Priority Birds

Kittatinny Ridge and Appalachian Trail Conservation Project

Kittatinny is a Global IBA for the Cerulean Warbler.

The Kittatinny Ridge Project, led by Audubon Pennsylvania and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, is a collaborative effort of local, regional, and state organizations and agencies to focus public attention on the importance of the 185-mile long forested Ridge through Pennsylvania; and to promote conservation activities to protect the Ridge from further habitat loss, fragmentation, and inappropriate land use.

The Kittatinny Ridge (also known as Blue Mountain) is a long mountain ridge that winds 185 miles through eastern and central Pennsylvania, to the Maryland line. The Ridge is a Global IBA fall migration flyway used annually by tens of thousands of raptors and vultures and millions of songbirds. The many rock outcroppings along the ridge also make it an excellent place to watch migrating hawks, eagles and vultures. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and Audubon’s HawkWatch at Waggoner’s Gap are located along the Ridge.

The Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Corridor includes 160 miles of the Appalachian Trail; and serves as a vital link in the Appalachian Forest that stretches the length of the East, providing critical, high quality interior-forest habitat for dozens of species of songbirds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The Ridge also protects important drinking water supplies and stream habitat.

Educators, schools, nature centers, libraries, group leaders, conservation groups, and government offices can receive FREE copies of the Kittatinny Ridge poster. Please click here for more details.

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