“This is a corner of heaven here,”
wrote American poet Gerald Stern in his poem In Carpenter’s Woods. And indeed it is!

Carpenter’s Woods, part of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park system, is located in the northwestern part of the city. Preserved from development in 1916 specifically because of its importance to a wide variety of resident and migratory bird species, Carpenter’s Woods is part of a global network of places recognized by the National Audubon Society and BirdLife International for its value to bird conservation.

Besides woodpeckers and warblers, Carpenter’s Woods is a nature-lover’s delight, filled with toads and butterflies, wild mushrooms and skunk cabbage, and so much more. Active during all seasons, you can enjoy walking the trails, sledding, or, as Gerald Stern wrote, just laying “for hours with my eyes closed listening to the great sounds.”

Carpenter’s Woods is preserved and maintained as an ecologically important natural area and public resource by the Friends of Carpenter’s Woods. Through their voluntary efforts, the Friends provide ongoing maintenance, educational programming, and public information about Carpenter’s Woods.

FOCW Ivy and Vine Removal Day March 15

This Saturday, March 15, 9-1, John Janick and David Bower will be leading volunteers removing English ivy and other invasive vines from trees along the edges of the Woods. Please join them for a productive day out in the fresh air doing this important cleanup work. English ivy and other non-native vines can kill trees and push out important native plants from the forest floor.

Dress for the weather. Be sure to wear long sleeves, long pants, and sturdy shoes. The woods and trails are likely to be a bit muddy.

Gloves and tools will be provided.

Feel free to bring a neighbor, too.

FOCW ivy and vine pull day

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Presentation: Volunteering and Stewardship in GROVE

The Penn State Extension in partnership with Philadelphia Horticultural Society and Friends of Carpenter’s Woods present Volunteering and Stewardship in GROVE – a conversation with Louise Barteau, this Thursday, March 13, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the PHS Auditorium, 5th Floor, 100 North 20th Street, Philadelphia.

For more information, contact Anna Herman at aeh22@psu.edu

PHS Grove talk with Louise Barteau

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MLK Day of Service in Carpenter’s Woods

Join us this MLK Day as we remove English ivy from the base of trees along the edge of the woods. Meet at the Wayne Ave entrance at 8 AM. Tools and gloves will be provided.

Hope to see you there!


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Love Your Park Day this Saturday November 16

Friends of Carpenter’s Woods is joining Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Conservancy celebrating the fall Love Your Park Day this Saturday, planting trees and doing cleanup in our neighborhood parks.

Please join FoCW and our knowledgeable leaders, John Janick and Keith Russell, for a pleasant, productive day in Carpenter’s Woods planting trees and removing non-native plants. Meet at the Wayne Ave entrance to The Woods (Wayne Ave & Sedgewick St) or follow the signs to join volunteers at work. We’ll be there all day—join us for as much time as you can.

Gloves, tools, materials, and trees will be provided.
Sturdy shoes are required (no flip-flops).
Dress for the weather and working in wet areas; long sleeves and long pants strongly recommended.

Please feel free to bring a friend and forward the attached PDF flyer file to anyone who may be interested in volunteering.

See you in the woods.

Love Your Park Day FOCW 2013

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Recap: October 5th Bird Walk

Our second walk of the year was held on Saturday October 5 when Friends of Carpenter’s Woods member Keith Russell led a bird walk through the woods. Favorable weather conditions (warm temperatures, clear skies, and a lack of wind) helped produce an excellent turnout of 22 people, most of whom were new to the FCW walks. While the warm, almost spring like conditions made for pleasant walking conditions, the lack of recent cold fronts probably caused fewer migratory birds to be present in the woods than one normally observes during early October. Nevertheless a respectable total of 43 species were observed during the walk including 10 species of warblers, 5 species of woodpeckers, and 3 flyover Double-crested Cormorants. A complete list of the species observed has been included below. Photographer Nick Guirate also photographed a number of birds during the walk and he has posted some of these on his Flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_paramaniac/. We’d like to thank Nick for sharing these photos with us.

Canada Goose 3
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove 10
Chimney Swift 10
Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 5
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 9
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 9
White-breasted Nuthatch 8
Brown Creeper 2
Carolina Wren 6
Winter Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Thrush sp? 1
American Robin 125
Cedar Waxwing 1
European Starling 30
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Parula Warbler 8
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Magnolia Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 4
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Black-and-white Warbler 3
American Redstart 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 15
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
American Goldfinch 9
House Sparrow 8

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