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Saturday, November 7, 2020

Hopewell Furnace NHS, Elverson, PA – Joint walk with VFAS

For: Fall  migrants

Place: Visitor Center, 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson, PA, 9:15 a.m.

Leaders: Patty Werth (484-985-8164- home, pattyww@comcast.net) and John Werth (215-859-1148- cell for day of walk)

Note: Due to Covid-19 concerns, please check with leaders to confirm if a participant limit is in effect. Established in 1938, this 848-acre park is a beautiful mix of dense woodlands, open pastures, and edge habitat surrounding the historic Hopewell Village.  This 1-2 mile walk on improved and unimproved trails will loop by French Creek SP’s Hopewell Lake. The terrain is mostly gently sloping, although there are a couple of short steep sections.

Note: The gate to the park does not open until 9:00 a.m. There is no access until that time.

Directions: From West Chester, take Route 100 north, to a left turn onto Route 401. Go about 6.4 miles to Route 345 (Bulltown Road). Turn right and follow Route 345 for 4.7 miles, crossing Route 23, to a left turn onto Mark Bird Lane to the Visitor Center.

Hopewell Furnace

Start: Saturday, November 7, 2020 9:15 am
End: Saturday, November 7, 2020 12:00 pm

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Valley Forge Park – Pawlings Farm Area

For:  Migrants and local fall birds

Place: Parking area below dam, 8:30 a.m.

Leader: Rick Wolf (610-933-6414, randewolf@icloud.com)

Note: We will explore some of the fields looking for fall residents and migrants.  This will be a 2.5 hour trip with moderate walking.

Directions: From Route 202, take 252 north about 2.5 miles to Route 23.  Turn left on Route 23. Go about 1.5 miles, turn right on Ferry Lane, then right on Pawlings Road.  Go about 1 mile, turn right at Pawlings Farm sign. Park on lot after farm house.

 

Start: Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:30 am
End: Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:00 am

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Barnegat Light and E.B. Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR, NJ – Note date change

For: Harlequins, eiders, loons and other waterfowl

Google MapPlace: Barnegat Light State Park. Meet at Barngegat Light Borough Hall, 8:15 a.m.

Leader: Dorothy Bedford (609-658-1894, db@bt9.org)

Google MapNote: There will be a walk of about 1.5 miles between the dunes to get to the end of the jetty.  Brigantine is a fee area (per car); bring your National Park Service “Eagle Pass”. Bring  lunch, this is an all-day trip.

Directions: Meet at Barnegat Light Borough Hall, 10 E 7th St, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006. Follow NJ Route 72 onto Long Beach Island.  Turn left onto Long Beach Island Blvd. Go about 7 miles to 7th Street on right. Please make a rest-stop at Wawa, 370 NJ Rt 72, Manahawkin (approach from East Bay Ave. Plan 30 minutes to Barnegat Light from Wawa).  Forsythe NWR Visitor Center address: you MUST use 800 Great Creek Rd, Galloway NJ or Google will steer you 30 miles wrong.

Carpooling: Due to Covid concerns, check with leader to confirm if carpooling is occurring.  If so, meet at Gateway Shopping Center, 125 Swedesford Road, Wayne (junction of 202 and 252). Departure time is 5:45 a.m. (Estimated return no later than 5 p.m.)

Barnegat Light

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Start: Saturday, December 12, 2020 8:15 am
End: Saturday, December 12, 2020 5:00 pm

Saturday, December 19, 2020

West Chester Christmas Bird Count

For: Winter Residents

Place: Assigned territories, any time from midnight to midnight.

Coordinators: Barry Blust (610-458-5616, BarryBlust@comcast.net) and
Tony Fernandes (610-647-7868, jets741@verizon.net)

Note: Contact coordinator early for questions or to let him know of your interest so that sector assignments and leaders can be identified.

There will be no meeting after the count for a tally or dinner.

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Elverson Christmas Bird Count

For: Winter residents

Place: Assigned territories, midnight to midnight.

