Saturday, April 14, 2018. Finally. After a a slow, chilly start, Spring has arrived.The planted flowers aren't yet visible, but the trees are flowering.

You can tell by the sound that the birds are starting to arrive. More migrating songbirds will be seen and heard soon.

Even though the temperature on this day reached 83 degrees, there were few people in the park. The joggers, bikers, and dog walkers will be arriving as soon as the weather becomes consistently warm.

father and daughter skipping stones

young boy and girl collecting stones along the beach

Flyway map from the Audubon Society, Photo of sign at right is by Kathy Martin. All other photos by Susan McAninley.

April 14 marks the arrival of the Palm Warbler—the first of migratory birds to this area of the Atlantic Flyway. Other songbirds can be spotted arriving at the Park until mid-May.

The Atlantic Flyway is home to a wide variety of ecosystems—and more than a third of the human population of the United States.

Wetlands such as those found along the Delaware waterfront provide a habitat protecting birds from human activity and the threat of sea-level rise.


Upcoming Events:
Saturday, May 12, 2018

10 am-12:30 pm
Make & Take Crafts for Mothers Day.
Make and take nature crafts for the Mom in your life. Walk, bike, and play along the trail. Refreshments, music, and outdoor activity toys provided.

1:30 pm-3:00 pm
Snakes and turtles and lizards! Oh my! 
Learn about Washington Avenue Green’s scaly neighbors in a walk led by Bernard Brown, the Philadelphia coordinator for the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS).

Rain Date for both events: Saturday, May 19, 2018 10 am-12:30 pm

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Ongoing at Washington Avenue Green is the Pier 53 Project—a historical study of the immigrants who arrived at the Pier from 1876 to the 1920's, their stories, and the stories of their descendants. Each story is part of a mosaic that contributes to the history of Philadelphia and its waterfront, and ultimately to the history of immigration in the United States.

Here's the link to the Pier 53 Project page on this site. Pier 53 Project.