Recorded Webinar: "Protection of the Kittatinny Ridge: A Global Important Bird Area"

Watch the webinar from early April 2020 to learn more about the Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape, northern neighbor to the PA Highlands region.


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“Protection of the Kittatinny Ridge: A Global Important Bird Area”

The webinar features Jeanne Ortiz, Senior Program Manager with Audubon Pennsylvania; Tyler Smith, Land Protection Specialist with The Nature Conservancy; and Dennis Shaffer, Director of Landscape Conservation with Appalachian Trail Conservancy.


The Kittatinny Ridge, part of the Atlantic Flyway, is a critical landscape in Pennsylvania. One of eight DCNR Conservation Landscapes, the Ridge is a Global Important Bird Area, home to 160 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Pennsylvania’s most climate resilient landscape, and the headwaters for millions. Learn how the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Audubon Pennsylvania, and the Nature Conservancy are conserving this treasured 185-mile landscape in partnership with non-profits, municipalities, colleges and universities, and land trusts up and down the Ridge and beyond. To learn more, visit


Cerulean Warbler, Wikipedia Commons.

Land protection efforts in the Kittatinny Ridge and the PA Highlands region help preserve habitat for birds within the Atlantic Flyway, including the Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea).  The Cerulean Warbler is a member of the wood warbler family that is experiencing population decline in recent years.  Deciduous forests are key habitat for this species, and the birds make their nests in tall forests with little understory vegetation. To learn more, visit PA Audubon’s online Guide to Priority Birds


The Pennsylvania Highlands is located just to the south of the Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape, and the PA Highlands region includes land within four additional Conservation Landscapes – Lehigh Valley Greenways, Schuylkill Highlands, Susquehanna Riverlands, and South Mountain.


The Pennsylvania Highlands is a 1.4 million acre region that encompasses parts of 13 counties and boasts unique ecological and cultural resources that contribute to the economic and aesthetic value of the area, as well as provide opportunities for outdoor recreation and enjoyment. To learn more, visit

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