b'Connecting Community with OurNatural and Historic HeritageOur annual fundraisers are a great way for us toMany of us spent more time outdoors this year, but connect with community members, showcase whatfor those times when you couldnt get outside, we our mission is all about, and raise essential fundingbrought the outdoors to you! Heritage Conservancy for our organization. We werent able to gather forstaff members created virtual tours to highlightdinner together in person this year, but many ofseveral of our protected properties. Search for you still showed up to support us. We especiallyHeritage Conservancy on YouTube to watch these enjoyed seeing you during pickup of gourmet mealsvideos that give you a glimpse into what makesto-go during Christmas Dinner From Aldie. Maskseach one uniquely special: Take in the picturesque couldnt hide the holiday spirit!landscape and its resident wildlife during a walkat our Fuller/Pursell Nature Preserve, take a leisurely stroll through historic Aldie Mansions gardens,see the triumphant rebound of our Croydon Woods Nature Preserve, and more!+For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, HeritageConservancy partnered with Herald Publishing to bring together dozens of environmentally-conscious organizations to discuss ways that we could make a positive impact on the Delaware River. Through several panels, we collaborated on Protecting Our Local Waterways: A Collective Civic Initiative to galvanize the entire community behind protecting the River. Because of the pandemic, the cleanups,Heritage Conservancys Jackson Pond Preserve in tree plantings, and educational advocacy didntBuckingham is home to a 4-acre native wildflowercome together exactly as planned, but it did providemeadow. We installed this meadow to provideus with an important messagethat we all have animportant habitat for pollinator species such as beesindividual responsibility to care for the environment.and butterflies that are at-risk due to habitat loss. If we make little changes in our daily lives to helpWe knew that it would also serve as an important the environment, they will add up to make a bigeducational tool where community membersdifference. Earth Day should be celebrated everycould learn about pollinators while enjoying the day, and the momentum built will continue on. Inmagnificence of the meadow. During Pollinator fact, American Rivers named the Delaware RiverPalooza, community members did just that! OverRiver of the Year 2020 on a national level. Heritagethe course of three days in the summer, peopleConservancy is proud to play a part in the health ofof all ages enjoyed guided tours of the meadow.the Delaware River through land conservation thatWe also gave attendees ideas about how theycontributes to water quality protection.can support pollinators in their own backyards.13'