Upcoming Trips:

October 27, 2018
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October 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Trip Leader: Keith Russell

Free to all members and non-members

Join Audubon Philadelphia for a bird walk on the grounds of the newly opened Discovery Center – a project of the National Audubon Society and Philadelphia Outward Bound School! This site was not accessible for the general public for 30 years and is home to around 150 bird species.
Lead by Keith Russell, this one-mile walk will last around 1.5 hours. Bring your own binoculars.
The event will be cancelled during inclement weather.


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October 27, 2018
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October 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Trip Leader: Cindy Ahern

Free to all members and non-members

*****UPDATE***** – this trip has been cancelled due to restrictions at the bog. Heavy rain has washed out the boardwalk making visitation unsafe. The bog will not issue permits for the remainder of the season. 

 

Join Cindy Ahern at Tannersville Cranberry Bog for fall color. While the focus will be on the spectacular foliage of the bog, there will be birds, including winter arrivals. We also look for herps and insects. Previous trips have yielded a number of species of special concern. Since many DVOC members have an interest in botany, I am extending this invitation to interested members.

The Tannersville Cranberry Bog, owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, partnered with programming by Kettle Creek EEC, is recognized as the southernmost low altitude boreal bog along the eastern seaboard and is designated as a National Natural Landmark. Tannersville Cranberry Bog was once a 715 acre kettle lake formed thousands of years ago by glacial depressions, eventually becoming filled in by layers of sphagnum moss to 60 feet deep, creating an acidic fen providing a unique habitat for many species of plants and animals usually found in northern boreal bogs.

The Tannersville Cranberry Bog is located in Monroe County, PA, near the Delaware Water Gap. Many species of plants and animals normally found in northern boreal bogs (like a little piece of Canada in PA!) occur here, including a number of endangered species.  This trip is timed for the peak of Larix laricina (Tamarack, or American Larch) fall color, along with the brilliant reds of the heaths.  The Tannersville Cranberry Bog is publicly accessible only for scheduled public tours or by special permit, and space is limited.

This is a free trip, but your donation is encouraged to help support maintenance of the trails and programming. (Checks acceptable made out to Kettle Creek EEC).

Dress in layers, the bog is usually 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding woodland.  Wear sturdy shoes for a short, uneven hike to the bog along a woodland trail to a boardwalk path leading through the wetland habitat.

RSVP is required for this trip.  Please contact Cindy Ahern at songbird5212 AT msn.com or call or text 215-840-4010 to confirm your participation and for additional details about this trip, including meeting location and possible carpool.


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October 27, 2018
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October 27, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

Join Cindy Ahern for a Northern Saw-whet Owl banding program at Scott Weidensaul’s Hidden Valley Banding station in Schuylkill Haven, PA, during saw-whet owl migration.

The banding station is located in the general area of Hawk Mountain (it is a little further west), and is approximately a 2 hour drive from the Philadelphia area.

Visitors should arrive around 6:30 PM for orientation – nets are checked every hour on the hour until midnight. When owls are caught in the mist nets, they are brought inside to demonstrate the banding process, which includes a general examination to determine age, weight, fat reserves, sex, eye color, and wing and bill length, banding the owl with a federal band, then releasing the owl. You may leave at any time – no need to stay until midnight if owls are caught during an earlier net check.

There is no guarantee you will see owls. The banding will be cancelled in the event of foul weather.

Registrations are required, and space is limited. Young bird enthusiasts receive priority registration, based on a first-come, first-served basis.

There is NO FEE to attend the banding demonstration, but please consider making a donation to “adopt” an owl in support of Northern Saw-whet Owl research:  http://www.nedsmithcenter.org/adopt-an-owl-and-help-nscna-research/

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Adopt an Owl and Help NSCNA Research. Wild birds don’t make good pets – but now there’s a way you can “adopt” one of the East’s most intriguing owls, and help the Ned Smith Center’s research programs at the same time.

Contact Cindy Ahern at songbird AT msn.com or text 215-840-4010 to register. You will receive further instructions closer to the banding date.

 


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October 28, 2018
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October 28, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Trip Leader: Sandra Keller

Free to all members and non-members

Join Sandra Keller at Whitesbog. We were cancelled out for August, but the bogs have been drained late this year. This is a late date for most shorebirds, but we might get lucky with a rarity. We will look for other birds also, like sparrows. If we don’t have enough to keep us occupied here – it is late Oct. – we will continue on to Brendyn Byrne and Reeve’s Bog – to explore there. RSVP is required. Trip is canceled if too bad weather. Or if I find out the bogs have been flooded again early. We will meet at noon at the village parking lot.

Plug in Whitesbog to a map program to get you to the village. Sandra Keller – sandrakeller@verizon.net


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November 03, 2018
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November 03, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

This trip is timed to see golden eagles and hopefully northern goshawk. Waggoners Gap may be a farther drive than Hawk Mountain, however you can drive almost up to the lookout so the trip is about the same and this site gets more birds! We should still get good numbers of other raptors like red-tails, red-shoulders, and sharp-shinned hawks. We often see non raptors like common loons, bluebirds, and pine siskins. We will stay on the hawkwatch until our butts hurt and head to Harrisburg for a pint at Millworks.