Coordinators: Jim Cook (610-587-7545, escjim@windstream.net)

Note: Contact coordinator early for questions or to let him know of your interest so that sector assignments and leaders can be identified.

Date: Saturday, December 26, 2020

Valley Forge Christmas Bird Count

For: Winter residents

Place: Assigned territories, midnight to midnight.

Coordinator: Vincent Smith (484-410-1157, nyctea34@aol.com)

Note: This annual event includes teams of birders surveying eleven sections within a prescribed 15 mile diameter circle, the center of which is the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove.  Beginning and experienced birders are welcome.  Section leaders will notify past participants. New volunteers please register by Dec. 17 to be assigned to a team.

Date: Saturday, December 26, 2020

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Western Chester County Christmas Bird Count

For: Winter residents

Place: Assigned territories, any time from midnight to midnight.

Coordinator: Larry Lewis, (484-340-7672 earlybirdtours@comcast.net)

Note: Contact coordinator for questions or to let him know of your interest so that sector assignments and leaders can be identified.


Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020

Friday, January 1, 2021

Northern Chester County and Lancaster County, PA

For: Rough-legged Hawks, larks

Google MapPlace: Struble Lake parking lot, 8:00 a.m.

Leaders: Mike Harvell and Lisa Tull (610-935-0817, pygmynut@comcast.net)

Note: Bring lunch and snacks to celebrate the New Year. This is an all-day trip. Due to Covid concerns, check with leader to confirm if a pariticipant limit is in effect and if carpooling is occurring

Directions:  From Downingtown, take Route 322 west for 7 miles and take a slight right onto Chestnut Tree Road (after the Sunoco gas tanks). In about 3 miles bear left at the stop sign onto Morgantown Rd.  The parking area for Struble Lake is 0.5 miles on the left.

Struble Lake

Start: Friday, January 1, 2021 8:00 am
End: Friday, January 1, 2021 5:00 pm

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Shark River Inlet and North Shore of New Jersey

For: Loons, grebes and other waterfowl

Google MapPlace: Belmar Manutti Marina parking lot in Belmar, NJ, 9:00 a.m.

Leaders:  John Mercer (484-459-2062, mercer1135@aol.com)

Google MapNote: Minimal walking involved. Bring lunch, this is an all day trip.

Directions:   The Belmar Manutti Marina is at: 905 Route 35, Belmar, NJ 07719. Follow Route 35 to 10th Street where you turn left into the Marina.

Carpooling: Due to Covid concerns, check with leader to confirm if a participant limit is in effect and if carpooling is occurring. Meet leader at the King of Prussia North parking lot between Yard House and Modell’s Sporting Goods. Departure 7:30 a.m.

Start: Saturday, January 16, 2021 9:00 am
End: Saturday, January 16, 2021 5:00 pm

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Warwick County Park, Chester County, PA

For: Rusty Blackbird, Swamp Sparrow and Hermit Thrush

Place: Last parking lot on the left, 9:00 a.m.

Leaders: Patty Werth (484-985-8164, pattyww@comcast.net and John Werth 215-859-1148)

Note: Due to Covid concerns, please check with the leaders to confirm if a participant limit is in effect. The 535-acre Warwick County Park in northern Chester County includes dense hardwood forest, wetlands, meadows, and riparian areas along a section of French Creek, an “exceptional value” stream. This diversity provides excellent habitat for birds. This 1.5 to 2 hour walk on mainly flat (and possible muddy) terrain on unpaved trails will cover approximately 2 miles. A modern restroom is on site.

Directions: From the intersection of Routes 100 and 23, proceed west on Route 23 for 3.4 miles. Turn left onto County Park Road (entrance is somewhat hidden) and continue 0.3 miles to the entrance to Warwick County Park, on the left. Follow the drive to the last parking lot on the left.

Warwick County Park

Start: Saturday, February 6, 2021 9:00 am
End: Saturday, February 6, 2021 12:00 pm
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