STATE COLLEGE BIRD CLUB
2018 Spring Calendar for meetings and field trips
Further details of all 2018 field trips will be posted to the
College Bird Club listserv group.
Unless otherwise noted, all regular
be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Spring Creek Education Building at the Millbrook Marsh
Details of local field trips will be announced on the State
College Bird Club listserv group.
January 24, 2018 (Wednesday)
7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Program: Our guest speaker will be Matt Shumar, who will
give a program titled "Lights Out for birds: creating safe
passage for migrant landbirds across the landscape".
February 28, 2018 (Wednesday)
7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Program: Our guest speaker will be Erynn Maynard, who will
give a program titled "Birds and invasive shrubs in eastern
March 28 2018 (Wednesday)
7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Program: Our guest speaker will be Kristin Joivell, who will give a
program titled "Climate Change at the Arctic's Edge". It's based on her
trip conducting biology research in Churchill, Manitoba.
April 25, 2018 (Wednesday)
7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Program: Our guest speaker will be Jason Beale, who will give a
program about training raptors at Shaver's Creek titled "Raptors as
May 23 2018, Wednesday
Last Spring meeting
6 to 7:30 pm at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Pavilion.
Please bring a potluck item to share, water bottle (as a back up — it
is a true “potluck”), eating/serving utensils. Compostable plates and
napkins will be provided.
6:00 pm, set up food.
6:15 to 6:45 pm eat and enjoy company.
7:00 pm, conduct regular meeting / announcements / reading of the checklist
7:30 pm conclude.
Winter and Spring Field Trips
Thursday, January 25, 2017 (7:30pm-9pm)
Owl Prowl at Bald Eagle State Park
Diane Bierly will lead an owling field trip on Thursday, January 25 to
areas included in the Bald Eagle State Park Christmas Bird Count. This
a listening activity which requires standing around in the cold for up
minutes at a time. Binoculars are not necessary but you might want to
We will meet at the Rt. 150 Overlook at Bald Eagle State Park at 7:30
then we will carpool to several locations along Bullitt Run Road and
Creek Road. We will be back at the Overlook by 9:00 p.m.
Eastern Screech Owls, Barred Owls, and Great-horned Owls were all heard
during the CBC on
Directions: From the the Milesburg exit off of Interstate 80, travel ~7
miles east on Rt 150 (North Eagle Valley Rd) towards Bald Eagle State
Park. Shortly after PA-26 (the road to Howard) turn right into the
overlook parking lot.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 (8am-1pm)
Birds of Huntingdon County
This is a joint field with the Juniata Valley Audubon Society and the
State College Bird Club
Birding trip in Huntingdon County for waterfowl and early migrants.
This will be a driving birding trip. We will make several stops
along the Juniata River and Lake Raystown as well as Old Crow
Wetland. Bring something to eat and drink.
Meet at Detwiler Memorial Field to carpool: 400 Standing Stone Rd.
Huntingdon, PA. https://goo.gl/maps/ybUK5GZtetT2
Trip Leader: Susan Braun
For more information contact Susan at 814-574-0795.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Walk at Rhoneymeade, Centre Hall, Pa
Surrounded by a mosaic of hedgerows, successional woodlands and forest,
Rhoneymeade farm is 150 acres, certified organic (primarily hay), with
a 6-acre arboretum at its center. We will take about 2 hours of gentle
hiking. Be prepared for a bit of mud if it is wet, but nothing extreme.
We will look for a mix of returning breeders and migrants such as
American Pipit, Blue-headed Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned
Kinglet, Brown Thrasher, Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Eastern
Meadowlark. If rain is heavy, we will postpone to the following
Saturday (April 28), but we will continue as scheduled with light rain.
