Help Us in the Park
For more information or to volunteer in the Wissahickon Valley Park, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the FOW office at 215-247-0417.
Bluebird Box Monitoring
Saturday, March 24
9 am-1 pm
The Eastern Bluebird, once threatened by invasive nest competitors and disappearing habitat, has experienced a remarkable comeback in last part of the 20th century thanks to human established and monitored bluebird trails and nest boxes. In the hope of attracting bluebirds to the Wissahickon’s restored meadow habitat, Friends of the Wissahickon has created two Bluebird trails; one in Andorra Meadow and one in Houston Meadow. The trails and boxes are proving to be successful at attracting bluebirds and other cavity nesters, as confirmed by our 2017 monitoring program.
FOW is looking for committed volunteers to assist in monitoring and maintaining our bluebird trails. Attend this workshop and you will not only learn how to monitor a bluebird trail, but you will be a part an important citizen science data collecting mission to determine just how successful our bluebird trails are. This workshop will be mostly indoors with an outdoors portion and will last for about 4 hours in which time we will cover all aspects of bluebird box monitoring, including practicing monitoring a few boxes in Andorra Meadow.
Volunteers will learn how to identify a variety of bird species’ nests, how to safely monitor and maintain a nest box, what data to collect, and how to record it. Volunteers are required to commit themselves to 3-5 monitoring sessions throughout the 5-6 month breeding season and be responsible to report the data they collect to FOW. A monitoring session takes about 2 hours and will consist of hiking approximately 2 miles through both Andorra and Houston Meadow with a short drive in between. Regular monitoring is key to collecting good data, so volunteers should be prepared to monitor boxes in a variety of weather conditions throughout the Spring, Summer, and early Fall.
What to Bring
- Sturdy boots/sneakers.
- Clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty!
- Your own reusable water bottle to help reduce waste.
- Refreshments are usually provided at volunteer days, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own snacks.
Cancellation Details for Inclement Weather
- Typically, we will work in a light rain or snow. (We’re tough like that.)
- Workdays will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or snow, thunder and lighting, high winds, etc. Visit FOW’s Facebook page or this page for updates. If the workday is cancelled it will be posted by 8 am.
There’s no better way to be friends than to help us in the park with trail maintenance, invasive weed removal, planting, and general clean-ups from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us for structure repair and construction from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, contact Field Coordinator, John Holback at email@example.com or 215-381-2947
Third Saturday of the Month
Join Friends of Cresheim Trail to improve the trails in the Cresheim Creek area. Meet at the entrance at Lincoln Drive and Allen’s Lane at 10 a.m. Wear sturdy shoes, and long pants and long sleeves to protect against poison ivy. Tools and gloves provided and coffee and snacks will be served. (Yum!) For more information or to volunteer, contact Friends of Cresheim Trail at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-715-9159.