2009 Spring Calendar for meetings and field trips

Details of the field trips are currently tentative and will be revised as they become available.

Unless otherwise noted, all regular meetings will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room
at the Community Building in the Foxdale Village Retirement Community.

Details of local field trips will be announced on the scbirdcl e-mail list.

January 28, 2009 (Wednesday) MOVED TO 2/25 DUE TO WEATHER
Regular Meeting
7:00 p.m. Foxdale Village Meeting Room

February 25, 2009 (Wednesday)
Regular Meeting
7:00 p.m. Foxdale Village Meeting Room
Program: Jim Dunn will talk about birding in South Dakota

February 28, 2009 (Saturday)
** Field Trip
: Big Valley, Mifflin Co.
7:30 a.m. to noon or 1:00
Search for raptors, Red-headed Woodpeckers, field birds such as Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, or Lapland Longspurs.  
Meet at Westerly Parkway shopping center behind Omega Bank to carpool, leaving at 7:30 a.m.
Leader: Greg Grove.

March 25, 2009 (Wednesday)
Regular Meeting
7:00 p.m. Foxdale Village Meeting Room
Program: "Taking Wing: The Evolution of Bird Flight?" by Pat Shipman

April 11, 2009 (Saturday)
** Field Trip
: Huntingdon County
Meet at Westerly Parkway at 7:30 am to carpool.
Leader: Jim Dunn

April 25,2009 ( Saturday)
** Field Trip: Lower Trail
This Rails-to-Trails bike path along the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River is one of the area’s most reliable locations for Louisiana Waterthrushes and Cerulean and Yellow-throated Warblers.
Meet at Westerly Parkway at 7:15 am to carpool.
Leader: Dave Kyler. 

April 29, 2009 (Wednesday)
Regular Meeting
7:00 p.m. Foxdale Village Meeting Room
Program: Don Bryant will talk about raptor watching/findings around Montana and the west.

May 20, 2009 (Wednesday)
** Field Trip:Musser Gap Trail
State College Bird Club EVENING Field Trip to Musser Gap, 6-8pm.
The new Musser Gap Trail offers an array of field, hedge row and woodland birds. Come to hear or catch a glimpse of nesting and migratory birds on Wednesday evening. The trail is rough in spots and water flows over it in other spots. Wear sturdy shoes/boots, bring water and a flashlight. More details on the club's listserv.
Leader: Nancy Ellen Kiernan

May 27, 2009 (Wednesday)
Regular Meeting
6:00 p.m. Location to be announced
Program: Pot luck Dinner


April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and May 6 Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m.
Shaver's Creek Environmental Center Migration Morning Bird Walks.
Meet at the Nature Center

April 2, 9,16, 23, and 30 Thursdays at 8:30AM
Bald Eagle State Park Bird Walks
Meet at the Environmental Learning Center.

April 18 at 2pm
Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
Steven Saffier (sponsored by PA Native Plant Society)
"Bird Habitat Recognition and its strong ties to native plants and the native plant industry/community"
Free and open to the public.  Steven is also speaking at the PSO meeting in May.

April 18, 2pm-8pm
Bald Eagle State Park Bird Festival.
There will be a variety of organizations on hand; E.g., Lost Creek Shoe Shop will be there with binoculars, Shaver's Creek with Raptors, Robyn Grobosky with birds and children's crafts
Greg Grove and Bob Snyder will be leading bird walks.
To volunteer, contact Roana Fuller.

April 28, Tuesday
An evening at Scotia Barrens
Part 1: meet at 6:30 at the gate that crosses the road at the rifle range at Scotia and walk about 1/2 mile for general bird watching and check for early warblers.
Part 2: meet at 7:30 at the same place to listen for woodcock.
There are parking areas on either side of the gate so it doesn't matter which "route" people chose to get there.
Leader: Diane Bierly

May 2, Saturday
Shaver's Creek Environmental Center Birding Cup
All the information can be found at

May 2, 9am to 1 pm
Pennsylvania Native Plant Society Plant Celebration at Rhoneymeade which is located on Rimmey Road off Rt. 45 between Centre Hall and Boalsburg. Come buy some native plants to create better bird habitat.

May 9th (Saturday)
The 18th Pennsylvania Migration Count (PAMC)
The PA Migration Count has taken place every year since 1992, always on the second Saturday in May. Hundreds of participants (1000+ plus on a good year) throughout the state go birding and count every bird seen or heard within an assigned area. PAMC is a county-based count. The compiler for Centre County is Bob Snyder. More details will be posted on the listserv list

May 15 – 17
Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology meeting
Morganstown, Berks County. Great field trips and interesting speakers.
Details at

June 6, 2009, 8am-9pm
Juniata Valley Audubon Society field day at Canoe Creek State Park.
Activities include: birding hikes, wildflower walks, a bluebird program, bat programs, and Audubon information for a donation of $10 per person or $20 per family for the entire day. Activities will be led by local Audubon experts. Additional information available by calling Terry Wentz 814-693-6563.

Previous schedules:
Fall 2008
Spring 2008
Fall 2007
Spring 2007
Fall 2006