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AAS Programs, Events & Field Trips


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2020-2021 Programs and Field Trips Brochure


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=== Events ===

Here is our 2020-2021 list of events.
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September Event -
Sept 1 - Sept 30, 2020

Fall Native Plant Sale - Online!


The Fall 2020 Sale was a big success.

Be sure to check out our
AAS Spring 2021 Native Plant Sale


September Program -
Thursday, Sept 17, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Red Creek Wildlife Center — Raptor Program

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Red Creek Wildlife Center — Raptor Program

Have you ever seen your reflection in the eyes of an owl? Or marveled at the hunting capabilities of a hawk? Join Red Creek Wildlife Center as they introduce us to several Birds of Prey that call Pennsylvania home. Red Creek will present a vulture, an owl, a hawk, and one other special guest for us to meet. You’ll get to marvel at the beauty of a vulture, learn about the hunting skills of hawks and falcons, while discovering the communication skills of owls. It is sure be a great evening of learning with lots of opportunity to ‘Ooh’ and ‘Aah’ at our feathered friends.


September Field Trip -
Sunday, Sept 20, 2020 - 8 a.m.

Field Trip to Cove Mountain

Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 8 a.m.

Field Trip to Cove Mountain

Cove Mountain is a relatively new Nature Conservancy property located outside of Marysville, PA. It is a work in progress and already offers some interesting habitat including woods, fields, a small stream, a vernal pond, and some fantastic mountain scenery. In late September it may also offer a route for migrating birds when conditions are right.

Come explore this new nature venue with us and see what you can find to whet your outdoor appetites — autumnal blooms, sunning snakes, fall warblers, or migrating Broad-winged Hawks and eagles? Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring a mask, binoculars, water, camera (if desired) and rain jacket.

Be prepared for a moderate uphill hike.


October Field Trip -
Saturday, Oct 10, 2020

Field Trip to Chestnut Grove

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Fall Migration at Chestnut Grove Nature Area

Recently, we had a successful breeding season trip to this well-maintained nature preserve in southern Lancaster County overlooking the Susquehanna River. This year we will see what it offers during fall migration.

In its short history this tract has hosted some interesting vagrants including a Sandhill Crane that wintered here in 2019–2020. American Kestrels and Bald Eagles are frequently seen year-round.


October Program -
Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Art & Science of Trout Run

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

The Art and Science Behind Restoring and Managing
Appalachian Audubon’s Trout Run Nature Preserve

Join AAS member, Trout Run committee member, and Penn State University Junior Eli DePaulis as he guides us through the many aspects of the effort to restore and manage Appalachian Audubon Society’s Trout Run Nature Preserve located in Upper Allen Township, Cumberland County.

The Trout Run wetlands rose to prominence after a breeding population of state endangered sedge wrens was found there in the early 1990s. When the Sedge Wrens were discovered, the property was owned by a development company seeking to infringe on parts of the wetland. Because the presence of breeding Sedge Wrens prevented development across most of the Trout Run wetlands, the company transferred ownership of the wetlands and adjacent uplands to AAS, forming the Trout Run Nature Preserve in 1995. The formation of the Preserve was a step in the right direction for Trout Run, but years of agricultural impacts, development pressures, and invasive species introductions occurring prior to the AAS acquisition had taken their toll on Trout Run’s ecosystems.

Since the acquisition, AAS has been constantly engaged in a struggle to restore the ecological integrity of Trout Run. This presentation will discuss in detail AAS’s past and current efforts to restore Trout Run’s degraded ecosystems and ensure that the native species inhabiting them have a secure future.

Topics covered will include invasive species management, riparian buffer planting success and failure, drone mapping, community engagement efforts, and possibility of using prescribed fire to enhance native plant communities.

Join us at 6:30 p.m. for virtual socializing.
The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m., followed by the program.

Click this link to

Register

for the online Trout Run program.


November & December Birdseed Fundraiser -
Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2020

Birdseed Fundraiser!

Go to one of our participating Agway stores and stock up
throughout November & December.

Here's the link to our

Birdseed Fundraiser Order Form

See details in our latest Newsletter.


