When: March 26-30, 2014
Where: Philadelphia, PA
How Much: $TBA
Limit: 16 people
Instructors: George Armistead, Bert Filemyr & Ted Floyd
Registration: Contact George Armistead (email@example.com) for more info on this event, (800) 850-2473, X260.
Download: Bird list
What is an IFO?
The ABA’s Institute for Field Ornithology traces its origins back to 1983. The IFO was created as an ABA member service with the goal of offering novel opportunities for the study of birds. Our IFO programs combine field birding with an educational element to enrich your birding. They are meant to be fun and educational. Some IFOs are more field-oriented while others have more of a classroom element. Each IFO features expert and friendly instructors whose chief goals are to educate the IFO program’s participants, and help ensure that everyone enjoys a good experience. IFO programs are designed for ABA members and typically have a limit of no more than 25 participants, but often group size ranges from 8-20 people. An IFO may be based at a single location so that each night is spent in the same area, or a program may cover several separate regions, requiring the group to change lodging a couple of times. Most IFO programs are several days in length (4-7 days) but occasionally we offer single-day events too.
The City of Brotherly Love is the birthplace of our nation, but also the birthplace of bird study in North America. Join Pennsylvania natives Ted Floyd and George Armistead as they retrace the steps of luminaries such as Audubon, Wilson, Cassin, Say, and Bond (yes, James Bond!), among others. We’ll examine the rich history of this area and of course go birding too, as this IFO program visits a variety of birding and historical sites.
Philadelphia is a great base for birders, and the month of March is the bridge from winter to spring on the mid-Atlantic coastal plain, and our visit is timed to take advantage of this. While covering the hallowed grounds of our birding forefathers, we shall search for signs of spring such as the first Ospreys, nesting Bald Eagles, and the “peenting” and twisting of an American Woodcock in display. And, symbols of winter shall persist too, with Purple Sandpiper, Great Cormorant, and a great array of seaducks and gulls providing targets to search for and pick through. Join us for a 5-day jaunt to Philly, a city chock-full of history, culture, good eats, and great birding.
Reserve your spot now, call (800) 850-2473 or email Nancy Hawley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
See the summary blogpost from our 2013 Cradle of American Ornithology IFO Program.
Other pre/post-trip attractions:
Philadelphia is the 5th most populous city in the U.S., hosting many attractions in addition to those featured in this IFO program. For those wishing to extend their visit beyond the IFO program, there are excellent historical sites such as Independence Hall and Valley Forge, and great museums including the Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the new Barnes Foundation, the Rodin Museum, and the Mütter Museum, among many others. For people who enjoy food there is a tremendous array of dining options.
George Armistead is a lifelong Philadelphian, an associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, and the events coordinator for the ABA. A birder since the age of 9, few people know the city and its birds the way George does. Though he has guided trips on all seven continents, there is nothing he enjoys more than sharing his hometown with fellow birders. (Just be careful not to disparage his beloved Philadelphia Phillies too much!).
Bert Filemyr Bert Filemyr is an active birder both in the Delaware Valley and throughout North America. He has birded extensively in 49 of the 50 states, as well as many of the Canadian provinces. Retired from his teaching career, he pursues his passion for birding while researching topics related to early American ornithology. He currently serves as treasurer and webmaster of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) and was a member of the championship Nikon/DVOC World Series of Birding Team, the Lagerhead Shrikes. He recently co-authored, along with Jeff Holt, “The Composite Prints of Audubon’s Birds of America”.
Ted Floyd grew up in Pittsburgh, then did a stint in Philadelphia during his early adulthood. While there, Ted did a memorable Philadelphia big year (which you’ll hear about!) and was broadly engaged in the fascinating birding subculture of the City of Brotherly Love. Ted is the author of more than 100 magazine and journal articles, and is the author of three recent books, including an ABA title, Let’s Go Birding! While a fan of all kinds of birding, Ted is especially fond of listening to the nocturnal flight calls of migrating songbirds.
Parking at the hotel is $25/day. There is free shuttle service from the hotel to Center City Philadelphia, including to restaurants and historical sites; but not to/from the PHL airport. (Taxi service to/from PHL is about $35 one-way, incl. 20% tip).
Day 1 (Weds):
Meet & greet dinner at 7pm
Day 2 (Thurs):
6:30am—depart for Tinicum NWR
1130am—depart for lunch in town
1:15pm—depart for Acad. Nat. Sci. of Phila. visit
4:15pm—depart for American Woodcock search
Day 3 (Fri):
5:30am—depart for Barnegat, breakfast in route
Noon—restaurant lunch on NJ shore
2pm—bird Brigantine NWR
5pm—return to Philly
Day 4 (Sat):
7am—depart for Bartram’s Garden
11am—depart for lunch.
1:30pm—visit Mill Grove, Audubon Center
Day 5 (Sun):
6:30am—Morning birding at site TBD in Philly area
11am—Arrive at Philadelphia Airport
(schedule flights home 1pm or later)