Environmental Information

The Warminster Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00pm at the Township Building. The EAC serves to help the Township make sound environmental decisions with project implementation, provides community education information, and more.

INVASIVE AND NATIVE SPECIES

We hear a lot about invasive insects like the Spotted Lantern Fly and Emerald Ash Borer that decimate (or have the potential to) trees in native and agricultural habitats. As we have learned in part of our Environmental Educational Series, invasive plants can be just as destructive to our native ecosystems. Fall is the time where a lot of these plants are setting fruit and seed. When birds and other critters eat these seeds and fruits they spread and invade natural, agricultural, and residential areas. This on its surface may not seem like a scenario that is all that bad, but when you consider all the pesticides and tax payer dollars that go into eradicating these weeds and other plants, the issue becomes a little more clear. Tree of heaven (host plant of Spotted Lantern Fly), multiflora rose, burning bush, Japanese barberry, Russian and autumn olive are just a few of the invasive species that are setting fruit now and thus spread by wildlife at this time. If you see these plants growing in your property, steps can be taken to reduce spread – removal or pruning/cutting back to remove flowers/fruit.

This is also a time to consider some fall planting with native plants that are perfect for birds and pollinators!

Yarrow, bee balm, milk weeds, phlox, black eyed susan, coneflower, aster, goldenrod, foam flower, joe pye weed, tickseed, sunflower, beard tongue, columbine, gayfeather, serviceberry, blueberry, snakeroot, paw paw, button bush, new jersey tea, redbud, flowering dogwood, spicebush, summer sweet, and coral honeysuckle are good choices.

Be sure to meet with us every 4th Monday to discuss the environmental issues that are concerning you in our township, state, and beyond!

BIRD HABITAT RECOGNITION PROGRAM

Engaging in sustainable landscaping will increase your chances of encountering the wonders of nature on a daily basis. Registering your property with Audubon Pennsylvania will ensure that you get up-to-the-minute information on events in your region and opportunities to interact with experts and like-minded landowners around the state. It’s free to register. Adding a yard sign will pique the interest of your neighbors! Contact us for more information: conservationpa@audubon.org

What is the Christmas Bird Count?

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of community science involvement. It is an early-winter
bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds. A map view of the circles expected to be included in the 119th CBC can be found here: https://audubon.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/ index.html?appid=fadfb421e95f4949bde20c29a38228bd

If you’re interested in participating next season, check out the map to find a count near you; more circles will be added as they are approved. Green and yellow circles are open for new participants, and red circles are full. Please contact compilers by email using the information from the pop-ups on the map.

 


Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Warminster Township encourages energy efficiency and conservation. Leading by example, Warminster purchases 20% of it’s electricity from renewable sources. Warminster received the 2009 Green Power: Turn It On! Award from Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture).

There are several programs to help make your home or business more energy efficient. Programs such as:
EnergySTAR

Business
There are several environmentally oriented businesses in Warminster Township. Businesses such as Vertical Screen Corporation and PNC Bank have built energy efficient LEED Platinum buildings in Warminster.

Other businesses provide products and services to Warminster which have benefit to the planet, such as:

Burpee Seed Company From the Burpee website: “Through good times and bad, great depression and world wars, Burpee has been a beacon of hope for Americans for over a century. Despite the invention of the radio, television, cell phone and Ipods, nothing is more amazing and powerful than the enchantment of planting a seed in soil and watching it grow. We, at Burpee, certainly did not invent it, but we have been dedicated to enabling you to share, in a very small but significant way, in the astonishing magic of nature.”

Additional Links
Bucks County Audubon Society
Bucks County Conservation District
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
Heritage Conservancy
Delaware River Keeper
EAC Network
Nature Conservancy 
PA DOA, PA DEP, PA DCNR, Penn State Extension Office Doylestown
PA Natural Lands Trust
PA Resource for Conservation and Development
Pennsylvania Environmental Council
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Bucks County Foodshed