The Community Wildlife Habitat Registration Form

Official Form Below.  Responses to questions are in bold.

Community Wildlife Habitat Registration Form

Congratulations on taking the initiative toward starting a community-wide habitat conservation project! By completing this form and returning it to us you can register your Community Wildlife Habitat project with the National Wildlife Federation® (NWF). Once registered, your community will begin working toward community certification and receive ongoing support from NWF.

To register your community, please complete the following information:

1. Name your Community Wildlife Habitat Project

Name: Haycock Township, Bucks County, PA Community Wildlife Habitat

2. Identify a Community Wildlife Habitat Team Leader and recruit at least four individuals to become members of the Community Wildlife Habitat Team. Complete the attached Community Wildlife Habitat Team Members List.

3. Register the Habitat Team members as official volunteers with NWF. Each team member should complete the Volunteer Application and Image Release Form.

4. Set up and maintain a project notebook/binder.

5. Research your community.

Complete Part I: Community Basics of the attached form Community Description and Demographics.

6. Develop project goals and vision for 1, 3 and 5 years.

Bats
1-5 years- Bat watching. Record an estimate amount of bats when they awake from hibernation. These observations can help record the decrease or increase of the bat population.
1-2 years- Build bat houses, and put in yards. Then 3-5 years keep track of bats who live in your bat house

Bees
1-5 years:
Become a bee keeper. It is possible to order a bee colony package.
Plant pollinating flowers and plants for pollen for bees.
Allow vegetables in garden to go to seed; this allows bees to stock up on food for the winter months.

Pesticides/herbicides
1-5 years:
Sign petition for State government to limit herbicide and pesticide use especially in public areas, near residences or bodies of water.
Educate the community of all harmful aspects of pesticides and herbicides. 

Invasive plants
1-5 years:
Keep pulling/cutting invasive species and keep track of your progress.
Plant native species in their place

Review the points needed for each segment of Community Wildlife Habitat certification and determine which activities will work best for your community. See the Community Wildlife Habitat Goals Matrix for specific activities and points awarded for each.

You must also complete a minimum of 40 points (of a possible 70) out of the following activities in order for your community to officially register their project with NWF:

5      Obtain a map of your community (please enclose a copy) (5 points)  http://www.haycocktwp.com/map.htm

10   Complete Part II: Ecological Characteristics of Community Description and Demographics (10 points)

Pending upon approval  10  Obtain a letter of support from Community Government Officials (10 points) (please enclose a copy)

Pending  10  Create a 5 year budget (10 points)

5  Develop a plan for keeping all members of the Habitat Team in regular communication (5 points)

Pending  10  Have one member of Habitat Team become a NWF Habitat Steward Volunteer 10 points

___Get 5 bonus points if that member of the Habitat Team becomes a NWF Habitat Steward Host 5 points

5  Identify three potential funding sources: 5 points

1) Wild Resource Conservation Program (DCNR)

2) Department Environmental Protection

3) Bucks County Audubon Society

5  Identify three potential sites for Backyard Wildlife Habitat demonstration gardens:(5 points)

1) The Waxman Family, 440 Top Rock Trail, Kintnersville, PA 18930

2) Gina Frederick, 997 Camp Trail Rd, Quakertown, PA 18951

3) Jenn McCracken (The Turnip Truck). 965 Deerwood Lane, Quakertown PA 18951

Pending 10  Plan and organize a kick-off celebration (please enclose a copy of flyer, press release, etc.)  10 points

Total Points (minimum of 40)______________________

Please send:  This completed Community Wildlife Habitat Registration Form; 5-10 pictures of your community (a CD with digital photos is also fine);  $25.00 registration fee, to

National Wildlife Federation

Community Wildlife Habitat Registration

11100 Wildlife Center Drive

Reston, VA 20190-5362

We cannot return the photos or any other elements of the registration form, so please be sure to keep duplicates for your records. Remember to submit the $25.00 registration fee (check or money order) to cover our processing and handling costs. Make payment payable to National Wildlife Federation. Please allow 3 weeks for processing. Questions? Please contact us at: 866-788-9297.

Community Description and Demographics

Part 1: Community Basics

We are excited to learn more about your community! To find the answers to many of these questions, you may need to contact your city hall, local natural resource agency, nature centers, parks, conservation groups, or other organizations in your area. Through your research, you will learn more about how your community is affected by and affects surrounding ecosystems and the wildlife with which you share your community. You will also find the information gathered helpful in shaping your Community Wildlife Habitat project goals.

1. Give a brief description of your community:

Haycock Township was established in 1763 from the pieces of land left over after the surrounding townships had formed; a nd, is located in Bucks County, PA.  According to the 2010 census, the community is home to 2,225 individuals.  Land and water areas occupy 12,620.12 and 845.44 acres respectively.  Almost fifty percent of the land is preserved.  In this includes 2010 acres of State Game Lands (including Haycock Mountain), the 500 acre Lake County Park, newly acquired agricultural easements preserving  Ahlum Farm (86.4 acres) and Isaac Farm (124.8 acres).  Lastly a large portion of these preserves lands is part of Lake Nockamixon State Park.

2. Please consider the boundaries of your community and decide to either use the community’s name or zip codes to geographically define your Community Wildlife Habitat project area. If your community is an entire county, the county name can also be used to define your community. This will allow NWF to accurately track the total number of certified habitats in your community. Please let us know how you would like your community to be tracked. Choose one.

