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.

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!

Successful Cleanup at Kreutz Creek

On Saturday, March 17, members of Riverside Lodge #503 volunteered their time to help cleanup approximately 1 mile of Kreutz Creek, York, PA. Thanks to their efforts and generous donations from General Dynamics of Red Lion, Home Depot of East York, PPL and Republic Services/Modern Landfill this debris (pictured) will not be entering the Susquehanna River, and subsequently the Chesapeake Bay.

The cleanup was orchestrated by the Watershed Alliance of York supporting York County’s environmental stewardship and watershed protection efforts. The organization is looking to make this an annual event.