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IFO: The Cradle of American Ornithology

kinglet_smWhen:  March 30 – April 3, 2016
Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
How Much: $1395
Registration: OPEN – sign up today (click)
Limit: 24 people
Instructor: Bert Filemyr, Ted Floyd & George Armistead
Contact: For more info email events@aba.org

The City of Brotherly Love is the birthplace of our nation, but also the birthplace of bird study in North America. Join Pennsylvania natives Bert Filemyr, 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.

Visiting the archives at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, instructor Bert Filemyr teaches ABA members about the many historical items.

Visiting the archives at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, instructor Bert Filemyr teaches ABA members about the many historical items.

On the New Jersey shore there is a chance for close views of jetty ducks, such as scoters, Long-tailed Ducks and even Harlequin Duck.

On the New Jersey shore jetty ducks, such as scoters, Long-tailed Ducks and even Harlequin Duck can be seen sometimes exceptionally close.

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.

This IFO Program is based (click here for map) at:
The Courtyard Marriott South in the Navy Yard
1001 Intrepid Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19112
(215) 644-9200

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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia also houses one of the largest and most historically important bird specimen collections, including birds like Ivory-billed Woodpeckers.

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.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Wednesday) March 30th
Arrival & Dinner
7:00pm: Meet in hotel lobby
(Taxi to/from PHL Airport to the Courtyard South in the Marriott is between $35-$40 including tip).

Day 2 (Thursday) March 31st
7:15am: Pick-up at hotel
7:30am – 11:00am: Birding Heinz NWR (a.k.a. Tinicum)
Noon – 1:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm – 4:30pm: Visit archives of the Academy of Natural Sciences
5:30pm – 8:00pm: Woodcock excursion/Picnic Dinner

Purple Sandpipers are comming along the rocky shores of New Jersey in winter.

Purple Sandpipers are common along the rocky shores of New Jersey in winter.

Day 3 (Friday) April 1st

6:45am: Depart for Barnegat Island Light, New Jersey
7:45am – 11:00am: Birding Barnegat Light
Noon – 1:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm – 4:30pm: Birding Forsyth NWR (Brigantine)
6pm: Return to Philly

Day 4 (Saturday) April 2nd
6:45am: Depart for FDR Park
8:30am: visit Alexander Wilson’s grave site
10:00am – Noon: tour Bartram’s Garden
2:00pm – 4:00pm: visit Mill Grove, Audubon’s Home
6:30pm: Farewell dinner

Day 5 (Sunday) April 3rd
7:00am: Morning birding at site TBD
10:00am: Drop-off at Courtyard Marriott/PHL Airport

Instructors

Bert tells ABA members about Alexander "Sandy" Wilson at Old Swedes Church in downtown Philadelphia.

Bert tells ABA members about Alexander “Sandy” Wilson at Wilson’s resting place at Old Swedes Church in downtown Philadelphia.

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”.

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!).

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.

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Yellow-rumped “Myrtle” Warblers winter commonly along the coast.

 

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The Philly skyline from south Broad Street.