The Board of Commissioners adopted the Audubon Bird Town program in Radnor at its January 7 meeting. Radnor joins 17 other municipalities in Pennsylvania in becoming a Bird Town in partnership with Audubon Pennsylvania, the state office of the National Audubon Society which recognizes townships for their commitment to environmental stewardship.
“Our committee has already begun working with Audubon to make Radnor an even more environmentally-conscious community and to increase awareness of the importance of birds,” said John Fischer, President of the Conservancy.
The Conservancy and the EAC will work with Audubon and the Township to sustain and enhance the Township’s ecological resources and provide outreach and education to property owners. Bird Town in Radnor will offer community events and workshops outlining steps township residents can take to improve Radnor’s environment.
The first event supporting the Township’s efforts is community-wide participation in the national Great Backyard Bird Count which will take place February 15 to 18. Steven Saffier, who manages the Bird Town program for Audubon, will present a program explaining how to participate in the Bird Count in the Winsor Room at the Radnor Memorial Library, 114 West Wayne Avenue, on Saturday, February 9 at 10 a.m. Families are invited to join in the fun.
“Birds are natural indicators of ecological health,” said Saffier. “This Citizen Science program is a great way for families to learn about the birds in their backyard and have fun doing so. I’m confident that they will be amazed to find out what birds come through this area as part of the Atlantic Flyway, the super-highway of bird migration.”
Those unable to attend the February 9 event can learn about the Great Backyard Bird Count by going to www.birdcount.org.
More information on Bird Town or creating a backyard habitat can be found at http://pa.audubon.org.
This information was provided by Audubon Pennsylvania.