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November 10, 2018
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November 10, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Trip Leader: Keith Russell

Free to all members and non-members

Join Audubon Philadelphia for a bird walk on the grounds of the newly opened Discovery Center – a project of the National Audubon Society and Philadelphia Outward Bound School! This site was not accessible for the general public for 30 years and is home to around 150 bird species.
Lead by Keith Russell, this one-mile walk will last around 1.5 hours. Bring your own binoculars.
The event will be cancelled during inclement weather.


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November 10, 2018
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November 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

This trip is timed for the return on wintering waterfowl and gulls. This trip will be at low tide to observe the gulls that roost on a silt bar at the mouth of the Poquessing Creek. We hope to see lesser-blackbacked and white-winged gulls, common goldeneye,


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November 16, 2018
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November 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

We will look and listen for Great Horned and Eastern Screech Owls and spotlight for nocturnal mammals like flying squirrels
Haddington Woods is at the intersection of Vine and Dagget St. (where Vine meets the Park)


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November 25, 2018
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November 25, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Trip Leader: Keith Russell

Free to all members and non-members

Join Audubon Philadelphia for a bird walk on the grounds of the newly opened Discovery Center – a project of the National Audubon Society and Philadelphia Outward Bound School! This site was not accessible for the general public for 30 years and is home to around 150 bird species.
Lead by Keith Russell, this one-mile walk will last around 1.5 hours. Bring your own binoculars.
The event will be cancelled during inclement weather.


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December 15, 2018
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December 15, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1027761

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

Help census the birds in Cobbs Creek Park for the Christmas Bird Count!


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2018 Trips:

January 14, 2018
Winter Birds II
January 14, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L6069151

Trip Leader: Martin Selzer

Free to all members and non-members

Meet Martin Selzer at 8:30 a.m. at the Wissahickon Environmental Center’s Tree House at 8:30am. The morning will begin by enjoying the activity at the Tree House’s feeders before exploring Andorra Meadow and Forbidden Drive as the conditions per permit.


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January 20, 2018
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January 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L732494

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

This event marks BirdPhilly’s 3 year anniversary! We will start by birding Pennypack on the Delaware then head to Sweet Lucy’s Barbecue for lunch. We may bird Glenn Foerd and Pleasant Hill Park after.


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January 21, 2018
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January 21, 2018 @ 7:30 am

Trip Leader: Sandra Keller

Free to all members and non-members
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Sandra Keller will lead a monthly field trip in Burlington County, NJ. Burlington is one of the better known counties for birding in south Jersey – but only for certain areas – mainly Palmyra. These trips will concentrate on other hotspots in the county. The schedule will include Palmyra if something rare is reported. We will explore for the seasonal birds to be expected. Since Burlington is such a large county, we will explore the western half one month, then the central and eastern half the next.
Trips will be scheduled on Sunday during hunting season and may switch to Saturday later in the year. I am going to try and keep the trips to the third weekend of the month, but please check every month as I have travel commitments that might interfere. If that happens I’ll change to the second weekend of the month. The meeting place, time, and plan for each month will be posted at the start of the month. This gives us flexibility to start somewhere in the east when needed. These trips are geared to all levels and interests in birding – photography, listing, beginners, experts, those looking to learn Burlington better, etc. Anyone is welcome to join for only part of the day if that works for your schedule. I will be submitting lists to ebird for each location and will share those lists for those participants who use ebird if desired. I also plan on writing a longish trip report covering the whole year! I am intrigued on how many species we can see for the year.

First Date – Sunday – January, 21, 2018. 7:30AM.
January’s trip will start at Taylor’s Wildlife Preserve in Cinnaminson. Please meet at 7:30AM at the parking lot on Taylor’s Lane right at the start of River Rd. It will be on the right hand side as you pull in. We will be searching for owls, sparrows, waterfowl, gulls, corms, etc. We will hit one or two river spots after here. Then maybe a spot for gulls if I scout out a good area. Then head “inland” a bit to one of the local parks that Burlington has created around the county. Again, depending on what is being seen, we can head somewhere a dusk watch. If any doubt about the weather, please email me a couple days before hand.

Sandra Keller – sandrakeller at verizon.net


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February 04, 2018
Barnegat Light for Winter Ducks and Seabird Photography (Rain Date!)
February 04, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L161004

Trip Leader: Linda Widdop

Free to all members and non-members

Hi Folks – Jan 28th is rained out. Rescheduled to Saturday Feb 4th. We really need good weather for this trip and it looks like we will finally get that on Saturday. Forecast is sunny and 34 degrees.

