Thanks to the efforts of local conservationists, Juniata Valley Audubon Society (JVAS) was approved as a local Audubon chapter in 1969 and has been an active voice for conservation in our area for the past 48 years. JVAS is one of the state’s 21 Audubon chapters scattered across Pennsylvania, and has over 300 members.
Members of the Juniata Valley Audubon Society live in southcentral Pennsylvania: Blair, Bedford, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Centre, and Cambria Counties. They support the chapter mission: “The conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the Earth’s biological diversity.”
Juniata Valley Audubon Society accomplishes its mission through advocacy, science, land stewardship, and education — working directly with Audubon Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania state office of the National Audubon Society, as well as the National Audubon Society.
Our evening programs and field trips are free and open to the public. We meet at the Bellwood-Antis Library in Bellwood for our monthly evening programs from September through May. Because our members are interested in a wide range of nature-related topics, and because birds are part of a complex web of life, we offer a variety of nature programs ranging from birds to native plants to insects to climate change. Please check our website, www.JVAS.org, for more details on upcoming evening programs.
Our field trips are a popular event for nature explorers of all ages. We visit natural areas, state parks, and privately owned forests to explore the wonders of nature. We are not solely focused on birds, but explore whatever wonders nature offers. Our field trips are scheduled from September through June, so check our website for more details.
JVAS members receive printed programs of the meetings and field trips, but from time to time members volunteer to lead additional trips on a more impromptu basis, so we encourage everyone with access to the internet to subscribe to our blog, “like” our Facebook page, and/or join our listserv to stay apprised of upcoming events.
In addition to education, we are also an advocacy community. We would love to have more folks join us, so if one of these issues concerns you, please contact us to get involved: