Birds and Waterfowl
Many of the 379 bird species that nest, winter or migrate throughout Pennsylvania can be found in the French Creek Watershed. The region is located near the convergence of major migratory routes for songbirds and waterfowl traveling to the Atlantic Coast, Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico from areas in the northeastern U.S. and Canada. Thanks to its diversity of habitats, bird-sighting opportunities exist year around at French Creek. In addition to songbirds and waterfowl, numerous raptors are found in the watershed, including osprey and bald eagles, the latter having been reduced in Pennsylvania to only three mating pairs in 1980. Today there are numerous sighting of eagles, and several successful mating pairs.