Bird Club Meeting
March 25, 2020
Presiding: Doug Wentzel
Recording: Peggy Wagoner Saporito
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing,
we held our first ever online-only Bird Club meeting using Zoom
Technology. Thanks to Joe Gyekis for working with our speaker to
make this happen. See
the entire meeting here (some quick announcements and the
Checklist: To streamline this online meeting, the Checklist was
Treasurer’s report (Jean Miller): Deposited: $160; Paid out: $800
($750 for Hawk Watch, $50 for speaker).
All Field Trips scheduled for April have been put on hold.
Continue to check our website,
and the listserv for updates.
Bird Club Elections:
Voting for 4 positions will occur during the April meeting.
• VP of Field Trips – Susan Smith
• Treasurer: Jean Miller (returning)
• 2 Board members: Bob Fowles and Jon Kauffman
Grove, head of elections, if anyone is interested in
throwing their hat in the ring.
Tussey Mountain Hawk Watch
Zoey Greenberg, this season’s official counter, gave an update.
The Golden Eagle migration appears to be a bit later than usual
this year with 110 counted to date. Other species such as Osprey
have just begun to migrate.
Zoey has been thoroughly enjoying her time as counter on the
mountain and is very grateful to Jon Kauffman and Nick Bolgiano
who have helped her master the art of raptor identification.
Likewise, we are very grateful for Zoey’s dedication, enthusiasm
and the fascinating information she includes with her daily hawk
count updates. All the best to Zoey in her future pursuits!
Speaker: Lauren Schricker: “Making the most of managed forest:
using automated recording units to monitor bird arrival and
diversity in Sproul State Forest”
Lauren is a second year Ph.D. student at University of Pittsburgh,
Biological Sciences Dept., Dr. Justin Kitzes lab (the same lab as
our October speaker, Tessa Rhinehart; see October 23, 2019 Bird Club
minutes. Lauren’s research involves using bio-acoustic
recorders (AudioMoth) located along a Breeding Bird Survey route
in Sproul State Forest, a working, second growth forest. During
the past 40 years, Breeding Bird Surveys (BBS) have been conducted
each June by knowledgeable birders who listen for three minutes at
each stop along the designated route. AudioMoth recorders placed
in these locations during the entire breeding season, April-June,
record the dawn chorus for three hours each day. These recordings
can supplement BBS and greatly expand our understanding of bird
species presence and distribution. It is still early in Lauren’s
research with one season of data from audio recorders used in
2019. Plans are in place to repeat seasonal recordings over the
long term to gain a more in-depth understanding of bird species
population dynamics over space, time and through changes in
climate. In addition to her work in Sproul Forest, Lauren is using
audio recorders in Montana to compare amphibian species found in
bison and cattle grazing lands. These audio recording research and
analysis techniques are also being used to develop educational
materials to be incorporated into biology and computer science