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Current & Upcoming

December Field Trip -
Sunday, Dec 5, 2021

WATERFOWL AND SHOREBIRDS AT BARNEGAT LIGHT STATE PARK, NJ

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Field Trip to Barnegat Light State Park, NJ

On this trip, participants will have an option to make it a long day trip or to find overnight accommodations in New Jersey on their own. Every year some unusual birds show up in late fall around Barnegat Lighthouse State Park jetty and its environs.

Possibilities include always dazzling Harlequin Ducks, Purple Sandpipers, Redthroated Loons, Brant, Northern Gannets, Snow Buntings and the Ipswich race of the Savannah Sparrow.

Contact Rick Price to register
at rprice210@comcast.net or 717-657-1950.


December Program -
Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 6:30 p.m.

The Movement Ecology of Vultures: Tracking Nature’s Essential Workers

Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 6:30 p.m.

Please note: This month’s meeting is on the second Thursday.

The Movement Ecology of Vultures:
Tracking Nature’s Essential Workers

Black and Turkey Vultures are the most common New World vultures, but despite their abundance and the critical role they play in the ecosystem, little information is known about their daily and annual movements.

Join David Barber, Senior Research Biologist at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, to find out how scientists use cutting edge technology to explore their migratory movements and learn how their adaptable nature makes them ideally suited to environmental changes in the face of global climate change.
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Join us LIVE! at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and socializing.
The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m., followed by the program.

Meeting is at
Christ Presbyterian Church
421 Deerfield Road
Camp Hill, PA 17001


December/January Events - Christmas Bird Counts

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS - Various Dates & Locations

Please see the following dates and contacts
to participate in the century-plus Audubon tradition
of Christmas Bird Counts (CBC).

• The Harrisburg CBC will be on Saturday, December 18, 2021.
Contact Annette Mathes at 717 514-4512 or amathes19@verizon.net.

• The New Bloomfield CBC will be on Monday, December 27, 2021.
Contact Betsy Riter at rriter@pa.net.

• The York Springs CBC will be on Wednesday, December 29, 2021.
Contact Tim Johnson at tj359@sbcglobal.net.

• The Newville CBC will be on Saturday, January 1, 2022.
Contact Vern Gauthier at verngauthier14@gmail.com.


January Field Trip -
Saturday, Jan 8, 2022

WINTER BIRDING AT WILDWOOD PARK

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Winter Birding at Wildwood Park

Wildwood Park began in 1901 when the City of Harrisburg established a park north of the city along Paxton Creek as part of the City Beautiful movement, a nationwide reform effort conceived by social reformers to build civic loyalty and a sense of community among urban dwellers. Now this park is often used as a birding spot as it attracts a diverse group of species.

Join us for winter birding at this beautiful park. Depending on current conditions at the time, we may bird outside on one of the trails and/or from inside the Nature Center overlooking the bird feeder area.

Contact Rick Price to register
at rprice210@comcast.net or 717-657-1950.


January Virtual Program -
Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 6:30 p.m.

Sixty Years and Counting:
Bird Banding and Avian Research at Powdermill Nature Reserve

Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 6:30 p.m.

NOTE: This is a Virtual, Online Program

Sixty Years and Counting:
Bird Banding and Avian Research at Powdermill Nature Reserve

The bird banders at Powdermill Nature Reserve have been banding birds year-round since 1961, creating one of the largest and longest-term banding datasets in the country.

In this talk, Powdermill’s Bird Banding Program Manager, Annie Lindsay, will discuss bird banding in depth, review how the dataset has been used to study songbirds over the past six decades, and show other current and past bird research at Powdermill.

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

Click this link to

Register

for the online Powdermill Bird Banding program.

After registering, you will receive email with a link.
Click the URL link in your email
to join the meeting.


February Field Trip -
Saturday, Feb 5, 2022


Around the Lake and Down the Run

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Around the Lake and Down the Run

Last year we celebrated February with a walk around Children’s Lake at Boiling Springs. This can be a good spot to bird when other bodies of water are frozen over, since the spring-fed water maintains a fairly constant temperature all year long.

Most years, American Wigeons, Mallards, Canada Geese, and Ring-billed Gulls can be found here in significant numbers. In a good year other waterfowl including Redhead, Canvasback, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, and Wood Duck, as well as Bald Eagle and Red-shouldered Hawk can be seen. Last February we had a very cooperative Redhead drake, a Belted Kingfisher, woodpeckers, and a large flock of early robins to keep us entertained.

Following a walk around the lake, those who opt to stay will take a short walk along the run to spot trout and look for bonus birds like Winter Wren and Great Blue Heron. Fishermen have also encountered mink along this stretch in past years.

