State College Bird Club
February 25, 2015
The State College Bird Club met at Foxdale Village on February 25,
2015. Approximately 50 members and guests attended, including
four first-time visitors. Diane Bierly presided.
• The minutes of the January 28 meeting were read.
• Dorothy Bordner presented the Treasurer’s Report. The checking account balance was given as $1016.34.
• Ro Fuller said the next meeting would be on March
25th, and that the program would be by Nick Bolgiano who will give a
program on Distribution Changes for Red-tailed Hawks, Rough-legged
Hawks, and American Kestrels in Eastern North America.
• Field Trips -- Diane Bierly said she was hoping to
lead an owling outing sometime in the next week. Also, a BESP waterfowl
field trip is being planned, and the PA Ornithology Society will have a
field trip to the Tussey Mountain Hawkwatch on March 22.
• Nick Bolgiano introduced the new Tussey spring hawkwatch counter, Jason Bojczyk.
• Membership chairperson Megan Orient said that the
club had 63 total memberships, comprised of 38 single, 16 family, and 9
• Greg Grove read the checklist of species seen
within 25 miles of Old Main since January 28th. A species of note was a
The evening’s program was presented by Kathleen Kolos, research
assistant at Shippinsburg University, who gave a presentation called
the Breeding Ecology of Northern Saw-whet Owls in Three Study Regions
After the 1st Breeding Bird Atlas, it was thought that the Saw-whet
owl, the smallest owl in the Eastern US, was a rare breeder in
Pennsylvania. The 2nd Atlas and Toot Routes conducted in 2000-2001,
however, showed that breeding was fairly common and quite widely
Kathleen’s project focused on the effect of vegetation differences in
the breeding areas of saw-whet owls. She revisited the Toot Routes with
new breeding studies conducted in 2013-2014. She divided the breeding
range into NW Pennsylvania, central Pennsylvania, and south-central
Pennsylvania. Her logistic regression analysis showed that, while there
were no specific habitat requirements for breeding, there was a
difference in habitat favored for foraging and roosting. Her research
suggested that old growth forests are often used, and that saw-whet
owls are probably vulnerable to forest fragmentation.
Submitted by Ron Crandall, Secretary.