COVID-19 Community Levels are at Medium and for everyone when COVID-19 Community Levels are at High. People may choose to mask at any time.
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