Contact Rick Price to register
at rprice210@comcast.net or 717-657-1950.
Rick will also be available to help identify any trout we spot.


February Virtual Program -
Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 6:30 p.m.

Golden Eagles:
Ghosts of the Eastern Forests

Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 6:30 p.m.

NOTE: This is a Virtual, Online Program

Golden Eagles:
Ghosts of the Eastern Forests

Each fall an estimated 5,000 Golden Eagles migrate from eastern Canada into the US to spend the winter. They are often visible at hawk watches, but once they arrive on their wintering grounds they are rarely seen.

For the last 15 years, Trish Miller and colleagues have been tracking these enigmatic birds to better understand their behavior and ecology during winter and throughout the year. Dr. Miller will present an overview of their findings and their efforts to conserve Golden Eagles in eastern North America.

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

Click this link to

Register

for the online Golden Eagles program.

After registering, you will receive email with a link.
Click the URL link in your email
to join the meeting.


March Field Trip -
Thursday, Mar 3, 2022


World Wildlife Day at Middle Creek

Thursday, Mar 3, 2022
World Wildlife Day at Middle Creek

Celebrate World Wildlife Day with a visit to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area to see the Snow Goose spectacle and other notables!

Expect to see thousands of Snow Geese and a myriad of other waterfowl. We will also watch for Northern Harriers and hopefully a Short-eared Owl along the auto tour at dusk. Last year we had multiple “Gray Ghost” male harriers and a small flock of Wild Turkeys as well.

This year’s trip was purposely scheduled for a weekday outing to avoid the thousands of people who visit on the weekends during peak viewing season. Last year’s expedition resulted in itinerary changes due to traffic jams. This year should be less hectic.

We will meet in the Visitor’s Center parking lot at 1:00 p.m. Dress in layers. What a good way to celebrate World Wildlife Day!

Contact Rick Price to register
at rprice210@comcast.net or 717-657-1950.


March Program -
Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 6:30 p.m.

Keeping the Kittatinny Ridge a Bird-Friendly Landscape

Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 6:30 p.m.

Keeping the Kittatinny Ridge a Bird-Friendly Landscape

Join Jeanne Oritz and Kelly McGinley with Mid-Atlantic Audubon to learn about The Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape, a 185- mile Global Important Bird Area (IBA). Under constant threat from commercial, residential, and industrial development, partnerships are critical to ensure that the Ridge remains a major migration route and healthy habitat for wildlife.

This presentation will include the collective efforts of Audubon Mid-Atlantic, the PA DCNR, The Nature Conservancy, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and numerous other partners that protect and steward land and assist municipalities, including Audubon’s recent launch of Bird-Friendly Communities and Healthy Forestry initiatives.
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Join us LIVE! at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and socializing.
The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m., followed by the program.

Meeting is at
Christ Presbyterian Church
421 Deerfield Road
Camp Hill, PA 17001


April Field Trip -
Saturday, April 9, 2022

Wildflower Walk with Dan Welte

Saturday, April 9, 2022
Wildflower Walk with Dan Welte

Veteran naturalist Dan Welte will lead a two-site wildflower trip beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Pine Hill Arboretum in Enola, East Pennsboro Township. Then the group will head off to Wildwood Park in Harrisburg.

Both sites are good locations for early spring ephemerals and are close enough that it is convenient to see both.

Contact Dan directly at dcmawelte@comcast.net
for more details and to register


April Program -
Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 6:30 p.m.

Physics of Flight

Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 6:30 p.m.

Physics of Flight

We are mesmerized by the sight of birds in flight, and this has sparked the human quest to fly. How did birds gain such fluid movement? How do they become airborne, stay aloft, and land safely? What adaptations allow birds to specialize in speed, hovering and slow flight? How did the ingredients for flight evolve, allowing some dinosaurs to take wing? Is it true that dinosaurs are still with us?

Tom Reider is retired from the aircraft flight simulation industry. He flew as a commercial pilot and learned aerodynamics during his U.S. Navy flight training. Tom has always been intrigued with flight on a personal level. Growing up a few miles from Hawk Mountain, he spent many happy hours upon the rocks with his binoculars. Later, he sketched, painted, and sculpted birds to be used as training aids and as a form of art. He also did substitute teaching at local high schools.

Join Tom as he explores bird flight using pictures, models, charts, sculptures, feathers, and bones. His presentation will include slow motion scenes and special effects from the BBC video The Mastery of Flight with David Attenborough.
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Join us LIVE! at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and socializing.
The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m., followed by the program.

