About our Organization

Dedicated to the Enjoyment and Protection of Birds, Wildlife & the Environment through Education, Research, and Conservation

Washington Crossing Audubon Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enjoyment and protection of birds, wildlife, and the environment through education, research, and conservation.

WCAS is the local chapter of the National Audubon Society in central New Jersey, encompassing all of Mercer County and parts of Burlington, Hunterdon, and Somerset Counties. Since 1979 WCAS has been an active voice in local conservation issues, countering development initiatives and speaking out for the protection and stewardship of our cherished preserved open spaces.

Experienced WCAS officers and affiliates lead birding field trips to some of the region’s best birding locations, and co-sponsor many other field trips with partnership organizations. The organization also hosts monthly lectures that are free and open to the general public, featuring guest speakers who cover a diverse range of topics relating to birds, wildlife, and the environment.

Through the Holden Grant program and funds raised by our annual Birdathon event, WCAS funds numerous stewardship projects, education programs, and conservation-oriented scientific research.

Thompson Meadow Restoration

Restored meadow at the Thompson Preserve, a Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space property. The meadow restoration was funded in part by a WCAS Holden grant. Photo by Pat Sziber.

Washington Crossing Audubon Territory

Map of Washington Crossing Audubon Society’s membership ‘circle’ based in Pennington. WCAS is one of four National Audubon Society chapters in New Jersey. To our east is Monmouth County Audubon in Red Bank; north is Bergen County Audubon in Paramus; and south is Atlantic Audubon in Absecon. Bucks County Audubon is just across the river to our west in Pennsylvania. New Jersey Audubon is an independent organization not affiliated with the National Society.

Lou Beck and Eileen Katz

Late WCAS officers Lou Beck and Eileen Katz collecting data for the 1999 biological survey of the “Pole Farm.”