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Jan 5, 2021

Your Watershed: A Winter Wonderland Part 3

By Dante Falasco, TTF Intern Part 3 of our 3 part Winter Wonderland series In Part 1 and Part 2 of our Winter Wonderland series, we covered the many wildlife species that can be seen in the Philadelphia region during this frigid time of year. From the Snowy Owl to the Eastern Comma Butterfly, there…

Dec 29, 2020

Your Watershed: A Winter Wonderland, Part 2

Part 2 of our 3 part Winter Wonderland series By Dante Falasco, TTF Intern One of the few silver linings of the Covid-19 Pandemic has been the resurgence of the old pastime of going outside and taking a walk. Many families, including my own, took the opportunity the quarantine presented and reintroduced themselves to nature….

Dec 28, 2020

Tacony Creek Park Birds Count!

By Doryán De Angel, Community Watershed Leader Once again, the birds of Tacony Creek Park were counted in the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC)! This year marks Audubon’s 121st Anniversary. The CBC is taking place between Monday, December 14, 2020 and January 5, 2021.  Every year, volunteers from the Western Hemisphere observe and count…

Dec 21, 2020

Your Watershed: A Winter Wonderland, Part 1

Part 1 of our 3 part Winter Wonderland series By Dante Falasco, TTF Intern This past spring and summer, the Covid-19 Pandemic gave many people the opportunity to rediscover nature and their local parks. However, with the winter here, many have retreated back into their homes, waiting to emerge next spring. Here at TTF, we…

Dec 10, 2020

Powercorps PHL Supports Bees with TTF!

By Nathan McWilliams, Philadelphia Stewardship Manager Last month, Ryan Neuman, Upstream Conservation Leader, conducted a hands-on Pollinator Box workshop at Friends Hospital with help from the PowerCorpsPHL work crew assigned to Tacony Creek Park. Alongside TTF staff, the crew crafted 8 pollinator boxes that will find homes throughout the Park or at a nearby creekside…

Dec 6, 2020

Veggie Mijas Promote Inclusion in the Outdoors with Nature Walk

Guest blog written by Tacony Creek Park Keeper, Siani Colón The Philly chapter of Veggie Mijas spent one of their last programs of the year learning about Tacony Creek Park and reconnecting with the environment.  On November 14, eight walkers wound down from the stress accumulated this year by immersing themselves in nature. Most attendees…

Dec 6, 2020

First Tacony Creek Park Run with Me Intern

Blog by Sophia Raif, Run With Me intern. Sophia recently turned 17. This past summer I had the privilege of being a TTF “run with me” intern. It was my first paid job, and so special because it wasn’t the kind of first job I was expecting. I thought I’d be getting my first job…

Dec 4, 2020

Three Cheers for 50 Years: Celebrating the EPA’s Dedication to Health and the Environment

Written by Anna Groover and republished with permission from the National Wildlife Federation. Read the original blog post here. The Environmental Protection Agency protects wildlife habitat, like the great blue heron’s, from pollution, toxic waste and environmental hazards. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Tom Koerner The mid-twentieth century brought about a change in the…

Nov 17, 2020

You missed Milestones? No worries!

by Dante Falasco, TTF Intern This past week, TTF had the honor of hosting our 9th Annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony & Reception. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we had to adapt and hosted the event virtually on Thursday, November 12th. More than 70 people attended the event via Zoom! These guests included families, Partner…

Nov 17, 2020

Meet our intern, Dante!

My name is Dante Falasco, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to intern with TTF in the upcoming months! I was born in Chester, PA but have spent most of my young life in Broomall, PA. From Pre-K all the way up to twelfth grade, I attended Delaware County Christian School. Having…

Nov 1, 2020

Community Chalk Mural: Say Their Names!

By Susan Volz, Philadelphia Community Organizer Art is a powerful force for engaging and shaping how people see the world around them. At TTF, we have loved bringing art to blend alongside the natural beauty of Tacony Creek Park. In September we saw this chalk drawing tribute to Breonna Taylor at the Tabor and Olney…

Oct 28, 2020

Second Saturday: Thank you Audubon & Volunteers!

Blog by Nathan McWilliams, Philadelphia Watershed Coordinator We hosted our Second Saturday Clean Up on October 10th at the Bingham & East Ashdale Street gateway to the Tacony Creek Trail. This was a special program for two reasons: Tacony Creek Park was the site for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s monthly Second Saturdays program…and Audubon Mid-Atlantic…

Oct 27, 2020

Sharing the Voices of Tacony Creek Park: Susan Stevenson & Sledding!

By Vary Soth, TTF Intern Tookany/Tacony-Frankford (TTF) Watershed Partnership is partnering with Ambrose Liu of the Olney Culture Lab and Dr. Matthew Smalarz of Manor College to record in-person interviews with community members as part of a two-year Tacony Creek Park Stories project. Manor College, which sits along the Jenkintown Creek at the headwaters of the TTF watershed, is developing…

Oct 18, 2020

Students Spend a Saturday Restoring a Local Wetland

Guest Blog by Katherine Haines Katie is a student at Arcadia University and former TTF intern. We were so happy that she joined us for this planting, brought along friends, and wrote this thoughtful blog. Volunteers planted 500 perennials and 150 trees and shrubs! On the first weekend of October, my friends and I headed…

Oct 16, 2020

Take a Walk along the Tookany Creek Trail!

We’re excited to share this blog by our partners, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council! You can find it on the PEC website here.  We’re entering the home stretch of the Tookany Creek Trail feasibility study! Over the past year or so, our team—consisting of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF), and Campbell Thomas & Co. (CTC)—has…

Oct 12, 2020

Neighbors Plant Flowers & Trees at Tabor & Olney Gateway

By Susan Volz, Philadelphia Community Organizer Over a dozen neighbors volunteered on a gray and dreary fall morning at the Tabor and Olney Gateway on October 2nd for our first socially-distanced planting in Tacony Creek Park. One neighbor who lives on the block came right out and joined the fun once he saw all the…

Oct 11, 2020

The Envelope Please: Our 2020 Milestones Award Winners!

Friend Migdalia Rosado A friend is someone supportive, who you can count on, and who helps in any way to achieve a goal. For several years, Juniata Park’s Migdalia Rosado has not only been an active participant in Tacony Creek Park programs, attending bird & nature walks with her children and grandchildren, but she has…

Sep 24, 2020

Stream Smart Homeowners Improve Local Creeks!

By Ryan Neuman, Upstream Conservation Leader This past spring was the second cycle of the Stream Smart Program. Stream Smart is a collaborative effort across the entire Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative that tackles stormwater runoff from the residential properties that make up most of the area’s land use. Stream Smart is…

Sep 17, 2020

Meet Rachel: Our New Communications Specialist

Rachel Hess is our new remote Communications Specialist. Read on to learn more about what led her to work at TTF and what she hopes to accomplish here. My name is Rachel Hess and I am so excited to serve remotely as TTF’s Communications Specialist! I grew up in Harrisburg, PA, and attended Bloomsburg University…

Sep 8, 2020

Partners Care for Vernon Park Rain Garden

By Nathan McWilliams, Philadelphia Stewardship Manager Last month, we held a maintenance day at our very first rain garden in Vernon Park. This GSI site was installed in the fall of 2011 with a lot of partners, especially the Friends of Vernon Park (FOVP). For the past few years, TTF and FOVP have cared for…

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