Meeting is at
Christ Presbyterian Church
421 Deerfield Road
Camp Hill, PA 17001


April Field Trip -
Saturday, April 23, 2022

City Island Sampler

Saturday, April 23, 2022
City Island Sampler

Urban birding has never been easier with the Susquehanna River all around us! Check out this opportunity to bird watch from places we have all been. From City Island to Riverfront Park there are plenty of birds to spot. After the bird walk, grab a coffee or beer at a local establishment or enjoy the spring weather with your family on City Island.

We welcome all friends who want to check out spring migratory birds around Harrisburg. Loons, early warblers, and all three mergansers are possibilities!

Contact Ali Bowling to register
at president@appalachianaudubon.org.


May Field Trip -
Sunday, May 1, 2022

Warbler Walk at State Game Lands 230

Sunday, May 1, 2022
Warbler Walk at State Game Lands 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 a predetermined parking lot at 7:30 a.m.

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


May Field Trip -
Saturday, May 7, 2022

Warbler Walk at Stony Creek

Saturday, May 7, 2022
Warbler Walk at Stony Creek

For years Tom Smith has led an annual warbler walk in Stony Valley. Over the years we have seen numerous warblers, kinglets, orioles, tanagers, raptors, herons, woodpeckers, turkeys, wrens, hummingbirds, and even pipits.

Contact Tom Smith at 717 921-2461
or Rick Price at rprice210@comcast.net to register.


May Field Trip -
Saturday, May 14, 2022

World Migratory Bird Day at Memorial Lake State Park

Saturday, May 14, 2022
World Migratory Bird Day at Memorial Lake State Park

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 we got lucky and counted an American Bittern in our total of 56 species. No guarantees for 2022!

Contact Rick Price to register
at rprice210@comcast.net or 717-657-1950.

Note: Be sure to wear long pants and bring insect repellent
to discourage ticks on this trip.


AAS Annual Banquet -
Thursday, May 19, 2022

AAS Annual Banquet

Thursday, May 19, 2022

AAS Annual Banquet

Keynote speaker and banquet details to be
announced later in our program year.


Birding Event -
May & June, 2022

Harrisburg Falcon Watch

May & June, 2022
(Dates announced after eggs hatch.)

Harrisburg Falcon Watch

Volunteers will have the opportunity to observe and help monitor 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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Have a look at these spectacular t-shirts, sweatshirts,
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The Bonfire website link above shows the full variety of perfect gifts
for everyone who loves our organization!

Naturally, a portion of your purchase comes to us.
And you know it's all put to good uses.

FYI - A note about the 'Available for x more days' deadlines shown with each item: These items are custom-printed by Bonfire and sent out in batches on the shipping dates shown. These are not one-time-only offers. We intend to have these items available continuously, but pay attention to the shipping dates.

All of a sudden, your holiday gift-giving has become much, much easier!

You'll want one of each. I know I do!


Support AAS - Order Organic Coffee


Order online at any time - or Pre-order now!

CoffeeTime

Holiday Cheer in a Bag

Our organic bird-friendly coffee makes
a great host/hostess or holiday gift as we
move into the holiday season (yes, it's perfect!)

We always have bags of our Organic Coffee
available for sale at our monthly meetings,
but you can also contact Lorrie to pre-order
2 bags or more (for December pick-up only)
to be sure that we
have the quantities you need.

Let Lorrie know by Monday, Nov 29 (noon)
then pick up and pay for your coffee at our Dec 9 meeting.

Contact Lorrie at
lpreston5156@gmail.com
Be sure to specify Quantity (2 bags or more),
Regular or Swiss Decaf, and Whole Beans or Ground.
Each 1-pound bag sells for $10.

(Note that this is the last in-person meeting
until March 17, so you'd better plan ahead
and stock up so you'll have plenty this winter!)


Like a nuthatch caches its seeds,
let us cache our coffee!
(Now there's some bird-friendly advice for you ;-)

And don't forget about your postman, your trash hauler,
your favorite aunt or uncle, your kids -
anyone you want to show your appreciation to.
A perfect, welcome gift indeed!

But ... if you'd rather have the coffee
delivered right to your door, just keep reading ...

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Read about our NEW
online organic coffee orders.

Place AAS Online Coffee Orders Here

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

Place order online by 9 p.m. 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?



Past Events

September Event -
Saturday, Sept 11, 2021 - 8:30 a.m.

Bird Walk & Volunteer Clean-up at Wildwood Park

Sunday, September 11, 2021 - 8:30 a.m.

Bird Walk & Volunteer Clean-up at Wildwood Park
with Harrisburg Young Professionals

On Saturday, September 11th, Appalachian Audubon Society and Harrisburg Young Professionals will team up to help during Wildwood’s Volunteer Work Day and will enjoy a beautiful bird walk along the path at Wildwood.

