Our nature preserves are open to the public 365 days per year from sunrise to sunset, providing natural places that offer peace and respite for all. Willistown Conservation Trust owns and manages three nature preserves in the Willistown area - Ashbridge, Kirkwood and Rushton Woods Preserve. We maintain these lands for the … Learn more about our nature preserves.
SOLD OUT Spring Bird Banding
This event is sold out. Thank you for your enthusiasm and love of the birds! Check out our other upcoming birding events on our calendar.
During the spring migration, you can observe the bird banding process on select Thursdays that are open to the public. You will get a chance to learn about the many and varied species that stop over at Rushton Woods Preserve during their migration. Registration is Required! Due to limited space, we do request that you please only register for 2 of the 4 dates.
Please note the following:
-Banding is weather dependent. Banding may be canceled at any time with limited or no notice due to any one or more of the following weather factors: rain before a banding date, rain on a banding date, high winds.
-The banding station is entirely outdoors and you may have to walk through wet grass or mud to reach the station; please dress appropriately.
-Photography is permitted
-Video is prohibited
If you are interested in bringing a group to observe banding, please contact Lisa Kiziuk, Director of the Bird Conservation Program (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss arrangements.
Rushton Farm & Rushton Woods Preserve: 911 Delchester Road, Newtown Square. Park in areas A, B, or C and follow the walking path to the Bird Banding Station!
ABOUT BIRD BANDING | Bird banding is an important and powerful scientific tool in bird conservation. Understanding our reasons for banding and being able to relate those reasons to the public, along with proper training and the maintenance of high scientific standards is necessary for the success of our banding/outreach program.
Rushton Woods Preserve (RWPR) lies within an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA), offering a great opportunity for banding and allowing us to study the seasonal and long term population patterns and species diversity of migratory and breeding birds. The RWPR banding project contributes to continent-wide monitoring efforts and exemplifies the benefits of low-impact land management practices on bird populations.
Learn more about our banding program here.