Barnegat Lighthouse and jetty are famous for wintering ducks including Harlequin, Long-tail ducks and Eiders. In addition, we often see Northern Gannets diving close to shore and walk amongst Purple Sandpipers, Dunlin and other shorebirds on the jetty. We also have a good chance to see Ipswich race of Savannah Sparrow and maybe even a Snowy Owl along the dunes.

Bring your camera for up close photographs of some of these species. We will linger at the jetty and have plenty of time to capture a few outstanding shots.

Meet in the lighthouse parking lot at 7:30 AM so that we can get out to the jetty in good light. Or, meet us later out on the jetty. If we have time, we can also peruse the back bay coves along LBI.

Trip Leader: Linda Widdop – look for green Fiat 500X

This trip is free to all. Please note that we will reschedule if weather forecast is bad. Please check this posting the day before the trip for update.


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February 18, 2018
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February 18, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Sandra Keller

Free to all members and non-members

This trip will start with a gull study. Florence still sees a good variety of gulls – with both Iceland and Glaucous being seen last month. Sunday might be a bit iffy as the dump is not in operation then, and the gulls might not stick around. That’s also why the early start.

We will hit one or two spots after here depending on what I find while scouting.

If in any doubt with the weather, please contact me the day before.

Sandra Keller – sandrakeller@verizon.net


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February 25, 2018
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February 25, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1145863

Trip Leader: Martin Selzer

Free to all members and non-members

February 25th and March 4th Meet Martin Selzer at 5:30 pm at Houston Playground (900 Graykin Avenue) to experience the sounds and sights of the Timberdoodle. Come on one or both walks. There will be no weather dates. Contact Martin if the weather is questionable on either evening.


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March 02, 2018
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March 02, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1027761

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

We will meet at CCCEC and walk to Whitby Meadow to see woodcocks display and hopefully see a red fox on the way there and hear owls on the way back.


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March 17, 2018
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March 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L504403

Trip Leader: Navin Sasikumar

Free to all members and non-members

Join Navin Sasikumar for a walk around Heinz looking for late wintering birds and early spring arrivals. Highlights may include rusty blackbird, a variety of waterfowl and fox sparrow singing!


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March 18, 2018
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March 18, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Sandra Keller

Free to all members and non-members

Explore Franklin Parker Preserve searching for early migrants. Expect a lot of walking on fairly well maintained trails. Franklin Parker Preserve comprises 9,770 acres of pine woods south of Chatsworth lake. The Preserve is New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s largest, encompasses 16 square miles in the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. It is accessible by a network of sandy roads that wind though pitch pine forest and blueberry fields, and run along the preserve’s cedar swamp, shallow lakes and pristine tributaries of the West Branch of the Wading River.

Meet at the “Speedwell” parking area on Rt 563 at the south end of the preserve. See photo for exact location.  http://njconservation.org/preserves/FPPDirectionsrevisedSpeedwellEntrance.pdf

 


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April 14, 2018
Kick Start Spring at Belleplain State Forest - Rescheduled!
April 14, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Linda Widdop

Free to all members and non-members

Let’s get into the swing of spring by touring Belleplain State Park in search of early spring migrants and breeding birds. We will listen and look for specialties such as Summer Tanager, Worm-eating Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Hooded Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and more. Many of these species are at the northern limit of their range but show up early to establish breeding territories.

Meet at the Park Visitor Center where we will try to carpool for the rest of the trip. We will end by noon.


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April 14, 2018
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April 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1027761

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

We will walk to find early spring migrants and late wintering birds. This walk will coincide with a TreePhilly yard tree giveaway, where Philadelphia residents can get a free tree for their yard!


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April 21, 2018
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April 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Trip Leader: Matthew Halley

Free to all members and non-members

We will meet at Allen Lane Station (SEPTA) at 9:00 AM. We will follow the Cresheim Creek downstream to where it meets the Wissahickon Creek at Devil’s Pool. We will also stop in at the historic Livezey house (Glen Fern) and the “Cresheim Pines”, which is the largest conifer stand in Philadelphia. The trip leader (Matthew) will share information about the industrial history of the area, and its rich bird life.


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April 22, 2018
Brendan Byrne State Forest with Sandra Keller (2 start times)
April 22, 2018 @ 7:15 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Sandra Keller

Free to all members and non-members

This gem of a pine barrens preserve (also known as Lebonan State Forest) has many different habitat types – not just the dry, upland forests that most people associate with the pine barrens – but open successional areas, cedar bogs, cranberry bogs, etc. We will hit all the different habitat types. All areas are accessible by car with limited walking once we reach an area.

For a list of possible species for the trip, please see eBird and the Brendan Byrne hot spot and look at the bar graphs. But keep in mind that this area is very under birded. I look forward to adding to the ebird data for April to this hotspot. The trip will go until around noon.

The date is on the border of when a lot of species return, so if any doubt about certain species, please email me.

Be prepared for ticks this time of year although we won’t be bushwhacking.

