Recently, David Hewitt and Dan Efroymson led nature enthusiasts on a walk along the banks of the Tacony Creek, starting at Friends Hospital. Despite the heat, we observed a variety of habitats, plants, and animals. We enjoyed watching a great blue heron fly overhead, a pair of house wrens nesting, and a flock of cedar waxwings feeding. Between bird sightings, we discussed the history of horticulture in the area and the many native and ornamental species of plants present in the park. We learned many things, including the difference between a Paulownia tree and a Catalpa tree.
While out walking, we met a crew from the Philadelphia Water Department who were picking up litter that had washed in during the recent thunderstorms. This is part of ongoing work to improve the health of waterways and quality of drinking water in Philadelphia.
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The group rests in the shade of a Catalpa tree.