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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

https://www.discoveryphila.org/

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.

 

With these maps, you can track migratory birds in near real time

If you’re a bird-watcher, there’s an interactive way to enjoy your hobby thanks to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Cornell scientists created a tool on their BirdCast website (with research funded by NSF, Leon Levy Foundation, Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship and Marshall Aid Commission) that shows in near real-time the volume and direction of migratory birds traveling throughout the country. The migration forecast maps will keep you apprised of what to expect in the days (and nights) ahead.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/cornell-updated-birdcast-maps-track-bird-migrations

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

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

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