Get To Know the Delaware River Watershed
Audubon Pennsylvania
May 2020
Indigo Bunting. Photo: Julie Torkomian/Audubon Photography Awards
Executive Director's Bird Notes
In our current unusual circumstances, many of us continue to turn to nature for respite and tranquility.  For example, while the beautiful new museum at the John James Audubon Center in Montgomery County is currently closed due to the pandemic, we are finding that our five miles of creekside trails are quite actively in use by our Mill Grove neighbors.

As we understand that many parents have new roles as in-home educators and are looking for unique ways to instruct their charges, we are continuing to add fresh content every week to our online learning portal.  These feature live bird ambassadors and several energetic young members of our Audubon Pennsylvania staff.

In addition, Audubon has developed some free resources for you and your family to help create safe havens for birds, activities that can be fun, relaxing and educational. From urban centers to rural towns, any home can provide important habitat for our beloved birds.  Explore the array of native plants, specific to your zip code, that will attract birds to your yards, or learn more about what you can do in your own homes to prevent bird-window collisions. Find out how communities are joining together in advocating for broader bird-friendly practices, which benefit not just birds, but people too.  These tools and more are available through our Bird-Friendly Community programs. 

Audubon’s mission is ever-important.   Thank you so much for your continued support.   You are what hope looks like to a bird, and to all of us at Audubon PA. 

Greg Goldman
Executive Director, Audubon Pennsylvania
Vice President, National Audubon Society
Belted Kingfisher. Photo: Charles Wheeler/Audubon Photography Awards
Get to Know the Delaware Watershed
Audubon recently added the Delaware River Watershed to its national Water initiative, joining iconic ecosystems including the Great Lakes and Florida’s Everglades.

Everyone lives in one, but what, exactly, is a watershed? Simply put, it describes the area of land that feeds a particular waterway, like a stream, river, lake or wetland.

In the case of the Delaware River Watershed, rain that falls and water that runs in streams throughout 13,500 square miles across parts of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania eventually makes its way into the Delaware River and Delaware Bay. Along the way, small waterways grow and form larger tributaries including the Lehigh, Schuylkill and Christina Rivers.

To be sure, the Delaware River Watershed has had its ups and downs since 1651, when the river was first named for Thomas West, Lord De La Warre. It once teemed with shad, sturgeon and steamboats, and later harbored so-called dead zones where the river was unable to support fish and other aquatic life.

But in the 20th Century, a wave of state and federal environmental regulation, notably the Clean Water Act, and regional partnerships like the Delaware River Basin Commission, marked a critical turning point for the watershed.

Just this month, the Delaware River was named 2020 River of the Year, in recognition of its improved water quality, ecosystem restoration and community revitalization.


As we celebrate this success, our work continues. Climate change, excessive stormwater, invasive species, wetland loss and water pollution all pose unique challenges to the watershed’s health for birds and people.
Online Resources and Chapter News
Pileated Woodpecker
Online Learning
Looking for some fun, interactive, and hands-on activities for children and adults of all ages? Join us each week for a new adventure exploring the worlds of birds, nature, art, and more with our Flying High series, and check out more below.

Audubon Pennsylvania’s Flying High Learning Adventures

Audubon’s Birdy Care Package

How to Draw a Bird

Audubon for Kids

 
Pileated Woodpecker. Photo: Melissa James/Audubon Photography Awards
Chapter Corner
Spring migration is in full swing and we hope you’re enjoying it, even if the road to enjoyment only leads to your living rooms. We know how integral chapter field trips are to connections so, in lieu of the real thing, you’re invited to a virtual “field trip” every Wednesday at noon. Chapters and partners from across our Pennsylvania network are coming together to share the very best their regions have to offer. See the full schedule on our Events page. If you miss any trips, recordings of each presentation are available here.
Northen Flicker. Photo: Charles Wheeler/Audubon Photography Awards
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