Every year, billions of birds migrate north in the spring and south in the fall, the majority of them flying at night, navigating with the night sky. However, as they pass over big cities on their way, they can become disoriented by bright artificial lights and skyglow, often causing them to collide with buildings or windows. While lights can throw birds off their migration paths, bird fatalities are more directly caused by the amount of energy the birds waste flying around and calling out in confusion. The exhaustion can then leave them vulnerable to other urban threats.
Each year when night falls on Sept. 11 in New York City, twin pillars of sheer radiance powered by 88 high-powered searchlights are blasted into the heavens near where the World Trade Center once stood.
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.
Learn the joys of watching birds in your backyard and the keys to identifying the birds you see. Explore techniques for attracting a wide variety of birds, methods for providing a safe habitat for our feathered friends and tools for enhancing the experience.
Dates: October 19-26, 2018
Meets: 12 N to 2:00 PM
Location: Creutzburg Center 100
Instructor: Phil Witmer
$59.00 Course Fee
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Tuesday October 16
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Located on the South Jersey shore, Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is an important part of the Atlantic Flyway with its tidal wetlands and shallow bay habitats. Join birder Sue Lucas on a trip to Forsythe Refuge, Brigantine Island and surrounding areas in search of fall migrating waterfowl. This trip includes transportation, beverages and snacks. Bring a lunch, field guides and binoculars.
Gardeners can easily encourage solitary bees by providing artificial nest sites, sometimes called “bee houses.” In this hands-on workshop, participants will build their own bee house, while learning about benefits of raising solitary bees. This class will bring attention to the benefits that solitary bees bring to our gardens. This class is not appropriate for children under 10, anyone below age 16 should be accompanies by an adult.
Instructor: Lowery Douglass, Assistant Horticulturist, Chanticleer
Location: Chanticleer Gardens
786 Church Road, Wayne, PA, 19087
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Price: $45 per class
Saturday October 13
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Is your garden ready for the winter chill? Not sure how to help your garden through the winter? Join Joe Daniels, Delaware County Master Gardener, to learn the steps for proper seasonal garden maintenance focused on perennials, shrubs, trees and lawn to get your garden ready for its spring awakening. Come with your gardening questions!
Wednesday October 3
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
For ages 18 months – 3 years
Many of our summer birds are leaving us now. Find out why and where they are headed. Use binoculars to look for them.
Toddlers in Nature programs are for toddlers and their favorite adult. Toddlers are all about exploring their sense of wonder and each program includes a story, theme exploration, and time in nature.
Migrating birds can become disoriented as they fly at night. But the 9/11 Tribute in Light has come up with a solution.
By Andrew Farnsworth and Kyle G. Horton
Drs. Farnsworth and Horton are scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Every Sept. 11, beams of light rise more than four miles into the night sky from the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum in Lower Manhattan to honor the nearly 3,000 lives lost in America’s most devastating terrorist attacks. The glowing columns elegantly trace the outlines of the twin towers. But they also beckon thousands of migrating birds into the city’s skyscraper canyons, where they can become disoriented and crash headlong into buildings.
We all know the early bird gets the worm, so why do these young endangered grassland songbirds hang out in their nests late into the day? A new study seeks to answer that question, and it could be that playing the waiting game is actually the best way for nesting siblings to get the most food before heading out on their own.