6/22/15 ... WAS Receives Grant
The Wyncote Audubon Society was recently awarded a grant from the National Audubon Society to work on a project in the “Pennypack Important Bird Area.” Pictured above is the Pennypack IBA Stewardship Team that includes (from left to right) Dave Robertson, Executive Director of the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust; Scott Morgan, Superintendent of Lorimer Park; Leigh Altadonna, President of the Wyncote Audubon Society; Connie Sanchez, Director of the Audubon Important Bird Areas Program; Peter Burns, Vice President of the Wyncote Audubon Society; and Peter Kurtz, Director of the the Pennypack Environmental Education Center in Fairmount Park.
Leigh Altadonna notes that the project will employ the Important Bird Area provides a center piece for our chapter's efforts to integrate: bird monitoring; engagement of individuals, families and communities in Bird Friendly Communities outreach; education of young people in our Audubon Adventures Clubs with IBA visits, and teaching others about the importance of birds through a program of field trips to the IBA. Considering impacts of climate change on birds and habitats, IBAs are the critical places to focus our conservation, outreach, and monitoring efforts. All of these contribute to our goal for individuals to take action to protect birds.
6/7/15 ... WAS at "Arts in the Park"
Wyncote Audubon participated in this year’s “Arts in the Park” event that took place on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at High School Park in Elkins Park, Cheltenham Township.
Janet Starwood, Wyncote's Audubon Bird Town Committee Co-chair, and Leigh Altadonna, Wyncote Audubon President, participated along with the Tookany Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership, The Cheltenham Township Environmental Advisory committee, and many other organizations that brought hundreds of visitors to the park, the former site of the old Cheltenham High School building.
They provided information and materials to the many folks who visited the Audubon display to learn about membership, Bird Town, and the application to register their yards as a Bird Habitat. It was a terrific day for everyone involved!
4/21/15 ... DVOC’s BirdPhilly - 1st ever PHILADELPHIA BIRD RACE!
Along with the DVOC’s BirdPhilly initiative we have a new birding event taking place right here in southeastern PA, called the Philadelphia Bird Race (PBR). Covering Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, birders (beginners, youngsters, and experts alike) are invited to participate and support the spotlighted causes.
Participants have the option of partaking in hour-long or day-long birding outings with friends, and the youth option offers a way to get kids involved in our favorite past-time. Using the youth model established by the Race 4 Birds Foundation, the Philadelphia Bird Race has youth categories for kids in grade school, middle school and high school, and renowned author of the Crossley ID Guide series Richard Crossley will be on hand at the finish line at Bartram’s Garden on May 17th to present awards to the winning youth teams. All are welcome, and anyone may participate by taking up “big days” in the county of their choice, or by inviting friends out for a “Big Green Hour” when teams try and see as many species as possible while on foot within one hour. See the BirdPhilly calendar too if you’d like to join one of the BirdPhilly-run Big Green Hours.
We hope teams will donate to the cause and solicit donations from friends and colleagues too, as the PBR tries to raise money to support Audubon Pennsylvania’s window-strike collision project and also outreach programs like New Bins for New Birders, and the DVOC Intern Fund at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Come be a part of the fun, and donate to the cause if you have the means. Let’s get out and go birding!
for more information
6/1/15 ... Germantown Academy Senior Creates Bird Guide For Nature Preserve
For his Academy Scholars project, Germantown Academy (GA) senior Jack Beltz created a comprehensive bird guide to GA’s Preserve, which
features six acres of reclaimed wetlands, wet meadows and forests in the Wissahickon Creek floodplain.
Beltz, a resident of Melrose Park, spent four years investigating how effective the reclamation process has been on GA’s campus, specifically in regard to the local bird population. In the end, his research showed that creation of The Preserve has helped the local ecosystem and boosted the local bird population.
“I found there were over 50 species of birds that were seen that wouldn’t have been there before the creation of The Preserve,”
said Beltz. “There is a lot of new specialized species and a whole diversified ecosystem.”
