State College Bird Club

March 27, 2013

The State College Bird Club met at Foxdale Village on March 27, 2013.  Approximately 40 members and guests attended, including one first-time visitor. Nick Kerlin presided.

•    The minutes of the February 27th meeting were read.
•    Dorothy Bordner presented the Treasurer’s Report.
•    Nick Kerlin noted that election of officers will take place at the April meeting, and that members should give any officer suggestions to the nominating committee.
•    Nick also noted that the recent “Bird Day” at Wiscoy Pet Foods was a success, and that the Club was invited to return next year.
•    Nick noted that Colyer Lake would be drained soon, and urged members to contact legislators to ask for funding to repair the dam.
•    Don Kiel of Gray’s Woods announced that the developers at the Marywood subdivision had agreed to set aside 43 acres for open land and wetlands. A Friends of Gray’s Wood Wetland group has been formed. Don also mentioned that a breeding bird survey was being planned, and Club members shold see him if they would like to contribute to the effort. He also mentioned that Jim Julian of Penn State has been leading field trips there, and that one was scheduled for April 5.
•    Thanks were given to Dan Schniedewind, the Tussey Mountain Hawkwatch counter, for his efforts this Spring. Dan will be leaving the end of March, but the Watch would continue on a volunteer basis until mid-April.
•    Greg Grove read the checklist of species seen within 25 miles of Old Main since February 27.

•    Nick Kerlin had some information sheets about a Cape Cod Birding Festival to be held Sept. 15-16..
•    Doug Wentzel noted that he again was leading Shaver’s Creek Wednesday morning bird walks, starting in early April. He also noted that the Birding Cup was scheduled for May 3rd and 4th and that t-shirts were available.
•    It was noted that the PA Bluebird Society is looking for a Centre County coordinator.
•    Field Trips – No report.

Upcoming events
•    April 14 – Millbrook Marsh Earth Day Celebration
•    Birding Cup – May 3rd & 4th

The evening’s presentation was by the Kyler’s, Henry’s, and Kiernan’s about their birding trip to Costa Rica.  They made the trip in February 2012 for about 12 days.  San Jose was their base station.  A number of habitats were explored, including rain forest, dry forest, and mountains.

Some of the interesting birds found were the Resplendent Quetzal, Spectacled Owls, Scarlet Macaws, Rufous Nightjar, White Hawk, and Snowcap Hummingbird. They also saw a number of mammals, including various monkeys, and many reptiles.  Some of the members of their group concluded the trip by touring San Jose.

Submitted by Ron Crandall, Secretary.