As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Salisbury may seek 'Bird Town' designation

Salisbury Township's planning director has asked township commissioners to pursue a "Bird Town" designation for the township.

Cynthia Sopka asked the board recently to discuss the proposal at its February meeting.

Sopka said there are more than 800 species of birds that have been seen by bird watchers in the township.

"I saw two rare Scarlet Tanagers in my own backyard," said Sopka. She said these are rare birds for this area.

Scarlet Tanagers are migratory birds coming from South America to breed in large oak tree forested areas.

Municipalities can apply for the status through Audubon Pennsylvania, a conservation organization.

They must complete an application and agree to work with Audubon to publish a "Bird Town" article in a newsletter, create a Bird Town web page and post at least five street signs and one banner.

Douglas Graves is a freelance writer.

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