The Trust’s Bird Conservation Program works to enhance and promote bird conservation in the Willistown area. The Trust's research helps us understand how people and nature can live harmoniously side by side.
Bird banding activities began at Rushton Woods Preserve in late fall of 2009 with funds donated by the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club. Since that time, thousands of birds have been documented by our banding team, revealing a vibrant, thriving population of birds that use our open spaces as an important stopover during migration or as a permanent home for their breeding and nesting sites. Read more.
Motus' (Latin for movement) nano-tag technology and its network of receiving stations significantly enhances our bird banding efforts as another data collection method, and dramatically accelerates scientists' ability to understand migration patterns and habitat use as it expands throught North America. The better we understand birds' migration patterns and habitat use, the better we can use that information to focus our land conservation and habitat restoration efforts. Read more.
Our program facilitates and attracts expert researchers who seek to expand the scientific understanding and conservation of birds. Recognized nationally as a leader in the science of bird conservation, our team uses our conserved lands and collaborative conservation programs to study their impact on bird populations. Continue reading to see a list of research initiatives facilitated by Willistown Conservation Trust.
The Junior Birding Club welcomes kids ages 7-12 to learn about and appreciate birding, nature and being outdoors. Birding is an exciting activity that connects us to the natural world. It brings us outside to enjoy wildlife, improve observation skills, engage with other like-minded people and contribute to environmental conservation efforts. Club leaders include experienced birders and educators, assisted by guest experts and professionals. Learn more.
Bird Box Program
The thrills of bird box ownership are abundant, as the many participants in the Trust’s Bird Box Program discover each year. Through this program, homeowners in the Trust’s program area (greater Willistown) are able to advance bird conservation in their own yards by maintaining and monitoring bird boxes that are installed by a team of the Trust’s bird box experts. You, too, could help birds survive and thrive in Willistown’s open spaces by joining our bird box program.
Which species thrive here? We believe an especially large number of bird species are attracted to the Willistown area because of our critical mass of preserved open land and the collective efforts of residents in our community who manage their land in an environmentally sensitive way. Read more to see a list of species seen here.