This section includes opportunities for Pennsylvania Master Naturalist Volunteers to participate in stewardship and citizen science activities related to the creatures in the Northern Piedmont/Middle Atlantic Coastal Plain region.
Please visit their Web sites to learn more about the groups and their volunteer opportunities.
The Willistown Conservation Trust is committed to preserve open spaces of the Willistown area. The Trust works to educate landowners about stewardship and conservation measures that can be taken on private properties. They operate on the belief that preserving the land will build a sense of community. The Trust is involved in land protection and stewardship, community outreach, and community farming with a CSA.
The Willistown conservation Trust relies upon their volunteers for help with land stewardship (weeding, tree planting), office work (data entry, photography, cooking, event support), and work on the CSA farm (harvesting, planting), and more! Among many other events, the Trust has a weekly volunteer day (Wednesdays, June through October) at Rushton Farms, when volunteers can help with tasks around the farm.
Willistown Conservation Trust, 925 Providence Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073; (610)-353-2562.
For more information:
http://wctrust.org/ for more information about Willistown Conservation Trust.
http://wctrust.org/volunteer/ for more information about how you can volunteer with the WCT.
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is the oldest and largest citizen science event in the world. For over a hundred years, people have gathered during the winter holiday season to count birds. For many people this is an annual tradition that has passed from one generation to the next. In the process, they have created a vast pool of bird data that is the most comprehensive available for bird distributions from mid-December to early January. The CBC is a fertile source of information on the status and distribution of early winter bird populations and is studied by scientists and interested people the world over. The surveys are coordinated by local leaders, many of whom are associated with local Audubon chapters.
Audubon–Pennsylvania, Director of Bird Conservation, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110; (717)-213-6880.
For more information:
https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count to learn more about the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count and how to get involved.
https://www.audubon.org/ to learn more about Audubon: National Audubon Society.
https://www.audubon.org/about/audubon-near-you?state=PA A list of Pennsylvania Audubon offices, chapters and sanctuaries.
The NABA Butterfly Counts is an ongoing program to census the butterflies of North America (including the United States, Canada and partially Mexico) and to publish the results.
Volunteer participants select a count area with a 15-mile diameter and conduct a one-day census of all butterflies sighted within that circle. In the northern parts of the U.S., these counts have become known as the “Fourth of July Butterfly Counts” and our Canadian friends call them the “First of July Butterfly Counts.”
NABA Butterfly Counts, 2533 Mc Cart, Fort Worth, Texas 76110.
For More information
http://www.naba.org/ for more information about the North American Butterfly Association.
http://www.naba.org/butter_counts.html for information on how to participate in the annual Butterfly Counts.
Unit 5: Water in the Landscape
Updated: June 2018