Bird-Friendly Communities

The Waterthrush Project

You live in a remarkably beautiful and uniquely healthy environment. The streams of the Schuylkill Highlands are among the healthiest in the Delaware River Watershed. Read more...

The Waterthrush Project

…and other birds of the Schuylkill Highlands
 

You live in a remarkably beautiful and uniquely healthy environment.  The streams of the Schuylkill Highlands are among the healthiest in the Delaware River Watershed.  That’s why we’re likely to hear or see an elusive little bird that summers in our region and nest in the banks of healthy streams.  The Louisiana Waterthrush, actually a migratory warbler, hops along rocks and dips below the ripples to feed on aquatic insects that live below the surface.

The waterthrush is not only a harbinger of healthy water, but also favors areas with dense forest cover.  Now, some of that has been removed to provide for lawns, our view shed, or agriculture.  On the home landscape, there are ways to improve or restore these green gaps by simply planting more trees and shrubs.  Here are some tips:

  • Plant native trees and shrubs that provide cover and nesting sites for dozens of bird species that rely on forests.  Please email us for a free brochure!  ssaffier@audubon.org
  • Register your property with Audubon to help track the birds of your property and access information specific to Northern Chester and lower Berks counties.   Your signs, unlike the thousands of others around the state, will include a Waterthrush Project designation decal!  (Register here)
  • Bird watch!  Learn the birds of your yard and keep an online (free) log at ebird.org and participate in citizen science programs such as The Great Backyard Bird Count (each February).
  • Include nestboxes to help “cavity nesters” find a place to raise young.
  • Keep planting!  Put in a few native trees and shrubs per year and watch the birds thrive!

We are available for limited site visits (house calls) within the highlands.  If you live within the boundaries of the map and could use advice on your creekside property and how to make it super bird-friendly, please email us at ssaffier@audubon.org

Plant Resources:

Yellow Springs Farm, Chester Springs
www.yellowspringsfarm.com

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