For the nation, November brings Thanksgiving when Wild Turkeys hope to be the one taken to the White House for pardoning. In Gettysburg, we mark the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery and President Lincoln’s “brief and appropriate” remarks that became one of the most recited and influential speeches in history. And for South Mountain Audubon Society, we prepare during these weeks for the annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 14.

Among the abundance for which we are thankful is the treasure of Gettysburg National Military Park (GNMP) where nearly 200 species of birds have been reported during its history. After I discovered a love of birds 20 years ago, Frances began my birding education in the classroom of GNMP.

Bonnie Portzline is a member South Mountain Audubon Society. She offers “Birds With A Gettysburg Address” slideshows of her birding photography.

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