JANUARY  2014
Dear Friend,

Happy New Year!

As we look forward to an exciting 2014 for the creeks, trails, parks, birds, and most importantly the people of our watershed, I'd like to invite you to look back with us at last year's accomplishments. Please take a minute to read our Annual Report and learn how we are transforming our watershed communities through Engagement, Improvement, and Growth. We know that building watershed stewardship starts with one individual, so get to know Aliyah Patterson -- learn about our restoration projects and educational programs -- and recognize our individual, business, organizational, public, and foundation supporters.

This fall marked our second Annual Fund appeal. The success of this effort is critical to enable us to diversify our sources of funding and increase operational dollars. I am pleased to report that we increased our base of donors as well as total dollars raised! However, we have a long way to go in meeting our $5,000 goal. Please Support TTF and join those already listed by becoming a TTF donor.  

Thank you for keeping up with our activities! We hope to see you soon.

Best,
Julie
TACONY CREEK PARK: THE WORD ON THE TRAIL 
We wrapped up a productive year with both a tree planting and bird walk in Tacony Creek Park!
 
Through a generous donation of over 150 trees, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation was able to enhance the health and beauty of parks in Cobbs Creek, Roxborough, and Tacony Creek Park (TCP), our focus area. Read about the 50 trees planted with the amazing help of PowerCorps PHL here. 
 
TTF partnered with the Audubon Society to present a bird walk through TCP, meeting at one of the new gateways at I Street & Ramona Avenue. Keith Russell, an expert urban birder from Germantown, led an enthusiastic group of 25 environmentalists of all ages, pointing out different species and their interesting habits. Read about the bird walk here and join us for our next walk on Saturday, January 11

As you can see, we are committed to working with lots of partners to bring fun, educational programs to Tacony Creek Park. Let us know your ideas! Keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter, and make it your New Year's Resolution to visit Tacony Creek Park!
MEET OUR WATERSHED HEROES



"My internship with TTF inspired me 
to write my senior thesis on riparian buffers and watershed health."

"The bird walk was such a great experience for my boys...we really enjoyed getting out of our house and enjoying the birds in Tacony!"

Jeanette Arthur, Resident

 


Would you like to become a Watershed Hero too? Contact alix@ttfwatershed.org to learn about upcoming events and our next Introduction to Watersheds
class!

TEN GSI FACTS FROM CDM SMITH!

SAVE THE DATES! 

Sunday, April 13: Healthy Trails 5k Walk/Run
The second annual Healthy Trails 5K run/walk in Tacony Creek Park will start and finish on the Friends Hospital campus. This event is on a fully paved, stroller and pet friendly trail through the park. Mark the date in your calendar and make sure to bring the whole family to participate!

The third annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony & Reception will honor people, organizations, public agencies, and companies whose efforts in improving and protecting the TTF watershed deserve special recognition. Read about last year's ceremony, think about who you'd like to nominate for an award, and stay tuned for our Watershed Milestones Call for Nominations! 

OUR WATERSHED EACS

TTF works closely with our Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) partners. Last month we promoted the activities of the Abington and Jenkintown EACs. This month we feature Cheltenham and Springfield.   



CHELTENHAM 

The Cheltenham Township EAC has been advising the Board of Commissioners on environmental matters since 2007. Read more here

SPRINGFIELD 
The Springfield Township EAC is pursuing a grant for a project to supplement plantings, including trees along the creek in Cisco Park. Read more here. 
UPCOMING EVENTS

BIRDING IN TACONY CREEK PARK BIRDING
Join us on a walk through Tacony Creek Park to look for birds wintering in Philadelphia. This FREE walk is open to all -- you just need an interest in learning about our fine feathered friends. Expect some good bird spotting (woodpeckers, chickadees, hawks, oh my!) while enjoying lovely undiscovered Tacony Creek Park. This event is a part of the Philadelphia mid-winter Bird Census of the Audubon Society. Donuts, hot cocoa, and binoculars will be provided. Don't forget to dress warmly!

DATE: Saturday, January 11
TIME:10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
PLACE: St. & Ramona Ave., Philadelphia, 19124
CONTACT: Alex Cooper at cooper@ttfwatershed.org or 215.744.1853
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