Directions – the headquarters is accessible off of either Rt. 70 or Rt. 72. I prefer Rt. 70 as it is well marked with signs. There is a Wawa along Rt. 72 for those who need food before we start. Please have a full tank of gas before we start. This Wawa does not sell gas. I do request that those interested in the trip please email me and let me know.

****Additional Barred Owl search**** meet at headquarters parking lot at 5:00 AM We will listen for owls in the woods.

sandrakeller@verizon.net


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April 26, 2018
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April 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Trip Leader: Barb Bassett & Dennis DiMarco

Free to all members and non-members

Located on the Delaware River, this 44-acre site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Red Bank is a developed, passive park with the remains of Fort Mercer. The park provides excellent views of the Delaware River and surrounding bird life. From the parking lot, walk through the park looking and listening for the typical birds found in the spring such as woodpeckers, blue jays, northern cardinals, Carolina wrens, sparrows, and swallows. Next scan the river for gulls, cormorants and possible lingering winter ducks. There is a bald eagle nest nearby. Special emphasis will be placed on learning the songs and calls of common species, and ID tips for crows (American, fish), blackbirds (red-winged, grackle, brown headed cowbird), waterfowl (mallard, bufflehead, mergansers, black duck, grebes) and the common gull species (laughing, herring, ring-billed, great black backed). Directions: Meet at the pavilion closest to the river.

 

This is a joint trip with Gloucester County Bird Quest


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April 27, 2018
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April 27, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Trip Leader: Barb Bassett & Jayne Rhynard

Free to all members and non-members

This is the largest municipal park in New Jersey and in spring it comes alive with songbird and raptor migrants adding to the year-round residents. Red-winged Blackbirds and Canada Geese are nesting around the lakes. Many breeders begin nesting in the woods, especially near the streams, and the Bluebirds are active around their boxes. Directions: Meet at the parking lot by the amphitheater.

This is a joint trip with Gloucester County Bird Quest


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April 29, 2018
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April 29, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1145863

Trip Leader: Martin Selzer

Free to all members and non-members

Join Martin Selzer to see sparrows, bluebirds, warblers and other fantastic birds. This site has turned up hooded warbler, blue winged warbler, black-billed cuckoo, and pileated woodpecker on previous trips.


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April 29, 2018
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April 29, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Win Shafer and Alan Crawford

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Let’s look for warblers (and other migrants) at Ridley Creek State Park! Join Win Shafer and Alan Crawford to explore this hotspot in search of warbles and other migrants. Meet at the Bridle Trail on Gradyville Rd. in Newtown Square.

This is a joint trip with Willistown Conservation Trust and is free to members and non-members.


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May 05, 2018
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May 05, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Patty Rehn

Free to all members and non-members

Bring your binoculars and head out on our trails in search of spring migrants avian species. Meet at the kiosk in the Rancocas parking lot. Call the center ahead of time if you need to borrow binoculars.  This is a joint trip in conjunction with RNC.

Preregister Onlineor call RNC at 609-261-2495.

 

There is no charge for this event.


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May 05, 2018
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May 05, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L6942305

Trip Leader: Navin Sasikumar

Free to all members and non-members

Join Navin Sasikumar for this trip to an under-birded but fantastic spot. This walk should turn up a diversity of spring migrants like warblers, vireos, sparrows, rose-breasted grosbeak and scarlet tanager. Meet at the Visitor Center.


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May 05, 2018
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May 05, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3903386

Trip Leader: Keith Russell

Free to all members and non-members

Where Fisher Park, 571 W Spencer St, Philadelphia, PA 19120, USA
Description Join us for a FREE walk led by expert birder Keith Russell of Audubon PA. Expect some good bird spotting during the Spring migration, in addition to our great year-round birds.

Donuts, coffee, and binoculars will be provided.


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May 06, 2018
Shorebirds Along Delaware Bayshore - Time Change for Best Tides
May 06, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader: Linda Widdop Yong Kong, Harvey Tomlinson

Free to all members and non-members

Join Linda Widdop, Harvey Tomlinson and Yong Kong in search of migrating shorebirds along the Delaware Bayshore. May is a great time of year to find shorebirds in breeding (alternate) plumage. We will stop at celebrated Cumberland county hotspots including Heislerville WMA, Thompson’s Beach and Glades in search of sandpipers, plovers,  Red Knots and more.

Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one. Leaders will have scopes to share too. Exact route to be determined based on tides. We will carpool and drive to each location. Feel free to jump in for partial route if that suits your schedule better.


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May 12, 2018
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May 12, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm

Trip Leader: Anne Bekker and Michael Sonkowsky

Free to all members and non-members

 

Sorry but this trip has been cancelled due to conflict with the leaders.


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May 13, 2018
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May 13, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L6069151

Trip Leader: Martin Selzer

Free to all members and non-members

Join Martin Selzer to explore this area rich in migrating and breeding birds. The meadows host breeding bluebirds and migrating raptors and sparrows. The woods have breeding scarlet tanagers and pileated wood peckers, while the edges are great places to see migrating warblers and vireos. You can often find rose-breasted grosbeaks and indigo buntings at the feeders this time of the year.