Birds observed by the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) Bird-athon include a greater scaup or “bluebill”, barn swallows, tree swallows, least sandpipers, killdeers, and a mallard couple. The WVWA also noted that the greatest diversity of bird species for this event was seen at GA’s Preserve.
The Preserve, which was dedicated in October, 2011 and is now a certified Audubon Society Bird Habitat, now serves as a home to an entire ecosystem, including ducks, birds, frogs, fish, black snails and small reptiles. In addition to its natural beauty, it is also a valuable asset to GA and serves a multitude of scientific functions.
Beltz gained an interest in birding in fifth grade after joining the GA’s Lower School Nature Club led by Lower School Science Department Coordinator. “I give a lot of credit to Mr. Newberger in the Lower School,” he said. Since then, he’s been birding on a regular basis with a number of local clubs, including the Wyncote Audubon Society. In his young career, Beltz has seen over 400 species or birds.
Jack was honored by the ABA with an appearance in their ABA Birder's Guide .
Check out page 8.
3/25/15.... Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association
WVWA has some nice local bird walks coming up. Check them out
1/25/15 .... WAS Scholarship Winner Announced
We are pleased to share with you that Jenn Sherwood has been selected as one of only 30 Hog Island Scholarship Winners this year. She was selected from a field of hundreds of applicants. Her application was outstanding and validates her selection by Wyncote Audubon to receive our support for a Griscom Scholarship. This award is for $495 from National Audubon and Wyncote Audubon will pay the balance. Congratulations Jenn and enjoy Hog Island.
1/5/15 .... Call for Volunteers:
Do you like birds? Do you want to support bird conservation?
The Dale Twining Birding Records Project
is currently seeking volunteers to enter historical birding observations into an online database. No specific skills are required, but a basic knowledge of birds and computers is helpful. Additional training will be provided. Volunteers can help from home or join our meetings at Briar Bush Nature Center.
If interested, please contact us
12/7/14 .... Record BIG DAY in Peru
Former WAS member and youth scholarship winner, Glenn Seeholzer, is now a grad student at L.S.U. He was also a
member of the record-breaking BIG DAY team in Peru this year. Check you this
U-TUBE video to learn more about Glenn's work at LSU.
12/4/14 .... from Bird Safe Pittsburgh
Cities pose a huge problem for migrating birds. This report is just in on the results of efforts
in Pittsburgh to monitor the number of animals killed from collisions with tall buildings. It is a very sobering report; more so because it
represents only those animals found by volunteers and not the many that went un-counted.
12/3/14 .... WAS Volunteers Hard at Work
Wyncote volunteers are working very hard transcribing over 60 years of birding notes compiled by late WAS member, Dale Twining.
11/14/14...... The November issue of
The Audubon Newsletter is now available.
10/1/14.....Good Things From Briarbush
Bert Filemyr will be giving at talk on Oct. 8th on the ornithological history of the Delaware Valley.
For more information on this and other programs .
9/21/14.....From the Morris Arborteum
A press release for the upcoming Connections lecture with John W. Fitzpatrick, The Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, presenting "Birds Can Save the World". For information .
October is also the last month to see the Arboretum’s three season celebration of Our Feathered Friends so be sure to stop by.
Issue on National Audubon's Climate Initiative
9/17/14...... Militia Hill Hawk Watch
Check out an article about
the hawkwatch from The Reporter.
9/16/14..... Audubon Climate Change Intiative
Please consider making a contribution to National Audubon's efforts on climate change and the impact on birds and habitats.
Check this out.
9/9/14 .... Climate Change Initiative
There was a significant release of an important scientific study about the impact of climate change on birds. Audubon is in this for the "long haul" as climate change is the single most significant threat to birds going forward.
See Here for more info
9/5/14... Great Read
The latest issue of BIRDING Magazine has a fascinating article on birding in Peru written by DVOC member Gregg Gorton. Mentioned in the article is former WAS scholarship recipient Glenn Seeholzer. Read it here.
