Environmentally-friendly catch phrases like these are common today, but this wasn’t always the case. According to www.earthday.org, 40 years ago, ’Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. ‘Environment’ was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.’
Then in 1962, author and environmentalist Rachel Carson wrote ‘Silent Spring,’ a New York Times best seller in which she told the world how the use of certain pesticides was poisoning the planet. The general public began to sit up and take notice of the toll our lifestyle was taking on Planet Earth. Less than a decade later, on April 22, 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin raised the curtain on the very first Earth Day, and the modern movement to preserve and protect the environment was born.
Today, the environment is still on our minds. Even as the bald eagle has fought back from the brink of extinction, we ponder the possible effects of global warming on the future of our planet. At times, the issues seem overwhelming. What can we do? Can one person make a difference?
Susquehanna and the Audubon Society say, “Yes!” Since 2008, we have donated a dollar to the Audubon At Home programs in Pennsylvania and Maryland for every customer who switches from paper statements to eStatements through our Cut the Clutter campaign. To date, our contributions have totaled more than $50,000.
Audubon empowers ordinary people of all ages to study, preserve, and restore the natural environment we all share. They focus on birds and other wildlife and their habitats and how taking care of wild creatures is good for humans as well. Through Audubon At Home, you can learn how to create a friendly environment for birds in your backyard and in your neighborhood. Visit http://athome.audubon.org/ to learn more.
You can celebrate Earth Day with Audubon all year round! Many chapters of the Audubon Society are located in our service area. Here is a list with contact information, web addresses and a sampling of family-friendly activities. Tell them Susquehanna sent you!
- John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove – First U.S. home of artist and naturalist John James Audubon, Audubon, PA
Sunday, April 27, 8:00 a.m. – Bird Walk: John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove Grab your binoculars and ID books and join us on a morning bird walk. Children and beginners are welcome. Extra binoculars are available for beginners. Leaders: Joe Hudson, 610-489-1381, email@example.com & Dan Sullivan, 484-919-0126
April 25 – May 3 – Philadelphia Science Festival
This is a 10-day, community-wide celebration of science that happens in April, featuring lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages. The John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove will be involved with several events. Visit www.philasciencefestival.org or contact JJAC_education@audubon.org or call 610-666-5593 ext 109 for more info.
- Lehigh Valley Audubon Society
(Lehigh and Northampton counties)
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).
- Valley Forge Audubon Society
Sunday , April 27, 8:00 a.m. - Bird/Nature Walk: Exton Park Pond, Swedesford Road, West Whiteland, PA
Formerly known as Church Farm Pond and now a part of Exton Park, this pond and surrounding wetland has been a popular birding spot for years. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars and ID books. May be muddy. Children and beginners welcome. Leader: Sue Lucas, 610-647-4779, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wyncote Audubon Society
(Philadelphia and Eastern Montgomery Counties
Saturday, April 26 -Coastal Delaware Birding Trip
This will be a joint field trip with the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club. Meeting place will be announced on website and on the Facebook page as it gets closer to the date. Contact leader Lynn Jackson at email@example.com for more information.
- LYCOMING AUDUBON SOCIETY
(Lycoming and Clinton Counties, PA)
Saturday 10 a.m. – Susquehanna River Walk – Waterfowl and raptors
(Every other Saturday through the end of May – April 12, April 26)
Meet on the River Walk just below the Market Street Bridge, South Williamsport, and join an Audubon birder to explore the bountiful waterfowl using the river and the raptors that follow them—bald eagles, peregrine falcons, etc. As the season progresses, lots of songbirds frequent the brush and trees along the river. Parking is available at the small pump station just east of the bridge or at the South Williamsport recycling center west of the bridge. Contact: Joe Yoder at 570-323-5716.
- Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society
(Luzerne and Wyoming Counties, PA)
Sunday, April 27, 8:00 a.m. – Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area
Meet in the parking lot near the boat launch in Nesbitt Park. The lot can be accessed via First Ave. near the Subaru dealership on Pierce Street in Kingston (Wilkes-Barre). With a species list totaling some 160, we never know what surprises might await us. Join us to see what birds are in the Park.
