Category Archives: Education

5 tips for winter birding

The winter is coming quickly, and the change in seasons means a change in bird activity. While the chilliest months of the year might seem like the worst time to get out to watch birds, it actually provides an amazing opportunity to see birds more easily and to see seasonal visitors you might not get to watch at other times of the year. Layer up and grab your binoculars to take advantage of learning new species and behaviors!

Know Your Birds

Bird sightings can happen anywhere whether you’re looking out your kitchen window or traveling to far-away places. But can you actually tell one from another? Don’t despair, there are clues you can use to identify many species. Cover the art and science of bird identification when you discuss such field marks as overall size and shape, bill structure, basic/alternative plumage, sex differences, distinctive postures when feeding or resting and much more. Learn a process to identify birds that includes their behaviors, the time of day, the time of the year and the locations seen. Leave with the visual skills and auditory skills to enhance your enjoyment of the avian world around you.

Code: HC51100
Dates: November 9-16, 2018
Meets: 12 N to 2:00 PM
Location: Creutzburg Center 100
Instructor: Phil Witmer
$55.00 Course Fee
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Tyler Arboretum Tiny Trackers: Gifts from Trees

Thursday November 15
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

For Ages 4 – 6

Every day we use gifts from trees, often without even thinking about it! Go on a hike and adopt a tree which we can visit each season to see how it changes.

Tiny Trackers programs are for children and their favorite adult. Each program includes a lesson, nature exploration and a craft. Fee is for the child only.

Beyond the Birdfeeder: What Birds Are Really Looking For in Your Yard

Class will begin with a walk to observe birds at Chanticleer and conclude with a presentation that reviews common birds of Pennsylvania, resource needs of these birds, migratory species and species of concern, and what to plant to attract specific birds. Participants will learn to identify key indicators that demonstrate whether a property is contributing to migratory and common bird populations and how they might improve their practices to do so.

Instructor: Steve Saffier, Audubon PA Program Manager, Bird Friendly Communities
Location: Chanticleer Gardens
786 Church Road, Wayne, PA, 19087
Date: Saturday October 20, 2018
Time: 8:00-10:00 AM
Price: $35 per class

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Putting the Garden to Bed

Make the most of your work in the garden this fall while preparing it for the winter months. Chanticleer Assistant Horticulturist, Chris Fehlhaber will demonstrate essential gardening techniques that ensure your garden will be more manageable in the spring. From cutting back to thinning and dividing plants, re-establishing bed lines and seeding plants into the soil directly, this class will give you a checklist of fall cleanup tasks that improve your efficiency and planning.

Location: Chanticleer Garden
786 Church Road, Wayne, PA, 19087
Date: October 27, 2018
Time: 9:30-11:30 AM
Price: $25 PHS Members; $35 Non-Members

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Opening Weekend of The Discovery Center!

Dates: Sept. 28th (Ribbon Cutting) & Sept. 29th (Discovery Days)
Location: 3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia PA
Times: Sept. 28 1-3 pm & Sept. 29 11-3 pm

Audubon Pennsylvania is excited to invite you to the opening weekend of The Discovery Center. This center, which is a joint venture between Audubon Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Outward Bound School, will serve as a facility for research and science-based conservation projects and educational programs throughout the Philadelphia region. Audubon will engage individuals, local communities like neighboring Strawberry Mansion community, and visitors by offering opportunities, resources and tools to analyze, preserve and restore our natural environment.The Discovery Center will also allow visitors to connect to Audubon’s national and international conservation initiatives, serving as a major migratory stopover on the Atlantic Flyway for over 150 species of birds and as a premier destination for bird watching throughout the region. This center is the newest addition to Audubon’s network of 41 nature centers and sanctuaries in communities across the country.

Top officials and city dignitaries will join The Discovery Center for the Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting. Executives from Audubon Pennsylvania, National Audubon Society, Philadelphia Outward Bound School and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation will be in attendance. Members of the public are invited to attend this event on Friday, Sept. 28, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Ceremony to start at 2:00 p.m.

The opening weekend festivities will continue on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with the inaugural Discovery Day, a monthly program day for the community that welcomes families and friends of all ages and walks of life to experience The Discovery Center and the natural world in their own backyard.