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!

 

Annual Christmas Bird Count at Martins Creek Preserve

At 4:30 AM on December 30th, a small group of birders led by PPL’s Robert Hoopes set out on the Annual Christmas Bird Count at the Martins Creek Preserve near Bangor. Armed with binoculars and field guides, participants recorded sightings of 10,192 birds, including 65 species of songbirds, shorebirds, raptors and waterfowl during the twelve-hour count. 9 bald eagles and 2  peregrine falcons as well as 4,184 snow geese were some of the highlights on this snowy winter day.

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Predators of the Poconos

Kathy Uhler, director of the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Stroudsburg, provided an educational and close-up experience with several predators native to the area on Saturday at PPL’s Martins Creek Preserve.

An experienced wildlife handler, she educated participants about raptors, mammals and reptiles that were previously injured or orphaned and cannot be released back into the wild.  

Some of the crowd’s favorites included a barn owl, peregrine falcon, flying squirrel, wood turtle, black rat snake, baby opossum and striped skunk.  “Did you know that the peregrine falcon can reach speeds of 200 mph during their characteristic hunting stoop (high speed dive), making them the fastest member of the animal kingdom,” she said as the crowd gasped in amazement.  Cameras in hand, participants of all ages clamored for the perfect photo of the beautiful raptor and the rest of the furry and feathered  “friends”  which Kathy brought from PWRC.

 

PPL is pleased to support the efforts of the PWRC and to offer educational programs about native wildlife.  For other programs about local wildlife in your area, visit the PPL Preserves Calendar of Events.  Hope to see you soon,   Alana 

~Alana Roberts, PPL Community Affairs Specialist

PPL Promotes Growth of Endangered Species’ Populations

Peregrine falcon at Montour

On Friday, May 18th, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will observe the 7th annual Endangered Species Day.  Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people young and old to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and the everyday actions that people can take to help protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife.  

Ospreys, peregrine falcons, eagles and barn owls can be seen soaring throughoutPennsylvania’s skies, thanks to PPL’s efforts to help restore the once-dwindling populations of raptors.

We dedicate resources to enhance habitat for threatened or endangered wildlife and work with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and other conservationists to monitor their progress.

Montour, Wallenpaupack, Martin’s Creek, Holtwood and Allentownall have nesting locations for birds of prey. As part of our license to operate at LakeWallenpaupackand Holtwood, PPL is required to have a Bald Eagle Protection Plan in place. This plan, which is prepared in consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the PA Game Commission, ensures that the development of new recreation facilities do not have a negative effect on the bald eagles. Go to the Birds of Prey webpage to learn more about the birds of prey that have taken up residence at the company’s various locations throughoutPennsylvania

Volunteers Celebrate Earth Day at PPL Martins Creek

63 volunteers including boy scouts, girl scouts, township supervisors, members of the Martins Jacoby Watershed Association and community members joined together in late April to create wildlife habitat and build new trails at the Lower Mount Bethel Welcome Center adjacent to PPL Martins Creek Preserve and Power Plants. John Mauser, township supervisor,  planned this event and PPL provided lunch as well as assistance with organizing volunteers.

The new section of trail will create a link between the trails at the Welcome Center and PPL’s Tekening Trail system. The butterfly garden and Earth Loom  is already starting to bloom and provide additional habitat for butterflies and birds.

Next time you’re in the area, stop by the welcome center to see the wonderful new enhancements!

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