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Plasticosis – A New Disease in Seabirds

It’s a well-known fact that plastics have a negative effect on the environment, and have become one of the most pressing environmental issues.  Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans, killing millions of animals, including birds,...

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VFAS Annual Spring Bird Count

Calling all birders! Please help us survey breeding birds and volunteer for Valley Forge Audubon Society’s annual Spring Bird Count on Saturday, June 1st. Please register with Vince Smith by May 29 at larusvs34@gmail.com or 484-410-1157 to be assigned to a team and...

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How to Get Bluebirds

This blog post was written by "Sid the Spotter", a member of the VFAS Young Birder's Club, a special group of kids with a focused interest on birdwatching and nature. Thanks to Sid for his nestbox monitoring and for his great spotting on VFAS outings! How to get...

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New Books for Spring 2024

Here are some new bird- and nature themed books that will be available this spring.  For more information on these titles, visit our Books for Birders page. Adults The Birds That Audubon Missed: Discovery and Desire in the American Wilderness by Kenn Kaufman Twelve...

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Lead Toxicity in Birds

An estimated 16 million birds die of lead poisoning each year in the United States.  The ingestion of shotgun pellets is the most common source of lead poisoning in birds, however, the consumption of other lead objects such as lead bullets and fishing sinkers are also...

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Native Plant Sale on April 28

Are you looking to start a native plant garden and have no idea where to begin? On Sunday April 28, Valley Forge Audubon Society and the Lower Providence Bird Town are sponsoring a native plant sale from Noon to 4 pm. The event will be held at the pavilion in...

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2023 Christmas Bird Count Results

This was our 40th year conducting a Christmas Bird Count.  This year was different for a few reasons.  We had a very mild fall/winter going into the count.  Lows were around the freezing mark with highs around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, with winds no higher than 7 mph. ...

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Bird Safe Philly Monitoring – Preliminary 2023 Results

Philadelphia lies within a bird migration pathway called the Atlantic Flyway. Each year, tens of million birds pass through Philadelphia during the spring and fall migration. Unfortunately, many are killed when they fly into buildings, confused by artificial lights at...

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One-Third of Americans are Birdwatchers

A 2022 study by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) identified about 96 million people who observed, fed, or photographed birds; visited public parks to view birds, or maintained plantings and natural areas around their homes for the benefit of birds.  These...

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