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May 19, 2018
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May 19, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Cindy Ahern

Free to all members and non-members

The Tannersville Cranberry Bog, owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, partnered with programming by Kettle Creek EEC, is recognized as the southernmost low altitude boreal bog along the eastern seaboard and is designated as a National Natural Landmark.  Tannersville Cranberry Bog was once a 715 acre kettle lake formed thousands of years ago by glacial depressions, eventually becoming filled in by layers of sphagnum moss to 60 feet deep, creating an acidic fen providing a unique habitat for many species of plants and animals usually found in northern boreal bogs.

This trip will focus on boreal breeding species including Canada Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, and Purple Finch. Uncommon to rare acid-loving plants occur in this plant community, including May-blooming rarities Kalmia polifolia (bog laurel) and Andromeda polifolia (bog rosemary). If the weather is warm, we may observe a variety of odes, Spotted Turtle and other herps (Ribbon Snake has been observed on the property in the past).

The property has been designated as a Pennsylvania Important Mammal Area, providing important habitat for otters, beavers, bobcat, and bears.  The 150 acre wetland and bog is part of a 775 acre preserve and is surrounded by upland woods that should be productive for breeders and migrating species.  The Tannersville Cranberry Bog is publicly accessible only for scheduled public tours or by special permit, and participants for this trip are limited to 15.  All students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  This is a free trip, donations to Kettle Creek EEC are suggested and appreciated (checks acceptable made out to Kettle Creek EEC).

Contact Cindy Ahern to reserve your place for this trip and for meeting location. songbird5212ATmsn.com or call or text 215-840-4010


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May 19, 2018
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May 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3067523

Trip Leader: Keith Russell

Free to all members and non-members

When Sat, May 19, 8:00am – 10:30am
Where799 E Tabor Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19120, USA
Description Join us for a FREE walk led by expert birder Keith Russell of Audubon PA. Expect some good bird spotting during the Spring migration, in addition to our great year-round birds.


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May 20, 2018
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May 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Sandra Keller

Free to all members and non-members

Sandra’s Burlington County series of trips will hit Amico Island in May. May is migration month and hopefully the weather cooperates. If not a good migration day, we can switch locations easily and explore Taylor’s Refuge which is near here. Here is a link to the site – with a trail map.

http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/926/Amico-Island-Park

The site says the park opens at 8:00 AM so we will start then. Please meet in the parking lot. Plug in 81 Norman Ave. Riverside, NJ to maps to get there.

Please RSVP to Sandra if coming. I will also change the start time to 7:00AM if I learn that they are open earlier.  sandrakeller at verizon.net.


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May 26, 2018
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May 26, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L504403

Trip Leader: Navin Sasikumar

Free to all members and non-members

Join Navin Sasikumar for the end of spring migration and the beginning of the breeding season for many song birds. This is a good time for shorebirds and warblers.


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May 27, 2018
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May 27, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Todd Fellenbaum & George Armistead

Free to all members and non-members

Just north of Havre de Grace, MD, along the banks of the  Susquehanna River, is Susquehanna State Park.  The park, with its pristine forest and open areas hosts a large number of breeding birds, including 14 species of warblers.  We will hope to see and hear Louisiana Waterthrush, Cerulean, Kentucky, Prothonotary, and Yellow-throated Warblers, among others.

Due to the birding/habitat we would like to limit this to a max of 12 participants. Please contact George Armistead if you will be joining the trip. armistead.george at gmail.com

Meet at the Lapidum Boat Launch parking lot at 7:00 AM


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June 10, 2018
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June 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Trip Leader: Judy Stepenaskie

Free to all members and non-members

As a follow up to the presentation on June 7th, Judy Stepenaskie will lead a trip to view the famous Peregrine Falcon nest in Manayunk on Sunday June 10th. Meet at 5:00 pm on Sunday June 10th, at the entrance to Pretzel Park, near the corner of Cresson and Rector Streets in Manayunk. Pretzel Park is across the street from St. John the Baptist’s R.C. Church, where the peregrines nested. We will see both adults and juveniles and hopefully some dinner action. Manayunk Rock Dove high on the list of entrees. I will have a scope, but you are welcome to bring your own. We may walk a block or two as we look at the falcons.

 


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June 15, 2018
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June 15, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Trip Leader: Judy Stepenaskie

Free to all members and non-members

Judy Stepenaskie will lead a peregrine falcon observation trip to Venice Island Recration Center where the falcon nest site is easily viewed. The fledglings should be flying around the tower then. After watching from the center we will take a walk to the church where they nest for a better view.


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June 17, 2018
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June 17, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Sandra Keller

Free to all members and non-members

June’s trip to explore Burlington County will be at Brightview Farms. This working farm allows birds to come and explore. In years past, Grasshopper Sparrows have nested in the fields. We will explore for grassland birds here.

