Update on the pollinator garden planting at Songbird Sanctuary

Date: May 22, 2019

It rained continuously as volunteers gathered to celebrate Arbor Day in Ferguson Township on May 5 with a pollinator garden planting at Songbird Sanctuary. But the rain didn’t deter these volunteers from doing what they could—mostly raking and distributing mulch.

The volunteers included youth from the Ferguson Township Elementary Environmental Club, Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors and Tree Commission members, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Central PA Pheasants Forever, and Penn State Master Gardeners.

The group had planned to plant trees, shrubs and plants, but Master Gardeners Pam and Doug Ford determined the ground was too soaked for newly planted roots to survive.

Members of the group returned to the site on May 22 to plant. 

Board of Supervisors Chair Steve Miller read an Arbor Day proclamation, one of the four criteria for sustaining the Township’s designation as a Tree City USA. This is the third consecutive year that the Arbor Day Foundation has proclaimed Ferguson Township a Tree City USA.