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Explore – Bird Count on the Preserve
February 20, 2023 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Join people from all over the world and head outdoors to count birds. The annual Great Backyard Bird Count depends on everyone—beginners to experts—to tally up the birds they spot, then scientists use the data to track the health of bird populations. Join Natural Lands staffer, Debbie Beer for a morning walk around Hildacy.
Connect and explore with Natural Lands. This is our ‘onsite’ program for the Great Backyard Bird Count; learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count with our ‘online’ program. If you can’t make the online program, don’t worry; we will send you the recording before this walk.
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, 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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