Watershed Wins in Pennsylvania
Audubon Pennsylvania
Chapter Chatter Newsletter August 2020
Wood Thrush
Flowing Toward Healthier Habitat
Audubon is working at all levels to protect and preserve waterways across the state, while also restoring critical habitat for a range of bird species. Read on to learn about two success stories from the Delaware River in the east to Buffalo Creek in the west. The incredible efforts of chapters working together with a range of organizations speaks to the ongoing dedication of volunteers and staff, as well as the collaborative spirit that defines the Audubon network. 
Wood Thrush. Photo: Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren/Flickr CC-BY 2.0
Belted Kingfisher
Celebrating the Delaware River Watershed
Have you heard the good news? The Delaware River was recently named “River of the Year” by our partners at American Rivers. In celebration of this milestone, chapters in the Delaware River Watershed are coming together to plan events and celebrations – both virtually and safely together – through the remainder of 2020. Working collaboratively, we are brainstorming and planning events that reflect the local waterways that unite us throughout our Delaware River Watershed. From elevating chapter voices on policy decisions to virtually engaging chapters and their members through our “Birds of the Watershed” features on social media, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate. 

For more information and ideas for engaging your chapter membership in celebrating, email Valerie.Peckham@audubon.org.

 
Belted Kingfisher. Photo: Janet DiMattia/Audubon Photography Awards
Buffalo Creek
Protecting the Birds of Buffalo Creek in Western PA
Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (ASWP) has over 75 years of conservation history in the Buffalo Creek Valley Important Bird Area (IBA). The area is a High-Quality designated watershed and contains some of the best habitat in western Pennsylvania. Buffalo Creek is home to many species of conservation concern such as the Louisiana Waterthrush, Eastern Hellbender, and Indiana Bat. With an updated watershed conservation plan and the Buffalo Creek Nature Center on the horizon, ASWP has been working with a variety of partners, landowners, and municipalities to continue to expand their conservation impact in this unique area.

The IBA-designation has been a helpful tool in securing resources to conserve Buffalo Creek while also rallying residents around this ecological gem. In the past year in Buffalo Creek, ASWP completed the Buffalo Creek Watershed Conservation Plan 10-Year Update, planted multi-functional riparian buffers, launched the Buffalo Creek Watershed Coalition, led dozens of bird walks, conducted a variety of in-school programming, and is working with university partners to conduct a comprehensive water quality sampling program. Earlier this year, ASWP secured $1.2M in NRCS RCPP funding for conservation planning, farmland preservation, water quality monitoring, and installation of best management practices to improve water quality and habitat. They’re excited to break ground this month on the Buffalo Creek Nature Center. 
Buffalo Creek. Photo Dave Brooke/Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania
Quarterly Chapter Catch-Up Call
Mark your calendars! Our Quarterly Chapter Catch-Up Call is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1st at 6:30 PM. Carve out just one hour and get updates on priority initiatives, programming collaboration opportunities, and working group efforts. Please share the link with your board member and encourage your chapter leadership to come together with leaders from across the state. Click here to register!
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