I manage a 116-acre wildlife sanctuary property in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania. The property was acquired by my great-grandparents as a family farm after they immigrated from Poland in the early 1900s. Today it provides breeding habitat for several declining bird species, including Grasshopper and Henslow’s Sparrows, American Kestrel, Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, and Yellow-breasted Chat.
The property has hosted field trips and workshops for the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology and the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and is a regular field trip destination for the Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club. Current work includes invasive species control, introduction of native shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers, and removal of woody vegetation from the grassland habitats.
As you might imagine, this work takes a great deal of time and money. If you would like to help with our ongoing efforts to restore and enhance wildlife habitat at this site, please consider contributing by clicking the donate button below. Proceeds received from this site will be used to help fund the cost of native plant seed, nest boxes, tools and equipment, tractor maintenance, and other expenses of the habitat restoration project. Please note: contributions are not tax-deductible.