Overview and Activities

Quick Look

Next Meeting: Saturday 21st April - Annual Lunch
Next Bird Walk / Field Trip: Saturday 28th April - Oakside Park

Meetings

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 21st April Annual Lunch at Hickory Bridge Farm. See flyer and form for details.

Monday 23rd April Bird Walk for home schooled kids. If you are interested in helping contact Deb Seifken.

Tuesday, 24th April, 7 pm, Climate Change Film Series, "Winds of Change", Valentine Hall, Lutheran Seminary, Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg. See flyer for more details

Thursday, 26th April, York Audubon, Bird walk at Lake Redman boardwalk on Ironstone Hill Road near Dallastown. Leader: Carolyn Mathur 717-309-7899. Meet at the parking lot at 8:30 A.M.

Saturday 28th April Bird Walk at Oakside Park, Biglerville. Meet at the parking lot off route 394; time: 8 am. Any questions - contact Mike Bertram on 717-809-3911

Tuesday, 1st May, 7 pm, Climate Change Film Series, "Collapse of the Oceans", Valentine Hall, Lutheran Seminary, Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg. See flyer for more details

Saturday 5th May Birding Trip to Harrisburg State Hospital - Don Gilbert, who works and birds in Harrisburg on almost a daily basis, will lead us on a spring migration walk at the Harrisburg State Hospital. (Raindate is Sunday, May 6.) Don has sighted well over 120 species of birds on this campus, including 28 species of warblers. Time permitting, we will also stop at Wildwood for additional birding. Tentative plans are to carpool, leaving the Gettysburg area around 6 AM. Please reply to southmountainaudubon@gmail.com or to Linette at 717-495-8137 if you plan to attend. Specific meeting times and places will be announced after the number of participants has been determined. Preregistering for this trip is important - even if your participation is not definite.

Tuesday 8th May Bird Walk down Milesburn Road, Michaux State Forest. Meet at Kathy & Mike’s house; time: 8 am. Any questions - contact Mike Bertram on 717-809-3911

Tuesday, 8th May, 7 pm, Climate Change Film Series, "Safe Passage", Valentine Hall, Lutheran Seminary, Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg. See flyer for more details

Saturday 12th May Bird count on World Migratory Bird Day. Meet at Spangler’s Spring, Gettysburg NMP; time: tbd.

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

Wednesday 16th May Bird Walk near Michener Cabin, Michaux State Forest. Meet at Kathy & Mike’s house; time: 8 am. Any questions - contact Mike Bertram on 717-809-3911

Thursday, 17th May, Trip to Central Park, NYC 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.

Monday 21st May Dare 2B Tick Aware, A PA Lyme Prevention Program. This program sponsored by the PA Lyme Resources Network will cover ticks and tick-borne diseases, how to prevent tick bites, recognition of early Lyme Disease symptoms, how to seek help, and much more.

Saturday, 2nd June, Green Gathering at Gettysburg Rec Park, 11am - 4:30 pm. See web site for details.

Monday 18th June Presentation by Jean-François Therrien on the Kestrel Project at Hawk Mountain.

Friday 22nd June Bird Walk at Oakside Park, Biglerville. Meet at the parking lot off route 394; time: 8 am. Any questions - contact Mike Bertram on 717-809-3911

Sunday, 16th to Friday 21st September 2018, NatureStabler Exploration is running a Hudson River Trip. See Tentative Schedule and Activity Descriptions for details. Reservations needed by the 1st August.


Citizen Scientists Wanted!

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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

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. 


Bird Arrivals and Departures

SMAS is developing a friendly competition to document the dates of bird arrivals and depatures in Adams County. Feedback is requested on the concept and a draft web page which documents the dates.


2017 Christmas Bird Count

On the 16th December 2017 South Mountain Audubon participated in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count for the 36th year. We saw 79 species and 10,028 individuals. The following species were found that had not been seen in previous counts: Ross’s Goose, Greater Scaup, Peregrine Falcon, Eastern Phoebe. Link to further details.


Field trips to Oakside Park, Biglerville

The monthly bird walks at Oakside Park, Biglerville continue (see left column). 79 species have been observed at the Park so far. A bird list for the Park is available.Eastern Phoebe
Northern Mockingbird

Photos by Linette Manserberger


School Presentation

On the 25th January the Society sponsored a presentation by Hershey Zoo America at the Biglerville Elementary School.






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:


Volunteers Needed!

Audubon Pennsylvania is gathering volunteers for their Learn, Explore & Restore our Watershed environmental education field trips this spring. They are especially shorthanded for the Pinchot field trips, but the Kiwanis Lake trips could also use some extra hands. See the Volunteer Flyer and Volunteer Application if you are interested in helping.


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.