Please rsvp Sandra if coming and we will meet at 7:30AM 1/4 mile down the entry road. After a few hours here, I might hit another woods spot for breeders. A lot will depend on the weather.

This site gives some info on the farm and also has driving directions. http://brightviewfarm.com

This site also has directions: https://njaudubon.org/wp-content/wildlife/PineBarrensTrails/Sites/tabid/1698/Scope/site/Guide/PINEBARREN/Site/261/Default.html


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June 21, 2018
ANNUAL LAKEHURST NAVAL AIR STATION FOR UPLAND SANDPIPERS - NEW DATE
June 21, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 10:30 am

Trip Leader: Bob Horton

Free to all members and non-members

Join Bob Horton on this annual pilgrimage to see Upland Sandpipers at Lakehurst Naval Air Station. The grasslands here are the best annual site in NJ for seeing the breeding displays of Upland Sandpipers. We also expect Grasshopper and Field Sparrows, Horned Lark, Eastern Meadowlark and in the pine forests Pine Warbler.

Important: Participants MUST sign up by Wednesday, May 16. Please provide Bob Horton with your full name, drivers license number and state, and date of birth. To grant access to the base, the military needs this information two full weeks before the trip. Each participant must be a US CITIZEN and will need a valid driver’s license or picture ID to enter the base. Our stay in the Jump Zone grasslands will be 3 hours.
You must register with Bob Horton for this trip in advance. Email Bob at: horton633@verizon.net. This trip is limited to 20 people.
This DVOC trip is free to members and non-members
Meeting time: 7AM at the Chapel of the Air parking lot in Lakehurst
Directions: Take Rte 70 to the center of Lakehurst. At the McDonalds and gas station, turn onto Rte 547. In about a mile, on the left there is a gray chapel named the Chapel of the Air. We will car pool from this parking area under the supervision of John Joyce, the base Conservation Officer. Each car entering the base will need a registration card and proof of insurance.


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June 23, 2018
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June 23, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Trip Leader: Diane and Roger Bynum

Free to all members and non-members

Join Diane and Roger Bynum to watch Common Nighthawks do their thing at dusk. This is the best time of year to watch these crepuscular specialists take wing. This trip was one of Steve Kacir’s favorites to lead. Diane and Roger want to keep the club tradition going.

 

Meet on Carranza Road in Tabernacle NJ where the road turns to sand. Use these coordinates in your GPS:
39°46′38.6″N 74°37′56.6″W


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July 22, 2018
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July 22, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Trip Leader: Sandra Keller

Free to all members and non-members

Join Sandra Keller to explore Amasa Landing. This is a saltmarsh on the coast in Burlington County. We will hit this spot scanning and listening for Boat-tailed Grackles, Willet, Seaside Sparrow, shorebirds moving around, maybe a Tricolored Heron, etc. After we are done here, Sandra will visit either Forsythe NWR or Great Bay Blvd. Neither of these is in Burlington County, but there isn’t too much to hit in the county in July in this area.

We will meet at 8:30 on Sunday, July 22 at the new walkway at Amasa. For directions, plug in Amasa Landing Rd.

It comes up as the town of Tuckerton. The ebird hot spot is “Bass River – Amasa Landing Rd.”.

Please let me know if you are coming. Sandra Keller – sandrakeller at verizon.net


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August 10, 2018
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August 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1027761

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

We will ride to John Heinz NWR and the marshes of the Darby-Cobbs Creek Watershed. This is a great time to see shorebirds, rails, herons and egrets. Bring your own bicycle, helmet, and water.
If you don’t want to bike, just meet us at Heinz on the Boardwalk at 7pm.


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August 19, 2018
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August 19, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 1:00 pm

Trip Leader: Sandra Keller

Free to all members and non-members

In this 8th month of a year long commitment, join Sandra Keller to explore White’s Bog for migrating shorebirds.

When the bogs at Whites Bog are drawn down, this place can be super! But it might not be drawn down this summer. Be sure to rsvp if interested as I will be changing the location if Whites bog not drawn down. The trip is Sunday, August 19, meet at 7:30am in the parking lot before the general store at the Whites bog village. Bring food. I will keep an eye on the bogs and make a decision that week sometime. Sandrakeller at verizon.net

Meet at the White’s Bog Village along W. White’s Bog Rd


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August 24, 2018 - August 25, 2018
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August 24, 2018 - August 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Trip Leader: Rich Conroy - Wyncote Audubon

Free to all members and non-members

Join Wyncote Audubon and DVOC at the Militia Hill Hawk Watch Platform, Fort Washington State Park (weather permitting) to scan for migrating Common Nighthawks. This is a relaxing way to see this annual migration.  5:00 pm until 7:00 pm each night.


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August 26, 2018
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August 26, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L109135

Trip Leader: Linda Widdop

Free to all members and non-members

Meet at Higbee beach parking area at 7:30 AM. We will walk the fields in search of early migrants. Late August can be very good for migrating warblers if winds are blowing from the north west. We will head over to the Cape May State Park to look for shorebirds and terns too.


