Programs & Meetings...

Our meetings are held at the Plymouth Friends Meeting House on Germantown Avenue at Butler Pike in Plymouth Meeting.

TIME: 7:30 PM


Schedule of Upcoming Meetings ~ 2013 / 2014

September 20, 2013

"What is it like to be a bird?" with Rob Fergus

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a bird, or how birds see the world? Rob Fergus will review the latest research on bird vision and how birds use their senses to perceive and interact with their world. Obtaining a real "bird's eye view" of the world will help you better understand bird behavior and can enhance your appreciation for their unique ways of life.

Dr. Rob Fergus studied bird conservation at the University of Texas, where he received his PhD in 2008. He was the founding director of the Hornsby Bend (Texas) Bird Observatory and was the first executive director of the Travis Audubon Society in Austin, Texas. He worked for the National Audubon Society for nearly 5 years as their senior scientist for Urban Bird Conservation.

Dr. Fergus currently teaches urban ecology and biodiversity courses at Rosemont College in Philadelphia, and provides bird pest control consulting for BirdBGone, Inc. Rob recently moved from Bucks County, PA to a geothermal home in the wilds of Hunterdon County, NJ where he enjoys birding and exploring nature with his family.

October 18, 2013

"Birding Florida" with Steve & Laura Huber

Steve and Laura Huber will be returning to share with us their observations and photographs of the Everglades and the surrounding South Florida area. The program will include sightings from several accessible parts throughout the Everglades, various Wildlife Management Areas, The Audubon Society Corkscrew Sanctuary, Lake Tafford, and the Ding Darling Wildlife preserve.

Avid birders since 2008 and members of the Wyncote Audubon Society since 2009 Steve and Laura Huber have been concentrating their efforts in photographing birds and other wildlife. Specializing in national parks, NWR’s, and WMA’s their latest adventure was to the Everglades and other parts of Southern Florida during the month of February 2013. For a week in January 2014 they are planning a dedicated hummingbird trip to the Tandayapa Lodge near Quito, Ecuador. All members of the Wyncote Audubon Society are welcome to join them.

November 15, 2013

"Saga of a Wintering Rufous Hummingbird"
with Bert Filemyr

Bert Filemyr is an active field birder both in the Delaware Valley and throughout North America. He has birded extensively in 49 of the 50 states, as well as many of the Canadian provinces. Retired from a public school teaching career, he pursues his passion for birding while researching topics related to early American ornithology. He currently serves as treasurer and webmaster of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) and was a member of the championship Nikon/DVOC World Series of Birding Team, the Lagerhead Shrikes. He co- authored, along with Jeff Holt, "The Composite Prints of Audubon's Birds of America".

Every year a few hummingbirds of species that are common in the western part of the United States do not follow normal migration patterns and end up on the east coast during the fall. Most are visitors at a feeder for a day or so and then move on. A very small number of these vagrant hummingbirds choose to winter in our area. This program relates the experience of Bert and Leslie Filemyr whose yard and hummingbird feeder in suburban Philadelphia was frequented by a female Rufous Hummingbird from October 2012 to April 2013. This hardy hummingbird survived the super storm "Sandy", several snow storms, high winds, and temperatures as low as 11 degrees. This program will include information on hummingbird migration, banding, physiology, feeding preferences, and molt sequences through pictures taken during the almost six month stay of this hummingbird.

But first... a short narrative accompanied by slides, entitled “My Week at Hog Island Camp”, will be presented by Nathaniel Sharp, the 2013 winner of the annual Wyncote Audubon Society scholarship. Nathaniel attended Hog Island during the summer of 2013. Nathaniel, a member of Wyncote Audubon Society and Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, is an enthusiastic and active area birder. He was also a member of the Youth Birding Team, the 2013 winner of the prestigious World Series of Birding hosted by Cape May Bird Observatory.

