Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

Notice: The garden will open late April 10 at 1:00pm

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 from April through October 2014.




Early Bird Saturdays

Early Bird Saturdays – Garden opens at 8am

First Saturday of each month April through October
(April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, 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.


Exhibits & Presentations


Home Tweet Home

Home Tweet Home: Designer Birdhouses on Display

On display now through September 1, throughout the garden
Free with admission.

Crafted by artists, talented individuals and bird lovers of all kinds, more than 30 birdhouses will be on display throughout the garden.

Learn More & Get the Guide



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
Biography

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
Payment and registration required. $15 Members / $20 Non-members; click here to register online or call 215.247.5777, ext 125.

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.

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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

On-going
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



Audubon Center

The Summer of Birds at John James Audubon Center

Throughout July
Please note these events take place at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove located in Audubon, PA.

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove (JJAC) is hosting family friendly birding events for all ages throughout July. “All About Birds” is on July 12 from 10:30am to 11:30am. Learn about different bird adaptations, and then it’s off for a bird walk to see their survival skills at work. On July 20, The John James Audubon Center is hosting Dr. Gregory George from Delaware Valley College for a public bird banding demonstration and discussion of America kestrel research at Mill Grove. Registration required for both events, some require an additional fee.

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


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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.

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