An Important Message from the GWVAS


Dear Friends,


You may be aware of a news release from the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) about more than 70 public reports of songbirds that are sick or dying due to an emerging unknown health condition. The most common clinical symptoms include discharge and/or crusting around the eyes, eye lesions, and/or neurologic signs such as falling over or head tremors. Twelve species so far in 27 counties have been reported as sick, dying or deceased. Therefore, the PGC and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) ask that the public discontinue feeding birds and providing water until the source of this disease is found. This measure will decrease the time birds spend together and decrease exposure to potentially infected surfaces if this disease is caused by a microorganism.


Knowing the high level of expertise that the PGC and Penn Vet have, GWVAS encourages you to follow this guideline and to report any incidences to them at http://www.vet.upenn.edu/research/centers-laboratories/research-initiatives/wildlife-futures-program.


Additionally, many small businesses depend on the sale of seed, feeders and bird watering items as major parts of their income. Having just come out of a time of uncertainty from COVID-19, this may be a setback for many of them. While this situation is investigated, we suggest you continue to find other ways to support these folks such as by purchasing nest boxes, birthday gifts, holiday gifts, gift cards for others or gift cards to use yourself at some time in the future. Let's be good community partners by supporting the efforts of small businesses in our area!


Bonnie Yuscavage

President, GWVAS

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COVID-19 News


As we prepare during the next couple of months for the autumn season of activities, we will continue to monitor the virus situation and determine if GWVAS activities, including future meetings, should be cancelled or held via Zoom when possible. Please visit our Calendar of Events for the most up-to-date information concerning GWVAS activities.

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**Important Announcement**


After becoming aware that organizations similar to the GWVAS require participants in certain activities to sign a liability release form, the GWVAS Officers and Directors have decided to follow the lead of those organizations by requiring that those participating in certain in-person activities sign a release form. While we apologize for the inconvenience, we are trying to act in the Chapter’s best interests.


A downloadable release form in pdf format is available by clicking HERE. We ask that participants complete the form in advance and that they bring the completed form to the activity. For those who lack internet access, or who otherwise are unable to obtain and complete the form in advance, we will have blank forms available at the activity location.


We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience as we weather these uncertain times.

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For information concerning other GWVAS activities, please Contact the GWVAS.


Thank you for your understanding.


We hope to be back soon.


Until then, socially distantly enjoy the outdoors whenever you can.


Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society