The bird walk will begin at 8:30 a.m., guided by Appalachian Audubon Society. We will enjoy the many diverse species of birds often found at this park nestled in Harrisburg, from waterfowl to songbirds.

We will then assist Wildwood’s Volunteer Work Day from 10:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.

Wear comfortable work clothes for this event and bring a pair of binoculars for the bird walk. We will meet outside of the Olewine Nature Center for the bird walk.

Call the Wildwood Park Nature Center desk at 717-221-0292
to register for the Volunteer Work Day
or Register Online.

All ages are welcome!


September Program -
Thursday, Sept 16, 2021 - 6:30 p.m.

Red Creek Wildlife Center — Raptor Program

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 6:30 p.m.

Red Creek Wildlife Center — LIVE! 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.
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Join us LIVE! at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and socializing.
The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m., followed by the program.

Meeting is at
Christ Presbyterian Church
421 Deerfield Road
Camp Hill, PA 17001


September Field Trip -
Sunday, Sept 19, 2021 - 8 a.m.

Field Trip to Cove Mountain

Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 8 a.m.

Field Trip to Cove Mountain

Cove Mountain is a Nature Conservancy preserve located outside of Marysville, PA which recently acquired some additional adjoining property. It offers varying habitat and some fantastic mountain scenery overlooking the Susquehanna Valley. Last year we enjoyed a variety of fall warblers and some autumn blooms on this trip.

Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring binoculars, water, and a rain jacket. Be prepared for a moderate uphill hike with some manageable rocky terrain.

Register with Rich Riter at
rriter3@gmail.com or 717-503-0073.


September Event -
Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Fall Native Plant Sale - Live and In Person!


Saturday, Sept 25, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Here's the Flyer with details:

2021 Fall Native Plant Sale


October Field Trip -
Sunday, Oct 17, 2021 - 8 a.m.

Fall Migration at the Windemaker Preserve

Sunday, October 17, 2021 - 8 a.m.

Field Trip to Windemaker Preserve

Appalachian Audubon members have recently been invited to visit the Windemaker Preserve property on Blue Mountain during fall migration by our friends at the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy. The property was acquired by the conservancy in 2018 and is adjacent to State Gamelands 230 where we have been given permission to park on that date. There is no parking available at the preserve itself. This will be a first-time exploratory trip for our chapter with a good opportunity to see some migrating birds and autumn mountain scenery.

Contact Nate Hartley at nhartley@centralpaconservancy.org
or 717-241-4360 for more information.


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

PPLs Bird Conservation Efforts in Pennsylvania

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

PPLs Bird Conservation Efforts in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Power & Light was founded in 1920 and has provided electricity to millions of people for years. They are committed to considering their environmental impact and improving the environment for the benefit of all those who live and work in the communities they serve. Margaret Sheely, the Regional Affairs Director at PPL Electric Utilities, will be discussing PPL’s avian protection programs and habitat enhancement projects. She will also be discussing their Community Roots Program that is now focusing on providing customers with pollinator plants and seeds.
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Join us LIVE! at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and socializing.
The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m., followed by the program.

Meeting is at
Christ Presbyterian Church
421 Deerfield Road
Camp Hill, PA 17001


November Field Trip -
Sunday, Nov 7, 2021

VINCENT DIFILIPPO NATURE PRESERVE

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Field Trip to Vincent DiFilippo Nature Preserve

Join AAS members for a morning stroll through the leaves around the Vincent DiFilippo Nature Preserve along the Conodoguinet Creek in Silver Springs Township. This Park offers an easy, flat two-mile loop to enjoy the splendor of autumn while checking out its fine collection of trees and varying avian habitat.

We’ll check the creek for Common Mergansers, the skies for raptors, and the fields for resident and late migrant birds. Deer, fox, and muskrats are other possible sightings. Bring a thermos of cool or hot beverages depending on the weather.

Contact Rick Price to register
at rprice210@comcast.net or 717-657-1950.


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

Pennsylvania Bird Conservation

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

Pennsylvania Bird Conservation

The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Division is charged with the conservation and management of non-game birds and mammals. From managing Threatened and Endangered species to coordinating statewide surveys, the agency has a wide range of avian projects with an equally wide range of partners.

The State Ornithologist, Sean Murphy, will highlight recent accomplishments, the agency’s role in bird conservation in Pennsylvania, and upcoming opportunities to support and help.
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Join us LIVE! at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and socializing.
The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m., followed by the program.

Meeting is at
Christ Presbyterian Church
421 Deerfield Road
Camp Hill, PA 17001