Rhoneymeade Arboretum and Sculpture Garden is 9 miles east of State
College, midway between Linden Hall and Centre Hall. Follow Rt 45 E out
of Boalsburg for 4.5 miles past the junction with 322, then turn left
on Rimmey Rd. Climb the hill ~0.3 mi until the road forces a sharp
left, and then just around the corner you'll see the parking area is on
177 Rimmey Road, Centre Hall, PA 16828. www.rhoneymeade.org/
Trip Leaders: Joe Gyekis and James Lesher
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (6pm-6:50pm)
Pre Bird Club Meeting Walk at
Looking to check off a few last birds for the monthly checklist
reading? Join Julia Plummer for a short walk through the unique marsh
ecosystem at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. The centers boardwalk
provides excellent views of songbirds, waterfowl, and possible sounds
of elusive rails and bitterns. Afterwards, join us for our monthly
meeting and guest speaker, Jason Beale, who will give a program about
training raptors at Shaver's Creek titled "Raptors as Conservation
Meet at the pavilion near the old silo.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Spring Ephemeral and Bird Walk at
Fisherman’s Paradise is widely known for its trout fishing on Spring
Creek, but you don’t have to be trout angler to enjoy this legendary
microclimate. The waters of Spring Creek and the canyons that it
meanders through is home to a diversity of flora and fauna. We will
take a leisurely walk along Spring Creek to identify early migrants and
the diversity of spring ephemerals. The path provides easy access
through the canyon with little to none elevation changes.
Trip Leaders: Jon Kauffman and Mary Birrer
Directions: From the Bellefonte (Route 150) exit off of Route 220, go
north on 150. Turn left onto Paradise Road, then make a left onto
Spring Creek Road. Park at the end of this road.
Sunday, April 29, 2018 (7am-noon)
Lake Perez, Rocky Ridge Natural Area, and Mierly Wetland
Northern Huntingdon county has a diverse selection of habitats that
hosts a diversity of migrants and breeding birds. Please join Greg
Grove as we visit Lake Perez, Rocky Ridge Natural Area, and Mierly
Wetland outside of Cornpropst Mills.
Starting at Lake Perez, participants will spend a short time scanning
the lake for waterfowl, terns, herons, and other migrants. We will then
proceed to Rocky Ridge Natural Area on Frew Road in Rothrock State
Forest (approx. 25 minute drive) to hike a loop that includes a portion
of the Standing Stone Trail (SST). This portion of the field trip will
focus on returning songbirds. This hike also features outstanding rock
formations** and possible spring ephemerals. Hike will approximately
last 2 hours with a distance of 1.5 miles, give or take. This portion
is considered medium (at most) difficulty with a short climb (not
difficult) of about 150 feet in elevation at the beginning. Please
dress accordingly as the trail is somewhat rocky - some may prefer to
use hiking poles.
** Those interested in the geology - check this web
link from Stan Kotala, but note we will not follow the course of
the hike described therein.
After Rocky Ridge Natural Area, we then take a short
drive to visit Mierley Wetland near Cornpropst Mills. This property has
recently implemented management practices through the Huntingdon County
Conservation Distict that includes a wetland and agricultural fields.
Please meet at the Stone Valley
Recreation Area boat launch at 7am.
Directions: Coming from State College, travel west on Rt 26 to Pine
Grove Mills. At the blinking light in Pine Grove Mills turn left and
continue to follow Rt 26 over Tussey Mountain. In about 4.1 miles turn
right onto Charter Oak Rd at the base of the mountain. Follow Charter
Oak Rd for about 1.7 miles then take a left onto Red Rose Rd. In 0.5
miles turn right onto Scare Pond Rd. Follow Scare Pond Rd to the main
entrance of Stone Valley Recreation Area. The boat launch, main office,
and cabins are located at this location.
Trip Leader: Greg Grove
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (7:30am
Search for Cerulan Warblers on the
Lower Trail, Blair County
Please join Nick Bolgiano for a leisurely walk along a stretch of the
Lower Trail in Blair County. The goal of this trip is to find Cerulean
Warblers, in the core of their Lower Trail habitat. See
keystonefund.org/success-story/a-perfect-habitat/ for more information
of Nick Bolgiano's search for Cerulean Warblers. This stretch of the
Lower Trail is also great for Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-throated
Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Wood Thrush, Louisiana Waterthrush,
Yellow-throated Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Baltimore Oriole.
