Important Bird Areas

Quakertown Swamp SGL 139


Conservation interest: Emergent wetlands, open water.

Quakertown Swamp is one of the largest freshwater wetlands in southeastern Pennsylvania and provides habitat for many wetland-dependent bird species.

Ornithological Summary

Quakertown Swamp includes the some of the largest Great Blue Heron nesting colonies in southeastern Pennsylvania. It also plays host to rails, bitterns and wintering Rusty Blackbirds.

Conservation Issues

Increased development pressure and loss of natural areas and farm land. EPA has fined neighboring property owners for filling-in wetland areas.