December 1, 2013 ....ANNUAL BANQUET

"Birding Together: How Birding Can Save Your Life and Maybe, Just Maybe, Save the World"
with Jeff Gordon, Dinner Speaker
Alvaro Jaramillo has said that if golf is a good walk spoiled, then birding is a good walk perfected. It's such a simple, compelling, positive message. But that positivity is something that birders as a community have relatively rarely managed to convey. Why is it that with as great a "product" to sell as the redemptive power of a passionate curiosity about nature and belonging to community of of some of the most interesting, caring people anywhere, we've made so little traction with the wider public? Join American Birding Association President and Colorado Springs resident Jeffrey Gordon for a celebration of the power of birding to heal and transform, not only our own lives but even our world.

Jeffrey A. Gordon is the president of the American Birding Association. Prior to taking the helm at the ABA, Jeff led birding tours around a goodly portion of the globe. He is a frequent speaker and trip leader at birding and nature festivals and is the coordinator for the Delaware Birding Trail. A lifelong nature enthusiast, Jeff worked as an interpretive naturalist at national parks including Yosemite and Acadia, and at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. He spent 12 years leading birding tours full-time, specializing in North & Central America,as well as guiding trips to Antarctica and Africa.

Jeff authored 11 of the chapters in the 2005 book Identify Yourself: The 50 Most Common Birding Identification Challenges, and contributed an essay to the 2007 collection, Good Birders Don't Wear White: 50 Tips from North America's Top Birders. He produced a series of video podcasts in conjunction with the 2008 Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, and provided the bird photographs for the 2010 Peterson Field Guides to Eastern and Western birds. For more information on the ABA and on Jeff, visit

January 17, 2014 –

Tanzania Birding & Wildlife with Martin Selzer

In February 2013 Martin made his second trip to Africa. This time going to the East African nation of Tanzania for a birding and wildlife safari. Join us as he takes on the Northern Circuit encompassing Arusha, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks, the Nou Forest Reserve, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti Conservation area as we retrace his 15 day adventure. You’ll get a feel for the diversity of habitats found in northern Tanzania. See some of the 300+ species of birds he saw and many of the large mammals for which East Africa is famous.

Martin began birding back in first and second grade when his aunt first took him to the bird banding demonstrations at Washington’s Crossing State Park and then to the Spring and Fall New Jersey Audubon Cape May Weekends. This was back when the mornings started with coffee, juice and donuts before was all set out birding around Lily Lake and the Point. Besides these trips, his early birding adventures were on many local Wyncote Audubon and Academy of Natural Sciences field trips.

Martin’s first trip outside the mid-Atlantic region was a Northeast Birding Workshop to Corpus Christi, TX in the spring of 1979. This was a high school graduation present from his aunt. For some people it is a single bird or birding experience that hooks them on birds. For Martin, it was his aunt’s early influence on: “I would not have been bitten by the birding bug without her influence and her willingness to take me on all these trips.”

Since then Martin has birded across North America, although he still needs to get to Alaska. His travels since that initial trip to Corpus Christi have now taken him multiple times to Central and South America and even a few times to Europe. Although he considers shorebirds and raptors to be his favorite families of birds, it is really the spectacle of nature that Martin finds truly the most appealing and attractive part of birding. Be it watching Sandhill Cranes along the Platte River in Nebraska, witnessing the wonders of the Galapagos Islands or seeing 10,000s of geese in the Netherlands, these overwhelming wonders of nature are what makes travel and birding so appealing.

Martin is an active local birder, is a member of DOS, DVOC, and currently serves as Vice President and Field Trip Chairperson of Wyncote Audubon Society and has been on the Wyncote board for over 25 years.

