Making Way for a  Bird-Friendly PA
Audubon Pennsylvania
Chapter Chatter Newsletter July 2020
American Goldfinch
Working Together for a Bird-Friendly Pennsylvania
Audubon’s Bird-Friendly Communities strategy encompasses three key elements: Plants for Birds, Bird-Friendly Buildings, and Avian Architecture. Read on to learn what chapters across the state are doing to make a Bird-Friendly Pennsylvania.
American Goldfinch. Photo: Lynn Cleveland/Audubon Photography Awards
Bird-Friendly Blooms Partner, Ettinger's Landscaping & Garden Center
Planting Seeds of Partnership
Last fall, leaders from the Lycoming, Seven Mountains, and Appalachian Audubon Societies began sowing the seeds of a new type of Plants for Birds partnership designed to help birds. Together with Audubon Pennsylvania, these chapters have been piloting the new Bird-Friendly Blooms project as part of Audubon’s larger Bird-Friendly Communities strategy. Each chapter has been cultivating relationships with local garden centers, nurseries, and landscapers to substantially increase consumer access to native plants in their local communities.

Read on to learn more about Bird-Friendly Blooms, the 2020 Birdy Dozen, and the incredible volunteers who have been engaged in this project. 
Bird-Friendly Blooms Partner, Ettinger's Landscaping & Garden Center
Bird Imprint on Window Pane
Making the Built Environment Safer for Birds
Bird-Friendly Buildings (BFB) is a key part of Audubon’s Bird-Friendly Communities strategy and reducing bird-window collisions is a central goal of the BFB program. Launched in 2016, the Bird-Window Collision Working Group (BCWG) is a chapter-led, collaborative effort to reduce bird mortality caused by collisions with glass. Inspired by a meeting of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter Network of Bucks, Lehigh Valley, Wyncote, and Valley Forge Audubon chapters, the work is led by Leigh Altadonna, Wyncote Audubon Society and Peter Saenger, Lehigh Valley Audubon Society, with additional support from Keith Russell, Audubon Pennsylvania and the Acopian Center of Ornithology at Muhlenberg College.

The group’s work focuses on low-rise buildings including homes, schools, apartments, and business parks. Learn more about their work which was featured at the 2019 Audubon National Convention. 
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Eastern Bluebird
Avian Architecture
The third piece of the Bird-Friendly Communities strategy is Avian Architecture. Habitat loss is a huge challenge for a number of species. And for many, a little help from their human friends can tip the scales in their favor. Many chapters have initiated projects from chimney swift towers to bluebird trails to kestrel boxes. The projects often involve a carefully designed monitoring effort, as well as partnerships with other community and governmental organizations. If your chapter currently has an Avian Architecture project underway, we would love to feature it on the website and in upcoming newsletters. Simply respond to this email with details about your project!
Eastern Bluebird. Photo: Nelda Faulkner/GBBC
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Help make a Bird-Friendly PA by joining the Bird Habitat Recognition Working Group. Be a part of making a terrific program even better so that it works for chapters, communities, and partners across the state! Register today for our first Zoom meeting on August 3rd
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