Cheltenham Bird Town
Bird Town logo At the recommendation of the Environmental Advisory Council, the Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution to make Cheltenham an Audubon Bird Town in April 2016. 

Bird Town is not just about birds. It is about introducing natural systems into our landscapes that also positively impact stormwater, greenhouse gases, maintenance and aesthetics.
A perfect complement to the Cheltenham Sustainability Plan, becoming a Bird Town will both highlight the Township’s incredible ecological resources and extend environmental outreach and education.

For example, Wyncote Audubon helped sponsor the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed’s CreekSide Bird Garden Tour in June 2016. Participants toured landscapes featuring appealing native plantings that attract birds and butterflies as well as serve as riparian buffers to help slow stormwater runoff and improve water quality.

Before that, Wyncote Audubon worked with teachers and students at Cheltenham Elementary School to form an Audubon Bird Club and learn about winter birds, study spring migration and participate in the “Great Backyard Bird Count.”

Join the Campaign: Bird Habitat Recognition Program

No matter the size, your backyard (and front yard) can serve as a valuable habitat and contribute to bird conservation. Begin by featuring native plants in your yard to provide food (insects and plant), cover and nesting sites. Audubon has created a fantastic web tool to browse thousands of native plants. Add some other key elements like a bird bath, bird feeder or a bird house. Then, register your property with Audubon Pennsylvania and join a growing community of people across the state that landscape with ecology in mind

Just mail a completed form along with a $20 check to Audubon Pennsylvania – Bird Habitat. You will receive a yard sign proclaiming your participation and a Habitat Discount Card
good at businesses throughout the state.
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      Bird Town Walks in 2017-18
      All are invited to join Wyncote Audubon to look for birds in Cheltenham Township
      on the second Monday of each month, September through December 2017
      and April through June 2018. All walks are held from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

      We will keep an ongoing record of birds seen and heard, and document which birds
      are nesting in the Township. All levels of birders are invited to participate. Bring
      binoculars if you have them. Wyncote Audubon will have binoculars to loan if
      anyone needs to borrow them. We will help anyone who needs to learn how to
      correctly focus his or her binoculars. Contact Leigh Altadonna, President
      Wyncote Audubon, [email protected] or call Judith Gratz, Environmental Educator 215- 896-7804.

      Flier of Dates and Locations
      Cheltenham Township   ~   8230 Old York Road   ~   Elkins Park, PA 19027
      Hours: Monday-Friday, 8AM-4:30PM
      Phone: 215-887-1000   ~   Fax: 215-887-1561
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