State College Bird Club
23 February 2011
The State College Bird Club met at
Foxdale Village on 23 February 2011. Forty-four members and
guests attended; Greg Grove presided.
• Nan Butkovich read the minutes.
• Dorothy Bordner presented the Treasurer’s report.
• She also read the
checklist. Species of note that were reported as having been seen
within 25 miles of the Penn State campus since 9 Feb. 2011 included
Cackling Goose, Black Vulture, Lapland Longspur, and Trumpeter
• 23 March: Wayne Laubscher will speak on birding in Costa Rica.
• 25 Feb.: Steve Colby starts at the Tussey Mountain Hawk Watch.
• 12 March: Field trip to Middle Creek.
The presentation at this meeting as
by Rob Criswell, who shared his knowledge regarding nature
photography. He began by discussing the two major types of
digital cameras: point-and-shoot and single lens reflex. He also
went over the major types of lenses: fixed and zoom, macrolenses,
telephoto and wide angle. Other important equipment included a
tripod and a flash attachment. From there he went into a
discussion of what makes a good photo… it doesn’t have to be a close-up
to have an impact on the viewer. It is also very important to
know the habits of the animals that you are trying to photograph.
He continued with a discussion of different habitats and ways that you
can attract wildlife to locations of your choosing. He also noted
that your vehicle can be an excellent blind. The presentation
concluded with photos from a number of locations that provide excellent
opportunities for wildlife photography.
Minutes taken by Nan Butkovich, Secretary