Calendar of Events

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

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Birding by Ear for Beginners, Hibernia Park, Coatesville, PA

For: Learning the basics of birding by ear

Place: Parking lot by Pavilion #5 at Hibernia Park, 8:00 a.m.

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

Note: This trip is geared to beginner birders who would like to start to learn how to improve their birding skills by birding by ear. There will be a discussion of the basics followed by a short .6 mile walk over even terrain followed by a refresher of the birds heard on the walk. Trip will be between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Directions: From Downingtown, take Route 30 bypass to Reeceville Road exit (Brandywine Hospital). Turn left at end of exit ramp, thrn right onto Reeceville Road. Follow Reeceville Road until it crosses Route 82 and becomes Cedar Knoll Road. Follow Cedar Knoll Road to the second park entrance on the left. Turn left. Pavilion 5 is the first pavilion on the left.

Hibernia Park

Start: Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:00 am
End: Sunday, April 11, 2021 10:30 am

The Great Marsh

For: Spring Migrants & Resident Birds

Place: 28 Moores Road, Elverson, PA, 8:00 a.m.

Leader: Mike Coulter. If you plan to attend please email the Great Marsh Institute at greatmarshinstitute@gmail.com to let them know to expect you.

Note: Join local birding expert Mike Coulter as he guides us through the Great Marsh, an ancient periglacial marsh and the largest marsh in Southeastern Pennsylvania. This event is hosted by the Great Marsh Institute, a non-profit with the mission of supporting scientific studies and educational opportunities for all! This event is free, but donations of any amount are welcome to support the Institute! For full trip details see here. This will be about a 3 hour walk. Conditions could be muddy and very wet so wear appropriate footwear.

Directions: The marsh is off of Rt. 401 four miles northwest of Rt. 100 at Ludwig’s Corner. Lat/Long = 40.127651, -75.767697 or use 28 Moores Road for GPS directions. Meet at the grassy parking area at the top of the hill near 28 Moores Road. Once you turn off of Rt. 401 on to Moore’s Road proceed 1/4 mile along the gravel road. You will cross a bridge and at the 1/4 mile mark make a right up the hill on the paved part of the drive. This is the first right

Start: Sunday, April 11, 2021 8:00 am
End: Sunday, April 11, 2021 11:00 am

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Beginner Bird Walk at Okehocking Preserve, Chester County, PA

For: Local birds and early migrants

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

Leaders: Bob Murray (610-644-5440, rmurray@murraymicro.com) and Lisa Tull (610-935-0817, pygmynut@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: Saturday, April 10, 2021 8:00 am
End: Saturday, April 10, 2021 12:00 pm

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Westtown Lake, PA – CANCELED

For: Wildflowers and migrating and resident birds

Google MapPlace: Westtown School cabin parking lot, 8:30am.

Leaders: Tim and Janny Sterrett (484-678-8528, timsterrett@gmail.com)

Note: This is a half-day trip. This is a walk that will cover about 2 miles over some hilly areas and take around 3 hours.

Directions: From West Chester, follow Route 3 east to Westtown Way road, turn right. Take the next left, follow Walnut Hill Road until you see Westtown School entrance. Turn right then park in first parking lot on the right.

Westtown School

Start: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 8:30 am
End: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:00 pm

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Waterfowl of Western Chester County, Marsh Creek State Park

For: Migrants & residents

Google MapPlace: Marsh Creek State Park, Park Road parking lot, 8:00 a.m.

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

Note: We will start out at Marsh Creek State Park and continue to Struble Lake, Chambers Lake, Coatesville Reservoir and other birding areas, ending up back at Marsh Creek. Bring lunch, this is an all day trip. Minimal walking involved. Covid protocols apply, please confirm attendance and bring your mask. Due to Covid concerns, check with leader to confirm if a participant limit is in effect and if carpooling is occurring.

Directions: The park is located 2 miles west of Eagle Village off of PA 100. The address is 675 Park Road, Downingtown, PA. Meet at the main parking lot by the (closed) snack bar.

Marsh Creek State Park

Start: Sunday, March 21, 2021 8:00 am
End: Sunday, March 21, 2021 5:00 pm

Monday, March 15, 2021

Monarch Butterfly Adventure

Shirley Klein

Learn about the annual migration of the monarch butterfly, and view the butterflies in their winter home in the mountains of central Mexico.

