State College Bird Club
September 23, 2015
State College Bird Club Meeting, 9/23/2015
Meeting location: Foxdale Village. Approximately 47 attendees, at least
8 first-time visitors. Diane Bierly presided. Debra Grim recorded
• Minutes of April 22 meeting read.
• Treasurer report: Current balance $1,404.59.
• Please pay dues to Diane Bierly--$15 regular, $25 family, $40 supporting.
• Checklists are still available at 20 cents each.
• See Greg Grove to buy a copy of Birds of Central Pennsylvania at $12.
• Alyssia Church announced the next meeting (Oct. 28)
speaker would be Abigail Barenblitt on "Shaking a tail feather: The
courtship behavior of Satin Bowerbirds and Lance-tailed Manakins"
• Joe Verica was not present to discuss field trips,
but members noted the recent trip to Scotia Barrens produced a nice
flock of warblers.
• Big Sit weekend will be Oct. 10-11. Shaver’s Creek,
Millbrook Marsh, Muddy Paws Marsh all will host circles. Diane hadn’t
heard whether there will be a circle at Bald Eagle State Park.
• Shaver’s Creek will have one last migration morning walk on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 a.m.
• The next walk at the Arboretum will be Friday Sept. 25 at 8 a.m.
• There will be two more Tuesday bird walks at Millbrook Marsh on Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 at 7:30 a.m.
• Save Our Allegheny Ridges & Jacks Mountain will
host a public meeting on Oct. 24 at the Calvary Bible Church, 100
Calvary Lane, Lewistown, PA at 7 p.m. Shaver’s Creek will give two
short programs with a live golden eagle before the formal meeting; the
live golden eagle program will be right outside the church at 6:15 and
another one at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the public meeting that starts
at 7 p.m. is to share Dr. Trish Miller’s report on her golden eagle
research showing how golden eagles use Jacks and Stone Mountains not
only during migration, but also throughout the winter.
• See Jon Kauffman to donate used books on nature to
the Alice Fuller used bookshelf at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.
• Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 7:30 pm, Shaver’s Creek
guest speaker Katie Fallon will share her research and interest in
Turkey and Black Vultures
• Juniata Valley has shade-grown coffee and
Golden-winged Warbler t-shirts for sale. They are also organizing a
group trip to Honduras in February to explore the farm where the coffee
is grown. Find out more on the JVAS website, jvas.org.
• Checklist was read and 137 species were reported.
Species of note included Mourning Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher,
Black-bellied Plover, American Golden-Plover.
• Treasurer’s report: $1,404.59 in the bank account.
Emily Bellush works for Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Research
Institute as a Golden-winged Warbler biologist and conservation
GWWAs are not listed but we have seen a 61% decline in their numbers in
Pennsylvania because of habitat loss, nest parasitism by Brown-headed
Cowbirds, and hybridization with Blue-winged Warblers. Habitat was
historically created by forest removal events such as fire, tornadoes
or beaver, and stays suitable for only a few years before becoming too
overgrown for GWWAs. Funds are available to landowners to restore
habitat. The program is popular with landowners. Pheasants Forever is a
partner. Working Lands for Wildlife started in 2012 to help landowners
manage for GWWAs and other wildlife species that use similar habitat,
such as turkey, woodcock, and ruffed grouse. Biologists and foresters
perform studies to evaluate requirements for GWWAs and also direct that
land is cleared, invasive plant species removed, deer excluded and an
appropriate mix of species is planted or allowed to grow from the local
seed bank. More than 8,000 acres of habitat creation is planned for
Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. Monitoring will evaluate the
results, and habitat creation will be ongoing so that new areas become
available to GWWAs as the old ones become too forested.