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 Representatives Citation in Recognition of Preserving Open Space 2010. BUT OUR MISSION IS NOT COMPLETE! We need help to maintain with financial and physical participation by interested and concerned neighbors

A Labor of Love

Saturday, August 21, 2010


We must be doing something right; all of our bird houses are occupied. Even with the recession not a one is empty. The carousel restaurant down at the Circle Garden is a favorite of the young cardinal crowd. They serve meat loaf seed every Monday night. And where does a bird go for some liquid refreshment? Try the “Wet Your Beak Water Hole” with chirpyoke every other night.

Don’t go away,we have something we want to share with you:

Nancy Hammeke Marshall, Executive Director of the Abington Free Library and the Board of Trustees have chosen to acknow-

ledge MBS for receiving the 2010 Montgomery Award by having a book, “Green Planet” by Stanley A. Rice, placed in the library’s permanent collection with a book plate honoring MBS in the front of the book.

This is without a doubt a great honor and we thank Nancy and the Trustees for this gift.

Jessica of “Jessica’s Point of View” column is 6 years old and because of her interest in art requested an interview with me, Iris Innes, as an artist.

Dear Miss Iris:

These are my questions:

Q: Is it fun to be a nature artist?

A: I would say ‘yes’. It makes me happy.

Q: Do you like it?

A; I like being out of doors, walking in the woods especially in the

Spring when all the woodsy plants are popping up and the birds

Are all around.

Q: What is your favorite thing to draw?

A: I like to draw woodland plants, jack-in-the-pulpits, ferns and

Birds. Get Mom and Dad to take you to Briar Bush Nature

Center at 1212 Edgehill Rd. in Abington. Go to the Bird

Observatory Building and see the front door that I have painted.

Q: How can kids become “nature artists”?

A: Draw everything you see. Get a camera and photograph little

things and big things.

Thank you, Jessica for giving me the opportunity to talk to you about your interest in being an artist.

If there are any young, budding artists out there in any field that would like to respond to Jessica with questions of their own, please go to ynys@comcast .net

Thanks again for stopping by and don’t forget to come again-from all of us at MBS.