- Quittapahilla Audubon Society
(Lebanon County and parts of Dauphin, Berks, and Lancaster counties, PA)
May 10 – Pennsylvania Migration Count
The 23rd annual PAMC, a count of migrating birds in Lebanon County. Contact Chuck Berthoud, 717-608-2614 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- York Audubon Society
(York County, PA)
Wed., April 30, 8:00 a.m. – Spring Bird Walk
Take an early Spring bird walk on Donna and Kenny Chilcoat’s farm near Gatchelville, PA. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Giant parking in Shrewsbury, PA to carpool. Leader: Tish Swam 717-235-2578.
Saturday, April 27, 7:00 a.m. Conewago Recreation Trail
Jane Barnette takes us to a new trail below Middletown to see a variety of spring birds. Meet at
J. C. Penney’s parking lot (Swatara Square) at 7:00am. Contact Jane at 717-657-2055 or email@example.com.
- Bucks County Audubon Society
(Bucks County, PA)
Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Volunteer Day– Invasives Plant Pulling Party
Join in the fun as we enhance habitat for wild birds by pulling out multi-flora rose and other invasive plants taking over the landscape. Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, sturdy shoes and bring leather gloves, loppers, clippers and rakes if you have them. You may also borrow some from BCAS. Coffee, snacks, water and lunch provided for volunteers. Pizza provided courtesy of Giuseppe’s in New Hope, PA. Volunteers participating in the Trail Clean Up will be eligible for some great prizes and giveaways
- Juniata Valley Audubon Society
(PA; Western MD; West VA)
Saturday, April 26, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - Millbrook Marsh Walkabout
Join us for a walkabout at Millbrook Marsh (Wetlands) in State College. Millbrook Marsh is another gem of nature and exploration surprisingly close to the ‘urban’ area of the borough of State College. Come along and discover our very own boardwalk, little huts tucked away for bird viewing, magnificent oaks and maybe a deer or two. Many amphibians, fish and birds should be heard and seen at this time of spring and this time of day. We may debrief together at The Happy Valley Brewing Company for dinner for those who wish to continue our day in conversation and discussion of our luck in having Millbrook Marsh for everyday walks and exploration. Trip leader: GerneyLee Carter, Gernilee@gmail.com
- Conocacheague Audubon Society
(Franklin, Cumberland, Fulton Counties, PA; Central MD)
Norlo Park – Guilford Township is developing this area along the south side of Route 30 at 3050 Lincoln Way East near Fayetteville. The park area is more than 140 acres. It includes a farmhouse, barn, community center, railroad cars, walking paths, picnic areas, playground, soccer fields, and other recreational areas. Conococheague Audubon has office space in the farmhouse, holds meetings in the community center, and established and cares for a native plants garden near the farmhouse.
- Seven Mountains Audubon Society
(Central Susquehanna Valley)
Third Wednesday of each month September through May - Program Meetings
Location: Kelly Township Supervisors’ Building, 551 Zeigler Rd, Lewisburg.
All meetings are open to the Public. Everyone is welcome!
Wednesday, May 21 7:30 p.m. – AUSTRALIA
Presenters: John & Judy Peeler and Allen & Joanne Schweinsberg, SMA members.
- Patterson Park Audubon Center
(Greater Baltimore, MD)
April 26, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Children’s Day – A free, bilingual family event at the Patterson Park Pagoda. This celebration of children includes piñatas, face painting, music, live animals, and Audubon’s environmental education games.
- New Jersey Audubon
Nature Center of Cape May
Saturday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Earth Day and Marine Debris Cleanup
Learn about wildlife gardening and other basic maintenance chores while you assist nature center staff and volunteers in sprucing up the gardens for spring. We’ll plant, mulch, deadhead, weed, and prune throughout the center’s grounds and along the harbor. This date coincides with Clean Ocean Action’s annual Beach Sweeps. Join us at the nature center to help clean our ocean and harbor beaches in Cape May. Our Earth Day cleanup is a great community service project for your civic organization or scout group. We ask that you bring your own tools (our supply is limited). This event is free. Refreshments will be available. Preregistration is not required; however, if you plan to bring a large group, contact Gretchen Whitman at 609-898-8848, Ext. 1.