Last Day to Register for the Fishing Fest

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Today is the last day to register for the 2011 Philly Fun Fishing Fest, a free event on the Schuylkill Banks this Saturday, September 10, from 7-11 a.m. No fishing license is required, and fishing gear will be available for loan on a first come, first serve basis. Click here for more information.

Save the Date: September 10 Is Coast Day

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Photo: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

Hurricane Irene Coast Day is coming! Come on out to Philadelphia's waterfronts on Saturday, September 10 for 2011 Pennsylvania Coast Day, a series of events on the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. Paddle Penn's Landing in a kayak or swan boat, take a tour of the tall ship Kalmar Nyckel, watch dragon boat races and enjoy the interactive displays and children's activities near the RiverLink Ferry Terminal at Penn's Landing from 11:00-4:00. You can also take a free shuttle to the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center and get a discounted admission to the Independence Seaport Museum.

Not that we're the cruise director of Coast Day or anything, but we would suggest a September 10 itinerary of a morning at the Philly Fun Fishing Fest on the Schuylkill before hitting the Delaware for Coast Day events and activities.

2011 Philly Fun Fishing Fest: The Video

Click here for more info on the fishing fest. Be sure to register before September 6.

You're Invited: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Poster Presentation

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Join us at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center tomorrow, August 17, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. as the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary presents new posters detailing the organization's recent projects. PDE Science Director Dr. Danielle Kreeger will be on hand to discuss the projects, which include freshwater mussel recovery in southeastern Pennsylvania streams, oyster reef restoration in the Delaware Bay, planting native vegetation, and creating "living shorelines" to protect marshes from erosion.

The return of freshwater mussels to Pennsylvania streams is an encouraging sign for our ecosystem. Pictured above is a freshwater pearl mussel on a 2002 postage stamp from Germany.

Our Heroes: Awards For Cobbs Creek Protectors

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PWD Commissioner Howard Neukrug with Watershed Hero Award recipients

Yesterday, the 10 Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center interns who discovered and investigated a fish kill in Cobbs Creek (see our previous postwere presented with Watershed Hero Awards by the Philadelphia Water Department. PWD Commissioner Howard Neukrug thanked the students for their environmental stewardship and Pennsylvania State Senator Anthony H. Williams was also present to acknowedge their hard work. 

The 10 students spent the summer working along Cobbs Creek conducting water quality tests and learning about the stream ecosystem as part of the Philadelphia Youth Network's internship program. The high school students' interests vary widely, from Kamal Gatewood (who particularly likes robotics) to Josephine Horne (who plans to major in psychiatry in college), but all shared an enthusiasm for the creek and readily identified any trees in view, including the Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica) pictured in the background. 

Check out the Watershed Hero Award certificate (made by PWD's Katie Shafer) after the jump.

The Whimsy Has Landed


On Saturday, author, artist and re-explorer Allen Crawford completed his 40-mile, 3-day kayak journey from the wilds of New Jersey and landed in Bartram's Garden, planting his flag and claiming Philadelphia in the name of ... Lord Whimsy. Visit for plenty of pictures and audio recordings from the trip. See Crawford among the spatterdock and river clams, hear him at the Naval Yard, gawking at the mothballed ships (or, in Whimsy's words, "recumbent goddesses of the sea").

After the jump, a great shot of the old Philadelphia Electric Company Richmond Generating Station, as seen from the Delaware.

Registration For The 2011 Philly Fun Fishing Fest Is Now Open!

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Dust off those rods and reels, people—registration is now open for the 2011 Philly Fun Fishing Fest. The event is Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 7 - 11 a.m. on the banks of the Schuylkill River. It is free and no fishing license is required; fishing gear will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be prizes.

Click here for a flyer and map.

Click here to go directly to the registration page.

More info and hype to come over the next month.

Lord Whimsy Sets Sail

As advertised in this post from a couple weeks ago, author and artist Allen Crawford—otherwise known as Lord Whimsy—has embarked on a 40-mile kayak trip from Mt. Holly, NJ, to Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia. The Hidden River Expedition got underway yesterday morning; visit for a tracking map and, so far, an audio update. The good news: Lord Whimsy has reached the fork of the Rancocas River, and is searching the area (a prime hunting ground for the Lenape as well as European trappers) for arrowheads. The bad news: He's broken his boat's flagpole.

Stay tuned to Lord Whimsy's site for more updates over the weekend; we'll break down the highlights of the trip early next week.

Heart Your Park

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Tonight at Gorgas Park in Roxborough: Heart cover band Kick It Out. Be there by 7:00 p.m. to hear the band (complete with Ann and Nancy Wilson lookalikes!) perform classic Heart tunes such as "Barracuda," "Crazy On You" and "Magic Man."

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society maintains a schedule of movie nights, farmers markets, gardening workshops, flea markets and more as part of its Summer In Your Park program. Download the complete, citywide 2011 Summer In Your Park schedule (PDF) and find an event at a park near you.

Heart cover band Kick It Out

Tacony Creek Stream Clean-Up

Photo: Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership

Come out to Tacony Creek Park on Friday, July 29 and be part of a clean-up crew that includes the Philadelphia Water Department, Parks & Recreation and the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership. From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. we'll be removing trash and debris from a section of the creek to improve the waterway's health and preserve access to the Tacony. Last month's clean-up at the Juniata Golf Course (pictured above) was a huge success. Meet at the corner of E. Ashdale St. and Bingham St. to participate; email for more information.

Update: Waders, gloves and refreshments will be provided.

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