Note: This is a virtual meeting. Zoom signon will start at 7:15 to enable the meeting to begin at 7:30.

Start: Monday, March 15, 2021 7:30 pm
End: Monday, March 15, 2021 9:30 pm
Venue: Zoom

Sunday, March 14, 2021

The Great Marsh

For: Winter residents & Early Spring Migrants

Place: 28 Moores Road, Elverson, PA, 8:00 a.m.

Leader: Mike Coulter. If you plan to attend please email the Great Marsh Institute at greatmarshinstitute@gmail.com to let them know to expect you.

Note: Join local birding expert Mike Coulter as he guides us through the Great Marsh, an ancient periglacial marsh and the largest marsh in Southeastern Pennsylvania. This event is hosted by the Great Marsh Institute, a newly established non-profit with the mission of supporting scientific studies and educational opportunities for all! This event is free, but donations of any amount are welcome to support the Institute! For full trip details see here. This will be about a 3 hour walk. Conditions could be muddy and very wet so wear appropriate footwear.

Directions: The marsh is off of Rt. 401 four miles northwest of Rt. 100 at Ludwig’s Corner. Lat/Long = 40.127651, -75.767697 or use 28 Moores Road for GPS directions. Meet at the grassy parking area at the top of the hill near 28 Moores Road. Once you turn off of Rt. 401 on to Moore’s Road proceed 1/4 mile along the gravel road. You will cross a bridge and at the 1/4 mile mark make a right up the hill on the paved part of the drive. This is the first right

Start: Sunday, March 14, 2021 8:00 am
End: Sunday, March 14, 2021 11:00 am

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Evening Woodcock Walk, Marsh Creek State Park, PA

For: American Woodcock

Place: Marsh Creek West Side Outdoor Classroom parking lot, 5:45 p.m.

Leader: Mariana and Andy Pesthy (610-525-2392, pesthya@yahoo.com, please leave message)

Note: This is a joint trip with BCDC. Holly Merker is out of town.

MAP: Marsh Creek State Park West Side Outdoor Classroom

Start: Sunday, March 7, 2021 5:45 pm
End: Sunday, March 7, 2021 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Bombay Hook NWR and North

For: Waterfowl and other late winter visitors

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

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

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

Directions: Meet at NWR, 2591 Whitehall Neck Rd, Smyrna, DE 19977 at 8:30 a.m. Do not leave the HQ; depending on birding on Whitehall Neck Rd, we may arrive to the HQ after 8:30. Please contact leader if you will meet the group at Bombay Hook. We will bird Bombay Hook and head north to various spots in Delaware.

Carpooling: Due to Covid concerns, check with leader to confirm if carpooling is occurring. Meet at Painters Crossing, PA, on the northwest corner of Routes 1 and 202. Departure time: 7:00 a.m.

Google MapBombay Hook NWR

Start: Saturday, March 6, 2021 7:00 am
End: Saturday, March 6, 2021 5:00 pm

Sunday, February 21, 2021

The Great Marsh

For: Winter residents

Place: 28 Moores Road, Elverson, PA, 8:00 a.m.

Leader: Mike Coulter. If you plan to attend please email the Great Marsh Institute at greatmarshinstitute@gmail.com to let them know to expect you.

Note: Join local birding expert Mike Coulter as he guides us through the Great Marsh, an ancient periglacial marsh and the largest marsh in Southeastern Pennsylvania. This event is hosted by the Great Marsh Institute, a newly established non-profit with the mission of supporting scientific studies and educational opportunities for all! This event is free, but donations of any amount are welcome to support the Institute! For full trip details see here. This will be about a 3 hour walk. Conditions could be muddy and very wet so wear appropriate footwear.

Directions: The marsh is off of Rt. 401 four miles northwest of Rt. 100 at Ludwig’s Corner. Lat/Long = 40.127651, -75.767697 or use 28 Moores Road for GPS directions. Meet at the grassy parking area at the top of the hill near 28 Moores Road. Once you turn off of Rt. 401 on to Moore’s Road proceed 1/4 mile along the gravel road. You will cross a bridge and at the 1/4 mile mark make a right up the hill on the paved part of the drive. This is the first right

Start: Sunday, February 21, 2021 8:00 am
End: Sunday, February 21, 2021 11:00 am
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