November Program -
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Polymorphism in White-throated Sparrows

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Polymorphism in White-throated Sparrows:
A Model for Understanding the Mechanisms of Behavior

White-throated Sparrows exhibit plumage and behavioral polymorphism, whereby two distinct color morphs differ in regards to territorial aggression and parental care.

During this presentation, Dr. Brent Horton of Millersville University will examine the bases of polymorphism in this species, and how these sparrows have become a unique model organism for understanding how genes and hormones underlie variation in the social behaviors of vertebrates, including ourselves.

Join us at 6:30 p.m. for virtual socializing.
The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m., followed by the online program.

Click this link to

Register

for the White-throated Sparrows program.


November Field Trip -
Sunday, Nov 22, 2020

Waterfowl at Wildwood

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Waterfowl at Wildwood

In November, Wildwood Lake can provide a good assortment of ducks as well as other goodies such as Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Rusty Blackbirds, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and if we’re lucky, Wilson’s Snipe. Dress in layers.

Limited to 10 participants.
Sorry. This field trip is already full.


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December Program -
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Abroad with Appalachian Audubon: Highlights from Hunt for the Harpy
Please note: This month’s meeting is on the second Thursday.

Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Highlights from Hunt for the Harpy

Last year Appalachian Audubon Society worked with Costa Rica Focus to offer our first international trip — Hunt for the Harpy. Hear about the adventures of your fellow AAS members as they explored the Darien area of Panama in search of the world’s largest eagle — the Harpy.

See some of the feathered, and not so feathered, friends they met, ask questions about their experience, and let us know if you’d like AAS to explore future international trips.


December & January Events -

Saturday, Dec 19, 2020
Monday, Dec 28, 2020
Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020
Saturday, Jan 2, 2021

Christmas Bird Counts

For Audubon chapters across the land, December means Christmas Bird Counts, and our chapter is no different. Please contact the following coordinators for these counts:

Saturday, December 19, 2020 - Harrisburg CBC
Contact Annette Mathes: amathes19@verizon.net or 717 514-4512

Monday, December 28, 2020 - New Bloomfield CBC
Contact Betsy Riter: rriter@pa.net

Wednesday, December 30, 2020 - York Springs CBC
Contact Vern Gauthier: verngauthier14@gmail.com or 717-385-9526

Saturday, January 2, 2021 - Newville CBC
Contact Vern Gauthier: verngauthier14@gmail.com or 717-385-9526


January Field Trip -
- Sorry - This Trip Has Been Canceled -

Potluck Birding in Juniata County


- Sorry - This Trip Has Been Canceled -


January Program -
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 6:30 p.m.

Your Backyard Geology and Ecosystem


Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 6:30 p.m.

Your Backyard Geology and Ecosystem

Jeri Jones, owner of Jones Geological Services in Spring Grove, PA, has been reaching people by teaching geology for over 40 years. He will be our guide as we explore the geology of Southcentral Pennsylvania. Jeri will highlight the rocks, fossils and minerals found along South Mountain, the Appalachians and the Susquehanna River basin. He will also discuss the geological history of the area, how geology affects the local flora and fauna, and he will include some science humor throughout.

Autographed copies of Jeri's latest book “Isabella and Trent’s Hot Air Balloon Adventure — A Kid’s Book of Pennsylvania Geology” are available here:

Jeri Jones, 2223 Stoverstown Road, Spring Grove, PA 17362
Email: jonesgeo@comcast.net

Contact him at his website: http://www.jonesgeo.com/

Or order the book from Amazon: Jeri's Book on Amazon


February Program -
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 6:30 p.m.

Grassland Raptor Conservation at Milton Hershey School

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 6:30 p.m.

Grassland Raptor Conservation at Milton Hershey School

Barn Owls and American Kestrels have long been a valuable presence in the rich and rolling agricultural lands of the Hershey area. Starting in 2008, a concerted effort was made to install and monitor Barn Owl and Kestrel nest boxes in appropriate habitat on Milton Hershey School’s campus and surrounding farmland. The project has since grown into a professional collaboration with ZooAmerica, PA Game Commission, and other conservation partners. Come learn about these regional conservation efforts, unique educational opportunities that benefit MHS and other local schools, and how you can support Barn Owl and Kestrel conservation in the region from project coordinator Nate McKelvie and ZooAmerica partners Tim Becker and Ann Holzman.


