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Bird Town Committee

Committee Overview

Committee Board

The Bird Town Committee meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 PM in Burkart Hall located at 56 Keeley Avenue.  Chair:  Tom Price
Secretary:  Lori Kesilman
Council Liaison:  Tom Price
Members:  Cristi Charpentier, Marge Eberz, David Horne, Al Marciante, Jane McGroaty, Lucy Siegfried

Bird Towns are partnerships between the PA Audubon Society and municipalities throughout the state to promote conservation and community-based actions to create a healthier, more sustainable environment for both birds and people. The aim of the Bird Town program is to create a culture of conservation where everyone is a potential steward of nature in their own backyard. Restoration of natural systems and native plant communities for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, on both public and private properties, has a positive impact on stormwater runoff, greenhouse gases, maintenance time, property values, community pride, and aesthetics. In 2013, New Britain Borough became the 23rd Bird Town in Pennsylvania and the ninth Bird Town in Bucks County.


Committee Duties & Responsibilities

  • To serve as New Britain Borough’s representative for Audubon Pennsylvania’s Bird Town program.
  • To promote and implement the goals of the Bird Town program and oversee Bird Town activities within the Borough.
  • To promote conservation and community-based actions that create a healthier, more sustainable environment for both birds and people.
  • To educate Borough residents about the importance of native ecosystems to birds, pollinators, and other wildlife.
  • To encourage the restoration and creation of native plant communities on both public and private properties throughout the Borough.
  • To encourage Borough residents and property owners to take Audubon Pennsylvania’s “Healthy Yard Pledge.”
  • To encourage Borough residents to create bird and pollinator habitat in their landscapes and to register their properties in Audubon Pennsylvania’s “Bird Habitat Recognition Program.”
  • To serve as an advisory body to Borough Council and the Borough’s various commissions and committees on issues related to the goals of the Bird Town program.

Our most recent initiative is to have the Borough officially designated as a “Community Wildlife Habitat” by the National Wildlife Federation.

In order to become certified as a community, we first need a certain number of properties (including homes, schools, businesses, churches and public spaces) to be officially certified by the NWF as wildlife habitat.  We are well over halfway towards reaching our goal!

A wildlife habitat is free of pesticides and provides food, water, cover, and nesting sites. A vital component is native plants, which are often the only usable food sources for native insects and birds.

If you haven’t registered your own property yet, please help us reach our goal by registering it now. Applications are easy to complete and can be picked up and turned in at the Borough Administration Office at 45 Keeley Ave. or at the Borough’s Farmers Market during September, when the Bird Town Committee will have an information booth there. The application can also be found and submitted online (https://www.nwf.org/garden-for-wildlife/certify), but if you turn the form directly in to us, we will cover the $20 registration fee from donations we’ve received for this. Once your property is certified, you can opt to purchase a “Certified Wildlife Habitat” sign from NWF for an additional $30.


Resources


Publications on Native Plants For Birds
Publications on Birds
Business Support