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September 01, 2018
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September 01, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

This walk is during prime warbler migration. The location on the creek and diverse habitats of the cemetery provide great habitat for migrating songbirds. We will keep an eye on the sky for migrating raptors too.


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September 15, 2018
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September 15, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Trip Leader: Gregg Gorton

Free to all members and non-members

Join Gregg Gorton to explore this beautiful gem with potential for good numbers of migrant passerines and raptors.

The Henry garden is neither manicured nor formal, but rather maintains the look of the natural settings where the plants originated. It has a quiet beauty and peaceful feel to it that brings unspoiled Nature palpably close to the observer.


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September 16, 2018
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September 16, 2018 @ 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Trip Leader: Judy Stepenaskie

Free to all members and non-members

Location: Meet on Wright Street, alongside the James Dobson Elementary School, 4667 Umbria Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127.

Parking: Parking is difficult. You may be able to find a place on Umbria St. across from the school. Best bet is to park at Septa’s Ivy Ridge Train Station, a few blocks away at 4901 Umbria Street and walk to the school. You’ll be able to see the swifts along the way.

Expect over 3000 swifts. Come earlier if you like.


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September 21, 2018
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September 21, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L504403

Trip Leader: George Armistead

Free to all members and non-members

These field trips on Friday 9/21, Saturday 9/22, and Sunday 9/23 are part of the American Birding Expo https://www.americanbirdingexpo.com/

John Heinz NWR has the highest diversity of birds recorded in Philadelphia. This time of year is prime for warbler, vireos, flycatchers as well as shorebirds.
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L504403


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September 22, 2018
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September 22, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L504403

Trip Leader: George Armistead

Free to all members and non-members

These field trips on Friday 9/21, Saturday 9/22, and Sunday 9/23 are part of the American Birding Expo https://www.americanbirdingexpo.com/

John Heinz NWR has the highest diversity of birds recorded in Philadelphia. This time of year is prime for warbler, vireos, flycatchers as well as shorebirds.
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L504403


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September 23, 2018
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September 23, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L504403

Trip Leader: George Armistead

Free to all members and non-members

These field trips on Friday 9/21, Saturday 9/22, and Sunday 9/23 are part of the American Birding Expo https://www.americanbirdingexpo.com/

John Heinz NWR has the highest diversity of birds recorded in Philadelphia. This time of year is prime for warbler, vireos, flycatchers as well as shorebirds.
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L504403


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October 06, 2018
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October 06, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Trip Leader: Keith Russell

Free to all members and non-members

Join Audubon Philadelphia for a bird walk on the grounds of the newly opened Discovery Center – a project of the National Audubon Society and Philadelphia Outward Bound School! This site was not accessible for the general public for 30 years and is home to around 150 bird species.
Lead by Keith Russell, this one-mile walk will last around 1.5 hours. Bring your own binoculars.
The event will be cancelled during inclement weather.


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October 27, 2018
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October 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Trip Leader: Keith Russell

Free to all members and non-members

Join Audubon Philadelphia for a bird walk on the grounds of the newly opened Discovery Center – a project of the National Audubon Society and Philadelphia Outward Bound School! This site was not accessible for the general public for 30 years and is home to around 150 bird species.
Lead by Keith Russell, this one-mile walk will last around 1.5 hours. Bring your own binoculars.
The event will be cancelled during inclement weather.


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October 27, 2018
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October 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Trip Leader: Cindy Ahern

Free to all members and non-members

*****UPDATE***** – this trip has been cancelled due to restrictions at the bog. Heavy rain has washed out the boardwalk making visitation unsafe. The bog will not issue permits for the remainder of the season. 

 

Join Cindy Ahern at Tannersville Cranberry Bog for fall color. While the focus will be on the spectacular foliage of the bog, there will be birds, including winter arrivals. We also look for herps and insects. Previous trips have yielded a number of species of special concern. Since many DVOC members have an interest in botany, I am extending this invitation to interested members.

The Tannersville Cranberry Bog, owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, partnered with programming by Kettle Creek EEC, is recognized as the southernmost low altitude boreal bog along the eastern seaboard and is designated as a National Natural Landmark. Tannersville Cranberry Bog was once a 715 acre kettle lake formed thousands of years ago by glacial depressions, eventually becoming filled in by layers of sphagnum moss to 60 feet deep, creating an acidic fen providing a unique habitat for many species of plants and animals usually found in northern boreal bogs.

The Tannersville Cranberry Bog is located in Monroe County, PA, near the Delaware Water Gap. Many species of plants and animals normally found in northern boreal bogs (like a little piece of Canada in PA!) occur here, including a number of endangered species.  This trip is timed for the peak of Larix laricina (Tamarack, or American Larch) fall color, along with the brilliant reds of the heaths.  The Tannersville Cranberry Bog is publicly accessible only for scheduled public tours or by special permit, and space is limited.

