Overview and Activities

Quick Look

Next Meeting: Monday 19th November - Birds of Trinidad and Tobago presented by Martyn Kenefick
Next Bird Walk / Field Trip: Saturday 20th October - Oakside Park


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 20th October 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

1st - 2nd November Trip to Hawk Mountain staying at Microtel in Hamburg for 1 night. We will travel up one morning, bird in the afternoon. Stay overnight and then bird the next morning and return home in the afternoon. The time we will visit Hawk Mountain is the peak period for Golden Eagle migration. Further details to be added. Any questions - contact Mike Bertram on 717-809-3911

Tuesday 13th November, Duck Drive in Adams County. Meet at 8:30 am at Winebrenner parking lot at the end of Howard Ave. at Gettysburg Rec Park; will carpool to Lake Heritage, Lake Kay and other lakes & ponds in Adams County for waterfowl. Questions - contact Deb at 717 677-4830,

Saturday 17th November 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

Monday 19th November, Birds of Trinidad and Tobago presented by Martyn Kenefick, author of a soon to be updated book on the topic.

Tuesday 20th November, Bird Walk in Gettysburg NHP. Further details forthcoming.

Mon., Dec 10: York Audubon meeting Scott Weidensaul presents “A Galaxy of Falcons” Each year, what may be the largest gathering of raptors on the planet ~a million Amur falcons~ assembles in the remote mountains of N.E. India, a spectacle unknown to the outside world until a few years ago. Scott will discuss his 2017 expedition to Nagaland to document this stunning phenomenon, and the astonishing conservation saga that surrounds it. Luther Memorial Church, 7:00 P.M.

Saturday 15th December Christmas Bird Count. If you are interested in participating contact Mike O'Brien on 540-314-5108

Saturday 22nd December 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

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:

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.

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.

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 running a friendly competition to document the dates of bird arrivals and depatures in Adams County. Feedback is requested on the concept and a web page which documents the dates. At present we are tracking Summer Resident departures, and Winter Resident arrivals. Bonnie Prtzline won the competition for the most pass-thru birds (birds we see in the Spring and Fall but who are never resident).

Spangler’s Spring,
Gettysburg National Military Park

On International Migratory Bird Day, the 12th May, South Mountain Audubon had its usual bird walk at Spangler’s Spring. 68 species of birds were observed including many warblers.

Northern Parula
Cape May Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler
Photos by Linette Mansberger

Harrisburg State Hospital

On the 6th October South Mountain Audubon participated in a Big Day bird count at the old Harrisburg State Hospital site. 61 species were observed including a number of warblers.

Blackpoll Warbler

Green Heron

Field trips to Oakside Park, Biglerville

The monthly bird walks at Oakside Park, Biglerville continue (see left column). 31 species were observed in September including a number of additions to the Park bird list. American Robin on nest
Broad-winged Hawk

Photos by Linette Manserberger