LEHIGH VALLEY AUDUBON SOCIETY

2013-2014 ACTIVITIES


General Information

All programs and field trips are free unless otherwise specified.  Non-members are welcome.
 

Field Trip Details

Bird watching and other trips leave from the Tilghman Square parking lot on Tilghman St. in Allentown, just west of Rt. 309 (in the area between Staples and Red Robin - - closer to Red Robin) unless otherwise noted.

Trips leave promptly - please arrive on time.

For questions concerning a specific trip, contact the trip leader.  Watch your email, our website, and our Facebook page for notice on changes and additional impromptu walks.

Directions to many of the locations listed below can be found in Birds of the Lehigh Valley and Vicinity.

 

Evening Program Details

General Membership meetings are held as Educational Programs and take place the 2nd Friday of the month (not Tuesdays as in the recent past), Sept. thru Nov. and  Jan. thru April. They start at 7:00 PM and generally run about an hour. Doors open early for refreshments and bird chat.
 
All programs for the 2013-2014 season are at the Wildlands Conservancy Education Center Building in Emmaus: 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus 18049, 610-965-4397. www.wildlandspa.org

Directions:  From the Cedar Crest Blvd. exit of I-78, follow Cedar Crest (Rt.29) south 1.3 mi. to the stoplight at the intersection of Riverbend Rd. Turn left onto Riverbend Rd. and proceed 0.8 mi. Take the first right turn onto Orchid Place and proceed 0.3 mi. down the hill. Turn right onto the bridge and cross the bridge into the Sanctuary.

Parking: The Education. Center is behind the barn.  There is handicap parking at the Ed. Center. All others, please park in the main parking lot (to the left over the bridge) and walk up the lighted path to the Ed Center.

2013

Saturday 8/3, 7:30 AM: Birding trip to Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware, about 2-1/2 hours from Allentown. A great spot for shorebirds. This is an all day trip--bring lunch, drinks, insect repellent & sun protection. Leader: Peter Saenger (610-682-2401)
 
Saturday, 9/7, 7:30 AM: Bird walk at Whitehall Parkway.  Fall migrants are a great way to challenge and improve your birding identification skills. Meet at Whitehall Parkway in the Chestnut St. parking lot at the barn (west off Rte. 145). Leader: Adam Smith (610-462-2528) 

Sunday 9/8, 8:00 AM: Monthly bird walk on the 2nd Sunday of every month. Jon will pick a different spot to go birding. These walks will be more laid-back and social than our other trips. Check emails & Facebook to confirm location. Leader: Jon Levin (484-560-3688)

Friday, 9/13, 7:00 PM  PROGRAM: “The Nocturnals—Creatures of the Night.” Join us as Scott Burnet of LVAS explores the fascinating world of animal life after dark, and learn to identify who’s who by listening closely. Bring your flashlight as we may possibly go for a nocturnal walk!
 
Sunday, 9/15, 7:30 AM: Birding trip to the Trexler Nature Preserve.. Meet at the Lehigh Valley Zoo parking lot.Leader: Chris Hugosson 610-505-4160.

Saturday, 9/21, 7:30 AM: Bird walk to Trexler Park in Allentown for fall migrants. Meet at parking lot on Springhouse Rd. Leader: Bob Hoopes (610-799-2346)

Saturday, 10/5, 7:30 AM: Birding trip to Scotts Mtn. hawkwatch at Merrill Creek Reservoir in NJ. A good time for Sharpies and Cooper's Hawks, with Merlin and Peregrine possible. Meet at the Park & Ride at William Penn Highway exit of Rt. 33 just south of Rt. 22.  Leader: Dave DeReamus (610-252-0893) Note: Rain date Sunday 10/6.

Friday, 10/11, 7:00 PM PROGRAM: Join Kathy Uhler, Director of the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and her animal friends as she discusses how they use their amazing sense of sight, smell and taste.  Bring your camera.

