What we're about

The Valley Forge Audubon Society (https://valleyforgeaudubon.org/) (VFAS) is a chapter of the National Audubon Society (http://www.audubon.org/) serving those residing in Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Delaware and Chester Counties, and parts of Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. Our mission is to preserve birds, other wildlife, and their habitats by promoting appreciation and stewardship of the local natural environment through education and active participation. VFAS offers regular bird walks, hikes, events, and educational programs. Valley Forge Audubon Society is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in the birding community and beyond. We are excited to bring the joys of birding – the fun of seeing or hearing birds, the social benefits of being part of a like-minded community, and the health and wellness benefits humans receive from spending time in nature – to “everyone and every body”, regardless of someone’s physical, mental, emotional, or societal challenges. Long-time birders, ‘fledgling’ birders, able-bodied birders, and those with disabilities and health concerns are all welcome at VFAS’s programs.

We offer a number of outings that are accessible for those with various access challenges and/or health concerns.

Upcoming events (4+)

Trail Tuesdays: Birding Along The French Creek Trail

French Creek Trail

As its name implies, the French Creek Trail runs along a section of the beautiful French Creek near Phoenixville. This means that a number of birds that are found along streams such as ducks, herons, bald eagles, and kingfishers may be seen here as well as birds that utilize the adjoining woodlands such as woodpeckers, creepers, nuthatches, and more. As an added bonus the Rapp's Dam covered bridge, built in 1866 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, is nearby to see and drive through.

All ages and ability levels are welcome to join us. We will travel an out-and-back on the trail, returning to the parking lot before heading off in the other direction, allowing participants to choose a shorter or longer outing. Bring binoculars if you have them. No restroom is available on site.

Leader: Wendy Sykora

The Great Backyard Bird Count: How to Participate and Bird ID For Beginners

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Birds are everywhere, all the time, doing fascinating things - even in your own backyard. Watching them - and then reporting what you see to help scientists better understand and protect birds - is the idea behind the Great Backyard Bird Count. Whether you go out birding or stay at home watching from a window, and whether you count one bird or hundreds, participating is easy and fun for all ages.

New to the GBBC? Join us for this two-part virtual presentation. The first part will explain how to participate in the GBBC. This will be followed by a primer on the identification of common birds you might see, including finches, sparrows, thrushes, woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, blackbirds, and hawks. If you can’t tell a sparrow from a finch this is the class for you!

The Great Backyard Bird Count Field Trip

Black Rock Sanctuary

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) runs for four days between February 17th and 20th. Join Valley Forge Audubon Society president Vince Smith to learn more about how you can participate in the GBBC and discover what fascinating birds are in your own backyard.

This outing will include a 15-minute stationary program explaining the GBBC and how to report your bird sightings if you want to participate on your own at a different location. Then those interested will venture into the field for an approximately 90 minute guided birding field trip. The leader will submit the list of birds observed during the program for the entire group, which each participant will be able to access if so desired.

No prior knowledge of birds or birding is necessary to attend - in fact, this program is best suited for beginning bird-watchers. This family-friendly program is open to all ages, so please bring the kids (we do ask that children under 18 be accompanied by an adult.) Bring binoculars if you have them; a notebook may also be handy to record your observations.

Much of this outing will be along a paved ADA-accessible trail.
A portable restroom is located on site.

Winter Waterfowl at Heinz NWR

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

The spectacular beauty of the breeding plumage of waterfowl is a sight to behold, and is at its brightest and most beautiful during the winter months when males use their colorful plumage to attract females and pair bonds are formed. Join leader and waterfowl aficionado Dorothy Bedford as she guides us through Heinz NWR, where we have the chance to see over 20 species of ducks, geese, and swans in February.

This outing will be at a relaxed pace on flat surfaces and will last up to three hours. Bring binoculars if you have them. Restrooms are available near the trailhead. Meet on the right side of the main parking lot as you first drive in.

Leader: Dorothy Bedford

Past events (646)

Birding at Heinz NWR

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum