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East Park Bird Walk with Keith Russell: Love Your Park Week Special!

Join us for a bird walk to East Park’s hidden hot spots!


Saturday, May 13, 2023


4:00am - 6:00am


Discovery Center
3401 Reservoir Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Discover East Park’s best birding spots on this walk led by Keith Russell, urban conservation program manager for the National Audubon Society’s Philadelphia-based chapter.

Each year millions of birds migrate through the city of Philadelphia and many of these birds use our parks as stopover sites during their travels. On this walk we’ll search for resident and migratory birds along the scenic area of Reservoir Drive in East Park during the peak of the fall migratory period. This walk will begin at the Discovery Center and conclude at Mt. Pleasant Mansion (returning to Discovery Center parking lot).

Keith will guide our eyes and ears. You can also bring your own bird book or download an identification app such as Merlin.

TICKETS: Free RSVP in celebration of Love Your Park Week! Space is limited though so please only RSVP if you plan to attend. Donations appreciated.


  • Tour starts at 8 am sharp.
  • BYOB – as in, please bring your own binoculars. If you don’t have any, we will have a limited number of binoculars to borrow
  • Appropriate for adults and families with children ages 6 & up. Minors must be ticketed and accompanied by an adult.
  • Dress according to weather conditions.
  • Bring your own water and snacks (drinking water is not available in the park).
  • There are nearby bathrooms.

There is plenty of free parking available in the Discovery Center’s lot. As always, NEVER leave valuables in your car! 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:  By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols:

  • This event has limited capacity. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP.
  • If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home.

GUIDE BIO: Keith Russell is the Program Manager for Urban Conservation for Audubon Mid-Atlantic and a lifelong birder. Based at the Discovery Center here in Philadelphia, his work has involved education, monitoring, research, advocacy, and on the ground conservation to improve conditions for birds in ways that have also broadened engagement in the environmental movement. Areas of special focus include bird collisions with human structures, birds and nocturnal lights, native plants, migration stopover habitat, and ornithological history.

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This event will take place in light rain. In the event of heavy rain or other severe conditions, the event will be canceled and attendees are eligible for a full refund.