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Your Yard Is for the Birds (March 21, 8-11am)
Ruth Pfeffer
Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Learn how to identify backyard birds and get tips on how to attract them. With an illustrated lecture Ruth will highlight birds in our area and the time of year you can expect to see them. She will consider birds that frequent our yards throughout the year as well as migrating birds and those of conservation concern. Using close-up pictures Ruth will help you sharpen your identification skills. She will discuss the basic elements birds require to live including food, water, shelter, and places to raise their young and she will highlight a variety of native plants that create desirable habitat. After the lecture, weather permitting, we will go outside in the Arboretum to observe birds and discuss their diverse habitat requirements. Bring binoculars.

Saturday, March 21
8-11 a.m.
Single class scheduled on 3/21/2015 at 8:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.

Birding in the Wissahickon: Evening Owl Walk (March 28, 7:30-9pm) (Class is Full)
Keith Russell
Audubon Urban Important Bird Area Coordinator

Eastern screech-owls and great horned owls are resident species in many parts of Philadelphia including the Wissahickon Creek. But these nocturnal species are difficult to find during the day. During this walk we will search for calling eastern screech-owls, which occur fairly often in the Wissahickon, and hopefully get to see a few individuals as well. And since March is mating season for great horned owls and American woodcocks we will have an excellent chance of hearing these species and perhaps several others. Bring a flashlight if you would like and binoculars. We will meet at the Houston Playground.
Directions to Houston Playground: From the Arboretum, turn left onto Northwestern

Avenue to Germantown Avenue; turn left and go ½ mile up the hill to W. Bells Mill Road. Turn right on W. Bells Mill, cross Forbidden Drive and follow to first left at Lykens Lane. Go 0.2 miles to Manatawna Avenue and turn left. Take the 1st right onto Wissahickon Avenue. Cross Clyde and turn left onto Grakyn Lane (one-way street). Park along Grakyn and meet in front of the Houston Playground pavilion.

Saturday March 28
7:30-9 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 3/28/2015 at 7:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $20.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Green Roof Nest Box Workshop (April 4, 1-3pm)
Louise Clarke
Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

Join Morris Arboretum's green roof horticulturist, Louise Clarke, to construct and plant a green roof nest box that you can take home! Each student will customize an untreated pine, Peterson-style bird box roof to accept a colorful mixture of hardy, low growing, low maintenance sedums that will bloom in yellow, white, and pink. An introduction to green roof benefits, maintenance for your nest box, tips on attracting birds, and mounting your verdant, bird-friendly nest box are discussed. Your potential nesters will enjoy a home that is cooler and its roof will provide a convenient place for perching. Please wear work clothes and bring garden/work gloves if desired, as well as a #1 Phillips head screwdriver. We will meet at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center.

Saturday, April 4
1 - 3 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 4/4/2015 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $55.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $65.00 ea.

Birding at the Arboretum: The Wetlands and Tree Canopy (May 2, 8-11am)
Keith Russell
Audubon Urban Important Bird Area Coordinator

Join Keith as we explore some of the hotspots for birds at the Morris Arboretum. We will visit the Arboretum's natural areas including wetlands, meadows, and the woodlands along the Wissahickon Creek. These areas provide great habitat for a wide variety of birds year-round. We will see resident birds as well as migrating warblers, thrushes, vireos and other songbirds. We will also have a chance to look for birds on the tree canopy exhibit, Out on a Limb, which provides a great vantage point for viewing birds at treetop level. This session is for beginning or experienced bird watchers. Keith will supply field guides.

Bring your binoculars. Park in the meadow next to the Arboretum entrance kiosk.

Saturday, May 2
8-11 a.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/2/2015 at 8:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.

Philadelphia Birding Hotspot: Tacony Creek Park (May 16, 7:45-11:45am)
Keith Russell
Audubon Urban Important Bird Area Coordinator

Join us for a morning of birding at Tacony Creek Park - one of Philadelphia's lesser known birding hotspots. We will see migrating birds as well as birds that nest in the Park. Located in Philadelphia, Tacony Creek Park contains 302 acres, half of which is designated as natural lands. The Park has been a focal point for invasive species removal and native tree and shrub plantings, all of which has helped to increase the bird population. The park is part of a wildlife corridor that provides good habitat for migrating birds. Keith will provide field guides. Meet at the Arboretum. We will travel by small bus. Park in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk. Bring your binoculars.

Saturday, May 16
7:45-11:45 a.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/16/2015 at 7:45AM
 
Attendees: 1 $40.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.

Houston Meadows: A Unique Bird Habitat (June 6, 8-11am)
Keith Russell
Audubon Urban Important Bird Area Coordinator

According to Keith Russell, "It is hard to believe that you are in the city in Houston Meadows!" We will spend the morning exploring and discovering the Meadow's breeding bird species such as field sparrows, orchard orioles, eastern bluebirds, and perhaps rarities such as blue grosbeak or yellow-breasted chat. Houston Meadows, which is very close to the Arboretum in the Wissahickon section of Fairmount Park, is a unique open meadow. This type of habitat is rapidly disappearing in urban areas and it is great to have it nearby. Thanks to Keith, funding was secured for this important grassland where birds and native plants are now abundant. We will meet at the Houston Meadows playground. Bring binoculars. Meet at the Houston Playground.

Directions to Houston Playground: From the Arboretum, turn left onto Northwestern Avenue to Germantown Avenue; turn left and go ½ mile up the hill to W. Bells Mill Road. Turn right on W. Bells Mill, cross Forbidden Drive and follow to first left at Lykens Lane. Go 0.2 miles to Manatawna Avenue and turn left. Take the 1st right onto Wissahickon Avenue. Cross Clyde and turn left onto Grakyn Lane (one-way street). Park along Grakyn and meet in front of the Houston Playground pavilion.

Saturday, June 6
8-11 a.m.
Single class scheduled on 6/6/2015 at 8:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.

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