Whether you’re a seasoned birder eager to experience fall migration or a newly interested bird watcher seeking your first birding experience, the free morning bird walks during the 2018 American Birding Expo offer an excellent opportunity to get out there with the birds!
The American Birding Expo returns to the northwestern Philadelphia region in late September, and will once again offer free bird walks at four area birding hotspots from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the Expo The four designated birding sites are: the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, Militia Hill Hawk Watch in Fort Washington State Park, and Valley Forge National Historical Park.
Expert volunteer birders from Philly-area bird clubs will be on hand to guide attendees and to help identify the birds encountered. Birders at all levels of interest and skill are welcome. Fall songbird and hawk migration through the region should be in full swing during the Expo weekend.
The American Birding Expo is a consumer-oriented event, which has been called “the world of birding in one place.” In addition to the free bird walks, the Expo features a worldwide array of travel options, plus outdoor clothing and gear, backyard products, bird and nature clubs, birding festivals, book and app publishers, artwork and gift items, and more. There will even be a collection of birding-friendly cars and SUVs on display. During the Expo hours there will be free seminars and presentations on a variety of topics including bird photography, hummingbirds, birding travel tips, bird conservation, birding apps, and more.
The 2018 American Birding Expo will be September 21 to 23 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania, about 30 minutes northwest of downtown Philadelphia. A weekend pass is just $10 (plus a small credit card fee) and can be purchased in advance on the Expo’s website, or at the door.