Field Trips

The field trips listed here are planned months in advance. As the date approaches, the newsletter and this webpage will provide further details.  It may be necessary to contact the trip leader, or Russ States at 814-676-6320 to confirm the times and other details.

October 2, 2011-Sunday-Bird Walk at Pennsy Swamp, PA Game Lands #284 Join us for a morning walk to look for some of the fall migrants. Bring your binoculars and a field guide. Beginners are very welcome. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Game Lands parking area on Pennsy Road. For more information contact Kathie Goodblood at 814-432-4496 or larkwren@hughes.net. October 8, 2011-Saturday-Macoskey Center Nature Stroll Join us from 8:30-10:30 a.m. for a nature walk through the Macoskey Center/BAS sanctuaries of Slippery Rock University near the peak of autumn. Expect late blooming wildflowers, butterflies, bird migrants, and other natural surprises. We will explore an easy trail through field and forest less than one mile long. Be prepared for any type of weather. Bring water and snacks if you wish. Meet at the center on Harmony road across from the SRU football stadium. Contact Gene Wilhelm for details genewilhelm@aol.com or 724-794-2434 before October 1.

October 8-Saturday-Macoskey Center Nature Stroll 8:30-10:30 a.m. Join us for a nature walk through the Macoskey Center/BAS sanctuaries of Slippery Rock University near the peak of autumn. Expect late blooming wildflowers, butterflies, bird migrants, and other natural surprises. We will explore an easy trail through field and forest less than one-mile long. Be prepared for any type of weather. Bring water and snacks if you wish. Meet at the center on Harmony Road across from the SRU football stadium. Contact Gene Wilhelm for details genewilhelm@aol.com or 724-794-2434 before October 1.

November 5, 2011-Saturday-Lake Arthur’s Water Birds Do you want to know how to identify all of those look-alike water birds? Here’s your chance to differentiate grebes from loons, diving from dabbler ducks, gulls from terns, and plovers from sandpipers with the help of I.D. tips and short-cuts from birding experts. Note that this field trip is intended for beginning birders who know little or nothing about birds. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the office of Moraine State Park, off U.S. 422. We will bird for approximately three hours. Bring binoculars, water, snacks, and dress for any type of weather. Contact Gene Wilhelm for details genewilhelm@aol.com or phone 724-794-2434 before October 31.

Saturday, December 17, 2011   - Butler County Christmas Bird Count

The Butler County CBC will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2011. The center of the 15 mile diameter of the count circle is located approximately 1.5 miles east of the junction of Lindey Road and Rt. 528. Lake Arthur, Moraine State Park, McConnells Mill, Wolf Creek Narrows and the campus of Slippery Rock University are within the circle. If you are interested in participating, either by being a feeder watcher or field observer, contact Suzanne Butcher at  330-759-1945 (leave messages) or sarbird@hotmail.com as soon as possible so count assignments can be made. 

For more information contact Suzanne Butcher. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, January 1, 2012   - Pleasantville Christmas Bird Count

The Pleasantville CBC will be held on Sunday, January 1, 2012 from dawn to dark (or earlier or later if you are so inclined). The circle for this count encompasses the area approximately from Titusville in the northwest to Pleasantville to Tionesta in the northeast south to President east to Oleopolis and Rouseville and then north along the western edge of Oil Creek State Park. The count is centered on the historic ghost town of Pithole. Please feel welcome to participate in this count. Assignments can be made for an easy to get to area if you are unfamiliar with this count. Also needed are feeder watchers who live in the area. If you are unsure if you are in the count circle call and ask. This is a more northern count than the Butler count, so expect some more northern species. If you are interested in helping, please contact: Russ States 814-676-6320 (please talk to the machine) or pabirder@verizon.net.

2010 Tree Traditions Bring the family to Jennings Environmental Education Center on Sunday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. and discover the natural history and colorful folklore associated with Pennsylvania’s amazing evergreen trees. Venture into the past, as the legends and traditions behind today’s Christmas trees unfold during this 90-minute program. Children will enjoy making wildlife treats as ornaments to hang on the Jennings tree as well as one to take home. Remaining green throughout the year and retaining a beautiful shape, evergreens are grown for use as Christmas trees in all 50 states. Each year approximately 25?30 million trees are sold for this purpose. Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the U.S. for both the number harvested each year and acres planted in Christmas trees. Jennings is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays and on weekends as scheduled. The trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset for hiking and other environmentally related activities. If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks: 888-PA-Parks (voice), 717-558-2710 (local or international voice), 711 (AT&T Relay Services). With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

February 19, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – noon – “Great Back Yard Bird Count” at Jennings Environmental Education center. Join in the Great Backyard Bird Count at Jennings Environmental Education Center on Saturday, February 19th from 9:00 a.m. until noon. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual event that encourages citizens to help scientists gather data on the biodiversity of birds across the entire U.S. and Canada. This workshop and observation session is designed for ages 12 and up. Enrollment is limited, and participants must register by contacting the Center at 724-794-6011 or registering online at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/calendar no later than February 10th. Celebrating its 14th year, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is hosted by the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The indoor workshop at Jennings will provide an opportunity to learn the basics of bird identification and feeding, while observing and enjoying birds at the feeders outside the classroom windows. Jennings staff will explain the bird count procedures and demonstrate use of the GBBC website for submitting data and obtaining information. Representatives of the Bartramian Audubon Society and the Birdwatchers Store will also be on hand to provide assistance and bird feeding tips. A limited number of binoculars and field guides are available for use. Participants are welcome to bring their own. This activity is particularly recommended for teachers and youth leaders who might want to involve their students in citizen science projects, or for families who would like to share an interest in birds with their older children.

April 30, 2011, Saturday – Lawrence County-BAS Spring Sanctuaries Tour I. Join us for a morning visit to several of our sanctuaries in Lawrence County. Come see what people have done to enhance their property for wildlife. Prior registration is required. Contact Gene Wilhelm for more details and directions, at genewilhelm@aol.com or 724-794-2434 before April 1.

Sunday, June 12th - BAS will host a yard sale at the Birdwatcher's Store on RT. 108 just west of Slippery Rock. We are looking for donations, call Kathie at 814-432-4496.

June 26, 2011-Sunday-BAS Annual Picnic This year’s annual picnic will be held at Oil Creek State Park. It will start at 4:00 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m. We will be at the pavilion at the “Blood Farm”, the first picnic area after entering the park from Route 8.There is plenty of parking, cover, a grill, and it’s right on the creek. We will carpool down to look at the native wildlife garden that we helped to plant at the Park office. BAS will provide hot dogs and soft drinks, please bring a dish to share and your own place setting. For more information contact Kathie Goodblood at 814-432- 4496 or larkwren@hughes.net.

July 9, 2011-Saturday-NABA Butterfly Count The ninth BAS sponsored North American Butterfly Association 4th of July Butterfly Count will be held on Saturday July 9th. Known as the Sandy Creek Count, the area covered by the 15 mile diameter circle includes the Troyer gardens in Mercer County on the western aspect and the Polk Wetlands in Venango County on the eastern side. Sandy Creek flows through the upper aspect of the circle which also contains parts of Goddard State Park and the lower aspect of Lake Wilhelm. Parts of State Game Lands 130 and 39 are also covered. The data obtained on the NABA counts is crucial in monitoring butterfly populations. Contact person, Suzanne Butcher, sarbird@ hotmail.com, 330-759-1945

 

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