Date - April 20, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Jeffrey Hall – NW Passage: Nature in the far corner of Pennsylvania

Speaker: Jeffrey Hall

Northwestern Pennsylvania doesn’t have the well-known cities of other parts of the Commonwealth, it lacks the cachet of the Chatauqua and Finger Lakes regions to the north, and for birders, it is overshadowed by Magee Marsh and the Ohio lakeshore to the west. The timber and petroleum booms in the 19th century and strip mining in the mid-20th century took a huge toll on the environment of NW PA. But many areas have recovered, and now there is much to appreciate in the ‘far corner’ of Pennsylvania: Forested hills that are home to warblers, thrushes, and tanagers; rivers and creeks occupied by mergansers and otters; lakes and marshes that attract waterbirds; even reclaimed strip mines that now provide habitat for grassland species. This program will survey some of the best natural features of this often-overlooked region.

Jeffrey Hall taught biology and served as President of Washington Crossing Audubon in New Jersey for many years before retiring and moving to Franklin, Pennsylvania. He is now President of Bartramian Audubon Society and active in other nature and historic preservation groups in northwestern Pennsylvania, as well as being an instructor at the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Slippery Rock University. Hall’s photographs and articles have appeared in Living Bird, NJ Audubon, Underwater Naturalist, Cassinia, and other publications. He has given presentations to over 50 nature, birding, and photography groups, including recently Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, and Three Rivers Birding Club of Pittsburgh.

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