Please meet at the Mt. Etna trailhead parking lot at 7:30am
(www.rttcpa.org/index.shtml). Travel West on Route 22 from the
intersection of Route 453 at Water Street. Turn Left on Fox Run Rd at
3.3 mi (just after the westbound turns to 2 lanes, making this easier
if traffic) or Left on Etna Furnace Rd at 4.6 mile. Continue Right near
the river to reach the Mt. Etna trailhead parking lot. There is a
modern outhouse available.
From the Mt. Etna trailhead parking lot, the group will walk South
along the Lower Trail for 1-2 miles out and back.
Field Trip Leader: Nick Bolgiano
Saturday, August, 11th 2018 (9:30am-11:30am and 1pm-3pm)
Hummingbird Migration and Banding at the Reed Residence, Coburn, Pa
Please join Jon Kauffman as we visit the homestead of Jan and John Reed
of Coburn, Pa to learn about Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration. With
the fall season quickly approaching the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds,
Pennsylvania’s only nesting hummingbird, are beginning the journey
south. The Reed residence will provide photogenic opportunities for
feeding Ruby-throats as well as the opportunity to observe and learn
about hummingbird banding with fellow naturalist and bird bander, Sandy
Lockerman of Harrisburg,Pa. Sandy will provide on-site demonstrations
in how bands are placed on the hummingbirds as well as collecting wing
length, tail length, weight, beak length, and fat content.
Due to limited parking, field trip participants are asked to choose an
AM visit or PM visit. (See times above). With this in mind carpooling
is highly recommended. If interested in attending, please reply to Jon
directly by Thursday, August 9th with your preferred time slot. A
follow-up email with details and directions will be provided.
Field Trip Leader: Jon Kauffman
RAIN DATE: Saturday, August 25th 2018
Other Birding Events
2018 Spring Banding Dates
Banding takes place at the Air
Quality Learning and Demonstration Center in Big Hollow or
the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
*Note time change beginning April 20
*11 am ending time is approximate
*Any precipitation or constant winds above 15 mph will result in
Nick Kerlin, Bander-in-charge
at Penn State
March 29, Thursday, 7 am-11 am
April 2, Monday, 7 am-11 am
April 4, Wednesday, 7 am-11 am
April 6, Friday, 7 am-11am
April 10, Tuesday, 7 am-11 am
April 13, Friday, 7 am-11 am
April 16, Monday, 7 am-11 am
April 18, Wednesday, 7 am-11 am
April 20, Friday, 6:30 am-11 am
April 26, Thursday, 6:30 am-11 am
April 28, Saturday, 6:30 am-11 am Botanic
April 30, Monday, 6:30 am-11 am
May 2, Wednesday, 6:30 am-11 am
May 4, Friday, 6:30 am- 11 am
May 7, Monday, 6:30 am-11 am
Migration bird walks at the Arboretum
bird walks at the Arboretum are starting this Thursday April 12th. Walks
start at the arboretum parking lot and go from 8:00-9:30.
Bring binoculars if you have them, but I will also have extra pairs if
you don't have a pair. Walks will be cancelled if there is steady
rain. All walks will be starting at the Arboretum except the walk on Thursday May 3 which will be at
Scotia SGL 176. Hope to see some of you there. It's a great
way to start the morning!
Bird Walk Dates
Thursday April 12
Thursday April 19
Thursday April 26
Saturday April 28 (Arboretum)
Thursday May 3 (Scotia)
Wednesday, April 4,11,18, 25, and May 2, 9
Shaver’s Creek Migration Morning Walks
Take a leisurely hike to see and hear the numerous bird species that
migrate through central Pennsylvania every spring and fall. Shaver’s
Creek naturalists Doug Wentzel, Joshua Potter, and Jon Kauffman will
help participants identify the songs, calls, and field marks of
species, from hawks and eagles to thrushes and woodpeckers. Bring a
good pair of hiking boots, binoculars, any guidebooks you have, and an
inquisitive mind! Migration Morning Bird Walks are open to birders of
all experience levels. Some binoculars are available to borrow.
