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WPC's Monthly Newsletter

Endangered Bird Returns to Presque Isle

Visitors to Lake Erie’s shoreline may again hear the “peep-lo” call of the piping plover, a small shoreline bird. This Pennsylvania endangered species has not nested in the region since the mid-1950s. Two pairs of piping plovers recently returned to nest in Gull Point Natural Area at Presque Isle State Park in Erie County, one of only three regions the bird is known to populate. Since 2011, the Conservancy and many partner agencies have implemented a vegetation-control program within 33 acres of the Gull Point Natural Area to help restore the ecosystem on which the piping plover relies. Read more about the exciting resurgence of breeding piping plovers and ongoing conservation efforts in Erie County.

Purchase Tickets for Fallingwater’s 22nd Annual Twilight Tour

Enjoy a unique evening at Fallingwater during Twilight Tour on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. You will tour the house at twilight, enjoy a gourmet picnic and live music. Purchase your tickets today!
Lake Pleasant Paddle Trip with Venture Outdoors

Join WPC and Venture Outdoors for a guided paddling trip on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 1-4 p.m. at Lake Pleasant, a 65-acre natural glacial lake in Erie County owned by the Conservancy. WPC staff will share the history of the lake and conservation efforts in the area during this moderate paddle. Register today through Venture Outdoors.
Local Couple Plants Seed for WPC’s Latest Community Garden

About 20 years ago, Nelson and Carol Craige first noticed the concrete corridor along Pittsburgh’s Route 65 near the West End Bridge that lacked any green space. Little did they know that, with their help, this concrete stretch would blossom into WPC’s 131st community flower garden! Read more about the Craiges and WPC’s newest garden on Route 65.
Highlights of WPC’s Water Quality Work

We rely on Pennsylvania’s scenic waterways as an important source of habitat, drinking water and outdoor recreation. Life, in all its forms, is in jeopardy without clean water. In recognition of National Water Quality Month this August, learn more about how the Conservancy works to prevent and address the most common sources of water pollution in our region, including stabilizing eroding stream banks, improving agricultural impacts to water and more.
Volunteer for August Stewardship Workday

Help us continue to improve WPC’s Wolf Creek Narrows Natural Area near Slippery Rock by volunteering for our next stewardship workday on Aug. 12 at 9 a.m. Volunteers will remove purple loosestrife, an invasive plant, and assist with trail maintenance. Register today!

My First Shapes with Frank Lloyd Wright

Teach your young architect or designer basic shapes with “My First Shapes with Frank Lloyd Wright.” Using Wright’s affinity for geometric shapes, this book teaches children ages 2-4 basic shapes while also offering an introduction to one of the greatest architects of our time. You can purchase this book online in the Fallingwater Museum Store.

August Desktop Background

Imagine relaxing on a terrace at Fallingwater as the sun sets over the mountain ridges of the Laurel Highlands as you enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres and the company of friends or family. As twilight falls, you’ll enjoy a picnic dinner in the meadow where jazz and cabaret vocalist Dane Vannatter will sing into the night with musicians Max Leake, Sam Harris, James Johnson III and Mike Tomaro. Download this month’s desktop calendar featuring Fallingwater at twilight during Twilight Tour.
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