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.
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10:00 am: Hike @ Waterloo Mills Preserve
September 5, 2019 –
Meet & park at Eastown Township lot (Hilltop House), at the corner of Beaumont & Newtown Rds. in Berwyn, Chester Co. PA. There is a water fountain and toilets at the meeting spot. We will carpool a short distance to the Waterloo Mills entrance on Waterloo Rd. If it has rained the day before, there will be some squishy spots to negotiate. Shady, but two open meadows and stream crossings (by 2 bridges and level stepping stones).
Bring water and your lunch for after the hike. There is a picnic area on the Township grounds. The leaders will bring desert and iced tea for all hikers. Make sure to let us know you are coming, please!
Leaders: Jenny Kirkpatrick, 610-999-7977 and John Herzog, 651-206-3107
|September 6, 2019||September 7, 2019|
|September 8, 2019||September 9, 2019
5:45 pm: What it's Like to Be A Bird: How Birds See the World
September 9, 2019 –
In this presentation, we look at how birds see the world—including their field of view, color perception, ability to focus, and differentiate moments of time--and what that can tell us about what it is like for them to experience the world around them.
Event Held at: Bald Birds Brewery, 970 Rittenhouse Rd, Suite 400 Audubon, PA
Doors open at 5:45 pm. A variety of beers will be available for purchase. Feel free to bring dinner or snacks, or order in. Bald Birds is a member of Brewers for the Delaware River, a coalition of craft brewers in the Delaware River Watershed united to promote the protection of the watershed as a reliable, clean water source that benefits the people, birds, and communities of the region. Our friends at the John James Audubon Center will be stopping by with one of their educational birds.
Rob Fergus studies human-bird interactions and received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Rob is the former executive director of Travis Audubon Society, founder of the Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory in Austin, Texas and National Audubon Senior Scientist for Urban Bird Conservation. He currently teaches geography and environmental studies at Rowan University and is president of the Birding Club of Delaware County.
RSVP to this free event here. Registration required so that we can let the Brewery know what to expect.
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10:00 am: Hike @ Haverford College
September 12, 2019 –
A leisurely walk through a mostly wooded area of the campus, along a pond with geese and ducks. Miles depends on number of loops.
DIRECTIONS: From the intersection of Routes 476 (Blue Route) and Route 30 (Lancaster Ave.) turn east onto Lancaster Ave. and drive about 3 miles to Haverford. Turn right into the stone gated entrance of Haverford College and follow the signs to the first visitor parking lot (on your left) after the stop sign. Park in the back of the lot at the NE corner, near where the trail is. Administrative building with facilities faces the parking lot. Bring water and lunch or alternatively have lunch in one of the
Leader: Gail Harp, cell: day of hike 610-529-1309
|September 13, 2019||September 14, 2019|
|September 15, 2019
8:30 am: BrewBird @ Wolf's Hollow County Park
September 15, 2019 –
The 569-acre park (1399 Schoff Rd, Atglen) lies along the uppermost reaches of the Octoraro Creek. Natural features provide beautiful bluffs where visitors can overlook the creek and glades of Mountain Laurel. Nearly 10 miles of trails wind through varied topography Birders appreciate the several hundred acres of mature woodland habitat.
Leaders: Patty Werth (484-985-8164, email@example.com) and John Werth (215-859-1148)
|September 16, 2019||September 17, 2019
6:00 pm: Native Plant Seminar and Pop-Up Garden
September 17, 2019 –
Valley Forge Audubon will be hosting a native plant pop-up garden at the Furness Library in Wallingford, PA in support of PA Audubon’s conservation work in the Delaware River Watershed and associated tributaries.
In conjunction with the project, the library will host an educational seminar to explain the benefits of native plants in maintaining a healthy watershed.
The pop-up garden installation can be seen at the library until Sept 27.
|September 18, 2019||September 19, 2019
10:00 am: Hike @ Whissahickon and 101 steps
September 19, 2019 –
Woodland hike through the Wissahickon Valley, visiting lovers leap, Kelpius cave and Rittenhouse town.
DIRECTIONS: 900 Magdalena Street, Philadelphia. From Henry Ave, Philadelphia, go north at Walnut Lane (light). Next light is Magdalena Street. Turn left and left again into Public Golf Club Parking lot. Facilities at golf club house. Definitely bring lunch and water. We will briefly take a break at Rittenhouse town.
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6:00 pm: Beer, Birds, and Books
September 27, 2019 –
The Nether Providence Native Plant Project, an initiative of the Valley Forge Audubon Society, Nether Providence Township, and Audubon Pennsylvania presents:
Don’t miss this chance for a fun night out on the last day of our Pop-up Native Plant Garden at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library! Peruse a selection of books specially chosen to highlight our connection to the Delaware River watershed and the importance of, “Gardening with Nature in Mind.” Explore our beautiful garden display while snacking on light fare and enjoying craft brews from 2SP Brewing Company (a member of Audubon’s Brewers for the Delaware River Association).
Lucky attendees will win an assortment of gorgeous native plants from the garden to take home!
|September 28, 2019|
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
|October 4, 2019||October 5, 2019|