This is a free trip, but your donation is encouraged to help support maintenance of the trails and programming. (Checks acceptable made out to Kettle Creek EEC).

Dress in layers, the bog is usually 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding woodland.  Wear sturdy shoes for a short, uneven hike to the bog along a woodland trail to a boardwalk path leading through the wetland habitat.

RSVP is required for this trip.  Please contact Cindy Ahern at songbird5212 AT msn.com or call or text 215-840-4010 to confirm your participation and for additional details about this trip, including meeting location and possible carpool.


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October 27, 2018
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October 27, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

Join Cindy Ahern for a Northern Saw-whet Owl banding program at Scott Weidensaul’s Hidden Valley Banding station in Schuylkill Haven, PA, during saw-whet owl migration.

The banding station is located in the general area of Hawk Mountain (it is a little further west), and is approximately a 2 hour drive from the Philadelphia area.

Visitors should arrive around 6:30 PM for orientation – nets are checked every hour on the hour until midnight. When owls are caught in the mist nets, they are brought inside to demonstrate the banding process, which includes a general examination to determine age, weight, fat reserves, sex, eye color, and wing and bill length, banding the owl with a federal band, then releasing the owl. You may leave at any time – no need to stay until midnight if owls are caught during an earlier net check.

There is no guarantee you will see owls. The banding will be cancelled in the event of foul weather.

Registrations are required, and space is limited. Young bird enthusiasts receive priority registration, based on a first-come, first-served basis.

There is NO FEE to attend the banding demonstration, but please consider making a donation to “adopt” an owl in support of Northern Saw-whet Owl research:  http://www.nedsmithcenter.org/adopt-an-owl-and-help-nscna-research/

Adopt an Owl and Help NSCNA Research | Ned Smith Center …

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Adopt an Owl and Help NSCNA Research. Wild birds don’t make good pets – but now there’s a way you can “adopt” one of the East’s most intriguing owls, and help the Ned Smith Center’s research programs at the same time.

Contact Cindy Ahern at songbird AT msn.com or text 215-840-4010 to register. You will receive further instructions closer to the banding date.

 


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October 28, 2018
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October 28, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Trip Leader: Sandra Keller

Free to all members and non-members

Join Sandra Keller at Whitesbog. We were cancelled out for August, but the bogs have been drained late this year. This is a late date for most shorebirds, but we might get lucky with a rarity. We will look for other birds also, like sparrows. If we don’t have enough to keep us occupied here – it is late Oct. – we will continue on to Brendyn Byrne and Reeve’s Bog – to explore there. RSVP is required. Trip is canceled if too bad weather. Or if I find out the bogs have been flooded again early. We will meet at noon at the village parking lot.

Plug in Whitesbog to a map program to get you to the village. Sandra Keller – sandrakeller@verizon.net


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November 03, 2018
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November 03, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

This trip is timed to see golden eagles and hopefully northern goshawk. Waggoners Gap may be a farther drive than Hawk Mountain, however you can drive almost up to the lookout so the trip is about the same and this site gets more birds! We should still get good numbers of other raptors like red-tails, red-shoulders, and sharp-shinned hawks. We often see non raptors like common loons, bluebirds, and pine siskins. We will stay on the hawkwatch until our butts hurt and head to Harrisburg for a pint at Millworks.


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November 10, 2018
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November 10, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Trip Leader: Keith Russell

Free to all members and non-members

Join Audubon Philadelphia for a bird walk on the grounds of the newly opened Discovery Center – a project of the National Audubon Society and Philadelphia Outward Bound School! This site was not accessible for the general public for 30 years and is home to around 150 bird species.
Lead by Keith Russell, this one-mile walk will last around 1.5 hours. Bring your own binoculars.
The event will be cancelled during inclement weather.


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November 10, 2018
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November 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

This trip is timed for the return on wintering waterfowl and gulls. This trip will be at low tide to observe the gulls that roost on a silt bar at the mouth of the Poquessing Creek. We hope to see lesser-blackbacked and white-winged gulls, common goldeneye,


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November 16, 2018
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November 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

We will look and listen for Great Horned and Eastern Screech Owls and spotlight for nocturnal mammals like flying squirrels
Haddington Woods is at the intersection of Vine and Dagget St. (where Vine meets the Park)


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November 25, 2018
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November 25, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Trip Leader: Keith Russell

Free to all members and non-members

Join Audubon Philadelphia for a bird walk on the grounds of the newly opened Discovery Center – a project of the National Audubon Society and Philadelphia Outward Bound School! This site was not accessible for the general public for 30 years and is home to around 150 bird species.
Lead by Keith Russell, this one-mile walk will last around 1.5 hours. Bring your own binoculars.
The event will be cancelled during inclement weather.


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December 15, 2018
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December 15, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L1027761

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

Free to all members and non-members

Help census the birds in Cobbs Creek Park for the Christmas Bird Count!


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