Free guided bird walks during the Expo!
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the Expo from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
For the third consecutive year, the American Birding Expo will offer free, guided bird walks at local birding hotspots. With its move east to the Philadelphia metro area, the birding sites have changed to include six fabulous regional hotspots: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, Peace Valley Park, Wissahickon Valley Park, John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, Valley Forge National Park, and the Militia Hill Hawk Watch. Volunteer guides from Philly-area bird clubs and from among the Expo’s exhibitors will be on hand at each of the designated Expo birding sites to take small groups of interested people out bird watching.
Bird walks will be held between 7:30 and 10:00 a.m. each morning of the Expo: Friday, September 29; Saturday, September 30; and Sunday, October 1, 2017. The guided walks are free and open to the public and will depart from a designated and well-marked location in the main parking lot at each of the birding sites. Look for signs reading “Expo Birding Site.”
The bird clubs with members volunteering as Expo birding guides include: The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, Valley Forge Audubon, Wyncote Audubon, Bucks County Birders, the Bird Club of Delaware County, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Lancaster County Bird Club. Special thanks to George Armistead of Rockjumper Birding Adventures for organizing the volunteer birding guides.The Philadelphia region has a wonderful diversity of birdlife, world-class sites for watching birds, and more than a dozen active bird-watching clubs. This is unsurprising given the rich history of birding and ornithology in Philly. Here are six Philly-area birding hotspots that Expo attendees should plan to visit before, during, and after the Expo. These walks are free and open to the public and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Philadelphia region has a wonderful diversity of birdlife, world-class sites for watching birds, and more than a dozen active bird-watching clubs. This is unsurprising given the rich history of birding and ornithology in Philly. Here are six Philly-area birding hotspots that Expo attendees should plan to visit before, during, and after the Expo. These walks are free and open to the public and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
This refuge is easily one of the Keystone State’s best birding sites, providing a variety of habitats for birds in the urbanized setting of Philadelphia. Freshwater tidal marsh, open waters, mudflats, and woodlands attract numerous birds, including thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl in fall. More than 10 miles of trails and several observation platforms make this an accessible site to visit. More info>>
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
Mill Grove is the first American home of Audubon, and it remains a great site to look for birds—mostly warblers and other migratory songbirds in fall. The grounds feature meadows, woodlands, and some water, with about five miles of trails. More info>>
Valley Forge National Historical Park
This site encompasses more than 3,000 acres of land, featuring a variety of habitats: forests, wetlands, and meadows. More than 227 bird species have been recorded here. In fall, look for warblers, kinglets, vireos, and other migrating passerines. The best birding areas are on Mount Joy, along Valley Creek and the Schuylkill River, and in the meadows throughout the park. More info>>
Militia Hill Hawk Watch
This hawk watch in Fort Washington State Park is a must-see in September and October. Tens of thousands of raptors migrate over this site, including sharp-shinned hawks, Cooper’s hawks, broad-winged hawks, northern harriers, and bald eagles. Visitors are encouraged to join the hawk watch, and a compiler is always present to help identify birds and answer questions. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times of day to see migrating raptors here. More info>>
Peace Valley Park
A large lake and a mix of wooded and open habitats make Peace Valley a great place for a variety of birds, especially during migration. Park at the nature center and explore the trails—in fall, watch for warblers, kinglets, tanagers, orioles, and other songbirds, and keep an eye out for migrating hawks overhead. The roads within the park offer opportunities to view the lake without leaving your car. More info>>
Andorra Meadow in Wissahickon Valley Park
This meadow is the perfect place to enjoy a fall morning. Start at the Wissahickon Environmental Center and take one of the easy trails to the meadow. Watch for woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, robins, catbirds, waxwings, goldfinches, and migrating warblers. The Great Beech—the second largest tree in Philadelphia and the largest European beech in Pennsylvania—is located here. More info>>
Free morning workshops during the Expo!
Friday, September 29 from 8:15-9:00 a.m.
Presented by John Schaust
Chief Naturalist, Wild Birds Unlimited
Saturday, September 30 from 8:15-9:00 a.m.
Presented by Brian Cunningham
Product and Hobby Education Manager, Wild Birds Unlimited
Curious about the hobby of bird feeding? Just getting started and need some expert advice? Then this program is for you! Join the experts from Wild Birds Unlimited as they share their knowledge on how to get the best bird action in your backyard. What foods? What feeders? Where to place them? These questions and many more will be answered with a dash of fun and a sprinkle of uncommon facts about our common backyard birds.
Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30 from 8:15-9:00 a.m.
Presented by Jim Carpenter
Founder of Wild Birds Unlimited and Author of The Joy of Bird Feeding
Learn about the science and art of feeding wild birds from the true master of the hobby. From beginner to experienced hobbyists, everyone will benefit from learning about the 5 steps to bird feeding mastery and the 12 elements that every backyard needs to maximize its variety of feathered visitors. Jim will also review the history of bird feeding though a look at feeding guides published over the past 100 years. Be sure to bring your questions for the master to answer!