Hawk Mountain seeks to work with neighboring landowners to keep key properties in forest, wetland and grasslands. Twenty-two acres of farmland were recently purchased and is being restored to grasslands. In 2018, 78 acres were purchased and donated to the Game Commission to manage in native grasses and flowers. In both sites, habitat for nesting or migrating Northern Harrier and Bobolink as well as other grassland birds is being developed, as well as countless warblers that may feed on stopover sites along the riparian and woodland edges. In 2021, Hawk Mountain is raising funds to purchase 43 acres along their border that would protect a forested stream ravine that harbors nesting Louisiana Waterthrush, Wood Thrush, Broad-winged Hawk, and a stream with native brook trout. Hawk Mountain has pledged to use B4C funds to conserve Northern Harrier habitat in the Kittatinny Ridge corridor. Your donation to the B4C will help make this a reality.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is working on different forested land protection projects in central and western Pennsylvania that would protect habitat for the Wood Thrush, one of the flagship birds identified by the PSO for the Breeding Bird Blitz for Conservation (B4C). The Conservancy is also considering management actions at some of its own properties, such as removing invasive species, that would benefit the Wood Thrush. With funding awarded to the Conservancy through the B4C program, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s goal is to permanently protect at least one of these properties or complete habitat restoration at one of its properties within the year that contains forest habitat likely to support the Wood Thrush. Your donation to the B4C will help make this a reality.
Manada Conservency: In 2019, thanks to a grant through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, we were able to acquire a 44.3-acre property, now known as Manada Conservancy’s Elizabeth Woods property, in Lower Paxton township. This forested property on the Ridge provides important Wood Thrush habitat that will forever be maintained for wildlife habitat and passive recreation such as birding. We hope to showcase the property during this year’s Breeding Bird Blitz! Your donation to the B4C will help fuel our efforts of preserving the Kittatinny Ridge Corridor and protect prime bird habitat.