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WPC's Monthly eNewsletter

Join Us for an Evening Grosbeak Webinar Feb. 19

     In the past 50 years, we have lost three billion birds across North America, with the steepest decline in the evening grosbeak population. Evening grosbeaks follow irruptive migration – sudden, seasonal but cyclical mass movements in response to changes in their environment, such as food shortages.

     This winter, scientists have seen a widespread irruptive migration of boreal finches, including grosbeaks, in numbers we haven’t seen in decades, thanks to several growing spruce budworm outbreaks in Canada and winter food shortages.

     Join David Yeany, avian ecologist at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, to learn about this year’s finch superflight and how we are using new technology to track winter movements of evening grosbeaks and inform the conservation strategies to help protect this species.

     Register for this free webinar.

WPC-conserved Land Added to Buchanan State Forest

A variety of oak, black birch, hickory, blackgum and white pine trees makes up a 119-acre forest in Bedford County recently protected by WPC. This land was recently conveyed to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and expands recreation opportunities for hiking and hunting in Buchanan State Forest. Learn more about this land conservation project.
Learn the Art of Observation in this Feb. 11 Fallingwater Webinar

Did you know you can learn the art of observation? Drawing from decades of on-site observation and photography, horticulturist and conservationist Rick Darke will explore the synergy between Fallingwater’s architecture and its landscape, and provide you with basic tools to enhance your enjoyment, understanding and stewardship of the places you care about. Register for this free webinar.

Apply Now for Summer Internships at WPC and Fallingwater
Do you know a college student who is passionate about conserving our region’s rivers and streams and protecting aquatic life? WPC is seeking summer interns to join the watershed conservation team. Fallingwater is seeking digital multimedia, landscape architecture, collections and education summer interns as well. Apply now for these summer internships!
Explore Fallingwater’s Exterior and Grounds

Discover the beauty of Fallingwater’s winter landscape at your own pace on a Winter Walk, which begins today, February 1. Also, tickets are available now to tour Fallingwater’s exterior beginning March 6! Discover why Fallingwater is considered to be the finest example of Wright’s philosophy of organic architecture. Reserve your guided or self-guided exterior tour, which include access to several terraces of the house and the grounds and trails.

Celebrate World Wetlands Day on Feb. 2

World Wetlands Day is February 2. Wetlands support biodiversity, clean our water, protect us from flooding by reducing the water that ends up downstream, and protect us from drought by holding water during dry periods. Many WPC properties feature high-quality wetlands that host an array of birds, wildlife and plant species. Learn about our work to conserve priority landscapes, including wetlands, and explore our properties, where you can visit wetlands year-round.

National Invasive Species Awareness Week is Feb. 22-26
Can you spot invasive plants or insects in your backyard or on your favorite trail? Do you know how to help manage them? National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) Part 1 is Feb. 22-26 (Part 2 is May 15-22). Learn more about efforts to control species that can spread disease and outcompete native species and how you can help manage them. And learn about WPC’s work to control invasive species. 
Students, Enroll in Fallingwater Virtual Drawing Classes or Summer Camps
Do you know a high school student who is always drawing or sketching? Let them know about Fallingwater Institute’s online classes and virtual summer camps. Expert instructors guide students as they improve technical drawing skills, learn about Wright’s organic design philosophy and prepare for the college application process. Register now for Saturday classes in March. Register soon for virtual summer camps.

Fallingwater’s 28 Days of Romance


Instead of one day in February to express appreciation to that special someone in your life, how about all 28? To help you find the perfect gift and show how much you care, our thoughtful staff has assembled a collection of special items. Shop our Romance Collection today and we’ll include a complimentary Fallingwater chocolate bar with your purchase. It’s our little way to thank you. Enjoy! Offer ends February 28.

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Nature lovers can enjoy hiking, camping and snowshoeing on Bear Run Nature Reserve, which provides habitat for more than 500 species of plants, 53 species of birds and abundant wildlife from bobcat to bear. Bear Run Nature Reserve also provides the setting for Fallingwater, designed for the Kaufmann family of Pittsburgh by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1963, the Kaufmanns donated Fallingwater to WPC, along with 469 acres to establish Bear Run Nature Reserve. Winter Walks at Fallingwater are now available. Download this calendar from the options below, then right click on the image to set it as your desktop background.

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Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, 800 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, Phone: 412-288-2777, Email: info@paconserve.org

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