Please share your enthusiasm for birding by supporting Wyncote Audubon Society’s annual campaign. Your gift will support bird walks, bird talks, and education programs that open eyes to birds, encourage appreciation of the natural world, and inspire conservation action in local backyards, schools, and neighborhoods.
Volunteers conduct all Wyncote Audubon activities. Your contribution to the WAS annual campaign will help Wyncote Audubon Society during these challenging times. Donations will help us to:
- Develop an exciting virtual program and launching an “Audubon Adventures Festival: Let’s Count some Backyard Birds!” Topics will include the basics of bird identification, an introduction to binoculars and how to attract birds. All of this will be provided virtually and adapted for use by our Audubon Adventures teachers and the parents and guardians of our Audubon Adventures students.
- Offer a schedule of outstanding presenters for our traditional monthly programs in a virtual format for the “at home” enjoyment of members and friends.
- Provide special programs that can be presented virtually, such as the Wyncote Audubon Bird Book Forum and several online “Plants for Birds Workshops” that will help people participate in Audubon’s Bird Habitat Recognition Program.
- Create a new Facebook page, The Bird Advocate, to be administered by Wyncote Audubon and shared with our sister Audubon chapters in Pennsylvania. It will post information on current issues and identify opportunities for conservation action.
- Continue to work toward resuming “in-person” programs, field trips, and other activities and events in safe ways that allow everyone to enjoy birds and the camaraderie of our members and friends.
- Maintain communications through our website, newsletter, monthly updates, and annual program guide.
Wyncote Audubon volunteers work with elementary and middle school students as part of our educational outreach about birds and bird protection. Students participate in an array of activities and learn to focus on the many beautiful birds just outside their windows and doors.
Our volunteers encourage students to take delight in identifying birds and their behaviors, and to appreciate the value of healthy habitats for birds and for people.
Wyncote Audubon volunteers make presentations during the school year on migration and bird identification, lead guided bird walks on the school grounds and nearby locations, and provide technical support for creating local bird habitats. Young birders have WAS volunteer support when they visit the Militia Hill Hawk Watch in September, participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count in February, and celebrate International Migratory Bird Day in May.
“My students were astonished by the number of species they could find and identify on our school grounds. They have a new appreciation for the challenges birds face, especially during migration.” -Audubon Adventures Teacher
Help people of all ages connect with birds!
Walk participants are given bird identification guides and can borrow binoculars from walk leaders.
“I truly enjoy being with the group as I continue to attempt to remember the birds – peter-peter! What a wonderful, welcoming group you all are. Thanks again.” – Walk participant at Lorimer Park
Wyncote Audubon participates in community days, bird festivals, and other events where there is a focus on community organizations and bird friendly activities. Our volunteers set up tables and displays to provide information about bird conservation and encourage interest in our programs, activities and membership.
Perhaps the most important work we do is to extend an open invitation to everyone to experience the joys of birding. People who personally experience birds will learn to care for birds, for their habitats, and for the conservation efforts that will keep birds with us for future generations.
Many thanks for everything you do for birds!
Leigh J. Altadonna, President
Wyncote Audubon Society is a 501(c)3 organization. Contributions to Wyncote Audubon Society are tax deductible as allowable by law. Please consult your tax advisor.