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Blue Mountain - Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Project
Audubon Releases 2012 “State of the Kittatinny” Report.
The Kittatinny Ridge is one of Pennsylvania’s largest Important Bird Areas and the site of a world-famous autumn raptor migration.
Audubon Pennsylvania and many partner organizations have been working for years to conserve this critical landscape. A recent report
details the current status of the ridge based on a series of measurements indicating some of the area’s great successes and largest remaining challenges. Click here for the report.
The Kittatinny Ridge Project, led by Audubon Pennsylvania, is a collaborative
effort of local, regional, and state organizations and agencies
to focus public attention on the importance of the 185-mile long
forested Ridge through Pennsylvania; and to promote conservation
activities to protect the Ridge from further habitat loss, fragmentation,
and inappropriate land use.
The Kittatinny Ridge (also known as Blue Mountain)
is a long mountain ridge that winds 185 miles through eastern
and central Pennsylvania, to the Maryland line. The Ridge is a
globally-significant fall migration flyway used annually by tens
of thousands of raptors and vultures and millions of songbirds,
and has been designated by Audubon Pennsylvania, as the largest
of the state’s “Important Bird Areas.” The many rock outcroppings
along the ridge also make it an excellent place to watch migrating
hawks, eagles and vultures. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and Audubon’s
HawkWatch at Waggoner’s Gap are located along the Ridge.
Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Corridor includes
160 miles of the Appalachian Trail; and serves as a vital link
in the Appalachian Forest that stretches the length of the East,
providing critical, high quality interior-forest habitat for dozens
of species of songbirds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The
Ridge also protects important drinking water supplies and stream
Educators, schools, nature centers, libraries, group leaders, conservation groups, and government offices can receive FREE copies of the Kittatinny Ridge poster. Please click here for more details.
Kittatinny Article by Diane Husic, Ph.D., featured in Orion Magazine
Orion Magazine has a special feature entitled, The Place Where You Live. Diane Husic, Ph.D., Chair and Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Moravian College, and Audubon TogetherGreen Fellow wrote this piece to describe her connection to the Kittatinny
Website Links to Partnering Organizations:
State Environmental Education
Mountain Wildlife Conservancy
Brightbill Educational Center
Gap Nature Center
Park Olewine Nature Center
Environmental Educational Center
Gap Education Center
Migration Association of North America