Calendar of Events

Please contact trip leader in advance if you are planning to go on a field trip.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Willisbrook Preserve, Willistown, PA

For: Fall migrants

Place: Willisbrook Preserve Parking lot, Line Road, 8:30 a.m.

Leader: Sue Lucas (610-647-4779, sue.lucas@comcast.net)

Note: Owned by Natural Lands Trust, it includes over 20 acres of Serpentine Barrens. We will explore the diverse variety of birds and plants. This is a half day trip with about 2 miles of walking over fairly flat terrain.

Directions: From Routes 202 and Paoli Pike, take Paoli Pike east between 3.5 and 4 miles to Line Road. Turn right on Line Road. Go past the soccer field parking to the preserve parking, about ½ mile.

Willisbrook Preserve

Start: Saturday, September 5, 2020 8:30 am
End: Saturday, September 5, 2020 12:00 pm

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Bucktoe Common Nighthawk Watch, Kennett Square, PA

For: Migrating Nighthawks

Place: Bucktoe Preserve parking lot, Kennett Square, PA, 5:00 p.m.

Leader: Larry Lewis – Early Bird Tours (484-340-7672, earlybirdtours@comcast.net)

Note: The Bucktoe Common Nighthawk watch goes from Aug 23 to September 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bring picnic dinner and drinks and enjoy the show.

Directions: From Kennett Square, take Union Street south of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a left. The entrance is on the left at 432 Sharp Road. Look for the “BCP” sign. Upon entering driveway, make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see. Follow gravel road to the pavilion and parking area.

Bucktoe Preserve

Start: Sunday, August 23, 2020 5:00 pm
End: Sunday, August 23, 2020 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Bombay Hook NWR

For: Shorebirds, herons and summer residents

Google MapPlace: Bombay Hook NWR Headquarters, 8:30 a.m.

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

Note:  Due to the closure of the bathrooms at Bombay Hook Headquarters, we will only be going around Bombay Hook then heading home. The Wawa in Smyrna does have bathrooms that are open, so plan your arrival to allow for stopping at the Wawa. The port-a-potty at Bear Swamp is open, but that is 2/3 the way around the Preserve.

Due to the concerns about Covid 19, there will be no carpooling or sharing of scopes.

Directions: Meet at Bombay Hook NWR, 2591 Whitehall Neck Rd, Smyrna, DE 19977 at 8:30am.

Carpooling:  There will be no carpooling.

Bombay Hook NWR

Start: Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:30 am
End: Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:00 pm

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Every Thursday Morning Exton Park, Exton, PA – CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

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: Saturday, August 8, 2020 8:00 am
End: Saturday, August 8, 2020 8:00 am

Saturday, July 11, 2020

WCBC Annual Summer Picnic – CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

For: Good times!

Place: 3 Lucas Lane Malvern, PA, 6:00 p.m.

Host: Sue Lucas (610-647-4779, sue.lucas@comcast.net )

Note: Covered dish picnic. Bring food to share, tableware and lawn chair.
Call or email Sue if you plan to attend.

Directions: Call for directions.

Start: Saturday, July 11, 2020 6:00 pm
End: Saturday, July 11, 2020 8:30 pm

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Chino Farms IBA, MD – CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

For: Dickcissel and other sparrows

Google MapPlace: Painters Crossing, 7:00 a.m.

Leader: Bob Murray (610-644-5440, rmurray@murraymicro.com)

Note: Chino Farms is a privately owned tract of land near Chestertown, MD which has been restored to a native grassland. Nesting bird species include Northern Bobwhite, Grasshopper Sparrow and Dickcissel. Bob will also stop along the way home in other locations in Delaware depending on what is being seen. Bring lunch, this is an all day trip.

Carpooling: Meet at Painters Crossing, PA, on the northwest corner of US Routes 1 and 202. Departure time 7:00 a.m

Chino Farms IBA

Start: Saturday, June 13, 2020 7:00 am
End: Saturday, June 13, 2020 5:00 pm

Sunday, June 7, 2020

East Branch Brandywine Trail, Downingtown, PA – CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

For: Summer residents

Place: Lot off Rt. 322 just East of the Railroad Bridge, 8:00 a.m.

Leaders: Judy White (610-429-1409, jwhite133@comcast.net) and
Pat Messner (484-716-7564, patmessner32@gmail.com)

Note: Half-day trip, 2.6 miles of fairly flat paved walkway, with benches and plenty of shade.

Directions: From Downingtown, take East Rt.322, go under the railroad bridge and look for the lot on the left side of the road. From West Chester, go West on Rt. 322 and when you see the trestle ahead, look for the lot on the right.

East Branch Brandywine Trail

Start: Sunday, June 7, 2020 8:00 am
End: Sunday, June 7, 2020 12:00 pm

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Stroud Preserve, Chester County, PA – CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

For: Summer residents, butterflies, etc.

Place: Stroud Preserve parking lot, 8:00 a.m.

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Leaders: Bob Pierce (610-594-0625, rwp61@verizon.net)

Note: Trip is an approximately two- to three-hour walk covering about 2 miles with some moderate hills.

Directions: From West Chester, take Route 162 west for about 2 miles and turn left onto North Creek Road. The parking lot is on the right.

Stroud Preserve

Start: Saturday, June 6, 2020 8:00 am
End: Saturday, June 6, 2020 12:00 pm

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Okehocking Preserve, Chester County, PA – CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

For: Summer residents, butterflies, etc.

Place: Okehocking Preserve parking lot, 8:00 a.m.

Leaders: Sue Lucas (610-647-4779, sue.lucas@comcast.net)

Note: Trip is an approximately two- to three-hour walk covering about 2 miles with some moderate hills.

Directions: From West Chester, take Route 3 East.  After passing Route 926, at the next light (DelChester Road) make a u-turn and come back to the Okehocking Parking lot.

Okehocking Preserve

Start: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8:00 am
End: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 12:00 pm

Monday, June 1, 2020

Potluck Supper (6:30 p.m.), election of officers and members’ photos – CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

coordinated by TBA.

Start: Monday, June 1, 2020 6:30 pm
End: Monday, June 1, 2020 9:30 pm
Venue: West Chester Friends' Meeting House
Address:
425 N High St, West Chester, PA, 19380, United States
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