As the seasons turn from summer to fall, we witness the leaves of deciduous trees change color and migratory birds flying to their winter homes. Change is a constant in the natural world and one of the factors that makes observing nature so rewarding.
And just as change comes to the natural world, change has come to Wingbeat, which for years was the quarterly newsletter mailed to joint members of the Valley Forge Audubon Society and the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. It should be no surprise that organizations like ours are constantly struggling with the best way to direct the money we receive. The cost of producing a newsletter, like Wingbeat, including the printing and postage for mailing, can be quite high. In looking over the best way to use our budget, we’ve come to the decision that the cost of printing and mailing a newsletter is too high. As a result, the Fall of 2011 saw the last paper issue of Wingbeat.
What you are reading now is Wingbeat’s new home online as the joint blog of the Valley Forge Audubon Society and the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. The new blog will feature the same in-depth articles on events at Mill Grove, local birds and environmental issues, and tips for your home from Backyards for Nature, as well as field reports from our walks and hikes.
Change is inevitable but beneficial as well. It’s our hope that the new blog, along with our redesigned website and our Facebook pages will give us a greater presence on the online world and attract new members while invigorating our current ones. It’s also an excellent way to communicate our objectives and both strengthen and educate our community.