February 2021
Dear Friends:

You can see from this newsletter that we are committed to connecting to you online and safely outdoors, especially now!

Why so much about birds? Birds are not only important to us as a watershed organization because just like us, birds need clean water and a healthy climate -- but because birds provide a window into water issues. Hope to see you at a Great Backyard Bird Count walk or online training.

I also hope you will join us for an important conversation hosted by our partner Natural Lands, about Black Birders Week and challenges Black birdwatchers face, and ways to shape a more diverse future for birding, conservation, and the natural sciences.

Hope to see you at our always fun and productive annual Online Community Service Get-Together on February 17! Please spread the word!

Take care and get some fresh air,
Bulletin Board: Blogs
Top Social Media & Blog Posts 2020

Join us to take a look at our top social media and blog posts from 2020!! Missed these gems the first time? Get caught up now.

2020 Philadelphia Stormwater Grants

Check out this guest blog by the Philadelphia Water Department about the sites across the city that have recently been awarded stormwater management grants, managing a total of 40 greened acres.

Meet the grant recipients and projects in our watershed, from Olney to Hunting Park!
Beavers Return!

Once extinct across Pennsylvania, beavers have been returning to our state, and have been seen along the Schuylkill River, and Jenkintown, Tacony and Pennypack Creeks.

These creatures are not only a sign of healthier waterways -- they play a key part in contributing to the improved health of these waterways, too! Read here.
Photo by Kyle Rose, Kyle Rose Photography
Takeout for Tacony Creek Park!
You may notice something extra with your meal if you order takeout near Tacony Creek Park!

We're partnering with local restaurants to share our educational wildlife postcards with the community!

Visit China King in Cheltenham, Pho Ha Saigon in Lawncrest, or Tierra Colombiana in North Philly.

Each postcard features a fun fact about park wildlife. Learn something new, explore the park, and mail cards to your friends and family!
Delaware River Day on the Hill
Each March, we join the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed for a Day on the Hill to share Coalition priorities with our Members of Congress.

Hill Day will look different this year. It will still feature productive meetings with decision makers, but will use virtual tools to make the day even more accessible for constituents like you.

Hill Week: Monday, March 8 – Friday, March 12
TTF Events
The Great Backyard Bird Count in YOUR Backyard

Tuesday, February 9 from 6:30-7:30 pm on Zoom

Birds are everywhere, all the time, doing fascinating things. From February 12–15, let's come together with the world for the love of birds.

Join us for a FREE webinar to learn about the Great Backyard Bird Count and how you can get involved! Register. Questions? Ryan@ttfwatershed.org
NEW! Weekly Wednesday Clean Ups

Wednesday, February 10
Tacony Creek Park

As we move into Spring, we're starting Weekly Wednesday Clean Ups in Tacony Creek Park to provide a standard time for people to come by during the week to focus on park areas that need special attention.

Join us every Wednesday. Masks & social distancing required. Tools & masks provided. Weather dependent. Contact Nathan@ttfwatershed.org for location.
Great Backyard Bird Count

Join us for a FREE bird walk in Tacony Creek Park in English & Spanish
Saturday, February 13
Register for one of two sessions: 8:30pm-10:30am or 10:30pm-12:30pm
Tacony Creek Park, I Street & Ramona Avenue Gateway
Binoculars provided. Masks & social distancing required. Questions? Email Doryan@ttfwatershed.org
Second Saturday: Creek Care Day

Saturday, February 13 from 10:00am-12:00pm

Tacony Creek Park, Gateway at Adams Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, Philadelphia 19120

Join us to pick up trash and beautify our local park. Masks & social distancing required. Tools & masks provided. Weather dependent. Questions?
Abington Junior High School, 2056 Susquehanna Road, Abington 19001

Join us to remove invasive plants and deer fencing. Masks & social distancing required. Tools & masks provided. Weather dependent.

Sign up by contacting Ryan@ttfwatershed.org
Online Community Service Together

TTF giveaways for participants!

Wednesday, February 17
12:00pm to 1:00pm
On Zoom

Network with organizations, schools, and businesses from across the region, and share stories of volunteer success.

This get-together will take place during lunch for your convenience. Questions? Nathan@ttfwatershed.org.
Outdoors Online: Organizing #Black Birders Week with Tykee James

Hosted by Natural Lands

Wednesday, February 24
6:30pm-7:30pm on Zoom

Black Birders Week is a now-annual event that addresses the challenges Black birdwatchers face, including underrepresentation and overt racism, and provides a springboard to shape a more diverse future for birding, conservation, and the natural sciences.

Tykee James, a Black Birders Week organizer and government affairs coordinator for National Audubon Society - and Philadelphia native - will share how and why this now-viral movement came about, lessons learned, and what he sees for the future.

Tykee navigates the environmental advocacy space as someone who sees the intersectionality between conservation issues and racial progress. Since his first job as an environmental educator at Cobbs Creek Environmental Center, he has felt an immense responsibility to his community. Throughout his career, Tykee has always found a way to advocate for birds and the environment through the lenses of justice and equity.
Partner Events
Saturday, February 13 at 7:00pm on Zoom

Brighten up the winter months with
Friends of High School Park's annual fundraiser!
Enjoy musical performances & highlights from their community project,
Love Letters, to set the mood while you enjoy from the comfort of your home.
Bid on the TTF rain barrel and schwag in the online auction!
Our Partner Alliance
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