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Chalfont is organizing a Bird Town committee

TRISH HARRINGTON



A humingbird feeds on a cardinal flower in Trish Harrington’s garden.

Chalfont Borough is about to become a Bird Town.

Being a Bird Town is a partnership with the National Audubon Society and towns and municipalities throughout the state to promote conservation and community-based activities to create a healthy, more sustainable environment for both birds and people.

Chalfont Borough will be joining the ranks of other towns like New Britain Borough, Doylestown Township and Borough, Solebury Township, Lower Makefield Township, Falls Township, and many other towns in the region.

Bird towns make an effort to restore natural ecosystems to create a culture of conservation where everyone is a potential steward of nature in his own backyard and around the community.

One of Chalfont Borough’s first project goals is to plant more native trees this fall in the riparian zone at Twin Streams Park.

Native plants require less care, have more resistance to disease, and since they are adapted to growing in our region, they can pretty much fend for themselves.

Also planned is the completion of a community demonstration rain garden. Rain gardens channel rain water and make it available to nearby plants to absorb runoff.

Rain gardens are natural filters for storm water and also help birds and wildlife by providing an important native plant resource.

In order to get things done, we are forming a committee of volunteers, so if you are interested in helping, Trishah620@gmail.com or Sandra Zadell at Chalfont Borough Administration office.

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