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JVAS members help out at the Brush Mountain Woodlands, a property above Altoona owned by The Nature Conservancy
JVAS members help out at the Brush Mountain Woodlands, a property above Altoona owned by The Nature Conservancy

The Juniata Valley Audubon Society (JVAS) was chartered in 1969 as a chapter of the National Audubon Society. Audubon continues to be dedicated to 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 accomplishes its mission through advocacy, science, land stewardship, and education — working directly with Audubon Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania state office of the National Audubon Society.

The territory of the JVAS comprises all of Blair and Bedford Counties in south-central Pennsylvania and portions of adjacent counties. JVAS is one of the state’s 21 Audubon chapters, with more than 500 members. All are welcome to join us at our program meetings or field trips.

Programs

We meet monthly from September through June — see the programs listing. The December meeting is a supper and tally rally for our annual Christmas Bird Count, traditionally held on a Saturday before Christmas. All other meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month. The April meeting is our annual banquet, which includes a silent auction, a program, and most years, the granting of a conservation award. The June meeting is our annual picnic, a potluck supper held at a local state park or state forest picnic area. All other meetings are at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library at 7:00 p.m., and most often feature a slide-show and talk by a biologist, nature writer, nature photographer or conservationist. Come for the delicious snacks and beverages, stay for the "edutainment."

Field Trips

Our field trips, like our programs, tend to run from September through June. These are almost invariably on the weekends, and we try to have at least one a month. Unlike most Audubon chapters, we are not exclusively bird-focused. Many of our members are equally interested in things such as wildflowers, trees, reptiles and amphibians, wetland ecology, edible wild foods, mushrooms, geology, and more. Make a habit of attending JVAS field trips and you'll be sure to get a real nature education!

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 here, "like" our Facebook page, and/or join our listserv to stay apprised of upcoming events.

Other Projects

Please see the Conservation Issues section for links to our current campaigns.

History

See the dedicated page. Includes some founding documents and a complete list of officers from 1969-present.

Bylaws

Click here for the latest version of our bylaws (which do get amended from time to time).

Board of Directors

JVAS board members in September 2018
Bottom row: Laura Jackson, Catie Farr, Susan Braun, Sharon Clewell. Top row: Mike Jackson, Dave Bonta, Marcia Bonta, Warren Baker, George Mahon, Debra Grim. Absent: Kristin Joivell, Jake Vaughn.

Officers

President: Catie Farr
570-651-3839
catiegk5059[at]gmail[dot]com

Vice-President: Laura Jackson
814-652-9268
mljackson2[at]embarqmail[dot]com

Secretary: Sharon Clewell
814-207-5387
sclewellp[at]hotmail[dot]com

Treasurer: George Mahon
814-942-6258
gsm815[at]hotmail[dot]com

Immediate Past President: Laura Jackson
814-652-9268
mljackson2[at]embarqmail[dot]com

Directors-at-Large

Warren Baker
814-695-0780
(No e-mail address)

Kristin Joivell
814-386-6267
kristinjean[at]hotmail[dot]com

Committee Chairs

Membership Committee: Debra Grim
814-667-2149
dsgrim02[at]gmail[dot]com

Conservation Committee: Laura Jackson
814-652-9268
mljackson2[at]embarqmail[dot]com

Education Committee: Jacob Vaughn
814-934-0018
jrv5164[at]psu[dot]edu

Field Trips Committee: Susan Braun
814-574-0795
braun3112[at]gmail[dot]com

Programs Committee: Laura Jackson
814-652-9268
mljackson2[at]embarqmail[dot]com

Publications & Publicity Committee: Dave Bonta
814-686-7274
bontasaurus[at]yahoo[dot]com

Hospitality Committee: Catie Farr
570-651-3839
catiegk5059[at]gmail[dot]com

Historian: Mike Jackson
814-652-9268
mljackson2[at]embarqmail[dot]com

Other Positions

Newsletter Editor: Laura Jackson
814-652-9268
4gnatcatcher[at]gmail[dot]com

Christmas Bird Count Coordinators: Mike and Laura Jackson
814-652-9268
mljackson2[at]embarqmail[dot]com

Web Admin: Dave Bonta
814-686-7274
bontasaurus[at]yahoo[dot]com