Date/Time
Date - October 01, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



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The Cassatt Preserve: The Headwaters of Birding at the YMCA

Speaker: Brian Quindlen

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The Presentation: The Upper Main Line YMCA in Berwyn, Pennsylvania is unlike most other YMCAs. It is situated on a 54-acre campus in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Twenty of these acres contain the Cassatt Preserve, which is part of the first conservation easement in the state of Pennsylvania. This property has a unique history for both the habitats and the people who have enjoyed it over the last century. Serving first as a summer estate, then a Norbertine monastery, and finally a YMCA, this property would eventually be home to a robust youth birding program and environmental education center. This program is a tribute to the history of the habitats, people, and birds that make this property special.
Brian “BQ” Quindlen is an avid birder, photographer, digiscoper, and educator from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a Pennsylvania state certified K-6 elementary school teacher and K-12 environmental educator, BQ connects students with nature in a formal education setting. Outside of the classroom, BQ enjoys connecting people with nature almost as much as he loves birding itself! You can check out “Birding with BQ” on YouTube and Instagram! Also, BQ is the leader of the Garnet Valley Trailblazers nature program, an environmental education club and summer camp that takes students from first through twelfth grade birding. BQ has worked for over fifteen years at the Upper Main Line YMCA’s Environmental Education Complex. There he coordinated the YMCA Earth Service Corps, an environmental service-learning and leadership program for middle school and high school students. Through this program, the Y Birding program was born. Y Birding students competed in the World Series of Birding fifteen times, during which  BQ was either a competitor or a coach for the Y’s decorated youth teams. Outside of youth birding, BQ is a Past President of the Birding Club of Delaware County.




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