Brochure/Join

Click on the link below to view and print the latest club brochure.  
 
The last page of the brochure is the form for joining the club.

About the Audubon Wildlife Society

The objective of the Audubon Wildlife Society (AWS) is to promote and encourage the study of Natural History and wildlife (and encourage its preservation) as well as to promote sociability among its members based on a common interest in wildlife.

 

The AWS has a long proud history going back to 1949.  It has helped preserve hundreds of acres of land from development to the benefit of the wildlife living there.    Its first conservation project was to preserve, as a sanctuary, a trash-strewn section along the railroad tracks in Audubon, NJ.  Due to publicity generated by the AWS, the parcel was cleaned up and preserved.  The AWS also worked on a bluebird nestbox project with the help of Audubon High School students. Lost Town tours, led by Henry Beck, an authority on NJ folklore, were popular in the 50’s and helped preserve the culture of the Pinelands.   We helped preserve a 400 year old oak,  helped convince Runnemede to preserve the Hirsch Lake Trust from development, and helped fight the building of a jetport in the pine barrens.   Field trips provided opportunities for members to get outdoors and learn about New Jersey flora and fauna together. During the 60’s scholarships were created by the AWS to help teachers learn about natural history so they could incorporate it into the curriculum.

 

In 1995 our group proposed the purchase of a 112-acre tract of land on Hawkin Road in Medford and Southampton Townships.   With the help of Green Acres funding, the AWS accomplished this and turned the land over to the NJ Natural Lands Trust.  The area is known as Bear Swamp and is a 3,000 acre wilderness in the middle of urban sprawl near the Red Lion Circle.  The AWS contributed a large sum of money toward our state’s newest state park in Gloucester County.   This is known as Tall Pines State Preserve, which saved the golf course from becoming a large housing development.   The area is home to a large and varied bird population, and protects many non-avian species including frogs, snakes, deer, fox, butterfies, dragonflies among others - and it is right in our backyard!

 

The AWS leadership has a strong commitment to continuing the work of our founders started 68 years ago.  Our most important asset is our membership.   During a time when other organizations, clubs, churches, and groups

are seeing membership declines we must do all we can to keep former members and add new ones.   We have kept our dues very low ($15) and have made field trips free, not only to members but to their guests.

 

Thank you for visiting our website.  We hope to see you at our upcoming programs and field trips in the future, and ecourage you to invite family and friends to accompany you!! 

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Chip Krilowicz,
Sep 25, 2016, 3:08 PM
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Julie Skierski,
Jan 8, 2017, 1:44 PM
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