Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends at Morris Arboretum

Three seasons of celebrating the birds!

Our Feathered Friends is a three season-long celebration of the many birds who make their home at the Arboretum or migrate through the area. Check the schedule below for special bird-themed events, classes, trips and tours happening through October 2014.

Early Bird Saturdays

Early Bird Saturdays – Garden opens at 8am

First Saturday of each month through October
(October 4)
Free with admission.

The early bird catches the worm and now you can watch. See the Arboretum in a new light when you visit on one of these special early opening days. Check back for special tours.

Kids & Family Fun

Merrie Little Owl

Morris, the Merrie Little Owl Scavenger Hunt

On display April through October, Throughout the garden
Free with admission.

Owls quietly roost during the day in well camouflaged locations. Pick up a clue guide at the Visitor Center and see if you can find Morris, our seasonal mascot, in some of his favorite resting spots. These delightful sculptures are waiting to be discovered throughout the garden.

Get the Guide

Garden Discovery Series

Garden Discovery Series

First Saturday of the month, April through October | 11:00am - 3:00pm
Free with admission.

This popular series for children which focuses on learning through crafting, will be all about birds in 2014. Each month will give children a new opportunity to expand their knowledge while having fun.

Tree Adventure Passport

New Tree Adventure Passport – Conservation Quest

Free with admission.

The third edition of the Passport to Tree Adventure illustrates the vital connections between plants, animals (including humans!), and our habitats. Encouraging visitors to become backyard biologists and planet protectors, the passport features games that hone observation skills, fun facts, and activities you can do at home, too.

Get the Passport

Exhibits & Presentations

Birds in Their Habitats

Birds in Their Habitats: Images from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

On display April through October, Upper Gallery
Free with admission.

With more than 130,000 images, VIREO (Visual Resources in Ornithology), is the world’s largest collection of bird images. The photos in this exhibit were selected to represent both resident and migratory birds that can be spotted at the Arboretum. VIREO Director, Doug Wechsler will be on hand at the opening reception to provide more information on the project.

John W. Fitzpatrick

John W. Fitzpatrick
Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Connections Beyond Our Garden Lecture

Birds Can Save the World: A Special Talk with John W. Fitzpatrick of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Wednesday, October 22 | 2:00pm
This lecture is SOLD OUT. If you’d like to be put on a wait list, please call 215-247-5777 x125. Or sign up early for the next Connections lecture in November!

This illustrated lecture emphasizes the vital roles that birds play in fostering conservation of worldwide biological diversity. Importantly, birds represent our most accessible and sensitive indicators of environmental health and ecological change. Today, thanks to technology and individual citizens, we now have a genuine revolution in how we visualize and comprehend species distributions. As a result, humans have crossed an historic threshold and now, literally, serve as worldwide biosphere sensors. Do we also have the will to self-correct? Birds present us with numerous motivations to do so, and an excellent barometer for measuring our successes and failures. Birds, both the rarest and the commonest, teach us much about human nature, environmental protection, and our opportunities for saving not just species, but also the great natural systems on planet Earth.

A reception with refreshments will follow the presentation.

» Check out John Fitzpatrick's recent article in the New York Times

Birding Classes & Trips

Birding at the Arboretum

Saturday, September 20 | 8:00 — 11:00am

Birding in the Wissahickon

Tuesday, September 23 | 8:00 — 11:00am

Early Evening Birding at the Arboretum

Monday, October 6 | 4:00 — 6:30pm

Birding at Crow’s Nest Preserve and French Creek State Park

Thursday, October 16 | 7:30am — 4:00pm

Fall Birding at Chincoteague and other Great Refuges

October 19, 29, 21

Birding for Snow Geese at Brigantine

Wednesday, November 12 | 7:45am — 4:30pm

Bald Eagles at the Conowingo Dam

Tuesday, December 9 | 7:45am — 4:30pm

Partner Events

Plight of the Passenger Pigeon Gallery Exhibition: Children’s Book Readings, Meet the Artists, Illustrators, and More at the John James Audubon Center

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
Please note these events take place at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove located in Audubon, PA.

The Changing Gallery features local artists and their works in rotating increments. The Plight of the Passenger Pigeon exhibition will be on display in the Changing Gallery from September 13, 2014 until November 15, 2014. The exhibition marks the centennial of the extinction of the passenger pigeon on September 1, 1914. Michael Adams, Kate Garchinsky, Ponder Goembel, Mallary Johnson, Brigida Michopulos, and Lisa L. Roese ​are the artists who will be exhibiting art. Kate Garchinsky will be doing a book reading at 10:30 a.m. and Ponder Goembel will be doing a book reading at 11:00 a.m. Artwork featured in the gallery will be for sale. Postcards, prints, and children’s books featuring art in the gallery will be for sale in the gift shop.

Admission is free for the opening reception. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission to the Changing Gallery is normally included with admission to the museum and is open during regular museum hours. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children.

For more information or to register, please call the John James Audubon Center at 610.666.5593 ext. 109 or email

All proceeds directly benefit the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove.

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John W. Fitzpatrick

John W. Fitzpatrick became the Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in August 1995. He received his B.A. from Harvard in 1974 and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1978. An expert on the Florida Scrub-Jay, he is co-author of at least six bird species new to science. His book, Florida Scrub Jay: Demography of a Cooperative-breeding Bird earned him a William Brewster Award, the highest research award given by the American Ornithologists' Union. He also studies systematics and biogeography of South American birds. He co-authored Neotropical Birds: Ecology and Conservation, and was a major contributor to Volume 9 of the Handbook of Birds of the World.

Today, Fitzpatrick works on the ecology, conservation biology, landscape genetics, and regional land management of endangered species, with emphasis on the cooperative-breeding Florida Scrub-Jay. He remains closely involved in an intensive, long-term demographic study (42 years and counting) of the color-marked jay population at the Archbold Biological Station. At the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Fitzpatrick is involved in developing internet-based projects for citizen engagement in monitoring bird populations around the world, and using these data to draw attention to regional and global conservation priorities.


Alerts & Updates

Please be advised that the Rose Garden is closed on Thursday mornings for maintenance.

Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.