State College Bird Club
March 26, 2014
The State College Bird Club met at Foxdale Village on March 26,
2014. Approximately 50 members and guests attended, including six
first-time visitors. Diane Bierly presided.
• The minutes of the February 26 meeting were read.
• Dorothy Bordner presented the Treasurer’s Report.
• Ro Fuller said the next meeting would be on April
23rd, and that the program would be by Nan Butkovich on San Diego
• Diane Bierly noted that officer elections would be
held at the April meeting, and she still needed one volunteer for the
• Diane called attention to a saw-whet owl study that
needed volunteers. She has contact information for the study.
• Megan Orient said to see her for membership information.
• Greg Grove gave an update on the status of efforts
to prevent construction of wind farms on Jacks and Stone Mountain. He
also had a supply of commemorative Jacks Mountain patches, which are
for sale for $5 to help in the wind farm fight.
• Don Kiel gave an update on the Gray’s Woods wetland
project. Patton Township owns the 43-acre tract, and the Clearwater
Conservancy helps manage it. Don noted that a consulting firm recently
gave a recommendation to mostly preserve the tract. He encouraged
birders to count and report birds seen there. Don noted that 92
species had been counted in the first year of surveys.
• Greg Grove read the checklist of species seen
within 25 miles of Old Main since February 26th. Some species of note
were the Pink-footed Goose and Northern Goshawk.
• Field Trips – Joe Verica reported that there had
been a field trip to BESP the previous Sunday. Also, a field trip was
being planned for Bald Eagle Valley in late April.
The evening’s program was by Ian Gardner, who gave a presentation on
Northern Goshawk monitoring and habitat suitability. The goshawk is the
largest accipiter. Ian said it declined dramatically in the 20th
century, and is considered threatened in Pennsylvania. Re-establishment
of forests in Pennsylvania and protection of the goshawk have
facilitated a modest comeback.
Ian is working on a 2-year study monitoring the goshawk. He is using a
grid system to map primary, secondary, and non-habitat areas. He is
using logistic regression to build habitat models. The Allegheny
Plateau and Ridge and Valley areas, including the Central Appalachians,
are some of the areas where goshawks were observed. Several wildlife
agencies are planning further field studies.
Submitted by Ron Crandall, Secretary.