Celebrate National Outdoors Month!

Celebrate Natonal Outdoors Month!

“The United States is blessed with a wealth of natural diversity that remains at the heart of who we are as a people. … Our natural surroundings animate the American spirit, fuel discovery and innovation, and offer unparalleled opportunities for recreation and learning. During Great Outdoors Month, we celebrate the land entrusted to us by our forebears and resolve to pass it on safely to future generations.”
-President Barack Obama

What better way to participate in National Outdoors Month with friends and family than at PPL’s environmental preserves?  Our preserves offer camping facilities, miles of hiking trails, boating, picnic areas, geocaching and much more for your outdoor adventures. See you there!


Calling all bird lovers

Osprey and chick at the PPL Lake Wallenpaupack Preserve.

Osprey and chick at the PPL Lake Wallenpaupack Preserve.

Did you know that PPL’s environmental preserves have been directly involved in efforts to raise awareness of birds and their habitat, and to restore peregrine falcons, bald eagles, ospreys and other bird species to Pennsylvania? Through a “Bird Town” alliance with the Audubon Society, PPL works to raise awareness of birds and their habitats through education, awareness and training activities.

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Here is a chance for all bird lovers to become engaged.  The National Audubon Society is seeking participants for The Great Backyard Bird Count,   an annual four-day event from Feb. 15-18 that engages bird watchers in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.

Anyone interested in volunteering to take part in this event can grab their binoculars and sign up here: http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/howto.html.  Volunteers provide important information on the status and trends of our bird populations.

To learn more about PPL’s commitment to birds of prey throughout Pennsylvania, we invite you to read and follow our blog.

A Little Black Box

It might look rather strange, this black box attached to a post in the Brunner Island wetlands, but it is there for a good reason.  Dick Humbert put the black boxes there to attract a yellow, green and bluish-gray bird known as a Prothonotary Warbler. These birds are the only cavity nesting warblers in the east.  And since they can’t create their own nesting cavity, they depend on what they find. As James Barclay’s photos show, at least one of the little black boxes at the wetlands did its job of attracting a nesting pair of Prothonotary Warblers this year. Many thanks to both Dick and Jim for their wildlife conservation efforts.

Prothonotary warbler perched in Brunner Islands wetland. Photo by James Barclay of York, PA.


Prothonotary warbler in nest box at Brunner Island wetlands. Photo by James Barclay of York, PA.


Be a CSI and win prizes!!

The next drawing for the CSI Super Sleuth Sweepstakes will be held on November 28th.   There’s still time to enter!!  

Finding codes and registering online is easy at http://iconservepa.org/csi/index.htm

You can also visit any of the PPL Preserves for secret codes.  Each new code you find is entered as a chance to win fabulous monthly prizes. 

The grand prize is a Z Electric Scooter!!  Use your investigative skills to win big!

Flooding impacts PPL Preserves

PPL environmental preserves along the Susquehanna River are cleaning up and making repairs to the damage left by the recent flooding, affecting public programs and recreational facilities.

Here’s a summary of the situation at PPL’s environmental preserves affected by the flooding:

Susquehanna Riverlands, near Berwick, on both the east and west banks of the Susquehanna River: The recreation area and wetlands will remain closed until further notice due to the recent flooding. PPL will assess conditions daily as the facility restores electricity and water.  Park facilities will be reopened when conditions are safe for the public.

The Susquehanna Energy Information Center on Route 11 remains open during the week. Programs at the information center will be held as scheduled. Call 866-832-3312 for further information.

Montour Environmental Preserve, northeast of Washingtonville: The picnic areas are open for use. Lake Chillisquaque has returned to normal operating level and is open to public recreation, including boating and fishing. However, some trails remain closed until damage caused by the recent flooding can be repaired. Call 570-437-3131 for further information.

Holtwood Environmental Preserve, on both shores of the lower Susquehanna River in Lancaster and York counties: Park areas and trails are open with portable toilets, but there is no water available and boat launches are closed. Pinnacle Overlook and Lock 12 Historic Area off Route 372 are open. Call 1-800-692-6328 for further information about river conditions.

Brunner Island, in York County, offers a wetlands, fishing in the channel between the Brunner Island power plant and the Susquehanna River, a hiking trail and a boat launch area. Wago Road, the main road to access Brunner Island, is washed out and trees are down. This road is closed from the south end, near Mount Wolf. Call 1-800-692-6328 for further information about river conditions. The cleanup of  the PPL Conewago Boat Launch which had been scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 24 is canceled.

For more information about PPL’s environmental preserves visit www.pplpreserves.com  or send an email to pplpreserves@pplweb.com

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