Important Bird Areas

Unami Creek Valley

Pennsylvania

The Unami Creek IBA is located in the northern portion of Montgomery and Bucks counties. The IBA is approximately 15 miles (24 kilometers) northeast of Pottstown near the village of Sumneytown and within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of Allentown, Pennsylvania. The IBA is specifically defined (in part) by a combination of watershed boundaries and areas of contiguous woodland and road boundaries. However, the IBA is generally bounded by the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the east, the limit of the Ridge Valley Creek watershed to the south, Green Lane Reservoir and Route 29 to the west and the county line to the north. The Unami Creek Valley IBA encompasses the extensive forested complex of the Unami Creek and Ridge Valley Creek watersheds. The IBA is largely undeveloped but is surrounded by an increasingly suburban region.

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Ornithological Summary

The Unami Creek IBA supports a diversity of bird species, especially forest-dwelling species. Approximately 176 birds have been observed within the IBA. Woodland bird diversity peaks between April and September. Most of the land is posted as private property, but can be birded from the roadside.
The extensive forest provides habitat for forest interior birds during the breeding season. Area-sensitive forest interior breeding birds include the Veery, Ovenbird, American Redstart, Scarlet Tanager, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black-and-White Warbler and Hooded Warbler. Over 30 species of warblers may be observed during the migratory season. The woodlands also provide habitat for six species of woodpeckers. The IBA represents the last stronghold for Pileated Woodpeckers in Montgomery County. The Olive-sided Flycatcher is an annual spring and fall migrant in the IBA. The woodlands also provide habitat for the Eastern Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl, Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. The steep, wooded ravines provide habitat for the Cerulean Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, Kentucky Warbler and Worm-eating Warbler. The bottomland hardwood forests support the Eastern Kingbird, Cedar Waxwing, and Northern and Orchard Orioles. The famous Sumneytown vulture roost is located in the IBA. Up to approximately 60 Black Vultures and many Turkey Vultures may be observed from November to March at this roost.
The Kentucky and Worm-eating are on the Audubon?s WatchList. The Wood Thrush and Kentucky Warbler are also identified as bird species of conservation concern by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (U.S. FWS 2002).

Conservation Issues

Largest threat is encroachment of housing developments.

Habitat

There are two man-made ponds located along the creek.

Land Use

A Boy Scout camp and a community camp/park exist within the IBA.