Each year, 1,000 people anticipate French & Pickering’s French Creek Iron Tour. Their reasons include love of northern Chester County’s open space, community-building and family connection, support for French & Pickering, and personal health goals.
Because of how the Iron Tour satisfies that anticipation, helps a good cause, and
in honor of co-founder Eleanor Morris Illoway’s indomitable spirit,
we felt it imperative to “forge” ahead!
to reschedule the ride to later this year,
but with so many variables that are out of our control, we wanted to ensure a 2020 Iron Tour in some form.
Life just wouldn’t be the same without an Iron Tour!
So, it is our pleasure to introduce to you, the COVID-19 version of the
For the virtual 2020 Iron Tour, you can cycle one of our classic routes ranging from 11 to 100 miles, or you can forge your own adventure. For those who live nearby, we will designate some parking areas along the routes where you can start your ride. For those who want to build their own route, you can do that anywhere (even from your stationary bike)! Choose your own time(s) to ride between June 14 and 28. We just ask that you share your fun pictures with us.
SECOND SUNDAY SCENES
Second Sunday Scenes
We had a wonderful day watching the
Great Waterfowl Migration!
We saw plenty of waterfowl, plenty of raptors, some early returnees (Tree Swallows and Killdeer, a kind of shorebird), with a special appearance by Eastern Meadowlarks. A total of 35 species – a very good list for this time of year.
The complete bird list is below, in addition to tens of thousands of Snow Geese and thousands of Tundra Swans (list in taxonomic order, not alphabetical).
Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, American Black Duck, Green winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Duck, Common Merganser, Killdeer, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle ( adult and juvenile), Red-tailed Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Crow, Tree Swallow (a treat, on the early side for these!), Eastern Bluebird, House Finch, Goldfinch, Dark-eyed Junco, Field Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle, Red winged Blackbird, Northern Cardinal, Sharp Shinned Hawk
March 8- Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area – Bird Watching Field Trip
February 9- Great Marsh
January 12- Bike Ride- Chester Valley Trail
November 10- Get Grateful Hike- Six Penny Trail
October 13- Walking History Tour- Thomas P. Bentley Nature Preserve
September 8- Hawk Mountain
August 11- Dog Hike at Warwick Park
July 14- Yoga Hike Brightside Farm
June 9 – 2019 French Creek Iron Tour
May 11 – Guided Bird Walk
April 14 – Welkinweir – Nature Photography Hike
March 24 – Horseshoe Trail – Yoga Hike
February 10 – Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area – Bird Watching Field Trip
January 13 – St. Peter’s Village
November 11 – Brightside Farm
October 14 – Horse Shoe Trail
September 9 – Brightside Park
THIRD THURSDAY TALK
Understanding the Climate Dilemma
The Great Marsh- Panel Discussion
Eels in the Pickering Creek: The story behind the release- Dr. Eric Silldorf
Spotted Lanternfly- Dr. Heather Leach
Invasive Fish, Fowl and Flora -Dr. Scott Bush