The Bird Town program is a partnership 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. In 2013, New Britain Borough became the 23rd Bird Town in Pennsylvania and the ninth Bird Town in Bucks County.
As a Bird Town, the Borough is committed to promoting the creation of bird-friendly landscapes in our yards, parks, offices, and schools. 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.
The Bird Town program is not, however, just about birds. The 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 storm water runoff, greenhouse gases, maintenance time, property values, community pride, and aesthetics.
What Can You Do?
The real power of Bird Town comes from residents taking actions on their own landscapes. Residents are urged to take the “Healthy Yard” Pledge, which is a pledge to try and use more native plants in the landscape, remove invasive plant species, reduce storm water runoff, eliminate the use of pesticides, and provide for and protect birds.
Property owners who create bird habitat by doing the above and by installing nest boxes and bird feeders are also encouraged to register their property with PA Audubon’s “Bird Habitat Network”. After joining the Bird Habitat Network, you’ll be provided with a yard sign and a discount card good at businesses throughout the state. In 2015 New Britain Borough was the recipient of the Bird Habitat Award. This award is given by PA Audubon to the bird town that has the most residents signed up to participate in the backyard habitat program.
To take the “Healthy Back Yard” pledge, register your property in the “Bird Habitat Recognition Program,” or simply learn more about the Bird Town program, go to: http://pa.audubon.org/bird-town Registration cards to mail to PA Audubon can also be picked up at the Borough office on Keeley Avenue. A form to register your property in the Bird Town Habitat Network can be found under “Program Information” below.
More information about the Bird Town program, native plants, and ways of attracting more birds to your property can be found using the links below:Program InformationPublications on Native Plants For Birds