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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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Schuylkill Center Provides Safe Haven for Injured Birds

On February 1 at 7 pm, VFAS will be hosting Flying Free: Birds at the Schuylkill Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic, where  Sydney Glisan, Assistant Director of the clinic, will discuss the rehabilitation process for avian patients.  The following article by Danielle...

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New Year’s Resolutions to Help Birds

Create bird-friendly spaces in your yard through native plant gardening. Keep feeders, birdbaths, and nest boxes clean and in good repair. Participate in community science projects such as the Christmas Bird Count, Great Backyard Bird Count, Project Nestwatch, and...

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Join the VFAS 2023 Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count is an annual winter survey of birds that is the oldest continuously-running community science project in the western hemisphere.  Valley Forge Audubon Society (VFAS) has been conducting a Christmas Bird Count every winter for over 30 years at...

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Cornell Bird Academy Courses On Sale

Every Bird Academy course is on sale for the season! There's something for every bird enthusiast at Bird Academy. Introduce yourself or a loved one to the wonderful world of birds, refine your bird ID skills, or pick up a new skill like painting, gardening, or...

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New Winter and Holiday Books

Books make great holiday gifts.  Check out these new titles for adults and children.  You can find more information on our Books for Birders page. For Adults A Little Birdie Told Me by Matthew Papuchis Matthew Papuchis didn’t set out to be a birder, but birds would...

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AOS Recommends Changing Common Bird Names

Common names for birds help us to appreciate their special, singular qualities. A name can increase our understanding of a species (for example, the Snail Kite is named for its diet of almost exclusively snails) and even spark our imagination (consider Shining...

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