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 September ’19-February ’20 PDF calendar.
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10:00 am: Hike @ A Tredyffrin Township Trail Sampler
October 3, 2019 –
We will walk in several small preserves in Tredyffrin Twp., car- pooling between them. Meet at the Leader’s house. Bring lunch and water. Hot drinks and dessert will be provided after hike.
Directions: From 202 Southbound: Stay to the right and take the 252 South Exit to Paoli. (This is past the 252 North-Devon Exit by Gateway Shopping Center.) Follow Route 252 South. At the 4 th traffic light, turn left onto Friendship Drive (Friendship Drive on left, Central Avenue on right). Make first right onto Hilltop Rd. Go to top of the hill, #373 is on the right (blue mailbox). OR: From 202 Northbound: Take the exit for Swedesford Rd to Route 252 South. (This is past the Route 29-Great Valley exits.) Turn right off the exit ramp, then right again at traffic light. You will be on Route 252 South. At the next light, turn left onto Friendship Drive. Follow as above.
Leader: Barbara Bushman, 610-644-5715; cell (hike day only) 484-881-2173, email@example.com.
|October 4, 2019||October 5, 2019||October 6, 2019
1:00 pm: Hawk ID for Beginners
October 6, 2019 –
Fall is raptor migration season and PA offers many great hawk watching spots. Join us for an introduction into some of the tips bird watchers use to identify hawks. Dress for the weather.
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Leader: Vincent Smith 484-410-1157 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|October 7, 2019||October 8, 2019||October 9, 2019||October 10, 2019
10:00 am: Hike @ First State National Historic Park
October 10, 2019 –
The former Brandywine Creek State Park is now part of First State National Monument. We will walk meadows, woods and hills to Thompsons Bridge. Bring water and lunch. There are portable toilets at Thompsons Bridge and picnic tables near the creek.
DIRECTIONS: From the intersection of Routes 1 and 202, take 202 south 1.8 miles to the light at Smithbridge Rd (immediately after Chadds Ford Pool Care on the right). Turn right onto Smithbridge Rd and drive 2.3 miles to Brandywine Creek Rd (just before the covered bridge). Turn left onto Brandywine Creek Rd and drive 0.2 miles to parking lot on your right.
Leader: Esther Underhill, 610-827-7776, cell: 267-615-1577 (Note new number, for hike day only), email@example.com.
6:30 pm: eBird: How Citizen Science Impacts Conservation & How You Can Make a Difference
October 10, 2019 –
New to eBird? Whether you want to use eBird as a way to keep track of your life list or check out hotspots to see what’s been spotted recently, we’ll introduce you to eBird and all it has to offer. Learn how eBird uses your data for ornithology research. Holly Merker has been the eBird state coordinator for Pennsylvania since 2005. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee and has participated in many avian population-monitoring projects.
|October 11, 2019||October 12, 2019
8:30 am: BrewBirding @ Stickman Brews
October 12, 2019 –
The 535-acre Warwick County Park (382 County Park Rd, Pottstown) in northern Chester County includes dense hardwood forest, wetlands, meadows, and riparian areas along a section of French Creek, an "exceptional value" stream. This diversity provides excellent habitat for birds. This walk on mainly flat (and possibly muddy) terrain on unpaved trails will cover approximately 2 miles. A modern restroom is on site. Join us afterwards for brews and lunch at Tony Joe’s (1161 Ridge Rd, Pottstown).
Leaders: Patty Werth (484-985-8164, firstname.lastname@example.org) and John Werth (215-859-1148)
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10:00 am: Hike @ The Nature Place
October 17, 2019 –
We will do a 5-mile hike on the trails by the center and Alvernia College. Bring, water and a snack. Restrooms available.
DIRECTIONS: Meet leader at the Clocktower Plaza. From turnpike exit at Morgantown, go south on Route 10 to the intersection of Route 23, then turn right and proceed to the intersection of I-176. Then turn left into the Clock Tower Plaza. We will car-pool to The Nature Place just off Route 10.
Leader: Ingrid Cantarella-Fox, cell: 484-432 2150, email@example.com.
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10:00 am: Hike @ Myrick Center
October 24, 2019 –
This 314-acre center was the first small watershed association in America, established to improve conditions of the Brandywine Creek. It contains fields, forests, meadows and demonstration gardens and orchards. Bring lunch and water or eat in West Chester after the hike.
DIRECTIONS: From the intersection of Rt 202 and Rt 3 or Paoli Pike, drive west into West Chester. Turn left (south) onto High Street. Drive 2 blocks and turn right onto Miner Street (Rt 842). Follow Rt 842 West out of West Chester through several twists and turns. 6.5 miles from Rt 202, you cross a railroad track. Continue 1.2 miles to a marked pedestrian crossing. The entrance to the center, with a large Brandywine Valley Association sign, is on your left. OR: From the intersection of Rts 202 and 926, take Rt 926 West 2.8 miles to Creek Rd. Turn right and follow Creek Rd as it joins and separates from Rt 52 to Rt 842 West. Turn left on Rt 842 West across the Brandywine, and, continue as above.
Leader: Ann Lane 610-793-6815 Cell:443-472-8716 firstname.lastname@example.org
|October 25, 2019||October 26, 2019
11:00 am: Citizen Science: Learn About Project FeederWatch
October 26, 2019 –
Project FeederWatch is a winter survey of birds that visit feeders in backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. All you need to participate is a bird feeder, birdbath, or plantings that attract birds. From early November to early April, participants can count birds as often as every week (for as little as 15 minutes each day for 2 consecutive days). Participants then enter their data onto the FeederWatch website where scientists analyze it to assess winter bird abundance and distribution, to track broad scale movements of winter bird populations, and long-term trends.
Program will be held at Wild Birds Unlimited, Providence Town Center, Collegeville, PA
Long-time participants Vince Smith email@example.com and Pat Nastase firstname.lastname@example.org will provide an overview of the program.
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10:00 am: Hike @ Wolf's Hollow County Park
October 31, 2019 –
A western Chester County park with well-maintained trails, several good hills to climb and a stream crossing. There are portable toilets in the parking lot. Bring lunch and water.
DIRECTIONS: Take the Route 30 Bypass west to Route 10. Turn left onto Route 10 at the West Sadsbury Commons shopping center. Drive south on Route 10 for about 3.7 miles to Highland Rd. Turn right onto Highland Rd and drive about 3.3 miles to the "T" intersection. Turn left onto Bailey Crossroads Rd. Drive about 0.1 miles and turn right onto Schoff Rd. Drive about 1 mile to park entrance on right. Drive down Wolf”s Hollow Drive to parking lot on left. Park as close to other cars as you can (the lot is small).
Leaders: Esther Underhill, cell for day of hike: 267-615-1577 email@example.com
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