The Wonders of the Meadow

Happy New Year! We’ve had a very busy start to 2020 with hosting a Climate Change and the Impact on Birds Panel Discussion along with National Audubon’s Photo Awards Exhibit, an Owl Prowl, and sending in Request for Proposals for our Solar Project.

Also, for several months, we have been planning and working closely with the Warrington and Doylestown Township EACs, New Britain Boro’s Bird Town and Bucks County officials, to organize a Meadow Management Workshop to educate and encourage county municipal leaders to stop or reduce mowing. This will help support the development of meadows and grasslands to create greater habitat for grassland birds and pollinators and also reduce mowing costs, help with storm water management and filter pollutants.

This event was held on February 20th at the Old Courthouse in Doylestown with over 60 municipal leaders from across the county participating and hearing presentations from Natural Lands, Pennsylvania Environmental Council and DCNR staff as well as lessons learned from officials in Upper Dublin and Warwick Townships and Bucks County.

A meadow is a place of great beauty and wonder, filled with birdsong, unique flowers and plants and habitat to many animals, large and small. You might see a gold finch gathering seed down to line its nest or a bushy tailed fox pouncing in pursuit of a mouse, or a rabbit snuggled up in the reeds finding shelter from a storm. Deep blue juniper berries attract a darting catbird, milkweed flowers beckon passing monarchs, and golden rod serve as filling stations for bees and skippers. Below, beyond our sight, roots grow deep and long, filtering and storing precious rainwater, sending it deep into our aquifers.

This all lies quietly in our lawns dormant ready and waiting for a chance. Stop mowing and watch the magic emerge. It can even be just a small corner of the yard to start. Create paths around the outside and one artfully through the middle to gain entry to see all the wondrous life right beyond the doorstep.

Mowing will be needed once in late fall to early spring to hold back the forest. Invasive plants should be kept in check or removed. Please share with your neighbor and help create a connected green pathway, restoring native habitats throughout our communities.

Learn more and get started with this helpful resource!