8/25/14... In Memorium: Dale Twining
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of long-time WAS member, Dale Twining, who died this morning. Dale
was a much loved member of Wyncote and he will be missed. Our deepest condolences go out to the Twining and Clymer family.
Jane Henderson wrote a lovely tribute to Dale for the DVOC Larus several years ago. check it out.
8/24/14.... BRAZIL TOUR 2015
DVOC member Tony Croasdale is planning a trip to Brazil in August 2015 and is looking for local birders interested in joining him. For itinerary and info .
7/28/14..... Welcome to Audubon Bird Town!
Bird Town is a working partnership of Audubon and municipalities in Pennsylvania to promote conservation and community-based actions to create a healthy, more sustainable environment for birds and people. Check it out.
July 27, 2014 ...THIS IMPORTANT PETITION NEEDS YOUR ATTENTION
The Minnesota Vikings are planning to build a new stadium. That's fine and good but the design they have chosen
will be disastrous for the millions of birds that migrate along the Mississippi Flyway. Despite numerous pleas
from environmentalists to reconsider, the Vikings management has chosen to ignore the advice and continue their plans.
We need to let them know this is a mistake. Please visit Audubon Action and
sign their petition
5/1/14 ... Birding Events at the Morris Arboretum
The Morris Arborteum is hosting a number of events of interest to local birders from outdoor art ("Home TWEET Home") to bird walks.
For more information
3/31/14 ... Spring Clean-up Day at Crosswicks
We conducted our scheduled workday on Saturday, March 29, 2014. The day was affected by an intermittent morning drizzle that became a steady and heavier rain later in the morning. Nonetheless, we had a few erstwhile volunteers who participated in clearing trails of branches an removing a few larger downed trees that were across the main trails. Jennifer Sherwood, Crosswicks Sanctuary Co-chair, reported that neighbors had helped in advance of the workday to chainsaw some of the trees and to move downed limbs and branches that fell during the winter storms we experienced. Thank you Crosswicks neighbors and workday volunteers.
On Saturday, our volunteers cut and collected these limbs to form a brush pile near one of the small streams in the sanctuary. Perhaps this brush pile will be used next fall by the Winter wrens that are frequently found in Crosswicks during the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. The sanctuary still appeared to be cloaked in winter garb but the Skunk cabbages were in flower in the wet woodland area near the main trail. Spring IS coming! We may schedule some additional workdays through the spring. Keep an eye on the Wyncote Audubon Society website for any announcements or updates. Thanks to Leigh Altadonna for the photos.
3/1/14 ..... PA. BREEDING BIRD ATLAS ON SALE
Penn State University Press has graciously offered a new discount for the recently-published Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania. Audubon chapters and bird clubs helped create the Second Atlas with your observations and financial support, and
PA Audubon is eager to make it as available as possible.
The resulting book is beautiful, full of color photos of each species of nesting bird, multiple maps, and habitats. It’s a real treasure trove of information about Pennsylvania's nesting birds; a must-have in the library of anyone interested in birds.
So, through this summer, the Second Atlas is now available for 25% off the already subsidized price
9/1/13 The National Wildlidfe Federation offers all you need to know to set up a wildlife friendly garden. Check it out here
9/1/13 ..... A Free on-line bird guide is now available from National Audubon at
3/13/13 ... Visiting female Rufous Hummingbird
A lovely western hummingbird has been visiting a feeder in Meadowbrook, PA since October 16th, 2012. Banded and identified by
Scott Weidensaul as a female Rufous, she has become a regular member of the Filemyr Family.
In addition to caring for his guest, Bert has been documenting her ongoing feather molt. The uppertail coverts are pretty much replaced, r1s and r2s still have not appeared yet, and there are changes in the primary and secondary flight feathers.
Check out the photo documentation that Bert has compiled documenting her visit.