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    Fishy Tree

    Welcome to the Nature Notebook. At one time, spawning shad moving up eastern rivers each spring was a big event. Although those days are long gone, there is still an annual reminder of those times. Along forest edges a tree is blooming that marks the time of the shad run. It even carries a name […]

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    In the Air

    Welcome to the Nature Notebook. Sex is in the air, at least for oak trees. Oaks are loosely grouped into red and white oaks. All bloom in the spring, but at slightly different times. Red oaks bloom earlier than white oaks. Oaks produce both male and female flowers on the same tree. This is typical […]

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    Fast and High

    Welcome to the Nature Notebook. Peregrine falcons are birds of extremes. They are the fastest birds in the air when diving after prey from on high. Reaching speeds of over 200 miles per hour as they rocket toward their target is a staggering feat. Peregrine nesting is also on the extreme side. Where many birds […]

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    PPL Preserves Photo Contest

    #PicsAtPreserves This Saturday, March 1 officially kicks off the PPL Preserves Photo Contest! We want to see what you see at the preserves! Submit your photos from now till May 9, taken on one of the six participating preserves: Brunner Island, Holtwood, Lake Wallenpaupack, Martins Creek, Montour and Susquehanna Riverlands. Whether you’re on the water […]

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    Tiny Dabblers

    Welcome to the Nature Notebook. Compared to common mallards, green-winged teal are tiny ducks. In fact, they are the smallest dabbling ducks in North America. These brightly patterned ducks prefer shallow water areas of marshes, ponds and slow-moving creeks especially where there is emergent vegetation. Both male and female green-winged teal have an iridescent green […]


All of PPL’s environmental preserves share a common goal: Demonstrate PPL Corporation’s commitment to communities and the environment through stewardship of natural resources, environmental education efforts and operation of quality recreation areas. Collectively, our preserves offer a tremendous opportunity to showcase PPL’s core value of corporate citizenship. Part of the responsibility PPL has in operating power plants is to be a good neighbor in the communities where they are located. Reputation has significant value to PPL and being a good corporate neighbor protects and enhances PPL’s reputation in these communities and beyond. With over 15,000 individuals attending programs at PPL Preserves and another 1 million plus visitors to our Preserves, our impact is significant. Surveys of program participants and teachers continually recognize PPL and preserve staff for their knowledge, creditability, and dedication to environmental resources and education.

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