Overview and Activities

Quick Look

Next Meeting: Monday 28th January - Cheasapeake Bay presented by B. J. Small
Next Bird Walk / Field Trip: Saturday 15th December - Christmas Bird Count


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 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 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

Monday 28th January, B.J. Small from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will be presenting.

Monday 11th March, Marci Mowery from the Pennsylvania Parks & Forest Foundation will be presenting on birding and kayaking in the State Parks.

May 10 - 12 Presque Isle Audubon hosts a Festival of the Birds at Presque Isle. See Presque Isle Audubon website for details.

Bird Arrivals and Departures

The friendly competition of documenting the dates of bird arrivals and depatures in Adams County in 2018 has finished. The winners were: Cy Dietz (summer resident arrivals), Bonnie Portzline (pass-thru migrants), Linette Mansberger (summer resident departures); and Kathy King (winter resident arrivals). Feedback is requested on the concept and a web page which documents the dates. The competitoion will be run again in 2019.

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. Cowbirds
Broad-winged Hawk

Photos by Linette Manserberger

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. 

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

Hawk Mountain

On the 1st November, South Mountain Audubon visited Hawk Mountain. Among the birds seen were: Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Norther Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Coppers Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk

Immature Golden and Bald Eagles
Photos by Linette Mansberger

Other birds and animals were also seen:

Photos by Ralph Siefken

Duck Drive

On the 13th November SMAS Members took a drive around Adams County Lakes & Ponds. The highlights of the tour were Hooded Mergansers and a Bald Eagle.

Hooded Merganser

Bald Eagle

Photos by Linette Mansberger