The VFAS Calendar of Events features bird walks, hikes, educational programs, and special events occurring primarily in Southern Pennsylvania and the surrounding regions. Click here for a downloadable March – August 2020 PDF calendar.
|April 28, 2019||April 29, 2019||April 30, 2019||May 1, 2019||May 2, 2019
10:00 am: Hike @ Betzwood Section
May 2, 2019 –
This is a loop, mostly flat. We will head out on the paved bike trail toward Pawlings Road, then take a wooded trail past the old Wetherill Barn and return via the Betzwood trail along the Schuylkill river. Hopefully, the bluebells will be in bloom.
DIRECTIONS: Take Route 422 west to Route 363. Take the exit for 363 north and immediately bear left onto Trooper Road south. Cross over Route 422 and drive back toward the river. Take the second road on the right into Betzwood Park. Park in the picnic area near the restrooms.
Leader: Christa Farnon, cell: 610-659-5512, email@example.com
|May 3, 2019||May 4, 2019
8:00 am: Nature Walk @ Meng Preserve
May 4, 2019 –
Join us for an early morning bird walk as we explore the Stone Hill Greenway in Lower Frederick Township. This walk is at the beginning of the spring migration. The goal is to intercept neo-tropical local breeding birds as well as those that are just passing through to regions further north. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars and ID books.
Leader: Vincent Smith firstname.lastname@example.org or 484-410-1157.
|May 5, 2019||May 6, 2019||May 7, 2019||May 8, 2019||May 9, 2019
10:00 am: Hike @ Wissahickon Gorge
May 9, 2019 –
We will do a level and mix it with not so level tree-lined walk, visit the Indian Statue, and check out the meadow.
DIRECTIONS: Take the Blue Route (476) to Exit 19 (Germantown Pike - East). At end of the ramp, turn right onto Germantown Pike and drive 3.2 miles to Northwestern Ave. Turn right and park at end of street. We’ll meet at the corner of Northwestern and Forbidden Drive.
Leader: Marilyn Furfari, cell: 610-945-5228.
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10:00 am: Hike @ Marsh Creek State Park
May 16, 2019 –
We will walk along the lake toward the dam and see which spring woods flowers are still blooming. There will be an option to turn back through the fields for those wanting a shorter hike. We will then explore the biking trails in the area beyond the dam. Bring water and snacks. Bring lunch to eat afterward beside the lake or join a group at a nearby restaurant.
DIRECTIONS: From the Route 30 Bypass, exit at Route 282. Follow the signs onto Route 282 West. Stay on Route 282 until Lyndell Road. (Lyndell Post Office is on NE corner.) Turn right onto Lyndell Road and follow signs to the park. At the top of the hill you will see the lake to the east. Turn down the road to the west boat launch area. Restrooms available.
OR: From 282 South of Lyndell you may take Reeds Road east and follow signs as above.
Leader: Esther Underhill, 610-827-7776, email@example.com, cell: (Note new #) 267-615-1577 (day of hike only).
|May 17, 2019||May 18, 2019
8:00 am: Nature Walk @ Coventry Woods
May 18, 2019 –
Coventry Woods is part of Hopewell Big Woods, and 153 species of birds have been recorded at this site in just the last four years. The trails are unpaved and some are steep. This walk of about 3-4 hours will cover 1-2 miles. If there is interest, there is the possibility of a second walk of similar duration and distance to follow at a different
Leaders: Patty Werth (484-985-8164, firstname.lastname@example.org) and John Werth (215-859-1148)
|May 19, 2019
8:00 am: Nature Walk @ Freedoms Foundation
May 19, 2019 –
The Freedoms Foundation is located on 75-acres in the heart of Valley Forge. VFAS has worked with the Medal of Honor grove to improve habitat by planting native plants and establishing a butterfly garden. The Grove has been approved for Level 1 arboretum accreditation. The Arboretum has over 50 species of trees & shrubs and they are inviting birders to visit the property. Please join us for a walk around the property to look for spring migrants and resident birds. Easy walking and beginner birders are welcome. Meet in the main parking lot.
Leader: Rick Wolf; email@example.com
|May 20, 2019||May 21, 2019||May 22, 2019||May 23, 2019
10:00 am: Hike @ Washington Crossing
May 23, 2019 –
We will walk trails on PA and NJ side of the Delaware River, dead level. Bring water and lunch, or, buy lunch in NJ opposite Washington Crossing.
DIRECTIONS: Take the PA Turnpike/276 east to the Rt. 1 North exit, then go to the I-295 North exit. Take I-295 North to Exit 51. Turn left onto Taylorsville Road. Go to first right onto Rt. 532 then go 1/4 mile to River Road/Rt. 32. Make a left and go to the parking lot opposite the Museum in Washington Crossing.
Leader: Gary Rigg, cell: 610-716-7654
|May 24, 2019||May 25, 2019
8:00 am: Heebner Bird & Nature Walk
May 25, 2019 –
Join us for an early morning bird walk along the Zacharias Trail as we search for resident birds (April), spring migrants (May), and nesting birds (June). Open to children, beginners, and non-birders.
Leader: Vincent Smith firstname.lastname@example.org or 484-410-1157.
|May 26, 2019||May 27, 2019||May 28, 2019||May 29, 2019||May 30, 2019
10:00 am: Hike @ Three Bridges over the Schuylkill
May 30, 2019 –
Except for a short hill, this is a rather flat hike with the challenge of crossing a railroad bridge, although it’s rarely used. We will be crossing the Pencoyd and the Tow Bridges as well as the Viaduct (Manayunk Bridge Trail). Facilities 5 minutes after hike begins. Bring lunch and water or eat at a restaurant during the hike. Short hike alternative: No bridges, no leader necessary, about 3 miles.
DIRECTIONS: Take the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76 E) to Exit 338. Turn right onto Belmont Ave. and continue for 0.7 miles. At the light at Levering Mill Road turn left. Drive downhill to parking lot at right.
Leader: Evamarie Malsch, home: 215-984-8377, cell: 610-212-7186 (hike day only).
|May 31, 2019||June 1, 2019
8:00 am: Spring Bird Count
June 1, 2019 –
This annual Event includes teams of birders surveying 11 sections within the prescribed area 15 mile radius diameter circle, the center of which is the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. Beginning and experienced birders are welcome. Section leaders will notify past participants. New volunteers please register by June 1 to be assigned to a team and site.
Not all birding takes place at John James Audubon Center.
Contact Vincent Smith at email@example.com or 484-410-1157