February Field Trip -
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021

Scoping the River from West Fairview

Saturday, Feb 20, 2021

Scoping the River from West Fairview

Depending on the weather, February can be a good time to scope the Susquehanna River at the West Fairview Boat Launch. If conditions are right, many birds can be seen including Greater and Lesser Scaup, American Goldeneye, Redhead, Canvasback, Horned Grebe, Bonaparte’s Gull, Bald Eagle, and late winter songbirds.

Bring your own scope if you have one. Meet at the PA Fish and Boat Commission Launch site at 8:00 a.m.

For more information, contact Rick Price
at rprice210@comcast.net or 717-657-1950.


March Field Trip -
Saturday, Mar 6, 2021

Middle Creek Waterfowl Management Area

Saturday, Mar 6, 2021

Middle Creek Waterfowl Management Area

Last year’s early March trip to Middle Creek was very successful as we saw a good variety of birds including Eastern Meadowlark, Northern Harrier, Ring-necked Pheasant, Tundra Swans, Ringnecked Ducks, and lots of Snow Geese. We also witnessed the natural phenomenon of “sun dogs” in the sky. This coming year, we’re also hoping to see a cruising Short-eared Owl on the driving tour for those who want to stay until dusk.

For more information, contact Rick Price
at rprice210@comcast.net or 717-657-1950.


March Program -
Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 6:30 p.m.

Discover the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 6:30 p.m.

Discover the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy

The Central Pennsylvania Conservancy is a local non-profit conservation organization that conserves natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations through land acquisition, conservation easements, education, and outreach. Headquartered in Carlisle, CPC is a nationally-accredited land trust. Join Ben Mummert, Director of Land Protection and Stewardship for CPC, as he takes us on a tour of the Conservancy’s preserves and highlights the conservation work being done.

Ben will discuss projects being done right here in the Harrisburg area and share highlights of their partnership with Appalachian Audubon Society. You might even discover a few new places to go birding!


Order Organic Coffee -
Next deadline May 3 at noon.


Also, order online at any time!

CoffeeTime
Contact Lorrie to order coffee for pick-up.

Orders must be received by
noon on Monday, May 3, 2021.

Please send email to Lorrie at lpreston5156@gmail.com
with AAS Coffee in the Subject.

Specify Quantity (minimum 2 one-pound bags),
Regular or Decaf,
and Whole Bean or Ground.

Choose from organic Smithsonian Certified Bird-Friendly Regular
or organic Rainforest Alliance Certified Swiss Decaf.

Cost is $10 per one-pound bag,
payable at delivery at a mutually agreeable
time and place in the community.
See details on p. 5 of our
Oct/Nov 2020 Newsletter


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Read about our NEW
online organic coffee orders:

Place Online Coffee Orders HERE

There are 3 grind options online:
Automatic Drip, French Press, or Pour-over.

Place order online by 9 pm each Wednesday
for Friday shipment by Priority Mail.

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Be sure to use our special link above to
EIGHTYTWO Cafe (Ragged Edge Coffee)
so they know you're ordering
thru Appalachian Audubon Society.

Ragged Edge provides very generous support to our organization.
Let them know how much we appreciate it.

How many of your friends would love to receive
an unexpected gift of fine coffee
delivered to their door?


April Field Trip -
Saturday, Apr 10, 2021

Wildflowers at Gifford Pinchot State Park with Dan Welte

Saturday, Apr 10, 2021

Wildflowers at Gifford Pinchot State Park

Join naturalist Dan Welte on a trip to Gifford Pinchot State Park to search for early wild blooms. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Conewago Day Use Area off Alpine Road at the south end of the park. We will gather at the north end of the large parking lot. Many of the early wildflowers should be in bloom by this time.


April Program -
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 6:30 p.m.

Landscaping with Native Plants

Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 6:30 p.m.

