Rock Creek Songbirds
Rock Creek Songbirds is an unprecedented initiative to restore habitat in Rock Creek National Park for the wide range of resident and Neotropical migratory songbirds, including the Wood Thrush, the District of Columbia's official bird. By the end of the grant period, after clearing invasives and other obstacles, the Songbirds initiative will have completed a large-scale tree planting project in the Piney Branch watershed. Several neighboring schools that include students with Mexican and Central American heritage will introduce Songbirds material in their curriculum, create native tree nurseries, and make regular outings to the park to learn about songbirds and conservation work. An outreach campaign featuring a Songbirds traveling exhibit will have been launched in nearby neighborhoods. In cooperation with Rock Creek Park rangers, a public education program will address the threats posed by free-roaming cats and unleashed dogs in the park. This project is being led by Steve Dryden.