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Birding at the Arboretum: 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 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 to the left of the Arboretum entrance kiosk and meet Keith there.

Saturday, October 8
8 - 11 a.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/8/2016 at 8:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Birding at Leamings Run
Ruth Pfeffer
Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Leaming's Run Gardens (pictured at right) is a charming series of flower gardens nestled into acres of native woodlands in Cape May County, New Jersey. We will go birding along the shady paths that lead you past beautiful vistas created by the themed flower plantings. We will see fall migrants and resident birds as we enjoy the scenery. The gardens were created by the Aprill family to preserve the centuries old woodlands and wetlands that are home to many rare native plants and to create a relaxing place for visitors to escape from the pace of modern life. We will leave from the Morris Arboretum by small bus or van. Park in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk. Bring your binoculars, lunch and something to drink.

Friday, September 16
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 9/16/2016 at 7:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $95.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $105.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $95.00 ea.

Birding at the Arboretum - Wetlands and Bloomfield Farm
Ruth Pfeffer
Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Join us for a birding adventure at the Morris Arboretum, an E-Bird hotspot, with over 150 species recorded. 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 bird at Bloomfield Farm, an area not normally open to the public. This class is for beginning or experienced bird watchers. Bring your binoculars. Park in the meadow next to the Arboretum entrance kiosk and meet Ruth there.

Tuesday, September 20
8 - 11 a.m.
Single class scheduled on 9/20/2016 at 8:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Backyard Birds: How to Successfully Attract Birds to your Home
Marsha Pearson
Backyard Bird Consultant

There is nothing more satisfying than inviting nature into your backyard. Having an up-close look at birds and their habits can be fun and educational. Marsha will discuss some of the birds you can expect to see in your yard as cooler weather sets in. She will also cover some bird feeding basics such as feeder types and seed varieties. You will learn specifics on bird habits and preferences, as well as receive a preference chart to bring home with you. Sometimes there are bird "look alikes." We'll discuss ways to tell the differences between various species.

Saturday, October 8
1 - 3 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/8/2016 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Island Beach State Park Birding Adventure
Ruth Pfeffer
Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Experience a day’s adventure at the Jersey Shore’s Island Beach State Park. Shaped by storm and tides, Island Beach State Park is a barrier island stretching for 10 miles between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay. It is one of New Jersey's last significant remnants of a barrier island ecosystem. New Jersey’s largest osprey colony, as well as peregrine falcons, wading birds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and migrating songbirds are found here. We will look for birds in varied habitats including dunes, freshwater wetlands, maritime forest, and tidal marshes. Dress for the weather as it is usually windy at the ocean. Bring binoculars, lunch, and something to drink and dress for the weather. We will meet at the Arboretum and travel by small bus or van. Park in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk.

Tuesday, October 11
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/11/2016 at 7:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $95.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $105.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $95.00 ea.

Birding at Peace Valley Nature Center
Ruth Pfeffer
Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Join us on this birding adventure to Peace Valley Nature Center in nearby Doylestown to see early ducks and late migrants. A great place to go birding, Peace Valley has as its centerpiece beautiful Lake Galena, and offers trails that wind through varied habitats, including woods and meadows. More than 250 species of birds have been sighted at Peace Valley, including orioles, woodpeckers, finches, titmice, and sparrows, as well as osprey, cormorants, kingfishers, and a variety of ducks. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. We will meet at the Arboretum and travel by small bus or van. Park in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk. Bring binoculars, lunch, and something to drink.

Thursday, October 27
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/27/2016 at 7:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $90.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $95.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $90.00 ea.

Birding at Bombay Hook in the Delaware Bay
Ruth Pfeffer
Expert Birder and Trip Leader

There is nothing as beautiful as huge flocks of white snow geese in flight! Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge supports the largest concentration of wintering snow geese in the continental U.S. Bombay Hook, located on the Delaware Bay near myrna, Delaware is nearly 16,000 acres in size and includes pristine tidal salt marshes, freshwater impoundments, croplands, and woodlands. November is the peak of fall waterfowl migration. In addition to snow geese, we may see gadwall, black duck, pintail, American widgeon, wood duck, northern shoveler, blue-winged and green-winged teal, scaup, bufflehead, ruddy duck, red-breasted and hooded merganser. We may also see bald eagles, which are known to nest at the refuge. Ruth will supply field guides and a spotting scope. Bring binoculars, lunch, and a drink, and dress for the weather. We will meet at the Arboretum and travel by small bus or van. Park in the meadow next to the entrance kiosk.

Thursday, November 10
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 11/10/2016 at 7:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $95.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $105.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $95.00 ea.

What e-Bird Can Do for You, and What You Can Do For eBird
Holly Merker
Lead Reviewer/Reviewer Coordinator for Pennsylvania

This program caters to all birders, including those new to www.eBird.com. It is an exploration of how eBird is used by birders and researchers alike. If you have ever wondered, "what's all the fuss about eBird?" this program will address those questions and more. For those already using eBird, you will learn new ways this powerful tool can be of use to you from your own backyard, and in your travels across the globe. Come learn how your bird sightings can make a difference for conservation science! Holly Merker has been the Lead Reviewer/Reviewer Coordinator for Pennsylvania eBird since 2005, and is also on the eBird Hotspot Editing Team for PA. She is the Chester County Compiler of avian records for Pennsylvania Society of Ornithology, as well as a Board Member for PSO, and currently serves as a member of the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee.

Tuesday, November 15
1 - 2:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 11/15/2016 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Bald Eagles at the Conowingo Dam
Ruth Pfeffer
Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Join us for a day of birding at the Conowingo Dam, a prime spot for viewing bald eagles as they feed on fish coming over the dam. These are magnificent birds and a thrill to see. We will also see lots of great blue herons, gulls, and other raptors. The Conowingo Dam is located on the Susquehanna River on the Pennsylvania-Maryland border. It is one of the nation’s largest nonfederal, hydroelectric installations, and is a great birding area any time of year because of its close proximity to the Delaware Bay. We will walk on a woodland trail along the river, and visit the historic town of Port Deposit. Bring binoculars, your lunch and a something to drink. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. We will meet at the Arboretum and travel
by small bus or van. Park in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk.

Tuesday, December 13
7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 12/13/2016 at 7:45AM
 
Attendees: 1 $95.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $105.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $95.00 ea.

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.

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