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Birding at Chincoteague and Other Great Refuges
Ruth Pfeffer
Expert Birder and Trip Leader

On this three-day trip, we will visit several great birding sites beginning with a stop at Bombay Hook, a 16,000-acre National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. In this diverse habitat, we hope to see a wide variety of geese, ducks, and other migrating birds. We will then head to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, a prime spot on the Atlantic flyway for migrating birds and an area known for its beautiful sunsets. We hope to see migrating water fowl, raptors, and early spring migrants. We may see the Sika elk, a small elk introduced in the 1920s from Asia, and of course, the wild ponies that make their home on Assateague Island. On the way home, we will visit Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, which is home to important tidal wetlands and is the center of the greatest density of breeding bald eagles on the east coast. The trip includes van transportation, accomodations, admissions, and an expert birding guide. Meals other than breakfast at the hotel are not included. We ask that you pack and bring lunches for all three days. We will meet at the Morris Arboretum. Park in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk.

Depart Sunday, March 12 at 7:45 a.m.
Return Tuesday, March 14 at 5 p.m.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 3/12/2017 and ending 3/14/2017
 
Attendees: 1 $ 350.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 400.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 380.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 450.00 ea.

Birding at the Arboretum: A Local Hotspot, Session 1
Ruth Pfeffer - Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Join Ruth 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. If time permits, 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. These sessions are for beginning or experienced bird watchers. Bring your binoculars. Park in the meadow next to the Arboretum entrance kiosk and meet Ruth there. You may sign up for one or both sessions.

Saturday, March 25
8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Birding at the Arboretum: A Local Hotspot, Session 2
Ruth Pfeffer - Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Join Ruth 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. If time permits, 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. These sessions are for beginning or experienced bird watchers. Bring your binoculars. Park in the meadow next to the Arboretum entrance kiosk and meet Ruth there. You may sign up for one or both sessions.

Thursday, April 20
8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 8:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Birding at Bowman's Hill
Ruth Pfeffer - Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve has been a hotspot among birders in Bucks County for many years. More than 110 species can be seen over the course of a year, including 31 species of warblers during peak spring and fall migration. We will walk
through the preserve stopping at a wide variety of bird habitats. The Visitor Center, with an enormous bank of windows that overlook the forest canopy, provides an unrestricted view of several bird feeders. After visiting the preserve, we plan to drive a
short distance to walk along the Delaware Canal to see additional species. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars, your lunch, and something to drink. We will leave from the Arboretum and travel by van. Park in the meadow next to the entrance kiosk.

Wednesday, May 3
7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 7:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 85.00 ea.

Birding at the Andorra Natural Area
Keith Russell - Audubon Pennsylvania Program Manager for Urban Conservation

The Andorra Natural Area includes one of the largest areas of forest and meadow habitat in the Fairmount Park system. In recent years much of the area has been restored by Fairmount Park to re-establish native plant communities and expand the amount of early successional habitat. Today this picturesque birding hotspot supports a large variety of breeding and wintering birds but it attracts an even larger number of bird species during migration. We will visit the area to look for migrating landbirds during the height of spring migration. Many species of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and other landbirds are expected, and we will have excellent opportunities to practice identifying these species by their songs and calls. Rarities are also possible. We will meet at the Andorra Natural Area’s main parking lot at the end of West Northwesten Avenue. This lot can only be reached from Ridge Avenue. From Ridge Avenue drive north along West Northwestern Avenue for about two thirds of a mile until it dead ends and you reach Wissahickon Environmental Center Parking Area 1 on the right.

Saturday, May 13
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Birding the Perkiomen Trail
Ruth Pfeffer - Expert Birder and Trip Leader

On this trip we will be birding along the Perkiomen Trail that uses the former rail bed of the Perkiomen Line of the Reading Railroad. The gravel trail, preserved as open space, runs along the Perkiomen Creek in Montgomery County. We will look for spring migrating and resident birds. Along the way we will visit the Perkiomen Valley Park, a scenic spot with a variety of good birding habitats including woodlands, wetlands, and open grass areas. We hope to see herons, kingfishers, waterfowl, ospreys, woodpeckers, hawks, bluebirds, a variety of song birds, and possibly a bald eagle. We plan to stop at Pennypacker Mills, a National Register of Historic Places site. Dress for the weather. Bring your binoculars, lunch, and something to drink. Meet at the Arboretum in the meadow next to the entrance kiosk. We will travel by van.

Tuesday, May 16
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 85.00 ea.

Early Evening Birding at the Arboretum
Ruth Pfeffer - Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Early evening is a great time to see birds, when most visitors have left for the day and quiet descends on the Arboretum. Birders at any level of experience are welcome. We will visit a variety of habitats that attract birds including the wetlands, meadows, and woodlands. We will also bird watch in the Arboretum’s tree canopy, Out on a Limb. We hope to see birds like bluebirds, tree swallows, and eastern kingbirds. We will also observe migratory song birds such as warblers and sparrows and may see shorebirds that often visit the wetlands at this time of year. Ruth will provide a spotting scope and field guides. Bring binoculars. Park in the meadow next to the entrance kiosk.

Monday, May 22
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Horseshoe Crabs and Migrating Shore Birds
Ruth Pfeffer - Expert Birder and Trip Leader

In the spring, millions of migratory birds stop to rest and refuel along the shores of the Delaware Bay just as the world’s largest population of horseshoe crabs begins spawning on the beaches. Horseshoe crab eggs provide the critical nutrition that shorebirds need to continue the journey to their arctic breeding grounds in the tundra. Join us on a fascinating adventure visiting several beaches on the Delaware side of the Delaware Bay, including the St. Jones Reserve, a 3,750 acre area dominated by salt marshes and the beaches and tidal creeks of Port Mahon and the Ted Harvey Conservation Area. Horseshoe crabs that live in the Delaware Bay come onto the beaches each spring near the full moon to lay their eggs. This shorebird feeding frenzy is a remarkable spectacle you will enjoy seeing. This trip is suitable for the novice or experienced birders. The trip includes van transportation from the Arboretum. Meet at the Morris Arboretum. Park in the meadow across from the entrance Kiosk. Bring binoculars, lunch, and something to drink.

Thursday, June 1
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 01, 2017 at 7:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 95.00 ea.

Bird Banding at Crossways Preserve
Margaret Rohde - Naturalist, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association

We will visit Crossways Preserve in Blue Bell, PA and meet with Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association Naturalist, Margaret Rohde, to see bird banding in action by an expert! Learn about avian conservation and research techniques, and find out what information can be collected by catching and banding wild birds. After banding we will take a walk in the Preserve to explore for more birds. Bring your binoculars. Space is limited. Dress for the weather. We will leave from the Arboretum by van. Park in the meadow next to the entrance kiosk.

Thursday, June 15
8:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 40.00 ea.

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