Conservancy Blog

Conservancy Blog

Wildlife at Penguin Court

Boasting 923 forested acres in the Laurel Highlands, the Brandywine Conservancy's Penguin Court Preserve is home to a rich diversity of wildlife. In the below blog, Penguin Court's program manager, Melissa Reckner, highlights some of her favorite sightings, from bears to birds and everything in...

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Agriculture Spotlight: Winter

Winter is officially upon us. Crops have been harvested and now is the time to prepare for next season’s yield. Some may think that this is when farmers slow down and take a break, but there is never a lull in the life of an agriculturalist. Work continues throughout the colder months to ensure the next growing season is just as successful, if not more, than the last. 
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Piedmont Spotlight: Serpentine Barrens Complex

Join us as we continue our exploration of the vegetative communities of the Piedmont region of the Eastern United States. In this ongoing series of blogs, we will spotlight specific vegetative communities, define their historic structures, describe the processes that created them, examine past...

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New Lease on Life: Penguin Court’s Bluebird Trail

The Brandywine Conservancy's Penguin Court Preserve recently revitalized a 1.3 mile bluebird trail along its grounds, demonstrating the importance of predator guards and careful bird box placement. In the following guest article by D. Scott Jones, learn more about these recent changes, lessons learned, and the success that followed.
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Invasive Species Spotlight: Norway Maple

The Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) is a classic example of an invasive tree- with ties to the early American nursery trade, it was planted extensively in North America for its aesthetic appeal and horticultural value before eventually spreading into natural areas where it disrupts native plant communities.  
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