Researchers banded this Carolina Wren in February at Powdermill Nature Reserve.
This Golden-Crowned Kinglet was banded at Powdermill Nature Reserve, Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s environmental research center.
Inside the Marsh Machine.
As the days get darker and colder in western Pennsylvania, there’s still a lot of green at Powdermill Nature Center.
The Marsh Machine at Powdermill uses soil and living plants in an on-site greenhouse to purify waste water from the center’s drains and toilets all year round without the use of chemicals.
Water purified by the beneficial bacteria in the plants and soil of the greenhouse is put to use in a living stream exhibit, where the water is pure enough that organisms can thrive in it just as they would in Powerdermill Run, a nearby stream.
Re-using property treated waste water (for purposes other than drinking) can greatly conserve supplies of fresh water, which are often limited.
Take a break from the winter by stepping into the living forest of the Marsh Machine, and learn all about freshwater conservation at Powermill Nature Reserve in Rector, PA.
Birds cannot see clear glass, and as a result it is estimated that up to 1 billion birds are killed by window collisions each year.
To help curb the problem, researchers at Powdermill are using this bird flight tunnel to safely test bird responses to different types of glass designed to be visible to birds.
Researchers test glass visibility by gently placing birds in one end of the tunnel. At the other end are two different types of glass panes. The bird chooses its “exit,” revealing to researchers what glass they can see and what glass they cannot see.
Before the birds hit the glass, a net gently stops them, and they are released.
If you see a dead or injured bird near a building or glass façade, contact BirdSafe Pittsburgh, who is gathering data on window collisions. For more information about found birds, visit BirdSafe Pittsburgh’s website.
See the tools that scientists use at Powdermill Nature Reserve, Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s environmental research center, on display at the museum!
A foxy sparrow banded at Powdermill Nature Reserve, Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s environmental research center.