Western Pennsylvania ConservancyWater, Land, Life

January 2016

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Happy New Year and Thank You For Your Support in 2015!

Cherry RunLast year, we were able to protect, restore and beautify some of Western Pennsylvania’s most exceptional places because of your generosity and support. Our loyal members, donors, volunteers and partners make our work possible and we want to offer our heartfelt thanks for what you gave in 2015 and beyond. Please enjoy this short video featuring projects made possible because of you.

WPC Protects Scenic Views along the Great Allegheny Passage

Land protection in Somerset County

Last month, 90 acres of land viewable from the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail was protected near the town of Confluence in Somerset County. The property will be added to WPC’s Casselman River Conservation Area and open for the public to enjoy. Also nearby is WPC’s Josh Whetzel, Jr. Memorial Recreation Area and three other WPC-protected properties. This acquisition helps maintain the scenic views from the trail as it passes through the Laurel Highlands. Visit our website to learn more about this land protected near the GAP trail.
New Podcast Available to Download: Memories of Rachel Carson and Springdale

Rachel Carson HomesteadAs a young naturalist and employee of the Audubon Society, Charles Bier was honored to work and live at the Rachel Carson Homestead in Springdale, Pa. Today, Bier serves as WPC’s senior director of conservation science, and in his latest Field Notes podcast epidsode, he recalls his time at the homestead. It was in Springdale that Bier decided to take on a project of his own: turning a yard into a chemical-free and minimally landscaped wildlife habitat. Listen to our latest podcast as Bier remembers the local community’s response to his revolt of a manicured lawn!

Celebrate National Bird Day on Jan. 5 by Volunteering

National Bird Day on January 5

In honor of National Bird Day on January 5, we encourage you to appreciate our native birds and learn more about the threats affecting them. One way to get involved is to volunteer with BirdSafe Pittsburgh, a local nonprofit partnership working to research and reduce bird mortality and create a safer environment for birds. It is estimated that nearly 600 million birds die each year in North America by colliding into buildings. When you combine this with other threats like habitat loss and non-native predators, birds need our help. You can learn more about BirdSafe Pittsburgh or become a volunteer on its website.
Discover Biodiversity News in the PNHP Wild Heritage Newsletter

Biologists surveying in the fieldDon’t miss the fall issue of the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program’s Wild Heritage Newsletter. You can learn more about plant communities found in Pennsylvania, emerging diseases affecting Pennsylvania’s amphibians and reptiles, and the Clarion River mussel reintroduction. Download the latest edition of the PNHP quarterly newsletter.

Fallingwater Notecard Set Now Available Online

Fallingwater notecard set

Say hello to friends and family with a Fallingwater notecard set. This 20-card boxed set features four copies each of five photographs, highlighting the house in spring, summer and fall and two unique interior shots. And don’t miss your chance to purchase the 2016 limited edition Fallingwater calendar. You can purchase the notecard set or the 2016 Fallingwater calendar on the Fallingwater Museum Store website.
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