Each year the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society (NEPAS) presents a $4000 scholarship to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in an environmental field.
Rachel Serfilippi is this year’s scholarship winner. Daughter of Steven and Laurie Serfilippi of Ararat, Rachel is a 2016 graduate of Susquehanna Community High School in Susquehanna, PA and will be attending Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks. She plans to build a customized bachelor’s degree which will include ecology, botany, habitat restoration, wildlife, conservation and surveying (GIS).
The Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society is proud to support the youth of our area through college and camp scholarships. The funding for these scholarships is generated from the Art and Craft Festival held each July in Hawley, PA. This year’s festival will be July 16 and 17 at Wallenpaupack Area High School. For more information visit www.AudubonFestival.com.
The 31st annual NEPAS Art and Craft Festival will be held at the Wallenpaupack High School on Saturday July 16 and Sunday July 17 from 10 am to 5 pm. This is a great festival for the entire family and features over 90 artists and craftspeople showing and selling their work, three wildlife shows daily with live birds, animals, and reptiles, events for children, and available refreshments and food.
The wildlife shows are presented by expert wildlife rehabilitators who will both entertain you and educate you about the habits and characteristics of their many animals. The art and crafts will give everyone an opportunity to shop for quality gifts and art.
All proceeds from this show are used to fund scholarships for youth wildlife camps and college scholarships for study of natural sciences. Admission is a mere $5. for adults and children under 12 are free.
For more information, please visit our festival website: Audubon Art and Craft Festival
The 2016 Pennsylvania Migration Count will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
The Pennsylvania Migration Count (PAMC) was established to gather annual data on migratory bird populations, and to help answer some fundamental questions regarding their distribution throughout Pennsylvania. PAMC is an annual one-day snapshot of bird populations within our state attempting to answer which species are present, where are they and how many there are? Detecting the changes in population will help give us an early warning of possible declines and it is hoped that steps can be taken toward assisting their future survival. In many ways, the PAMC is similar to the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), with the exception that it is county-based.
Results from the count are compiled across the state and published in Pennsylvania Birds, our state ornithological journal.
Can you join us in covering Wayne County?
It’s a great way to spend International Migratory Bird Day! Birders of all skill levels can help out with the count. Beginning at midnight with the songs of the Whip-poor-wills (if we’re lucky!) and the hooting of the Great Horned Owls, the PAMC is a great way to spend time outside. Whether you tally birds in your backyard, at your feeders, the local little league ballfield, along the river, on a lake, at your camp or spend time hiking through a state park, your observations count. While observations can be made over a 24-hour period, it’s up to you to decide how much time you will contribute.