ItCRC icon’s time!

The 18th Annual
CRC Streams Cleanup

Saturday, April 25, 2015
9:00 am – 11:30 am

Join other great friends of the streams for all or part of the cleanup.

Simply click the image at left or visit the CRC website here to choose one of several locations along Chester, Ridley, and Crum Creeks (including a couple sites along Little Crum Creek!)

In addition to a list of cleanup sites, the CRC website offers online registration (gets you a free t-shirt!) and other useful details (incl. a free picnic afterward at Ridley Creek State Park!).

See you there!

(CRC is also on something called facebook.)

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A few towns south of the water’s trickling spring, an illuminated fountain in Ridley Park Lake makes a holiday scene of Little Crum Creek.


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Click the picture to register.

Did rain dampen your plans for Earth Day?

No problem.

You can join the CRC’s 15th Annual Streams Cleanup.

Volunteers will meet to pitch in and clean up the creeksides on Saturday, May 5,  from 9 to 11:30 am.

Just choose one of several meeting sites in the Chester, Ridley, and Crum watersheds.

Then register to attend.

Sites include two spots along Little Crum Creek:  one upstream at Little Crum Creek Park in Swarthmore and one downstream at Ridley Park Lake.

Free t-shirt and picnic following cleanup.

After all, it’s always an Earth day, right?


It is easy to overlook what we are not prepared to see.

But a patient gaze will often reward long familiarity with a place.

Then the mutest shape might suddenly pronounce its presence,

like a Green Heron on the fallen ash beside Little Crum Creek.


. . .

Pennsylvania, like the entire eastern half of the United States, is part of the Green Heron’s summer breeding range.

I have spotted one here on Little Crum Creek as early as April and as late as August.

But I had never noticed one before squatting one day among the long-appreciated turtles of nearby Crum Creek.

There, with the slightest step, a yet unseen heron suddenly stirred the shade of a late summer day,


fully startled me with the raising of its head,


and assuredly prepared all our later engagements.

We can discover a lot more about Little Crum Creek:  what it is, where it’s been, how it’s going.


Meet me on the new page for a ramble through time and town. 

Don’t worry, I have maps!



Looks like eastern tiger swallowtails on a butterfly bush at the woodland’s edge.

Let’s keep an eye out for other visitors to this spot.