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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+)

Kennett Square Birding at Anson B. Nixon Park

Anson B. Nixon Park

GPS directions: Please use 405 N Walnut Rd, Kennett Square. Do not use the name of the park.

Join us for a morning field trip at the Anson B. Nixon Park, a 106-acre park located in Kennett Square. We will wander the fields and wooded areas of the park looking for wintering birds. We will meet in the parking lot closest to the tennis courts.

No prior knowledge of birds or birding is necessary to attend. These programs are open to all ages, although we ask that children be accompanied by an adult. If you have binoculars, bring them, and dress for the weather. The trails are considered easy for walking, and portable restrooms are available on-site by the main parking lot in the park, and there is also one by the athletic fields at 413 N. Walnut Road.

Rain/snow date: January 23 @ 9 am

Leader: Vincent Smith[masked]

Winter Birding at Wilson Farm Park

Wilson Farm Park All Abilities Playground

Note: THIS PARK HAS MULTIPLE ENTRANCES AND PARKING LOTS, SO TO FIND US EASILY: Take Chesterbrook Blvd. to Lee Road (GPS address: 500 Lee Road, Chesterbrook, PA). The park's main entrance is at the end of Lee Road. As you come in the main entrance, turn left and follow the drive all the way down to the end, to the All Abilities Playground Area. We will meet there at the parking lot at 8:30 am.

Join us to locate winter birds such as yellow-bellied sapsucker (pictured), purple finch, hermit thrush, and brown creeper, as well as a variety of sparrows and year-round residents. The park's fully accessible 1.5+ mile paved path takes us by field, woods, and pond, with the promise of a great variety of birds to spy.

New birders are always welcome. Children also welcome if accompanied by an adult. Bring binoculars if you have them. Public restrooms are on site.

Leaders: Pat & Tony Nastase ([masked])

Birding at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

800 Great Creek Rd

NOTE: Forsythe NWR is a fee area. A daily pass is $4/car - cash or check only. Interagency passes are honored at this site.

Join us as we explore the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, located near Atlantic City, NJ. We will caravan in our cars along the 8-mile-long Wildlife Drive loop, making multiple stops along the way to look for water birds, shorebirds, and other winter residents in the refuge's saltwater marshes, freshwater habitat, and upland forest. Minimal walking is involved, although there are trails you may wish to explore on your own after the field trip concludes.

All ages and experience levels are welcome to attend. Bring binoculars and field guides; if you have a spotting scope you may want to bring that too. Dress in layers; it is usually windy on the refuge making the temps feel even colder, but much of the time we will be in our cars. Portable toilets are located at the Visitor Center.

Leaders: Dan Sullivan, Vince Smith, Joe Hudson

Birding at Ellis Woods Park

Ellis Woods Park

Ellis Woods Park (855 Ellis Woods Road) includes 71 acres of woods, meadows, wetlands, and cultivated farmland which supports a great variety of birds - over 150 documented species - and has been developed by East Coventry Township with birds in mind. The Birder's Loop Trail features interpretive signs describing birds found in each habitat, and a printable checklist of birds that have been sighted at the park is linked here: https://eastcoventry-pa.gov/vertical/sites/%7BA2FA46C5-686F-4B16-8376-0BDF39FCC483%7D/uploads/Bird_list_REVISED.pdf

This trip will cover up to 2 miles over mostly rolling terrain, but there will be some steep sections to navigate. The earthen trails may be muddy and slippery. Good footwear is a must.

Bring binoculars if you have them. There is no restroom on site.

Leaders: John and Patty Werth, Eric Hughes

Past events (514)

Third Tuesdays Birding at Black Rock Sanctuary

Black Rock Sanctuary

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