Public Programs

Programs are held on the third Monday of each month

Programs are held at Stainton Hall auditorium at the Pennington School on the 3rd Monday of each month, from September to May. Time: Refreshments served at 7:30 pm; program begins at 8:00 pm. We strive to feature engaging speakers and interesting topics for our lecture series. If you have any recommendations for topics or speakers for one of these programs, please visit our contact page and let us know. All our programs are free and don’t require advance registration!

Stainton Hall, Pennington School
112 West Delaware Avenue
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Recent Speakers

  • Professor David Wilcove: Conserving Asia’s Vanishing Birds
  • Jacob B. Socolar: The Impact of Habitat Loss on Avian Biodiversity from the Amazon to the Eastern US.
  • January 16Juanita Hummel: Birds of Cuba
  • February 20 | George Gregory: The Cerulean Warbler, a Migrant in Decline

Upcoming Speakers

  • March 20 | Rick Wright: Preface to the Spring Sparrow Migration
  • April 17 | Jeffery Hall:  Birds of Northwest PA
  • May 15 | Frank Gill: Bird Species Taxonomy 2017

April 17: Jeffrey Hall: NW PAssages: Nature in the far corner of Pennsylvania

Northwestern Pennsylvania doesn’t have the well-known cities of other parts of the Commonwealth, it lacks the cachet of the Chautauqua and Finger Lakes regions to the north, and for birders it is overshadowed by Magee Marsh and the Ohio lakeshore to the west.  But there is much to appreciate in the ‘far corner’ of Pennsylvania: Forested hills that are home to warblers, thrushes, and tanagers; rivers and creeks occupied by mergansers and otters; lakes and marshes that attract waterbirds; even reclaimed strip mines that now provide habitat for grassland species. This program will introduce some of the best natural features of this often-overlooked region.

Jeffrey Hall taught biology and served as President of Washington Crossing Audubon in New Jersey for many years before retiring and moving to Franklin, Pennsylvania.  He is now President of Bartramian Audubon Society and active in other nature and historic preservation groups in northwestern Pennsylvania, as well as being an instructor at the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Slippery Rock University.

Hall’s photographs and articles have appeared in Living Bird, NJ Audubon, Underwater Naturalist, Cassinia, and other publications.  He has given presentations to over 50 nature, birding, and photography groups, including recently Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland, and Three Rivers Birding Club of Pittsburgh.

Stainton Hall Auditorium

Stainton Hall is on the campus of the Pennington School located on Delaware Avenue between Route 31 and Main Street in Pennington. Enter campus from Delaware Avenue between the brick lamp posts, proceed a short distance and turn right into the parking area. Parking is free. The walkway to Stainton Hall is evident at the end of the parking lot.

 

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Jacob Socolar talk on biodiversity and deforestation in the Amazon basin

Above: Jacob B. Socolar: The Impact of Habitat Loss on Avian Biodiversity from the Amazon to the Eastern US.

Blackburnian Warbler NW PA © Jeffrey Hall
Jeffrey Hall former WCAS President © Jeffrey Hall

Blackburnian Warbler in Northwest Pennsylvania © Jeffrey Hall (second from bottom) from Jeffrey Hall’s talk “NW PAssages: Nature in the far corner of Pennsylvania”

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Mercer Meadows Pole Farm 8:00 am
Mercer Meadows Pole Farm @ Mercer Meadows Pole Farm
Apr 1 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
A field trip on Saturday, April 1, at 8:00 am, led by Sharyn Magee. Come with us as we walk the paths and compare the flora and fauna to that of Rosedale. Park Known for[...]
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Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed: Vernal Pools of the Sourland Mountains 10:00 am
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed: Vernal Pools of the Sourland Mountains @ To be announced
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Join Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson on an exploratory hike of vernal pools in the Sourland Mountains. Waterproof boots/shoes are necessary. This program does not meet at the Watershed Reserve. Directions to meet up site and[...]
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Peace Valley Prowl 9:00 am
Peace Valley Prowl @ Peace Valley Nature Center
Apr 9 @ 9:00 am
A field trip on Sunday, April 9, at 9:00 am, led by Brad Merritt. We’ll walk the trails in this Bucks County Park looking for waterfowl, raptors, and early migrating warblers. Directions: Route 202 South[...]
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Jeffery Hall: Birds of Northwest PA 8:00 pm
Jeffery Hall: Birds of Northwest PA @ Stainton Hall at Pennington School
Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jeffery Hall: Birds of Northwest PA @ Stainton Hall at Pennington School | Pennington | New Jersey | United States
Jeffrey Hall: NW “PA”ssages: Nature in the far corner of Pennsylvania. Northwestern Pennsylvania doesn’t have the well-known cities of other parts of the Commonwealth, it lacks the cachet of the Chautauqua and Finger Lakes regions[...]
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SPLASH Steamboat Birding Cruise on the Delaware 8:00 am
SPLASH Steamboat Birding Cruise on the Delaware @ Splash
Apr 22 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Tickets: $22/adults; $15/ages 8–18/and college students with valid ID Rain Date Sunday, April 23, 2017 Directions and Parking from: www.steamboatclassroom.org/contact The steamboat dock is located on an access road behind the Inn at Lambertville Station.[...]
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Abbott Marshlands 8:00 am
Abbott Marshlands @ Roebling Park at Abbott Marshlands
Apr 29 @ 8:00 am
A field trip on Saturday, April 29, at 8:00 am, led by Brad Merritt, Mary Leck, John Maret. Roebling Park is a Mercer County park adjacent to the Hamilton/Trenton marsh. We will see how the[...]
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Mt. Rose Preserve 7:00 am
Mt. Rose Preserve @ Mt. Rose Preserve
Apr 30 @ 7:00 am
A field trip on Saturday, April 30, at 7:00 am, led by Sharyn Magee and Juanita Hummel. Mt. Rose Preserve, in Hopewell Township, can be an excellent spot in the spring for songbirds. Directions: The[...]