What is the zip code(s) of your community? 18930, 18951

City and State:  Kintnersville, Quakertown PA

County name (choose only if your community is an entire county):  Bucks County

3. What is the community size in square miles? 21.2 square miles

4. What is the population of your community? 2,250

5. Please give an estimate of the following in your community:

# of single family detached homes- 894

# of town homes ________________________________

# of apartments/multi-family residences_____________

# of schools- 0 (Haycock Elementary was closed 6/2011)

# of businesses- 4 restaurants (Beckers, Raven’s Nest, Old Bethlehem Rd Bar, and La Campagna), 3 vegetable, plant & landscaping sales/service (The Turnip Truck, NE Natives and Perennials, Vanderlely Landscaping)

6. Identify three areas where a public Backyard Wildlife Habitat demonstration sites could be set up (i.e., park, zoo, nature center, library, town hall, etc.):

1.)    Nockamixon State Park

2.)    Lake Towhee

3.)    Haycock Elementary

4.)    Haycock Mountain

7. List the names and contact information for local media in your community that could be contacted for publicizing your Community Wildlife Habitat project (i.e., newspapers, radio, TV, etc.)

Name: Bucks County Herald                                      Name: The Intelligencer

Address: Bucks County Herald P.O. Box 685           Address: 333 N. Broad St

City: Lahaska                                                             City: Doylestown

State: PA Zip/Postal Code: 18931                              State: PA         Zip/Postal Code: 18901

Telephone: (215)794-1097                                          Telephone: (215) 345-3000

Fax: (215)794-1109                                                    Fax: (215)34503150

 Email: Herald@BucksCountyHerald.com                 Email: intell_letters@phillyburbs.com

If you can identify more local media sources, please attach their information to this form.

8. Identify potential partners for your Community Wildlife Habitat project. For example, garden clubs, community clubs, local conservation initiatives or other nonprofit groups could become valuable resources to your habitat team.

1.)    Haycock Historical Society

2.)    Bucks County Conservation District

3.)    Nockamixon State Park

9. How could you obtain funding to help subsidize the cost or give in-kind support for your community project? Please identify possible local funding opportunities within your community (i.e., government agencies, local foundations, businesses, individual donors, fundraising events, etc).

Dept Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

Dept Environmental Protection (DEP)

Bucks County Audubon Society

Community Description and Demographics

Part 2: Ecological Characteristics

You may attach additional information if necessary.

1. What watershed is your community in? Tohikon and Dimple Creek watersheds

2. Is your community along a migratory path or flyway? If so, please describe.

Migratory path : waterfowl; songbirds, marblers, common loons, gulls, various

3. What are the dominant ecosystems in your community (i.e., desert, mixed deciduous, wetland, etc.)?  Mixed deciduous, forest

4. What are the top two or three environmental or ecological challenges faced by your community?

(1)Decline in Bat and Bee population

(2) Invasive Plant species / Lack of varietal  plants to support/sustain wildlife

(3) An overuse of herbicides & pesticides

5. Are there any federally-listed or endangered species or state-listed species of concern (i.e., plants, birds, insects, fish, etc.) in or near your community? If so, please list each species and listing status.

Animals: Indiana Bat, American Peregrine Falcon, Piping Plover, Bald eagle, and mulluks: Clubshell, Northern Riffleshell, and Dwarf Wedge Mussel, Red Bellied Turtle (PA threatened)
Insects: Honeybees
Plants: Bugleweed, Tall Larkspur, Sticky Goldenrod, Swamp Pink, 

6. What are the problematic invasive non-native species that are displacing or contributing to the decline of native species in your community? Please describe.

Autumn Olive, Burning Bush, Canadian Thistle, Chinese Silver Grass, Common Privet, English Ivy, Garlic Mustard, Japanese Honeysuckle, Japanese Knotweed, Japanese Stiltgrass, Multiflora Rose, Norway Maple, Periwinkle, Purple Loosestrife, Tree of Heaven, Mile-a minute vine, Water Chestnut, Hydrilla (aquatic)

Nepalese browntop, Big chickweed, Watercress, Common St. Johnswort, Queen Anne’s lace, Hairy galinsoga, Common velvetgrass, Black medic, Yellow sweetclover, Timothy 

7. Are there any other special ecological or environmental conditions in your community?

(1)Decline in Bat and Bee population

(2) Invasive Plant species / Lack of varietal  plants to support/sustain wildlife

(3) An overuse of herbicids & pesticides

Please list the members of your Habitat Team in the space provided. You may attach a separate list of additional names and contact information if needed.

1. Julie M. Fagan, Ph.D.

Team Leader, Haycock Township Resident

440 Top Rock Trail

Kintnersville, PA  18930

(610) 847-2411

drjuliefagan@yahoo.com

2.  Beth Clark

Environmental Education Specialist at Nockamixon State Park

1542 Mountain View Dr

 Quakertown, PA  18951

215-529-7307

RA-nrspnockenved@state.pa.us

3.  Jenn and Alex McCracken

The Turnip Truck

965 Deerwood Lane

Quakertown, PA 18951

(215)429-7817

jenn@turniptruck.net

4. Drs. Warren and Roberta Heydenberk

1059 West Sawmill Rd
Quakertown, Pa 18951
(215) 538-2682

wrh2@Lehigh.EDU

5.   David Hughes

1518 Stoney Garden Road

Haycock Township, PA 18951

 (215)529-9392

ermpst@verizon.net

6.  Gina Frederick

997 Camp Trail Road

Quakertown, PA 1895

267-377-5947 

plantlib@verizon.net

7. Carol Schroding

1716 E Sawmill Road,

Quakertown, PA 18951
(215) 901-5552

nenatives_perennials@yahoo.com

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