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Audubon Pennsylvania’s Achievements in 2020

2020 was a year like no other, filled with unprecedented challenges, closures, and change. From creating safe spaces for birds in a human-dominated landscape, to keeping our waters healthy, and creating innovative resources and learning opportunities, the Audubon PA...

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Berries for Birds in Winter

Berries for Birds in Winter

Berry-producing shrubs are one of the best food sources for birds, particularly in the winter when other natural food sources are scarce. Birds that don’t migrate, such as cardinals, woodpeckers, mockingbirds, and thrushes like bluebirds and robins, depend on berries...

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How Do Birds Stay Warm During the Winter?

When winter cold sets in, birds face two daily challenges: don’t freeze and don’t starve. How do they do it? Different birds use different strategies—from freeze-proof toes, to snow dens, to using each other as a heat source. Revisit this feature from the Winter 2019...

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Open Volunteer Positions

Valley Forge Audubon Society is looking for individuals who are interested in volunteering their time and talents to help us to fulfill our mission.  We are looking for volunteers to serve on Committees such as Advocacy, Programs, Publications/Social Media, Outreach,...

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What is a Bird Irruption?

This year in our area, common irruptive species such as red-breasted nuthatches, pine siskins, and purple finches are being reported.  Evening grosbeaks, which are rarely seen in our area, are also being reported. Bird irruptions follow some type of boom-and-bust...

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Peterson Guide to Bird Behavior – Replay

If you missed John Kricher's wonderful presentation on bird behavior, it is available to watch here.    Thanks to Reads & Company in Phoenixville, for partnering with Valley Forge Audubon and to Vince Smith for his follow-up interview with the author. This book is...

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Seven Simple Actions to Help Birds

In 2019, scientists documented North America’s staggering loss of nearly 3 billion breeding birds since 1970. Helping birds can be as simple as making changes to everyday habits. Here is the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's quick list of 7 simple actions you can take to...

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Citizen Science: Project FeederWatch

The need to stick close to home because of COVID-19 has fueled a tremendous surge in birdwatching. Whether you're new to the hobby or have been watching birds for decades, Project FeederWatch will keep you going through the winter months.  Project FeederWatch started...

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Bird Collisions in Philadelphia

Bird Collisions in Philadelphia

On the morning of October 2, people were heartbroken to find hundreds of dead and injured songbirds outside of Center City Philadelphia buildings.  Because songbirds migrate at night, the bright lights in combination with inclement weather, confused and disoriented...

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