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Riparian Fluvial Habitat Restoration Project Volunteers Needed

Two years ago, an active pair of Yellow Rails was photographed mating for the first time in South Middleton Park. This is important as the population has been declining over the past decade.

Last year we were awarded around $6,000 from the Pennsylvania Ornithological Society to remove overgrown species, plant native reeds and sedge plants, and provide interpretive signs to help restore the breeding habitat and educate our community about the Yellow Rail.

This area is also important for many other species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, butterflies, and small mammals.

Our project to restore six wetland areas (circled in blue) within South Middleton Park is ready to begin.

South Middleton Township Parks and Recreation, the Pennsylvania Ornithological Society, and The "Bird Guy" Tours are looking for volunteers willing to give some time towards this project.

We are looking for people who are willing to get their feet wet, give their muscles a workout, bend and grab, or take pictures and collect data to track our progress.

If this sounds like something you or a friend are willing to take part in, then please reach out to me. The time and effort you give is all up to you. If it is only 5 minutes or 5 hours, then we will be glad to have you involved.

Andrew Dapkins


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