A Short History
The Wyncote Audubon Society is a Chapter of the National Audubon Society serving the nearly 2000 Audubon members who reside in major portions of Montgomery County and Philadelphia including Chestnut Hill, East Falls, Manayunk, Mt. Airy, Roxborough, North Philadelphia and Northeast Philadelphia. Throughout its history, the Wyncote Audubon Society has had a long association with the Briar Bush Nature Center. It is our official “corporate” address of Wyncote Audubon Society and 1212 Edge Hill Road, Abington, PA 19001 and where our mailbox is maintained.
The Wyncote Audubon Society was founded in April 1914 as the Wyncote Bird Club. Its original meetings were held at All Hallows Church and later at Thomas Williams Junior High in Wyncote. Its original members hailed from Wyncote adjacent communities like Glenside, and Elkins Park. The Wyncote Bird Club became an official chapter of the National Audubon Society in 1967 and was renamed as the Wyncote Audubon Society in 1970. Over all of its history, Wyncote Audubon has maintained conducted monthly meetings on the third Friday of most months from September through May.
Where We Meet
The Wyncote Audubon Society continues to schedule monthly programs each year from September through May. The meetings are generally held on the third Friday of each month at Plymouth Friends Meeting House, 2150 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. Meetings are open to members, friends, and visitors. All are welcome and encouraged to arrive early to meet one another and enjoy refreshments that are provided before the start of each meeting. The meetings formally begin at 7:30 PM and end about 9:00 PM.
Wyncote Audubon Outreach
Wyncote Audubon participates in community days, bird festivals, and other community events where there is a focus on community organizations and bird friendly activities. Our volunteers set up tables and displays to provide information and encourage interest in our programs, activities and membership. Volunteers for these events are welcome.
Wyncote has also conducted monthly field trips led by outstanding leaders to birding “hotspots” in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We encourage participants to regularly check both sites in advance of a field trip as the meeting location can change due to road construction, a park closure, weather conditions, or other last minute circumstances.
Please give our field trip leaders the courtesy of letting them know in advance if you plan on joining them on our field trips. Use the email or phone numbers listed. If you have any questions about a particular field trip always contact the listed field trip leader as they make the final determination and are the best and most reliable.
The Wyncote Audubon Society is an all-volunteer organization. Our Officers, Directors, and Committee Chairs conduct the activities of Wyncote Audubon.
The Wyncote Audubon Society Officers, Directors, and Committee Chairs are as follows:
|President and Education Chair||Leigh Altadonna *|
|Vice-President and Griscom Scholarship Chair||Peter Burns *|
|Secretary and Nominating Committee Chair||Greta Brunschwyler *|
|Treasurer||Tom Armstrong *|
|Audubon Bird Town & Plants for Birds||Cindy Nuss *|
|Christmas Bird Count||Andy Fayer|
|Conservation Committee Chair||Bob Berghaier|
|Crosswicks Sanctuary Chair||Jennifer Sherwood|
|Birding Records Project Chair||Wendy Clymer *|
|Field Trip Committee Chair||Judy Stepenaskie *|
|Hospitality and Annual Dinner Chair||Marlene Morano *|
|Important Bird Areas|| Robin Irizarry *
Margaret Rhode *
|Chimney Swift Project Chair||Margaret Rhode *|
|Birdathon Team Chairs|| Madelyne Ray *
|Annual Appeal Chair||Janet Starwood|
|Militia Hill Hawk Watch Coordinator||Rich Conroy *|
|Outreach Coordinator||Sherry Krider *|
|Program Committee Chair||Jane Henderson *|
|Website and Wyncote Updates||Marsha Pearson|
* Board Members