Landscaping with Native Plants

Taking a look at the ecosystem function of our backyards, Manada Conservancy volunteer Nancy Cladel will discuss why native plants are important to the home landscape. Most home landscapes are devoid of native trees, shrubs and perennials and are thus relatively non-functional for birds and other wildlife. Nancy will discuss the connection between plants, insects, and birds, providing specific examples of useful native plants we can use in our own backyards.


April Field Trip -
Sunday, Apr 18, 2021

Waterfowl and Early Warblers at Memorial Lake

Sunday, Apr 18, 2021

Waterfowl and Early Warblers at Memorial Lake

Last year at about the same date, Memorial Lake was host to several Common Loons, a pair of rare White-winged Scoters, Hooded Mergansers, a Redhead Duck, and lots of Buffeheads, Ruddy Ducks, and Bonaparte’s Gulls. In addition, we found some early warblers including Pine, Palm, and Yellow-rumped Warblers in prime breeding plumage. Feel free to bring your own scope. We will meet at the Upper Road parking lot off Boundary Road at 7:30am.


AAS Spring 2021 Native Plant Sale -
Saturday, April 17 - , Monday, May 31, 2021

AAS Spring Native Plant Sale

NativePlants
AAS Spring Native Plant Sale

Order Native Plants Here

Be sure to use the Coupon Code SAVE$5AAS
to support Appalachian Audubon Society.


AAS Online Auction -
Friday, April 23 - Sunday, May 9, 2021

AAS Online Auction


AAS Online Auction

Bid early, bid often, bid generously.

All proceeds support the
AAS Scholarship Fund
that sends kids to summer camps.

(Details will be available soon.)


May Field Trip -
Saturday, May 1, 2021

Warbler Walk at Stony Creek

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Warbler Walk at Stony Creek

Join warbler expert Tom Smith on this annual classic which was cancelled last year due to pandemic considerations. It is usually a good opportunity to see several warbler species as well as other spring songbirds such as Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Scarlet Tanagers.

Meet at the power lines by the PPL substation along Stony Creek Road at 7:00 a.m.

Participants must register with Tom at 717 921-2461.


May Field Trip -
Sunday, May 2, 2021

Warbler Walk at PA State Game Land 230

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Warbler Walk at PA State Game Land 230

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.

Participants will meet at the first parking lot on the right (coming from the east on Route 944) at 7:30 a.m.

Contact Pete Lusardi at 717-243-6419 or pllusardi@aol.com to register.


May Event -
Saturday, May 8, 2021

World Migratory Bird Day

Saturday, May 8, 2021

World Migratory Bird Day

Rick and Peggy Price will return to Memorial Lake State Park to lead a group to actively count as many birds as possible in a specified area for World Migratory Bird Day. Last year the park hosted a number of warblers, vireos, flycatchers, shorebirds and lingering waterfowl during this period.

For more information, contact Rick Price
at rprice210@comcast.net or 717-657-1950.


Special May Event -
Saturday, May 15, 2021

AAS Ice Cream Social

Saturday, May 15, 2021

AAS Ice Cream Social

Since nothing this year has been traditional,
instead of our annual banquet and silent auction,
we are going to have
an Ice Cream Social outdoors in the park
- and -
an Online Auction.

How much fun is that!

We'll provide ice cream, treats and beverages.
You'll get to to meet and greet
(with masks and social distancing of course)
and to pick up all the Online Silent Auction items you won.
Plus buy more coffee. And maybe even see a few birds.

Details will be listed in the May newsletter
and by email.
Bidding on the Silent Auction
is from April 23 thru May 9.

Stay tuned for details.

Be sure to check your email.
(Let us know if you're not on our email list.)

Always get the latest on our Facebook Bird Chat Page
and on our website to stay informed.


May - June Event

Harrisburg Falcon Watch

May - June 2021 (Dates to be announced after eggs are hatched)

Harrisburg Falcon Watch

Volunteers will have the opportunity to observe and help young Peregrine Falcons at the Rachel Carson Building in downtown Harrisburg. As the young fledglings attempt their first flight, the Harrisburg Falcon Watch team will be on the lookout for mishaps or injuries.

For more information,
contact Sue Hannon at hbgfalconwatch@gmail.com.


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