Sunday 10/13, 8:00 AM: Monthly bird walk with Jon Levin. (See Sunday 9/8 for details.)

Sunday, 10/20, 7:30 AM: Hawk watching trip. Location to be determined. Leader: Mark Boyd (610-657-9401)

Friday, 11/8, 7:00 PM  PROGRAM: “Natural History of Pennsylvania’s Small Mammals.” Dr. Howard (Sandy) Whidden, Professor of Biology at East Stroudsburg University, returns to our program schedule to discuss his research on small mammals such as shrews, voles, etc.

Sunday 11/10, 8:00 AM: Monthly bird walk with Jon Levin. (See Sunday 9/8 for details.)

Saturday, 11/30: Birding trip to the NJ Shore for waterfowl. Meet at 7:00 AM at the Red Robin in West Allentown or call Mark if you would like to meet at the Park & Ride at Rte 33 & William Penn Highway Leader: Mark Boyd (610-657-9401)

Sunday 12/8, 8:00 AM: Monthly bird walk with Jon Levin. (See Sunday 9/8 for details.)
 
Saturday, 12/14, All Day:  Allentown Christmas Bird Count. Contact your group leader from last year or call Stephen Kloiber for more info at 610-863-3889. 

Sunday, 12/15, All Day: Wild Creek/Little Gap Christmas Bird Count. Contact your group leader from last year or call Josh Nemeth for info at 610-573-8577 or email: allroy1313@rcn.com.

Saturday, 12/28, All Day: Bethlehem-Easton-Hellertown Christmas Bird Count.  Contact your group leader from last year or call Don & Elaine Mease for info at 610-346-7754.

 

2014

Friday, 1/10, 7:00 PM  PROGRAM: Getting the Most from Your Smart Phone while Birding.”  Learn how to use your smart phone to enhance your birding experiences. Chris Hugosson of LVAS will discuss the many uses of your smart phone including E-Bird and other programs.

Sunday 1/12, 8:00 AM: Monthly bird walk with Jon Levin. (See Sunday 9/8 for details.)

Sunday 2/09, 8:00 AM: Monthly bird walk with Jon Levin. (See Sunday 9/8 for details.)

Friday, 2/14, 7:00 PM PROGRAM: “From Bluebirds to Barn Owls-A Lesson on Nest Boxes. Scott Burnet shows us how to entice our feathered friends to set up housekeeping in our own yard. Scott has been building and monitoring nest boxes in 3 counties for over 35 years.
 
Sunday 3/9, 8:00 AM: Monthly bird walk with Jon Levin. (See Sunday 9/8 for details.)

Friday, 3/14, 7:00 PM  PROGRAM: “Zoos As Important Conservation Partners.” Presented by Rich Rosevear, General Curator of the Lehigh Valley Zoo. Come and learn the many ways that zoos are so much more than just a home for interesting animals.

Sunday, 3/16, 8:00 AM: Birding trip to Green Lane for waterfowl. Leader: Mark Boyd (610-657-9401)

Sunday 4/13, 8:00 AM: Monthly bird walk with Jon Levin. (See Sunday 9/8 for details.)

Saturday 4/19, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM: Birding By Ear For Beginners: Do you know your common birds by sight but marvel at people who seem able to pick birds out of thin air? Have you tried learning bird songs from tapes & CDs but nothing sticks? Try this session for a primer on what works and strategies for learning more and faster. Meet at the Trexler Nature Preserve. We will start the morning in the field to learn to listen and how to take notes. In the afternoon we will move up to the Education Center to talk about learning strategies.  For LVAS MEMBERS ONLY. Contact Jack Kane (jackjanuz@verizon.net or 610-691-2161) to join LVAS and/or to register. Maximum 12 participants. Presented by Chris Hugosson. (610-505-4160)

