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Audubon Pennsylvania State Chapter Gathering

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Olewine Nature Center at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110

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9:00 AM

Check-in, Refreshments, and Informal Networking 

9:30 AM

Welcoming Remarks & Introductions

Appalachian Audubon Society

9:45 AM

Statewide Updates

Audubon Pennsylvania - Greg Goldman, Executive Director, Audubon PA

Delaware River Watershed Programs - Beth Brown, Director, Audubon PA

Healthy Forests Initiative - Katie Loucks, Forest Program Associate, Audubon PA

10:20 AM

Statewide Climate Initiatvie Update - Focus on Community Solar Legislation

Kirstin Snow, Campaign and Communications Manager, Audubon PA

  • Program Overview
  • Key Initiatives - HB531 & SB705
  • Engagement Opportunities
11:00 AM

Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink

National Audubon Society Science Staff

  • Overview of Report and Key Takeaways
  • How to Use It
11:30 AM

Survival by Degrees Toolkit and Demos

  • Interactive demos of report/toolkit
  • Discussion: How do you envision utilizing the report/toolkit in your chapter work?
12:15 PM


1:15 PM

Planting Oppoortunites for Advocacy

Val Peckham, Pennsylvania Field Organizer & Kelly McGinley, Network Engagement Manager, Audubon PA

Large and small group discussion around best practices for chapter advocacy efforts

  • Discussion: Layers of engagement – from individual engagement to chapter outreach to multi-chapter and regional partnerships; single issue to broad slate; what are the barriers
  • Working groups: Identify opportunities for advocacy engagement considering the levels, entry points and barriers discussed earlier
    • Plants for Birds
    • Bird-Friendly Buildings
    • Climate Change/Community Solar
  • Discussion: Outreach and communication
    • Organization – Most appealing and effective methods for receiving opportunities, information, alerts, etc. from Audubon PA; sharing chapter efforts throughout the network
      • Training – Ideal resources for training and education (consider all levels of advocacy)
2:15 PM

Building Stonger Networks through Bird-Friendly Communities

Val Peckham & Kelly McGinley, Audubon PA

  • Using native plants and birds to increase individual engagement, encourage volunteerism and membership, engage municipalities, and broaden community support
2:45 PM

Looking Ahead

Kelly McGinley

  • Tell Us What You’re Working On and Working Toward
    • Include something you’re already doing, something you want to expand, something new you might try
  • Our Homework
    • Review of feedback from spring meetings, as well as suggestions from today’s meeting
  • Future Gatherings
    • Discussion of preferences for frequency, locations, topical considerations, etc.
3:20 PM

Closing Remarks

Greg Goldman

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Please see the links below for recommendations on local birding and lodging, as well as directions to the Olewine Natuer Center. For any additional questions, please email Kelly McGinley at

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