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Cause of 2021 Songbird Mortality Event Remains Unknown

In Spring of 2021, songbirds began dying off in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas and the reports began spreading north, leading the Pennsylvania Game Commission to issue an alert on July 1 2021 asking state residents to take down bird feeders and...

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Put Your Native Plant Garden on the Map

Planting native is a great New Year’s resolution to give to the planet and yourself. Homegrown National Park® is a grassroots call-to-action to regenerate the biodiversity that creates our life support systems. Nationally, the Homegrown National Park movement takes...

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Project FeederWatch: Winter Bird Highlights 2021-2022

The Cornell Lab or Ornithology recently published their 2021-22 Winter Bird Highlights, based on data collected during the last FeederWatch season.  The 5 most common species in the Northeast were Chickadees (Carolina and Black capped combined), Dark-eyed junco, Downy...

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

If you are looking for a last minute gift for the birder or nature enthusiast in your life, Cornell Lab of Ornithology is having a holiday sale on their Bird Academy courses until December 31.  All of the courses are self-paced and there is no deadline to complete...

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Birds of Kenya

Luc and Therese Jacobs, who attend many of our field trips,  recently completed a birding trip to Kenya.  They have been kind enough to share some of Luc’s amazing photos.  Beginning the week of December 12, on our Facebook and Instagram pages, we will be highlighting...

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Books for Holiday Gift Giving

Books make great holiday gifts. Peruse some of our favorites. Here are 5 new titles.  Learn more about these new books. The Bird Name Book by Susan Myers If you have ever wondered about the origins of the English words we use to name birds, this book is for you. Bird...

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2022 Christmas Bird Count (Rescheduled to December 31)

Please join us for the 2022 VFAS Christmas Bird Count, which will be held this year on Saturday, December 31 at various times and locations around Audubon PA.. The Christmas Bird Count is a census of birds in the Western Hemisphere, performed annually in the early...

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Project FeederWatch Starts November 1

Are you looking for an activity to keep you busy through Fall and Winter, while you contribute to scientific research?  Whether you’re new to birdwatching or have been watching birds for decades, Project FeederWatch will keep you going through the winter months....

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Leaves Help Your Yard and Wildlife

The Fall season brings beautiful shades of red, orange, and gold in the autumn leaves. But Fall is also the season of raking leaves and time-consuming yard cleanup.  Why are we putting leaves out with the trash? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,...

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30 Years of Bird Counts: An Analysis

If you missed last night's presentation summarizing avian trends within the VFAS count circle for the Christmas and Spring bird counts between 1992 and 2019, you can view it on You Tube at https://youtu.be/DnNXmQt-y7k You can also find a link on the Virtual...

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