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October 21, 2018

Coventry Woods, Chester County, PA

For: Fall migrants

Place: Fernbrook parking lot, 8:30 a.m.. For GPS use 1954 St. Peters Road Pottstown, PA

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

Note: Coventry Woods is part of Hopewell Big Woods, and 153 species of birds have been recorded at this site in just the last five years.  The trails are unpaved and some are steep.  This walk of about 3-4 hours will cover 2 miles.  A portable restroom is on site at the Fernbrook parking lot. Children, accompanied by an adult, and beginners are welcome.

Directions: From West Chester, take Route 100 north about 20 miles bear left onto W. Hoffecker Road. Go .5 miles, turn right on Laurelwood road. Go .1 miles, turn left on to Temple Road. Go 1 mile, bear left onto St. Peters Road. In 1.1 mile turn left to stay on St. Peters Road.

Coventry Woods
Coventry Woods Map

Start: October 21, 2018 8:30 am
End: October 21, 2018 12:30 pm

October 25, 2018

Every Thursday Morning Exton Park, Exton, PA

For: Seasonal birds

Place: Exton Park, 8:30 a.m.

Leader: Various leaders in conjunction with Friends of Exton Park

Note: Formerly known as Church Farm Pond and now a part of Exton Park, this pond and surrounding wetland had been a popular birding spot for years.

Google MapDirections: From the intersection of Routes 30 and 202, drive west along Route 30 and turn right on Valley Creek Blvd. At the end of the road, make a left on Swedesford Road and park in the gravel parking lot on your left where the perimeter trail starts. This is a 1.5 mile walk and will take between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Exton Park

Start: October 25, 2018 8:30 am
End: October 25, 2018 10:30 am

November 1, 2018

Every Thursday Morning Exton Park, Exton, PA

For: Seasonal birds

Place: Exton Park, 8:30 a.m.

Leader: Various leaders in conjunction with Friends of Exton Park

Note: Formerly known as Church Farm Pond and now a part of Exton Park, this pond and surrounding wetland had been a popular birding spot for years.

Google MapDirections: From the intersection of Routes 30 and 202, drive west along Route 30 and turn right on Valley Creek Blvd. At the end of the road, make a left on Swedesford Road and park in the gravel parking lot on your left where the perimeter trail starts. This is a 1.5 mile walk and will take between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Exton Park

Start: November 1, 2018 8:30 am
End: November 1, 2018 10:30 am

November 8, 2018

Every Thursday Morning Exton Park, Exton, PA

For: Seasonal birds

Place: Exton Park, 8:30 a.m.

Leader: Various leaders in conjunction with Friends of Exton Park

Note: Formerly known as Church Farm Pond and now a part of Exton Park, this pond and surrounding wetland had been a popular birding spot for years.

Google MapDirections: From the intersection of Routes 30 and 202, drive west along Route 30 and turn right on Valley Creek Blvd. At the end of the road, make a left on Swedesford Road and park in the gravel parking lot on your left where the perimeter trail starts. This is a 1.5 mile walk and will take between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Exton Park

Start: November 8, 2018 8:30 am
End: November 8, 2018 10:30 am

November 10, 2018

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

For: Fall  migrants

Place: Visitor Center, 9:15 a.m.

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

Note: Established in 1938, this 848-acre park is a beautiful mix of dense woodlands, open pastures, and edge habitat surrounding the historic Hopewell Village.  Our walk will begin at the Visitor’s Center and will consist of two loops; the first loop will be approximately 1 mile in length, travelling torward Hopewell Lake in adjacent French Creek State Park, and the second loop will cover about 2 miles into the Baptism Creek watershed of the Hopewell Big Woods. Join us for one or both loops. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Trails are unpaved but well-maintained. The terrain is mostly gently sloping, although there are a couple of short steep sections. A modern restroom is on site. Children accompanied by an adult and beginners are welcome.

Note: Gates do not open until 9:00 a.m. There is no access until that time.

Directions: From West Chester, take Route 100 north, turn left onto Route 401. Go about 6.4 miles and in 1 mile, turn right on Route 345 Bulltown Road, take a slight right on to Warwick Road then a slight left on to Pine Swamp Road (all still Route 345). Turn left on Mark Bird Lane to find the Visitor Center.

Hopewell Furnace

Start: November 10, 2018 9:15 am
End: November 10, 2018 12:00 pm

November 11, 2018

Focus on Photography trip: Conowingo Dam, MD

For: Photography, eagles, and waterfowl

Google MapPlace: Parking area below dam, 8:00 a.m.

Leader: John McNamara (610-383-0979,  jmcnamara@wcupa.edu)

Note: We will be looking for eagles and other birds in the area with a focus on photography.  There will be a short walk of about 1 mile on a flat trail along the river.  This trip is weather dependent.  Bring lunch; this is an all day trip.

Directions: Take US Route 1 south over the Conowingo Dam.  Turn let at the first road,  Shuresville Road and go about 1/2 mile.  Make a hard left on Shures Landing Road and go to the parking lot at the end of the road.

 

Start: November 11, 2018 8:00 am
End: November 11, 2018 5:00 pm

November 15, 2018

Every Thursday Morning Exton Park, Exton, PA

For: Seasonal birds

Place: Exton Park, 8:30 a.m.

Leader: Various leaders in conjunction with Friends of Exton Park

Note: Formerly known as Church Farm Pond and now a part of Exton Park, this pond and surrounding wetland had been a popular birding spot for years.

Google MapDirections: From the intersection of Routes 30 and 202, drive west along Route 30 and turn right on Valley Creek Blvd. At the end of the road, make a left on Swedesford Road and park in the gravel parking lot on your left where the perimeter trail starts. This is a 1.5 mile walk and will take between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Exton Park

Start: November 15, 2018 8:30 am
End: November 15, 2018 10:30 am

November 17, 2018

Valley Forge Park – Pawlings Farm Area

For:  Migrants and local fall birds

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

Leaders: Rick Wolf (610-933-6414, randewolf@verizon.net)

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: November 17, 2018 8:30 am
End: November 17, 2018 11:00 am

November 22, 2018

Every Thursday Morning Exton Park, Exton, PA

For: Seasonal birds

Place: Exton Park, 8:30 a.m.

Leader: Various leaders in conjunction with Friends of Exton Park

Note: Formerly known as Church Farm Pond and now a part of Exton Park, this pond and surrounding wetland had been a popular birding spot for years.

Google MapDirections: From the intersection of Routes 30 and 202, drive west along Route 30 and turn right on Valley Creek Blvd. At the end of the road, make a left on Swedesford Road and park in the gravel parking lot on your left where the perimeter trail starts. This is a 1.5 mile walk and will take between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Exton Park

Start: November 22, 2018 8:30 am
End: November 22, 2018 10:30 am

November 29, 2018

Every Thursday Morning Exton Park, Exton, PA

For: Seasonal birds

Place: Exton Park, 8:30 a.m.

Leader: Various leaders in conjunction with Friends of Exton Park

Note: Formerly known as Church Farm Pond and now a part of Exton Park, this pond and surrounding wetland had been a popular birding spot for years.

Google MapDirections: From the intersection of Routes 30 and 202, drive west along Route 30 and turn right on Valley Creek Blvd. At the end of the road, make a left on Swedesford Road and park in the gravel parking lot on your left where the perimeter trail starts. This is a 1.5 mile walk and will take between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Exton Park

Start: November 29, 2018 8:30 am
End: November 29, 2018 10:30 am
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