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Dear TTF Neighbors,

To celebrate Earth Day 50, join us for a week-long BioBlitz within the TTF Watershed in Philadelphia and Montgomery County this month!

Join us first on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. for a webinar to learn about the iNaturalist app, which enables you to take and post pictures to identify different plants and animals. Then use iNaturalist for a fun, educational activity on your own or with your family at a local park or even your backyard during our BioBlitz!

On this webinar, we will discuss how the app works, answer questions, and preview our BioBlitz coming up from April 20-27th. We’ll also explain how you can be involved in the City Nature Challenge, when the Philadelphia region will work alongside other cities to identify as many plant and wildlife species as possible.

Be part of our TTF watershed community! Participate in our BioBlitz from anywhere in the watershed on your own using the app. The BioBlitz will end on Monday, April 27 when we’ll let you know how many species we were all able to spot and identify!

What’s a BioBlitzLearn more here!

Rain barrels store rain to be released in drier weather, helping our creeks by decreasing the polluted runoff and reducing demand on our stormwater system. Barrels also save you money because you’ll use less tap water! Use stored water for gardens and lawns, or to wash your patio furniture and cars. Learn more about rain barrels at this workshop, including tips about installation. Register here for this FREE webinar.

Order your rain barrel here. We're taking orders and providing home delivery. Questions? Email Ryan@ttfwatershed.org.
Managing Runoff Pollution at Home: Make a Difference for Clean Water

We recently came together with our partners from the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust and Wissahickon Trails to host an online workshop on how you can manage stormwater pollution at home to improve water quality in our creeks.

The webinar is part of a program to educate residential property owners about all the things they can do to improve water quality and provide habitat for native species, such as pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Looking for (Free) Stuff To Do?

  • Coloring Pages & new Scavenger Hunt: We can mail you coloring pages of wildlife you can see across our watershed and in our parks: White-tailed Deer, Red Fox and birds: Robin, Mallard Duck, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, and more! We'll include some stickers and Audubon Adventures: CityLife for Wildlife!, Wetlands: Where Water Works, it's Only Water...Our Only Water. We're also developing a TTF Watershed Scavenger Hunt for you and your family to enjoy when you take a Social Distancing walk in Tacony Creek Park or another natural area in our watershed community.

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Partner Event: Earth Day Action

On the first Earth Day in 1970, a mass outpouring of grassroots activism led to the creation of the EPA, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other environmental reforms. Now, 50 years later, we’ve made major strides cleaning up our air and water. But we still have a long way to go, and that's why we need to take urgent action now in order to address the climate crisis.

Even at this challenging moment for our communities, we must continue standing up for environmental protection and climate action. Earth Day is a chance for us to (virtually) come together to do just that. Join us to learn about meaningful actions you can take from home to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Let's make sure TTF is well represented on this call!

WHAT: 50 Actions for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Kickoff Webinar
WHEN: Monday, April 13th, 6pm to 7pm
WHERE: Online! Register to receive the log-in info

We recently published a blog about getting inspiration from wind to write poetry. We are grateful to have received this kind comment from Ellen in response:

"When my grandchildren were young we would walk to our Poetry Bridge crossing from Mill Road to Mountain. Each of us had a notebook and a pen. Each of us would choose a comfortable spot, a subject for our poem, and we’d write until a poem flowed from our pen to our paper. My oldest grandchildren are now in their early twenties working full time. The others are in high school. We all recall with fondness the afternoons we shared sitting on the bridge above the train tracks and the magical poetry flowing from our pens to our pages. This bridge is what we called 'Our Poetry Bridge.'"

We'd love to hear from you about how you enjoyed this exercise: julie@ttfwatershed.org. Send photos too!