Overview and Activities

Quick Look

Next Bird Walk / Field Trip: 7:30 am Saturday 3rd June, Mary Ann Furnace trail, Codorus State Park.

Next Meeting: Monday 19th June, Jean-Francois Therrien, American Kestrel Research


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 (refreshments at 7 pm). A room number for the SMAS meeting will be posted on the front lobby entry inner door.

Bonnie Portzline (profile - courtesy of The Gettysburg Times) 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.

Bird Arrivals and Departures

The Spring Migration Bird challenge is underway (spreadsheet here). You can join at any time. If you are interested in participating or just want to know what is going on contact Mike Bertram at 717-809-3911.

Local Bird Sightings in 2022

Although the number of species recorded in the Christmas Bird Count in 2022 was lower than usual that was not reflected in the eBird reports for Adams County and the local IBAs for the complete year. In fact there were a number of new species as well as reports of species not see locally for many years. Someone tried to tweak the numbers by releasing Indian Peafowl and Red Junglefowl, but they did not succeed.

A trio of new sparrows were recorded, Clay-colored, Nelson, and Harris. The Marsh Wren had eluded recording in the county in the past although there were observations in all surrounding areas. Marsh Wrens were observed in two separate places in the county in 2022.

Among the species not see locally for many years were: Sandhill Crane, Snow Bunting, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, and Dunlin.

Meetings and other Activities

Bird Walk, Saturday, 3rd June, 7:30 am Mary Ann Furnace trail, Codorus State Park. Walk leader: Evan Vaeth

Monday, June 19 American Kestrel Research at Hawk Mountain by Jean-Francois Therrien.

Refreshments and social time: 7:00 PM

A brief business meeting followed by the program: 7:30 PM.

Location: Ag Center in Gettysburg at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg.
Free and open to the public

Monday, September 18 Birding in Colombia and Ecuador by Tony Arnold.

Refreshments and social time: 7:00 PM

A brief business meeting followed by the program: 7:30 PM.

Location: Ag Center in Gettysburg at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg.
Free and open to the public

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.: 717-809-3911

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

Educational Initiatives

South Mountain Audubon sponsors educational efforts on natural history in the local schools. In March it finacnced the purchase of books by the Montessori School.

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Field Trips

FIELD TRIPS - Field trips will be planned on an annual basis and a tentative list will be sent in late December to those on our email list. Details for day trips will be announced in the monthly email blasts, and details for overnight trips will be announced a few months in advance. Also, information can be found on this website. Each monthly email will list a contact person and a meeting place and time for the upcoming events. If you are not on our email list, you can contact Mike Bertram at the2nomads@gmail.com or call 717-809-3911 (please leave a voicemail) if you have questions or need other details. Field trip cancellations will be announced by email as soon as possible and also on this website.

Knox Road

On the 6th of May SMAS walked Knox Road. 57 species were observed. A great morning's birding.

Green Heron

Solitary Sandpiper

photos by Evan Vaeth and Linette Mansberger

Eisenhower National Historic Site 

A 2-hour spring walk on Sunday, May 7 produced 40 species at the Eisenhower National Historic Site. 

Spangler's Spring,
Gettysburg NHP

On Saturday 13th May South Mountain Audubon ran its annual Big Day Migratory Bird walk in the area of Spanger's Spring, Gettysburg NMP. On a very wet day 49 bird species were found.

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Common Yellowthroat

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Jack in the Pulpit

Photos by Linette Mansberger

Plum Run Road

On Saturday, 20th May, SMAS walked the area around Plum Run Road. 56 species were observed including a number of warblers passing through on the way to their breeding areas.

Acadian Flycatcher

Cedar Waxwing

photos by Evan Vaeth