Upcoming Events › Field Trips

December 22, 2018

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: December 22, 2018

December 27, 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: December 27, 2018 8:30 am
End: December 27, 2018 10:30 am

December 30, 2018

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: December 30, 2018

January 1, 2019

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.

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: January 1, 2019 8:00 am
End: January 1, 2019 5:00 pm

January 3, 2019

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: January 3, 2019 8:30 am
End: January 3, 2019 10:30 am

January 10, 2019

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: January 10, 2019 8:30 am
End: January 10, 2019 10:30 am

January 17, 2019

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: January 17, 2019 8:30 am
End: January 17, 2019 10:30 am

January 19, 2019

Shark River Inlet and North Shore of New Jersey

For: Loons, grebes and other waterfowl

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

Leaders: Martin Page (610-359-9887 Martin_Page@msn.com) and
John Mercer (484-459-2062, mercer1135@aol.com)

Google MapNote: Minimal walking involved. Bring lunch, this is an all day trip.  Join Martin at the Side Door Eatery, 1709 Main Street, Belmar, at 8:00am for breakfast before the trip.

Directions: For Side Door Eatery, turn right onto 10th Street at the traffic light by the marina and right onto Main St at the light. The restaurant is on the right after six or seven blocks on Main St.  If you are meeting at the marina, the marina is at the junction of NJ Routes 71 & 35.

Carpooling: Meet leader at the parking lot adjacent to Dick’s Sporting Goods in King of Prussia Plaza, opposite Crate and Barrel & Maggianos.  Departure 6:30 a.m.

Start: January 19, 2019 9:00 am
End: January 19, 2019 5:00 pm

January 24, 2019

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: January 24, 2019 8:30 am
End: January 24, 2019 10:30 am

January 31, 2019

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: January 31, 2019 8:30 am
End: January 31, 2019 10:30 am
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