Overview and Activities

Quick Look

Next Meeting: Monday 20th November - Rattlesnakes by Andy Wolfe
Next Bird Walk / Field Trip: Friday 17th November - Oakside Park, Biglerville


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.

Friday 17th November Bird Walk at Oakside Park, Biglerville. Meet at the parking lot off route 394; time: 8 am. Any questions - contact Mike Bertram at mike@the2nomads.org.

Monday 20th November Rattlesnakes, presentation by Andy Wolfe.

Thursday 30th November Trip to Wildwood Park, located on the north side of Harrisburg. Meet at the Kennie’s parking lot in Biglerville at 8am. For those that want, we will be going to The Millworks in Harrisburg for lunch. Plan to return no later than 2pm. Rain date Tuesday 5th December.

Friday 8th December Bird Walk at Oakside Park, Biglerville. Meet at the parking lot off route 394; time: 8 am. Any questions - contact Mike Bertram at mike@the2nomads.org.

Saturday 16th December Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

Monday, 9th to 12th May 2018, Trip to Magee Marsh and Lake Erie for migrating birds. Organized by Nature Stabler Explorations. See flyer 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.

Southern Visitor

In September Callan Murphy found a Black-bellied Whistling Duck at Lake Heritage. This bird is found mainly in Texas and Florida.

Photo by Bonnie Portzline


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.