Meadowbrook Bird Sanctuary

Our Mission: To establish and maintain a neighborhood project at Revelation Road, Meadowbrook Road and Washington Lane whose purpose is to beautify and preserve the open space with trees, benches, bird houses and walking paths, as well as to educate through the use of identified native plantings.

Dear Neighbors: The Meadowbrook Bird Sanctuary was formed by concerned neighbors who wanted to restore the area to its natural state prior to the Township Sewer Project of 2001 - 2002.


Implementing A Plan: With the help of Rydal-Meadowbrook Civic Association, Abington Township Environmental Advisory Council and Abington Township, the property has evolved into a beautiful sanctuary that preserves this precious open space. Landscape architects volunteered to design a plan that would transform the area into a bird habitat with installation of an irrigation and water retention system, along with paths, feeders and plantings.

Progress to Date: Volunteers then planted over 30 trees, numerous flower beds and smaller plantings, strategically placed bird houses and benches for visitors to sit and enjoy this wonderful setting. Our efforts have been rewarded by receiving the prestigious Pennsylvania Horticultural Society 2003 Suburban Greening Award and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society 2004 Maintenance Award.We also received the Audubon Society Award in 2008, the Abington Township 2010 Robert Montgomery Award and the Pennsylvania House of Represntatives Citation in Recognition of Preserving Open Space 2010. BUT OUR MISSION IS NOT COMPLETE!

A Labor of Love

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

April 2010 Newsletter

This is the last newsletter before the Spring outing, "Our Bloomers Are Showin'" May 1 (rain date May 2) between 2 and 4 PM so we're really going to turn up the heat and shout "COME OUT AND SEE OUR BLOOMERS".
It's an old-fashioned get together. Bring your dogs, kids, grandkids, Mom and Dad, your Mother-in-law, your Father-in-law, your next door neighbor, your next door neighbor's neighbor and anyone else who has a passion for life and all the good things it has to offer.
OK, you get the picture. We're just so proud of what we have accomplished in such a short time that we can't help sharing it all with you.

Here is Jessica's Point of View column:
Hey kids:
Sun is out. It is warm.
Come out for a fun day at Meadowbrook Bird Sanctuary.
Bring your parents.
Come out and play, eat cookies and drink lemonade at Jessica's Lemonade Stand at "Our Bloomers Are Showin'" (on May 1, rain date May 2) at 2 PM.
Johnathan and his brother did a super job of counting bird houses and I want to give them super special sticker prizes.
Kids! Everyone who counts bird houses will get a sticker!
Jessica

Thanks Jessica. You have celebrity status. Can we have your autograph??

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Johnathan to Jessica

Thanks to Johnathan for his response to Jessica
From all of us at M.B.S
2010
MARCH NEWS LETTER

Thanks for stopping by.I want to start right off by apologizing to Coal,Jake and Lady Middleton for not mentioning them in the Feb. news letter. It seems that the Middleton dogs felt left out and rightly so,considering they were the stimulus for allowing dogs on the property. Hey guys there will be a few extra dog biscuits the next time you visit.Jessica’s Point of View column has provided us with some amazing creative writing. Here is Eric’s poem:
Sugar and Spice Day was so fun
It’s a day for families and friends to come
We had cookies and treats
We heard the birds sing and tweet
The leaves were orange red and green
It was such a beautiful scene
Eric, 2nd grade student at Meadowbrook School

Thanks Eric! You show a great deal of talent for one so young. Everyone loves the name of our Spring outing, “Our Bloomers Are Showin”. To quote Tom Kirk,Channel 66, who will be covering the affair, "You know I would love everyone to see your bloomers”. Thanks Tom. We need a bit of humor during these dreary days.

Our Spring outing is May 1st, rain date May 2nd, 2 till 4PM. There will be a clothesline art show by Meadowbrook School students and Diana Weiner from Meadowbrook Farm will illustrate how to put together one of her outstanding window boxes.

REMEMBER MARK THE DATE --- SPRING OUTING ---
OUR BLOOMERS ARE SHOWING
MAY 1, RAIN MAY 2


Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget, come again.
From all of us at M.B.S

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

2010


FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

We've had a few angry BARKS from our canine members. Just in case you don't know, MBS is the only park beside the Township's Dog Park that allows dogs, on a leash, to have fun on the property.

We've heard from a number of dogs, a long haired dachshund, a mastiff named Maggie, two mountain sheep dogs and a black French poodle, that come and bring their two-legged friends. They say we have taken this "Go Green" thing too far and would like the water in the dog bowl changed more frequently.

They are pleased that we provide poopy bags and a dispenser for their companions to use.



Now we turn the news over to Jessica.

"Jessica's Point of View"


Hey Kids!




They have all kinds of bird houses at Meadowbrook Bird Sanctuary. I saw birds flying in and out of the bird houses. Birds are warm and cozy in their houses. Tell me how many bird houses you saw at the Meadowbrook Bird Sanctuary and the winner will get a special sticker prize.


Tell me which bird house you liked the best.

Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget, come again.
From all of us at MBS

P.S.
A sneak preview
The name of our new spring
outing
is
" Our Bloomers Are Showin' "

January 2010 Newsletter

2010
January Newsletter

Happy New Year and Thanks for Stopping By -

I hope many of you took some time off from your holiday shopping to check out the foot prints in the snow left by our furry and feathery friends. It's always a thrill to guess what animal or bird belongs to which foot print.

On a sad note we regret to notify all of our friends at M.B.S that Marsha and Jim Pearson's Wild Bird Center has closed for good on new Years Eve, 2009. They will be greatly missed by every one connected with the sanctuary, especially the birds since thru their love and generosity of a bird seed grant, that has lasted for 9 years, our feeders have been full.

We would love to have some one step up and continue that service. Like most non-profits we have been financially hurt by the recessions and we, the neighbors and the "Friends of M.B.S" would be forever grateful for such a miracle.

Because of the inactivity during the winter months, "Jessica's Point of View" column will be every other month. In its place this month, Jessica has printed a response to her December column that she received from Jack Hammeke, a 6th grade student at Meadowbrook School, Hampton Rd. in Meadowbrook.

Meadowbrook Bird Sanctuary

"One of the things I like best about M.B.S is that it is not only a place where birds live; it is also a place where my school, The Meadowbrook School, has an event. The event is called Sugar and Spice Day. At the Sanctuary we have sugar cookies and apple cider and listen to the birds chirping. Sometimes people just sit there and admire all the bids that are flying around and are chirping their pleasant chirp. Unless it's a crow - that is not a pleasant sound to hear. When people are there they can count the birds that are flying around. One time my Mom and I came over to the sanctuary and we had bird seed that we put in the shed so the birds would have food. Meadowbrook Bird Sanctuary is a Sanctuary."

- Jack Hammeke, grade 6, Meadowbrook School


Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget, come again.
From all of us at M.B.S