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Birding @ Carpenter's Woods, Hotspot for Migrants
Keith Russell
Audobon Pennsylvania Program Manager for Urban Conservation

Carpenter's Woods was originally added to the Fairmount Park system during the 1920s as a bird sanctuary. Since then it has remained one of the most popular and important locations in the Philadelphia region to find migrating land birds. We should see a variety of species including warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and rarities like red-headed woodpecker, olive-sided flycatcher and golden-winged warbler are possible. We will meet at Carpenter's Woods located in West Mt. Airy in northwest Philadelphia. Gather at the parking area where Wayne Avenue intersects with Sedgwick Street along the south side of the woods. Bring your binoculars.

Wednesday, September 23
7:30-10:30 a.m.
Single class scheduled on 9/23/2015 at 7:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $20.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $20.00 ea.

Birding Aboard A.J.Meerwald, Hist. Oyster Schooner
Ruth Pfeffer
Expert Birder and Trip Leader

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE FOR THIS EVENT: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2015

We will sail on the A. J. Meerwald, an historic oyster schooner, for a morning of birding and history in the Delaware Bay. We hope to see migrating hawks and a variety of waterfowl. Ruth will help us locate birds, while the schooner's crew will share stories of the history of the ship, New Jersey's oyster industry, and the natural history of the area. The Meerwald is a unique vessel that evolved to meet the needs of the local oyster fishing industry. Launched in 1928, it was one of hundreds of schooners built along South Jersey's Delaware Bay before the decline of the shipbuilding industry during the Great Depression. Bring binoculars, your lunch, and something to drink. Meet at the Arboretum. We will drive by bus to Greenwich, New Jersey to meet the schooner.

Saturday, September 19th
7:15a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 9/19/2015 at 7:15AM
 
Attendees: 1 $100.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $110.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $100.00 ea.

Birding @ the Arb: The Wetlands and Tree Canopy
Keith Russell
Audubon Pennsylvania Program Manager for Urban Conservation

Join Keith and 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 raptors, sparrows, and warblers. We will also have a chance to look for birds on the tree canopy exhibit, Out on a Limb, which provides us with a great vantage point for viewing birds at treetop level. This session is for beginning or experienced bird watchers. Bring your binoculars. Park in the meadow next to the Arboretum entrance kiosk and meet Keith there.

Saturday, October 10
8-11 a.m.

Single class scheduled on 10/10/2015 at 8:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $20.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $20.00 ea.

Your Yard is for the Birds
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. Meet at the Arboretum Visitors Center. Bring binoculars.

Saturday, October 24
8-11 a.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/24/2015 at 8:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Birding at FDR Park, A Phila Hotspot
Keith Russell
Audubon Pennsylvania Program Manager for Urban Conservation

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Park, one of the best places in Philadelphia to observe birds, is located in the southernmost part of South Philadelphia. About 75 acres of the park are made up of natural lands, including ponds, wetlands, and lagoons, making it a great place to observe waterfowl. Audubon, Pennsylvania has designated the park as an Important Bird Area (IBA). We hope to see a variety of ducks that might include: northern shovelers, gadwall, American wigeons, redhead, lesser and greater scaup, bufflehead, ruddy ducks, ring-necked ducks, hooded mergansers, and American black ducks. Many other species of birds may also be seen at the park from warblers and sparrows, to raptors. Meet at the Arboretum. We will drive by small bus. Park in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk. Bring you binoculars, your lunch, and something to drink.
Friday, December 4
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Members: $40
Non-members: $45
Single class scheduled on 12/4/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $40.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $40.00 ea.

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