Calendar of Events

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

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Birding by Ear for Beginners, Springton Manor Farm, Chester County, PA

For: Learning the basics of birding by ear

Place: Second parking lot, closest to pond

Leader: 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 the basics followed by a short .6 mile walk over the even terrain followed by refresher of the birds heard on the walk.  Trip will last between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Directions: Take Rt. 322 West through Guthriesville, take a soft right onto Springton Road at traffic light, Cross Highspire Road, continue .5 miles to park entrance on right.

Springton Manor Farm

 

Start: Sunday, August 1, 2021 8:00 am
End: Sunday, August 1, 2021 11:00 am

Thursday, July 29, 2021

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: Thursday, July 29, 2021 8:30 am
End: Thursday, July 29, 2021 10:30 am

Sunday, July 25, 2021

TEST TRIP

This is TBD

Start: Sunday, July 25, 2021 8:00 am
End: Sunday, July 25, 2021 1:00 pm

Sunday, July 11, 2021

The Great Marsh

For: Summer 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. July can be relatively silent but rest assured that many of the breeding birds on the property can still be seen by the observant birder. There is also a chance to see post breeding herons that disperse through our area this time of year. Great Egrets and Little Blue Herons have been recording previously. In all 67 species have been recorded during July.

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.

Please note that the property is private but you can always visit during our planned trips.

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 after the bridge. At the top of the hill you should see other cars parked in the meeting area.

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

Saturday, July 10, 2021

WCBC Annual Summer Picnic

For: Good times!

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

Host: Sue Lucas (610-647-4779, sue.e.lucas7@gmail.com )

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 10, 2021 6:00 pm
End: Saturday, July 10, 2021 9:00 pm

Sunday, June 13, 2021

The Great Marsh

For: Summer Resident Birds

Place: 28 Moores Road, Elverson, PA, 7:00 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 after the bridge. At the top of the hill you should see other cars parked in the meeting area.

Start: Sunday, June 13, 2021 8:00 am
End: Sunday, June 13, 2021 11:00 am

Saturday, June 12, 2021

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: Due to Covid concerns, check with leader to confirm if a participant limit is in effect and if carpooling is occurring.

Carpooling from Painters Crossing Shopping Center/Mall on the northwest corner of US Routes 1 and 202

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.

Chino Farms IBA

Start: Saturday, June 12, 2021 8:00 am
End: Saturday, June 12, 2021 5:00 pm

Monday, June 7, 2021

Members’ photos

Coordinated by Luc Jacobs. If you have photos to contribute contact Luc at  jacobsluc52@yahoo.com or 484-706-1999.

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

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

Sunday, June 6, 2021

East Branch Brandywine Trail, Downingtown, PA – CANCELED

For: Summer residents

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

Leaders: Kris Debolt and Peter Wade (215-219-5637, wadedeb@verizon.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 6, 2021 8:00 am
End: Sunday, June 6, 2021 12:00 pm

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Okehocking Preserve, Chester County, PA

For: Summer residents, butterflies, etc.

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

Leaders: Sue Lucas (610-647-4779, sue.e.lucas7@gmail.com)

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 1, 2021 8:00 am
End: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 12:00 pm

 

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