Category Archives: News & Events

Bird Walk at
Newlin Grist Mill

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 8:00am-10:00am
Location: Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Meet at the NGM Visitor Center
Cost: Free

Description: Newlin Grist Mill and Wild Birds Unlimited-Concordville are teaming up to explore the wonderful world of bird life. Join us for monthly (last Saturday of each month; Nov.-Mar., 9-11am; Apr.-Oct., 8-10am) naturalist-led walks through the 160-acre park at Newlin Grist Mill. We will meet year-round residents, visit exciting migrants, and learn the basics of bird identification and biology.
Families and beginners are welcome!

Birding with MLSN & Radnor Conservancy

Experience the exciting hobby of bird watching. Find out what you need and what’s new in field guides and electronic gadgets. Discuss the art and science of bird identification, as well as the best times and places to go. Walk will include birding basics and binocular training. Dress for the weather and be prepared to walk a trail. We will walk rain or shine. Any skill level welcome.

Code: TT31067
Dates: September 26, 2018
Meets: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: The Willows
Instructor: Phil Witmer
$18.00 Course Fee
Save $6 with a MLSN Membership

http://www.mainlineschoolnight.org/CourseStatus.awp?&course=18FTT31067

Win a free spot in the Cornell Lab’s warbler identification course

Do you enjoy watching fall warblers in the Americas, but could use some tips and tricks for identification? We can help! We’re excited to partner with the Cornell Lab’s Bird Academy to offer a suite of exciting educational resources in thanks for your eBirding: in August, every eligible checklist that you submit gives you a chance to get free access to Be a Better Birder: Warbler Identification Series

https://ebird.org/news/win-a-free-spot-in-the-cornell-labs-warbler-identification-course-august

Annual eBird taxonomy update coming

August is always an exciting time of year for eBird—when we update all eBird records with the latest scientific advances in bird taxonomy. New information on species limits can result in increases (splits) or decreases (lumps) in your list totals. Whenever possible, we change your records for you to match the expected species when a split occurs—this is one of the main services we provide at eBird. Expect 2018’s update in the second or third week of August.

https://ebird.org/news/annual-ebird-taxonomy-update-coming

October Big Day—6 October 2018

Global Big Day has set new heights for a single day of birding each of the past four Mays. This massively international collaborative birding event has been so great that we’re having another worldwide eBird Big Day! From hundreds of Ross’s Gulls in northern Alaska to springtime in Australia, South Africa, and southern South America, October brings fun birding to the whole world. Mark your calendar for the first October Big Day: 6 October. Let’s see what we can find together on the first October Big Day!

Stay tuned for more information in coming weeks, and start planning your October 6 birding!

Humans are helping this rare bird learn how to migrate again

The northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita) was once a common sight in northern and eastern Africa, the Middle East and portions of southern and central Europe. Today, the bird is critically endangered in the wild. Some 600 individuals reside in Morocco while another semi-wild group of 200 lives in Turkey.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/northern-bald-ibis-waldrapp-return-europe

https://e360.yale.edu/features/after-a-400-year-absence-waldrapp-rare-ibis-returns-to-european-skies

Wildlife Over Waste Clean-up at John Heinz Wildlife Refuge

PennEnvironment is holding a press conference and clean-up on July 25 at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge to highlight the problem of foam litter in our parks and celebrate the introduction of new legislation that would ban single-use polystyrene cups and take-out containers in Pennsylvania. The press conference will include the bill’s sponsor House Rep. Tim Briggs, John Heinz Refuge Manager Lamar Gore, and PennEnvironment’s Conservation Associate, Jessica Bellwoar, who will address the importance of keeping our parks safe, clean places to hike, paddle and play.

https://pennenvironment.webaction.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=638

Audubon Pennsylvania Summer Newsletter 2018

Highlights Include:

Letter from Executive Director, Greg Goldman
Native Plants Help Birds Adapt to Climate Change
Elmwood Park Zoo Partnership
The Central Park Effect Film Screening
Ruffed Grouse Help Lead the Way to Healthier Forests
Audubon Launches The Waterthrush Project in Chester and Berks Counties
Alliance for Watershed Education Fellowship
Join Us For The Public Opening Of The Discovery Center

http://pa.audubon.org/news/summer-newsletter-2018

Tyler Arboretum Birding Trip: Poconos Hike

Tuesday June 12, 2018
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Join birders and guides, Sue Lucas and John Mercer, for this exciting day trip to hike and bird in the Poconos. Penn Forest in Carbon County and surrounding areas provide excellent habitat for birds, and varied terrain (woods, fields, hills, streams and lakes) sure to please birders and hikers alike. Bring binoculars, good hiking boots, a small backpack, a bag lunch and extra water on this active trip. Transportation, snacks and water are provided.

https://3828.blackbaudhosting.com/3828/Birding-Trip-Poconos-Hike

Audubon Lawsuit Seeks to Restore Protections for Migratory Birds

WASHINGTON – A coalition of national environmental groups, including the National Audubon Society, the American Bird Conservancy, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, National Wildlife Federation, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, today filed litigation, National Audubon Society v. Department of the Interior, in the Southern District of New York challenging the Trump Administration’s move to eliminate longstanding protections for waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).

https://www.audubon.org/news/audubon-lawsuit-seeks-restore-protections-migratory-birds