BAS Programs

Meetings are held on the second Monday of the Month at the Jennings Environmental Center, located on Rt. 528, just west of Rt. 8 (approx. 5 miles south of Slippery Rock) at 7:00 pm.  Refreshments are served after the meeting.  The public is welcome. 


The public is invited to the annual potluck dinner of the Bartramian Audubon Society (BAS) on Monday, December 11 at 7:00 pm. Bring a “potluck dish” to share and your holiday spirit. 

Joshua McCoy, an eleventh grade student at Freeport Area High School will share his summer of 2017 ornithology camp experiences at the Audubon Camp in Hog Island, Maine.  He participated in this educational camp as the 2017 winner of the Gene & Joanne Wilhelm Scholarship for Teens. This is a BAS sponsored award and activity.

The evening will also feature a free “Book Adoption Exchange” of Nature/Ecology/Field Guides/Wildlife/etc. volumes that are no longer needed or wanted by their current owner. All attendees are welcome to donate and/or adopt from the selections available. Hopefully it will be fun and rewarding.

The Magnificent Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterflies have fascinated scientists and non-scientists for decades.  The seemingly-impossible migration they make each fall is probably their greatest mystery.  Why do they go to the same location every year?  How do they know how to get there?  How can they fly that far with those tiny wings?

Kimberly Vensel, aka Butler Butterfly Lady, is a Butler County photographer who also happens to have a passion for the Monarch butterfly.  She has been raising Monarchs for 8 years and has successfully raised and released over 3,000 Monarch butterflies to date.  She has taught thousands about the importance of Monarchs through her educational presentations and will be teaching about the amazing transformation of Monarchs - from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly - on November 13.  Come out and learn about these magnificent butterflies!

Nature in Southern California
Monday, October 9th

From 234 ft. below sea level at the Salton Sea to just over 8000 ft. above sea level in the San Bernardino Mountains, the Channel Islands and deserts, Southern California has a remarkable variety of habitats and creatures that occupy them. 

Mike Fialkovich is the President of Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology and Bird Reporting Officer for Three Rivers Bird Club in Pittsburgh. He will be the featured speaker at the Bartramian Audubon Society meeting Monday, October 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Jennings Environmental Center.

Shorebird Identification
Monday September 11th

Is that a least or semipalmated sandpiper? A greater or lesser yellowlegs? A piping or snowy plover? Help is here! Learn some basic concepts of shorebird anatomy and behavior, what to look and listen for and ways to watch shorebirds to increase your skills and perhaps reduce your frustration. 
Mary Birdsong is a freelance writer, artist, birder and seasonal shorebird monitor at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA. She will be the featured speaker at the Bartramian Audubon Society meeting Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Jennings Environmental Center. She is active in our sister chapter, Presque Isle Audubon Society. Mary thinks shorebirds are the best birds, hands down. Yes, that is her real name.
Putting People, Planet, and Plumage First

Dr. Julie Snow, Slippery Rock University professor in the Department of Geography, Geology and the Environment will be the featured speaker at the Bartramian Audubon Society meeting Monday, April 10 at 7:00 PM at Jennings Environmental Center.

In 2014, in order to create a project that would have direct impact on environmental problems, Dr. Snow developed “Rock Roast,” a non-profit coffee company, in partnership with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and Golden Valley Coffee Roasters. Being further developed and run by undergraduate students advised by Dr. Snow, the company sells only triple-certified (bird-friendly, organic, fair trade) products. 

The project is self-funded, with the proceeds from sales going directly back to a coffee collaborative in Nicaragua to support research, conservation efforts, and education. Current research focuses on rainforest regrowth at coffee farms as a path for carbon sequestration, biodiversity protection, habitat growth for migratory birds, and improved wellness of the Nicaraguan farmers. Dr. Snow will describe the business, show how it supports research, and review the projects that are underway. She also will bring some coffee for tasting and enjoyment.

Close to Home
Monday, March 13, 2017

People travel all over the world to enjoy nature and observe birds and other wildlife, but Northwestern Pennsylvanians have many wonderful opportunities to do so right here in our own area—‘close to home.’

Bartramian Audubon Society President Jeffrey Hall moved to Venango County in 2011. Since then, he’s enjoyed exploring the variety of habitats that NWPA has to offer, learning where and when to look for birds, wildflowers, and butterflies, and discovering new and different things about his new region. He’ll share photos and tales about his experiences. Some of the places, like Jennings Prairie and Presque Isle State Park, may be familiar to almost everyone; others, such as the Sandy Creek Bike Trail, might be less well-known as locations for birding. But all share the advantages of being places where we can enjoy and appreciate nature ‘close to home.’   

In addition, high school honor student Matthew Mowry will tell us about his adventures at Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine.

Refreshments will be served after the meeting: this is "Donors Appreciation Night," so we have pizza and other special treats to thank those who contributed to our annual appeal--but everyone is welcome to come and partake!

2017 Annual Membership Picnic
Sunday July 16, 2017

Two Mile Run County Park in Venango County is the site of this year’s annual picnic. 

We’ll start grilling between 5:00 and 5:30 pm; arrive around 4:00 for a walk on the trails, or earlier to explore the park on your own. Bring a dish to share and your own place setting. We will provide hot dogs and drinks. The covered Hilltop Pavilion has picnic tables and an outhouse is on site. 

From the light in downtown Franklin at the intersection of US Route 322 and 13th street, turn north to stay on 322 and proceed across the bridge. Move right to turn onto Route 417 toward Rocky Grove. Drive 6.2 miles on 417, then turn right onto Baker Road (there is a sign for Two Mile Run County Park.) After 1 mile, bear left as Baker Road merges onto Cherrytree Road. Proceed .5 miles on Cherrytree Road (passing by the boat launch) and turn right onto Beach Road. The short dirt road to Hilltop Pavilion is on the left after .2 miles and is marked by a sign.

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