Fall is for Planting!
Audubon Pennsylvania
Chapter Chatter Newsletter September 2020
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Fall is for Planting
Fall is an excellent time to talk with your members about planting natives in their garden, patio, and other outdoor spaces. This time of year offers plenty of time for plants to settle into their new surroundings and develop strong roots. Getting established throughout the fall and winter months lays the groundwork for a bountiful spring, when all they have to focus on is growing, growing, growing!

If your chapter is having a native plant sale this year, email the details to Kelly McGinley. We’ll happily post a link to your sale on our social media, as well as on our website calendar.

Not having a native plant sale this year? There are lots of resources for you to use to excite and inspire your members. Try sharing the 2020 Birdy Dozen. Or utilize one of the articles in our shared Articles and Posts Archive. This archive is growing regularly and includes articles written by chapter leaders from across the state that are yours to reproduce with appropriate credit. 

And, if your local nursery doesn’t yet carry an assortment of native plants, invite them to participate next year. We can help you get started with the process and all of the materials are already created and ready to use.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird and jewelweed. Photo: Will Stuart
Red-headed Woodpecker and Blue Jay
Fall Back into Routines...with Safety in Mind
It’s back to school season and we know you’re all trying to adapt to the new normal in ways that still engage your members and your communities. Even though things look very different this year, there are still so many ways to reach out and share something special about the resident and migratory birds in your chapter’s territory. Consider trying, reinvigorating, or expanding the projects included below. These are just enough to get your creative juices flowing. Be sure to share your great ideas with the rest of the chapter network when we have another collaboration gathering next month!
  • Library Partnerships – The Seneca Rocks and South Mountain chapters have incredible ideas for book suggestions, backpack programs, and more.
  • Virtual Programs – Wyncote, Greater Wyoming Valley, and York are just a few of the chapters experimenting with various ways of presenting online programs. Reach out for more ideas and feedback.
  • Bird Quizzes and Informational Videos – Check out the Lehigh Valley and Lycoming (in partnership with Birds of Lycoming County) chapters for ideas
As you develop new ideas for engagement, please share them. Look for an opportunity next month to share in a Zoom forum or simply send them along in an email to Kelly McGinley for inclusion in upcoming leadership emails. 
Red-headed Woodpecker and Blue Jay. Photo: Ella Clem/Audubon Photography Awards
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