about TAS

Welcome to the Tiadaghton Audubon Society of Tioga and Potter Counties. Our chapter was founded in 1906 with 23 members, making it the oldest chapter in the state. The Tiadaghton name was selected in 1953, and in 1972 the chapter was officially chartered. To contact us, please use the Facebook link below left. (Photo: Scarlet tanager photographed near Hills Creek State Park here in Tioga County)


Conservation is an important function of all Audubon-Society chapters, and the TAS is doing its part by assuming stewardship responsibility for two Pennsylvania Important Bird Areas: Marsh Creek/The Muck and the Pine Creek Gorge Natural Area.

In addition, TAS members are also active and in a number of broader important monitoring programs, including the annual Christmas Bird Count, bald eagle surveys, and even eBird. Tioga and Potter Counties have many extensive natural areas, and membership provides an opportunity to meet with community leaders interested in protecting and improving our environment, including managers of our state forests and state parks, Game Commission officials, and employees of the Army Corps of Engineers.

Of course, it would be hard to imagine an Audubon-Society chapter in which there are no birdwatchers. We hold bird walks regularly on an informal basis and provide volunteers to lead bird walks at Hills Creek State Park in the spring.

Membership is handled through the National Audubon Society. Joining it will automatically make you a member of your local chapter.

Officers and Key Members
President:  Co-chaired by John Corcoran and Liz Costanzo
        Secretary:  Robyn Minnick
        Treasurer:  Sean Minnick
        Webmaster: Gary Tyson

The Tiadaghton Audubon Society was instrumental in building the boardwalk and blind at the Muck/March Creek Important Bird Area. Our volunteers monitor the facility regularly and keep it tidy and in good repair. Pictured are Dianne Franco, John Kesich,  Phil Krajewski, Jason P., Bob Ross, Kathy Riley, Emily Rizzo, and Gary Tyson, spending the afternoon trimming weeds and sealing the boardwalk and blind. You may be surprised to learn that this small PA Game-Commission facility tucked in the middle of a lonely marsh is a very popular destination for visitors from all over the country. More than 175 visitors  stopped by in the summer of 2006 and recorded their bird and wild-animal observations in the guestbook in the blind. Annual visitations have remained high since the first year. Although most visitors came from Pennsylvania and New York -- Gettysburg, Allentown, Pittsburgh, Reading, Lancaster, Corning -- many came from much further locations -- Titusville, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; and Tucson, Arizona. We even had some visitors from Melbourne, Australia. Most came to see the wildlife, although one said that this was a great place "to avoid the relatives staying at our camp". Comments in the guestbook  include: "Wow! Amazing. Could spend all day and night here." "What a wonderful gift to the public! Thoroughly enjoyed it." "We had a wonderful experience here." "Thanks, for having this hut here." In addition to a large variety of marsh and water birds, visitors also reported bobcats, beavers, muskrats, and, of course, white-tailed deer. If you haven't visited the Muck already, please stop by.

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