Newtown Township, PA;
Bird Town Pennsylvania, a statewide program administered by the Pennsylvania Audubon Council, has awarded Newtown Township Gold status based on the activity of its program.
Each year, Bird Towns submit an annual report which is evaluated based on suggested actions to engage officials, students and residents of the community and to improve habitat. Those actions include municipal, school, community engagement, habitat enhancement, collaboration, and advocacy.
As a result of Bird Town Newtown Township actions, which also include municipality sustainability practices under Sustainable PA it received a Gold status. “It’s not a competition between Bird Towns, rather a framework that provides a path of inspiration for doing more,” said Heidi Shiver, President of Bird
Town Pennsylvania. There are currently 39 Bird Towns in Pennsylvania most of which work with conservation partners such as Audubon chapters and land trusts. Color rankings in ascending order are; green, bronze, silver, gold.
Bird Towns such as Newtown Township create programming for people to learn about and experience the wonders of birds and nature, often in their very own backyard. Native plants and habitat enhancement play a role in this experience and contribute to an improved ecological “footprint” that yields more birds and butterflies and healthier places for people and pets.
To learn more about Bird Town PA or to get involved, please visit the website www.birdtownpa.org