Saturday, 4/19, 7:30 AM: Morning bird walk at the new Housenick Park in Bethlehem Township. Meet at Housenick Park. Take Route 22 to Route 191 South. After Kmart, turn right onto Christian Spring Rd. After a very short distance, turn left into the first and only driveway (currently unmarked). Parking lot will be ahead on the right. Leader: Vicky Bastidas  (484-241-6117)

Saturday, 4/26: Birding and nature walk to Great Swamp NWR in NJ. Meet at 6:30 AM at the Red Robin in West Allentown or call Mark if you would like to meet at the Park & Ride at Rte 33 & William Penn Highway. Leader: Mark Boyd  (610-657-9401)

Saturday, 4/26, 8:00 AM: Beginner’s bird walk at Monocacy Nature Center in Bethlehem. Meet at the Illicks Mill Rd. parking lot. Co-Leaders: Sue Mahan  (610-868-0790) and Stephen Kloiber (610-863-3889)

Sunday, 4/27, 7:30 AM: Bird walk to the Bethlehem Boat Club area of the Lehigh Canal for early migrants and, hopefully, Yellow-throated Warbler. Meet at the Park & Ride lot at the William Penn Hwy exit off Rt.  33. Leader: Dave DeReamus (610-252-0893)

Saturday, 5/3, 7:00 AM: Birding trip to the Trexler Nature Preserve. Meet at the Lehigh Valley Zoo parking lot.Leader: Chris Hugosson (610-505-4160)

Saturday, 5/3, 8:30 AM: A morning bird walk for novice bird watchers at Jacobsburg State Park. KIDS are encouraged, however, 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Henry's Woods parking lot in the park. Co-Leaders:  Scott Burnet 484-955-8580 and Stephen Kloiber 610-863-3889

Sunday, 5/4, 7:30 AM: Bird walk through Jacobsburg State Park. Meet at the Henry's Woods parking lot at the park. Leader: Bob Hoopes (610-799-2346)

Saturday, 5/10, 7:30 AM:  Bird walk through Jordan Creek Parkway, an excellent birding spot in Whitehall Twp.  Meet at the tennis courts parking lot off Lehnert Rd./Scherersville Rd.  Leader: Alan Jennings (610-439-0879)

Sunday, 5/11, 7:30 AM:  Bird walk on the Plainfield Township Trail, which follows along the Little Bushkill Creek through a variety of habitats during the peak of spring migration.  Meet at the Park & Ride lot at the William Penn Hwy exit off Rt.  33. Leader: Dave DeReamus (610-252-0893)

Sunday 5/11, 8:00 AM: Monthly bird walk with Jon Levin. (See Sunday 9/8 for details.)

Saturday, 5/17, 6:30 AM: Birding trip to Leaser Lake, a favorite local birding spot which offers a wealth of nesting species difficult to find elsewhere in the Lehigh Valley. It’s a drive & bird trip with some uphill walking. Leader: Fritz Brock (610-797-2675)

Sunday 5/18, 6:30 AM: Birding trip to Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, a great spot in the southern Poconos to find the many nesting species of this beautiful area. Leader: Adam Smith (610-462-2528)

Sunday 5/25, 6:30 AM: Birding trip to Brady’s Lake in Monroe County, for nesting species such as Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Alder Flycatcher, and a variety of warblers. Meet at the KMART parking lot in Wind Gap, just north of the Route 512 exit off Rt. 33 Leader: Adam Smith (610-462-2528)

Saturday 5/31, 6:30 AM: Birding trip to the Delaware Water Gap and Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge for warblers and other nesting species. Meet at the KMART parking lot in Wind Gap, just north of the Route 512 exit off Rt. 33.  Leader: Terry Master (610-248-8275)

ANNUAL MEMBERS’ PICNIC: is a social event for Member’s Only!  Join us for great food & desserts, birding stories and, of course, a bird walk. Watch your newsletter for details or call Betty Abrams (610-821-4983) for info.

 

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Board meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, August through May. Anyone interested in getting involved or joining a committee may contact any officer, board member, or committee chair to attend one of our meetings.
 

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