Important Bird Areas

Quakertown Swamp SGL 139

Pennsylvania

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

For IBA conservation plan, {link:click here|http://pa.audubon.org/IBA_Consplans/IBA66.pdf}

For IBA fact sheet, {link:click here|http://pa.audubon.org/Sites/Site66.pdf}

A video entitled {link:The Great Blue Herons of Quakertown Swamp|http://vimeo.com/16107985} features Diane Allison of the Bucks County Audubon Society. The video includes a lecture on heron biology and footage from a field trip to the IBA.

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.

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