February 21, 2014

"Winter Pelagics in the Mid-Atlantic - Putting the "Brrrrr" in Birding"
with Paul Guris

Paul has been birding the Delaware Valley area for over 40 years. His first boat trip was in his mother's third trimester, so his love of seabirds comes naturally. He is a current member of the New Jersey Bird Records Committee, a past member of the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee, a past president of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, the former captain of the now retired Nikon / DVOC World Series of Birding team, and the owner / operator of See Life Paulagics, a pelagic tour company specializing in trips in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The idea of venturing out on the ocean is a daunting prospect for many birders, but this can be one of the most rewarding times to look for seabirds and other marine life in the Mid-Atlantic. Dovekies, Puffins, Murres, Razorbills, Gannets, Kittiwakes, loons, ducks, cormorants, and gulls can all be found, many quite regularly. Some of these species are much more common in our area than people realize, and we're discovering some things that help us find these birds more reliably. This program is an introduction to what you could expect on one of these trips, the birds we search for, and interesting information about them.

March 21, 2014

The Physics of Flight with Tom Reider

We are mesmerized by the sight of birds in flight and this has sparked Mankind’s quest to fly. How did birds gain such fluid movement? How do they become air-born, stay aloft, and land safely? What adaptations allow birds to specialize in speed, hovering and slow flight? How did the ingredients for flight evolve, allowing theropod dinosaurs to take wing? Is it true that dinosaurs are with us still?

Tom Reider is retired from the aircraft flight simulation industry. He flew as a commercial pilot and learned aerodynamics during his U.S. Navy flight training. Tom has always been intrigued with flight on a personal level. Growing up a few miles from Hawk Mountain, he spent many happy hours upon the rocks with his binoculars. Later, he sketched, painted and sculpted birds to be used as training aids and as a form of art. He now substitute teaches at local high schools. Join Tom as he explores bird flight using pictures, models, charts, sculptures, feathers and bones. His presentation will include slow motion scenes and special effects from the BBC video The Mastery of Flight with David Attenborough.

April 25, 2014


The Rio Negro is the crown jewel of Amazonia. Born in the ancient sands of the Guianan Shield, her dark waters course over foaming rapids and through vast island archipelagos to meet the Amazon at Manaus. Second only to the Amazon in volume of water, the Negro drains a huge portion of the northern Amazon Basin.

For birds, it is a wonderful place to live. For birders, it is a magical place to bird. The city of Manaus, gateway to one of the greatest avifaunas on Earth, is a place every birder who's ever dreamed of birding the Amazon has got to visit. In September 2013 Martin and Lynn Jackson visited the Rio Negro. The trip began with a three-night stay in the remote forest camp of the famous Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Projects north of Manaus, BDFFP 41.

Then it was down to the Negro herself aboard the wonderful Iracema, for several days in the singularly beautiful Anavilhanas Archipelago and remote and unspoiled Jau National Park; before heading south to bird the lower Rio Solimoes and birding on the north bank of the Amazonas. The Iracema was downright luxurious, featuring air-conditioned cabins with private bathrooms and great meals. Life was grand out on these rivers; with nothing to do but bird, eat, and sleep!

May 16, 2014

ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING and Election of Officers
Raptor Flights in Veracruz - with Laurie Goodrich

Laurie Goodrich is the Senior Monitoring Biologist at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association in Kempton, Pennsylvania and has been a member of the Raptor Research Foundation since 1987. She has a M.S. is Ecology from Rutgers University, NJ, and is a Ph.D. in Ecology at Penn. State University. Goodrich serves on the board of Hawk Migration Association of North America, and serves on the Policy Council of the American Bird Conservancy. She also serves as Secretary for Pennsylvania Biological Survey Ornithological Technical Committee and is an Elective Member of American Ornithological Union and chairs the nominations committee for Raptor Research Foundation.

Laurie with HMS President Jerry Regan and one of the Veracruz counters, Kashmir Wolf, former Hawk Mt trainee standing on one of the count sites in Chichicaxtle, Mexico.

In addition to the above listed scientific societies, she holds membership in Wilson Ornithological Society, Association of Field Ornithology, The Wildlife Society, and Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology. Goodrich coordinates the migration monitoring program at Hawk Mountain, conducts research on migration ecology, forest fragmentation impacts on nesting birds, and acts as an advisor to the Veracruz River of Raptors project in Mexico. Publications include papers on the forest songbirds, raptor migration, and raptor monitoring and population trends.