Overview and Activities

Quick Look

Next Meeting: Monday 8th January - Movie Night
Next Bird Walk / Field Trip: Saturday 16th December - Christmas Bird Count


Unless indicated otherwise, all SMAS Programs are held at the Adams County Agricultural Resource Center, 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, PA at 7:30 pm. A room number for the SMAS meeting will be posted on the front lobby entry inner door.

Bonnie Portzline is happy to give her presentation ‘Birds with a Gettysburg address’ to interested parties. The presentation is based on her wonderful photographs of local birds.

Saturday 16th December Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

Friday 5th January Bird Walk at Oakside Park, Biglerville. Meet at the parking lot off route 394; time: 9:30 am. Afterwards lunch at Fidler & Co for those who are interested. Any questions - contact Deb Siefken

Monday 8th January Movie Night.

Thursday 25th January Children’s Program given by Hersey Zoo America and sponsored by SMAS (not open to the public).

Friday 9th February Bird Walk at Oakside Park, Biglerville. Meet at the parking lot off route 394; time: 9:30 am. Any questions - contact Deb Siefken

Monday 19th March Member’s Best

Saturday 21st April Annual Lunch at Hickory Bridge Farm. Details to follow.

Monday, 9th to 12th May 2018, Trip to Magee Marsh and Lake Erie for migrating birds. Organized by NatureStabler Exploration. See flyer for details.

Friday, 18th to 20th May 2018, Festival of Birds at Presque Isle, organized by Presque Isle Audubon Society. See web site for details.

Sunday, 16th to Friday 21st September 2018, NatureStabler Exploration is running a Hudson River Trip. See Tentative Schedule and Activity Descriptions for details.

Citizen Scientists Wanted!


The Pennsylvania Amphibian & Reptile Survey is looking for interested citizen scientists to participate in their survey in this area. Willingness to record and report amphibian and reptile observations is needed. The 2 websites listed below provide more information on the project, the opportunity to sign up, and links to help with identification of herps: PARS and Pennsylvania Herp Identification

For more additional information contact the Adams County coordinator Sue Muller. Her email address is: adams@paherpsurvey.org

The South Mountain Audubon Society aims are to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity focusing on Adams County, PA.

The Society works towards those aims with meetings, birding trips, and conservation activities.

There are 2 Important Bird Areas locally:

The Society can be contacted in the following ways:

email: SMAS@southmountainaudubon.org

Tel.: 717-352-7936

Mail: SMAS, P.O. Box 3671, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Click here to join National Audubon and the South Mountain Audubon Society. Please select U17 as the Chapter code from the drop down menu on the form.

If you only want to join the South Mountain Audubon Society only then sign up at the next event you attend. The annual membership is $15.

Field Trips

FIELD TRIPS - Field trips will be announced in the quarterly newsletters (when possible) and on this website.  Each field trip will list a contact person and a meeting place.  Please be sure to notify the  listed contact person of your planned attendance so that you can be alerted to any changes in the schedule or meeting place. 

Field trips to Oakside Park, Biglerville

The monthly bird walks at Oakside Park, Biglerville continue (see left column). 78 species have been observed at the Park so far. A bird list for the Park is available.Immature Red-headed Woodpecker just starting to get its red head.
Photo by Linette Manserberger

Wildwood Park

On the 30th November SMAS visited Wildwood Park in Harrisburg. 32 species were seen. Nothing very unusual but there was Canada Goose imitating a duck!

Photo by Linette Mansberger


This year and last SMAS has given a partial scholarship to the Pennsylvania Wildlife Leadership Academy to a local student. This year’s recipient was Sarah Hardy, a student at Biglerville High School.

Donations for the 2018 scholarship will be gratefully received.

Deb Siefken, SMAS President, and Sarah Hardy holding the poster Sarah created
during her Academy field school.