Enjoy a morning of birding at Rushton Woods with expert birder, Debbie Beer. We will count birds in the tradition of the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), which is the longest running wildlife survey in the world. We’ll also learn how to enter our sightings into eBird.
Observe Northern Saw-whet Owl banding at Rushton Farm and experience nature at night. These tiny owls (no bigger than a soda can) travel through Pennsylvania in the fall in search of ideal overwintering habitat. Learn all about their ecology and conservation from our field scientists and hopefully see an owl up-close.
Bring a friend to the banding station anytime between the operating hours of 6am and 10:30am (arrive by 9 am) to observe the inspiring science of bird banding, meet field biologists and see beautiful migrant birds up close. Kids will also get to “practice their banding skills” at a demo net.
Join veteran hawk counter, educator, and birding instructor, Holly Merker, at the height of the fall migration. After her program about hawks, hawk watching, and hawk conservation at the Rushton Conservation Center, we’ll head over to a hawk watch platform at the local Okehocking Preserve. You’ll learn all about raptor identification and see migrating raptors like Red-shouldered hawk.
Come meet Willistown’s most colorful inhabitants up close. To receive field notes from the banding station subscribe to our bird blog at wctbirds.