BIRD TOWN

Bird Town

Background

In 2014, Springfield Township became the 22nd Audubon Bird Town in Pennsylvania and the eighth in Bucks County. The township’s Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) works closely with Audubon Pennsylvania and community partners to provide information to residents on ways to create healthier, more sustainable and bird-friendly landscapes.

The township is the only Bird Town in upper Bucks, a part of the county which is considered by Audubon and many birders as a region of prime bird habitat and a critical part of the Atlantic Flyway, the super-highway of bird migration. Springfield and its surrounding rural landscape provide rich resources to wildlife and is a place where clearly, birds outnumber people!

Make your Yard into a Registered Bird Habitat!

No matter the size, your property can be valuable habitat and can contribute to bird conservation.  Your property is likely an important part of the habitat matrix and we’d love to hear from you! Each Bird Town is asked to have residents register their property with so that we can learn more about your birds and what you do for them. It’s quick, easy, and free of charge (yard signs are available through donation). Simply go to http://pa.audubon.org/bird-habitat-recognition-program and select the “register your yard” button to start. There is useful information on the website to help you improve your ecological footprint and resources to help you identify birds.

Springfield Elementary School

Springfield EAC has partnered with Springfield Elementary School to improve the school grounds habitat for birds. Together, they have installed bird nesting boxes, bird feeders and blazed a new nature trail over a creek behind the gym. Over time, the trail will be improved through adding mulch to the path, removing invasive plants and replacing them with native plants making good habitat for native bugs, birds and other wildlife.

Great Backyard Bird Count

We encourage all backyard bird watchers to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count organized by and sponsored by Audubon.  It is usually held the second weekend in February (check website calendar or Facebook) and is easy to join in — just spend 15 minutes watching and recording birds at your feeders (or wherever you are) and then upload the numbers to www.gbbc.birdcount.org (you will need to make a user account that you can use next year too — so save the username and password!).