[PCA] Audubon PA Recognizes Use of Native Plants for Birds
ssaffier at audubon.org
Mon Jun 30 10:01:34 CDT 2008
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For Immediate Release
Audubon Pennsylvania's Bird Habitat Recognition Program Inspires People to Create Bird Habitat in Backyards and Beyond
Audubon, Pennsylvania, June 30, 2008 - Audubon Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania state program of the National Audubon Society, is encouraging people to "green" their land by creating good habitat for birds on their land. The new Audubon At Home Bird Habitat Recognition program invites property owners and others to join a growing community of earth-conscious land stewards by managing their yards and other lands to support birds and other wildlife. Participants who register their site on the initiative's new website will have an opportunity to be recognized by Audubon for their conservation efforts. Open space of all kinds - residential, commercial, schoolyards, and public lands - has the potential to provide food, shelter and even nesting sites for birds
Loss of habitat is a primary threat to both common birds and birds of conservation concern. The Audubon At Home program provides information and resources for sharing "people space" with birds - from planting native plants, to conserving water, to eliminating pesticides, there are many ways to foster vibrant habitats that will both attract birds and provide a healthy refuge for friends and family.
"Backyards, gardens and other outdoor spaces can provide essential habitat for many birds," said Steven Saffier, Audubon Pennsylvania's Audubon At Home Coordinator. "Converting even a portion of a traditional grass lawn to native plants will attract more birds, and transform your yard into a vital part of Pennsylvania's rich ecosystems and offers nature experiences just beyond the back door."
Homeowners, school teachers, business owners, park authorities and others interested in having their property recognized by Audubon Pennsylvania can visit http://pa.audubon.org<http://pa.audubon.org/> to learn more. Participants will submit information about what they are doing to create bird habitat; they are also encouraged to monitor their efforts, report their successes in attracting birds, and "advertise" their stewardship with an Audubon yard sign. Over time, the information individuals provide will help Audubon target personal actions on private and public lands for the greatest conservation impact.
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Steven J. Saffier
Audubon At Home Coordinator
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
1201 Pawlings Road
Audubon Pa 19403
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