Meet at the
Shaver's Creek Environmental Center.
15 and through 12 noon on Sunday, April 22, 2018
Earth Week Birding Classic
The 3rd annual Earth Week Birding Classic at Penn State Altoona will
start at 12 noon on Sunday,
April 15 and end at 12 noon on
April 22, 2018. Teams will choose one 24-hour “day” to complete their
count and must register their count time 24 hours in advance.
Registration is free. The goal
is for teams in seven different
categories to count as many species of birds as possible in the
24-hour-period during the week prior to Earth Day, April 22.
This non-profit event is co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies
program at Penn State Altoona and Juniata Valley Audubon Society
(JVAS). Pledges that team members garner will support bird conservation
and education. Teams of 3 or more (2 or more for Senior citizens and
Big Sitters) will count birds in Blair and surrounding counties
(Bedford, Huntingdon, Centre, Clearfield, Cambria), and prizes will be
awarded during the closing ceremony at the Penn State Altoona campus
immediately following the event.
To register and for more
information, please contact
Catherine Farr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesdays, April 17th-May 8th
8:00am-9:30am at Millbrook Marsh
Morning Bird Walks at Millbrook Marsh
Start your day off right by exploring Millbrook Marsh to see and hear the
birds that are migrating to and through the Centre Region. Registration
not required. Please meet at the large pavilion.
May 4, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. 2018
The Birding Cup
Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
The Birding Cup, Shaver’s Creek’s annual fundraising tournament, is a
contest among teams of birders to identify the most bird species in a
twenty-four hour period in the central Pennsylvania region (Huntingdon,
Centre, and adjoining counties). Teams must consist of at least three
members and must follow the rules of The Birding Cup when
participating. Team entries should be submitted no later than four days
prior to the start. Team entry is free, however, since this is our only
annual fundraiser, teams are encouraged to raise at least $100 in
donations to The Birding Cup.
For more information visit: www.shaverscreek.org
Saturday, May 12th, 8:00pm-9:30pm
Morning Bird Walk at Millbrook Marsh
Start your day off right by exploring Millbrook Marsh
to see and hear the birds that are migrating to and through the Centre
Region. Free, donations appreciated. Registration not required. Please meet at the large pavilion.
Saturday, May 12 at 8:30am to 9:00pm
Bald Eagle Birding Day
Join Bald Eagle State Park and other bird lovers for an enjoyable day
of avian education! Participants will be able to experience live
raptors up close, learn about bird identification, build their own bird
house to take home, observe resident bald eagles and osprey, and take
part in a woodcock walk to conclude the day. Please contact Bald Eagle
State Park for more information or to pre-register by calling
Details of events and locations
Friday June 8th, 8:00am-9:30am
Nesting at Millbrook Marsh?
Join experienced birder, NancyEllen Kiernan, to
identify clues that help us discover the species of birds nesting here
at the marsh. Take a mystery bird walk to sleuth out who's here. After
this enjoyable walk you will be able to use your new found knowledge to
detect clues to nesting birds in your own back yard. Free, donations
appreciated. Registration not required. Please meet at the large pavilion.
June 15th. 8:00am-9:30am
Who's Nesting at Millbrook Marsh?
Join experienced birder, NancyEllen Kiernan, to identify clues that
help us discover the species of birds nesting here at the marsh. Take a
mystery bird walk to sleuth out who's here. Open
to all ages with any level of experience. Please dress for the weather
and bring binoculars.
In the case of heavy rain, the walk that morning will be cancelled.
Registration not required. Please meet at the large pavilion.
After this enjoyable walk, you will be able to use your new found
knowledge to detect clues to nesting birds in your own back yard, and
even participate in the 5th Annual Pennsylvania Society of