Overview and Activities

Quick Look

Next Meeting: Monday 19th March- Movie Night
Next Bird Walk / Field Trip: Wednesday 28th February - Oakside Park (9:30 am start)

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.

Wednesday 28th February Bird Walk at Oakside Park, Biglerville. Meet at the parking lot off route 394; time: 9:30 am. Any questions - contact Deb Siefken

2 - 4 March, Conococheague Audubon, FIELD TRIP to Blackwater NWR, Maryland, auto tour for WATERFOWL. Leave from Martins’ home at time TBD on Friday. Bring scopes, binoculars, and CBs. Make own motel arrangements. Eric and Rhetta Martin, 717-597-8675.

Tuesday, 6th March, Conococheague Audubon, FIELD TRIP. Tentative outing for WOODCOCKS. If trip takes place at Heisey Road orchard, meet at Chambersburg Mall, Black Gap Rd., (north side near Bon Ton wall) at 6:00 PM. Bring CBs and flashlights. For update, Bob Kochert, 717-263-3692.

Thursday, 8th March, York Audubon, Trip to Middlecreek Wildlife Management Area to witness the spectacle of thousands of snow geese. Leader: Carolyn Mathur 717-309-7899. Meet at the Galleria Mall near Red Robin at 8 A.M. to carpool.

Saturday, 10th March, Conococheague Audubon, FIELD TRIP to Middle Creek WMA, Lancaster County auto tour for WATERFOWL. Meet in parking lot at Scotland exit, I-81 northbound at 6:30 AM. Bring scopes, binoculars, CBs, and lunch. Eric and Rhetta Martin, 717-597-8675.

Monday, 12th March, Conococheague Audubon, MEETING at NORLO PARK COMMUNITY CENTER, 3050 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville, 7:00 PM. Creating Native Landscaping and Pollinator Habitat, by Ryan Davis, Forests Program Coordinator, Alliance For The Chesapeake Bay.

Monday, 12th March, York Audubon, PA Audubon’s Vice-President and Executive Director Greg Goldman brings a broad range of experience to the organization. He will share his background and his initiatives with our local chapter as we meet and greet him. Luther Memorial Church, Time: 7:00 P.M.

Thursday, 15th March, Conococheague Audubon, FILM at CAMS. Music at 7:00 PM, film at 7:30 PM. Superpride. Explore the Serengeti wildlife refuge through the eyes of the largest pride of lions that rules the plains.

Friday 16th March Bird Walk at Oakside Park, Biglerville. Meet at the parking lot off route 394; time: 8 am. Any questions - contact Mike Bertram

Monday 19th March Movie Night: Birders: The Central Park Effect.

Movie will be shown at 7:45 following refreshments at 7:00 PM.  The movie lasts 1 hour. This is a wonderful movie with excellent photography that highlights the amazing array of birds found in Central Park in NYC as well as the eclectic group of people who bird there. Further details at Birders. A small donation is requested to cover some of the costs.

Saturday, 7th April, York Audubon, Annual York Audubon Society Banquet at East Berlin Area Community Center. Come early for silent auction, raffle and 50/50. Dinner served at 6:00 P.M. Afterwards, Gettysburg photographer Bonnie Portzline presents “Birds With a Gettysburg Address” highlighting her best photos and most interesting stories, including avian connections to the battlefield and soldiers. Cost: $20 per person. Make checks payable to York Audubon Society. Mail to Barb Fisher, 81 Old Westminster Road, Hanover, PA 17331. Reservation deadline: April 1, 2017. Barb’s phone # is 717-632-4926.

Wednesday 18th April 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.

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

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.

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

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 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

Saturday 12th May Bird count on International 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.

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.

Wednesday 18th 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

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

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!

Students3

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. 


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). 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


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:


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.