The Valley Forge Audubon Society (VFAS) is a chapter of the National Audubon Society (http://www.audubon.org/) serving members residing in regions of Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Chester County in Southeastern Pennsylvania. 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. In partnership with the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, VFAS offers regular bird walks, hikes, events and educational programs that preserve and sustain Audubon’s artistic, scientific, and historic legacy and serve the goals of the National Audubon Society (NAS), “to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.”
Goose Run Park (Douglass Township, Berks County) consists of 82.5 acres of open space and wooded trails which provide habitat for a variety of species including Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark. This township-owned park has two entrances; we will meet at the gravel parking lot off of Levengood Road (NOT Goose Run Road). The address is listed as 1220 Levengood Road, which should be accessed from Colebrookdale Road.
After the walk we will gather for Memorial Day brews and eats at the Sly Fox Brewery, 331 Circle Of Progress Drive, Pottstown.
Leaders: Patty Werth [masked], [masked]) and John Werth [masked]
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. This walk will join the Friends of Exton Park for their weekly bird walk. Directions: 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. Beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars.
(5-6 miles, shorter hike available)
Except for a short hill, this is a rather flat hike with the challenge of crossing a railroad bridge, although it’s rarely used. We will be crossing the Pencoyd and the Tow Bridges as well as the Viaduct (Manayunk Bridge Trail). Facilities 5 minutes after hike begins. Bring lunch and water or eat at a restaurant during the hike. Short hike alternative: No bridges, no leader necessary, about 3 miles. DIRECTIONS: Take the Schuylkill Expessway (I-76 E) to Exit 338. Turn right onto Belmont Ave. and continue for 0.7 miles. At the light at Levering Mill Road turn left. Drive downhill to parking lot at right.
Leaders: Gail Harp, home:[masked], cell:[masked]; Allan Hasbrouck, home:[masked], cell:[masked]
This annual Event includes teams of birders surveying eleven 11 sections within the prescribed area 15 mile radius diameter circle, the center of which is the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. Beginning and experienced birders are welcome. Section leaders will notify past participants. New volunteers please register by June 1 to be assigned to a team and site. Not all birding takes place at John James Audubon Center. Contact Vincent Smith at [masked] or[masked]