Franklin and Barbara Haas have always had a special interest in birding in Pennsylvania.
When they pursued a "Big Year" in 1986, they created a network
of birders across the state to alert them to any rarities that might show
up. They kept their contacts up-to-date with a monthly newsletter detailing
their progress. The interest showed in this newsletter led to the founding
of Pennsylvania Birds, the journal of Pennsylvania ornithology. They founded,
edited and published Pennsylvania Birds from 1987 to 2001.