Update Your Calendar:
- Saturday, February 16 - Activity: Great Backyard Bird Count
- Thursday, February 21, 7PM - Program: Denali by George Gress
- Thursday, March 21, 7PM - Program: Bats by Dave McNaughton
- Saturday, March 23 - Field Trip: Millgrove (Audubon's Former Home)
- Saturday, April 6 - Field Trip: Trout Run & Letort Preserves
- Saturday, April 13 - Field Trip: Spring Wildflowers with Dan Welte
- Thursday, April 18, 7PM - Program: Birding by Ear by Dale Rupert
- Saturday, April 20, 9AM - 3PM - Activity: Native Plant Sale
- Saturday, May 4 - Field Trip: Warbler Walk in Stony Valley
- Sunday, May 5 - Field Trip: Warbler Walk at PA State Game Land 230
- Saturday, May 11 - Activity: Annual Spring Migration Count
- Thursday, May 16, 6PM - Program: AAS Annual Banquet with Ron Rohrbaugh
- May (various dates) - Activity: Harrisburg Falcon Watch
February Activity -
Great Backyard Bird Count at Wildwood Park
Saturday, February 16, 2019
The Great Backyard Bird Count is a community science program developed by Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology that relies on people everywhere to provide a “snapshot” of local bird populations during one weekend in February. Our focus is to help people of all ages to identify those species which visit our feeders in the winter. This is a chance for beginners and well-seasoned birders to enjoy winter birds together from the warmth of the indoors.
See details in our Programs and Field Trips brochure and on our Birding page.
February Monthly Program -
Critical Connections — Denali by George Gress
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7:00 PM
George Gress participates in the Critical Connections project which is seeking to learn more about the migration of birds that breed in Denali National Park, and to connect Denali with the places from where its visitors come. This evening, we will learn about the project and the technology and field work used to track migrating birds across the world. George is a Fire Specialist/Land Steward for the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He works from the Acopian Preserve office and assists with all aspects of the management of TNC’s preserves in Pennsylvania, including prescribed fire and managing the chapter’s bog turtle program. An avid photographer, many of his images have appeared in TNC’s chapter and national publications.
March Monthly Program -
Bats by Dave McNaughton
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7:00 PM
This evening’s program on bats will be presented by Dave McNaughton. He is the Assistant Wildlife Program Manager for the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at Fort Indiantown Gap, where he has worked since 2004. He has a broad background in botany, herpetology, mammalogy, and ornithology and teaches classes in the PA Master Naturalist program.
March Field Trip -
Exploring Mill Grove - The Former Home of Pioneer Ornithologist and Artist, John James Audubon
Saturday, March 23, 2019
See where Audubon lived and birded. Join us on this historical adventure to America’s foremost ornithologist’s home, which is now a museum renovated in 2018. After the tour, we will do some birding on the grounds if time and weather permit. The estate is now a Montgomery County park located a few miles from Philadelphia along the Perkiomen Creek, not far from its confluence with the Schuylkill River. Contact Rick Price at 717-657-1950 or email@example.com to register. Drivers should consider bringing an EZ-pass for the PA Turnpike. Plan for a full day trip and bring money for admission and dinner on the return trip (dinner stop is optional).
April Field Trip -
Exploring AAS’s Own Trout Run Preserve and Nearby LeTort Run Preserve
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Have you been to Trout Run Preserve recently? This is a chance for chapter members and other interested parties to check out AAS’s own Trout Run Preserve to see what has been done to restore the property to its natural wetland state and to encourage the propagation of native species at this suburban oasis. Meet at Trout Run at 9:00 am. Following our visit, we will stop at nearby LeTort Run Preserve where Ben Mummert, Director of Land Protection and Stewardship for Central PA Conservancy, will introduce us to conservation efforts which have been implemented there that may also be useful at Trout Run. Participants should contact Mary Brenner to register at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-903-0223.
April Field Trip -
Spring Wildflowers with Dan Welte
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Join wildflower naturalist Dan Welte on a trip to Gifford Pinchot State Park to search for early wild blooms. We will meet at the Conewago Day Use Area (North end of the parking lot) at 10:00 am. Contact Dan at email@example.com to register. Many of the early flowers should be in bloom by mid-April.
April Monthly Program -
Birding by Ear by Dale Rupert
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:00 PM
We all know several birds just by the sound of their voice even when we can’t see them. This program will provide a fun and interesting presentation on ways to improve your ability to identify those birds that you didn’t actually get a chance to see. Their voices give them away. Their songs give them away. And sometimes their habits and attitudes give them away. You just might gain a whole new perspective on bird identification. By the end of the meeting, you will undoubtedly know a few more things about birds and their songs. Especially if you pass the Birding by Ear Final Exam (which you will)!
April Activity & Fundraiser -
Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 20, 2019, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Appalachian Audubon will hold a Native Plant Sale in conjunction with Diakon Wilderness Greenhouse at 571 Mountain Road in Boiling Springs, PA. Kim Patten who manages the greenhouse along with knowledgeable Audubon volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and help you find the best plants for your yard. AAS will receive a portion of the profits in support of the mission of the chapter. Why natives? Planting natives contributes to the biological diversity of the natural world that surrounds your home. These plants support the insects needed by the songbirds we want to attract to our yards. Because they are adapted to growing conditions in Pennsylvania, native plants shouldn’t require fertilizer or additional water after they are established.
May Field Trip -
Warbler Walk in Stony Valley - Classic!
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Join warbler expert Tom Smith on this annual classic trip through the Stony Creek area to see, hear, and learn about the various species of warblers and other spring birds. Meet at the power line by the PPL substation along Stony Creek Road at 7:00 AM. Participants must register with Tom at 717-921-2461.
May Field Trip -
Warbler Walk at PA State Game Land 230
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Pete Lusardi will lead a walk along the base of Blue Mountain near Carlisle Springs to look for migrating and summer resident warblers and other songbirds. This trip has a history of uncommon birds showing up, including Golden-winged Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Canada Warbler, Summer Tanager, and Bobolink. Contact Pete at 717-243-6419 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Participants will meet at the first parking lot on the right (coming from the east) at 7:30 AM.
May Activity -
Annual Spring Migration Count
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Actively participate in counting as many birds as possible within the day in a specified area. In Dauphin County call Rick Price at 717-657-1950 or email@example.com. In Cumberland or Perry counties contact Vern Gauthier at 717-385-9526 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
May Annual Banquet -
Annual Banquet with Program by Ron Rohrbaugh
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 6:00 PM
Join us for a special evening that features Ron Rohrbaugh who joined Audubon Pennsylvania recently as Forest Program Manager, leading efforts to enhance forest habitat for birds in Central and programs Western Pennsylvania. In addition to Ron’s program, there will be fun and fellowship as well as a silent auction in support of scholarships.
May Activity -
Harrisburg Falcon Watch
Volunteers will have the opportunity to observe and help young Peregrine Falcons as they leave the nest at the Rachael Carson Building in Harrisburg. As the fledglings attempt their first flights, the Harrisburg Falcon Watch team is on the lookout for mishaps or injuries. For more information, contact Sue Hannon at email@example.com. Information on dates will become available after the eggs have hatched.