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Spring Awakening Hike
Hildacy Preserve | Tue, March 20, 2018, 7:00am - 8:30am
Wake up early to join our sunrise stroll through Hildacy’s sweeping fields amid frosty meadows on the vernal equinox. The first day of spring has long been celebrated for the return of sunlight, warmth, and life after winter’s long nights. We’ll revel in seasonal renewal… birds calling, tree buds bursting, and early flowers blooming.
After the early morning hike, enjoy bagels and coffee.
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.
Dress for the season; sunrise will be quite chilly.
Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.
Please leave your four-legged friends at home.
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