See how Songbird Sanctuary has grown

Date: July 24, 2018

Our newest photos show how much has grown in the park since the invasive honey suckle and autumn olive was removed when snow was still on the ground. The Township will continue to keep invasive species under control so that the seedlings planted in April can thrive. We may mow some paths in and around the seedling plots to allow access to the park. At this stage, the park is still very much a work in progress.  Link to the newest photo gallery

Volunteers are working hard at the site

Community volunteers on Saturday, June 16 further helped to establish a pollinator plot at Songbird Sanctuary by covering the ground with cardboard. The park is in development on Owens Drive. Meghan Hoskins of the Ferguson Township Elementary Environmental Club led the effort.

Volunteers began this project during Ferguson Township's Arbor Day celebration on April 28. The Township Public Works Department delivered compost to the site.

ClearWater Conservancy is encouraging additional volunteers to come forward and assist with the pollinator plot. To volunteer, please email Meghan at

History of the project

The Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors decided on Songbird Sanctuary as the nine-acre park's name at its Regular Meeting on May 7.

IThe park's name is inspired by many of the bird-centered suggestions submitted by residents, as well as the Township's plans to develop it as a habitat for upland birds and songbirds.

Among the birds that U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff anticipate visiting the site will be young, forest dependent species, including American woodcock, yellow warblers, Rufus-sided towhees, vireos, Baltimore orioles, Eastern bluebirds, phoebes, and scarlet tanagers.  

The authority to designate the name of a public park or open space is vested in the Board of Supervisors, which approved a Park Naming Policy at its Regular Meeting on February 17, 2015. Traditionally the Township has named public parks and open space based on the name of the subdivision from where the land was dedicated. Approved names may also be derived from:

  • an outstanding feature of the facility
  • an adjoining subdivision, street, school, or natural feature 
  • a commonly recognized historical event, group, organization or individual (living or deceased)
  • an individual or organization that has contributed significantly to the development of the facility
  • outstanding accomplishments by an individual for the good of the community
  • or any individual who provided an exceptional service in the interest of the park system

Ferguson Township's Park Naming Policy

Planning and Development of Songbird Sanctuary

The Township has begun planning and developing this parcel as a passive recreation area, including reforesting native tree species such as black locust, hickory, aspen, and grey dogwoods.

Because of its proximity to the Blue Course Drive shared use path, planners are considering a path extension through the park, as well as a pollinator plot. The goal of the project is to create an inviting forest oasis and continuous learning environment, while maintaining the site’s stormwater infiltration characteristics.

The Ferguson Township Tree Commission and the new Parks and Recreation Committee will serve as advisers in developing a master plan for the property.

Ferguson Township Elementary students -- working as members of a school environmental club -- planted 300 trees at the site in celebration of Arbor Day in April. Our Arborist tells us the majority of trees planted that day are doing well.

Current partners for this event include Ferguson Township, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Central PA Pheasants Forever, the Ferguson Township Elementary Environmental Club, and the Penn State EcoAction Club.

As part of the Capital Improvement Program, the Ferguson Township Public Works Department plans to repave Owens Drive and also construct a new turnaround, which could include parking at the entrance to the site. 

Songbird Sanctuary: Summer 2018
The newest photos of Songbird Sanctuary

Community Volunteers at the Pollinator Plot

2018 Arbor Day Photo Gallery

Photo Tour of the Park's Construction