2019 Fall Calendar for Bird Club meetings and field trips,
and other birding events

Additional details of field trips may be posted to the State College Bird Club listserv group.

Unless otherwise noted, all regular meetings from November, 2019 through April, 2020 will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Foxdale Village meeting room.

Regular Meetings:

September 25, 2019 (Wednesday)
Regular Meeting

7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Program: Ian Gardner will give a program on Confusing Fall Warblers

October 23, 2019 (Wednesday)
Regular Meeting

7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Program: Tessa Rhinehart will give a program titled "Using artificial intelligence to identify and locate birds"

November 20, 2019 (Wednesday)
Regular Meeting

7:00 p.m. Foxdale Village meeting room
Program: David Toews will give a program titled
"Mistakes Happen! Hybridization in Wood Warblers”

December 11, 2019 (Wednesday)
Regular Meeting

7:00 p.m. Foxdale Village meeting room
Program: Carolyn Mahan will give a program titled "Use of Electric Transmission Line
Rights-of-Way by breeding birds in central Pennsylvania: species richness and nest productivity”

Fall Field Trips of the State College Bird Club

Saturday, September 21, 2019 (7:30am – 9:30am)

James Cleveland Memorial Trail

Join Julia Plummer for a beautiful and lush forest walk on the James Cleveland Trail and surrounding Bald Eagle State Forest. The trail is named after the late James Cleveland (who actually crashed his plane on the top of this mountain outside of Center Hall, PA), and is known for its peaceful and less crowded hikes. Participants will be led through an easy to moderate (mostly easy) 1.5 mile trail in hopes to find fall migrants. Wear sturdy shoes, bring a snack, and water. No facilities. All members and non-members are welcome.

Directions: Traveling south on Rt 144 from Pleasant Gap, turn left onto Greens Valley Road. Travel 3.5 miles to James Cleveland Memorial Trail Head.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 (7:30am-10:00am)

Walk at ChicoryLane Farm, Spring Mills, Pa

ChicoryLane Farm is now managed for wildlife habitat, including old fields, young forest, and wetland. A network of many trails loop around the property. Be prepared for some mud and wet grass. We will look for a mix of resident and fall migrant birds. If rain is heavy, we will cancel, but we will continue as scheduled with light rain. Drive 20 miles east on Route 45 from Boalsburg then turn left onto Brush Mountain Road. Continue about 0.7 mile until you see a straight gravel driveway heading back to the right, at blue & white sign #246, into old field habitat. You can navigate in your GPS to 40.875564, -77.549939. All members and non-members are welcome.


Trip Leaders: Joe Gyekis and James Lesher 

Saturday, October 5, 2019 (10am -2pm, with option to leave early)

Bald Eagle Hawk Watch

Join Susan Braun and Jon Kauffman as they visit a first full time count on Bald Eagle Mountain for great opportunities to observe migrating raptors and songbirds. Participants will have the opportunity to meet the counter, Kaitlin McGee, and learn how the fall season is progressing and how to identify raptors in flight.

Bring a packed lunch, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, sunhat, and folding chair.  Site access involves a 0.5 mile walk on a well maintained grass path. All members and non-members are welcome.

Directions: Meet at the Grays United Methodist Church (5687 Buffalo Run Rd) along 550, one mile west from N. Atherton St. Participants will carpool to hawk watch site.

Sunday, November 3, 2019 (8am-11am)

Bald Eagle State Park Field Trip for Northern Shrike and winter birds.

Bob Snyder will lead a field trip to Bald Eagle State Park to look for Northern Shrike, possible Snow Buntings, Fox Sparrows and (maybe) American Tree Sparrows.  We will also check out the lake at several locations for waterfowl.

We will meet at the Milesburg McDonald's (gravel truck lot to form up) at 8:00 AM,  then drive to Lower Green's Run to look for waterfowl and maybe get lucky with some Snow Buntings in the parking lot.  We will then check out various locations in the main park area including,  the marina and gravel boat lots,  vicinity of the Shrike Trail and Letterman campground, the beach,  the winter/spring boat launch launch area and Hunter's Cut/FJS Dam.

We will bird until 11:00 or longer if the activity is high.  Please dress to suit the conditions and bring water and a snack if desired.  There are primitive restrooms open at Lower Greens Run and two other locations in the main park area.

If the weather looks like rain that Sunday, a decision will be made on Friday, November 1, to cancel or reschedule the trip. All members and non-members are welcome.

Birding Events sponsored by groups other than the Bird Club

Christmas Bird Counts:

December 14, 2019 (Saturday): Penns Creek Christmas Bird Count
December 15, 2019 (Sunday): State College Christmas Bird Count
December 15, 2019 (Sunday): Huntingdon Christmas Bird Count
December 28, 2019 (Saturday): Raystown Christmas Bird Count
December 29, 2019 (Sunday): Bald Eagle State Park Christmas Bird Count

Migration Morning Bird Walks at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center

7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Wednesdays this fall:
August 28, 2019
September 4, 2019
September 11, 2019
September 18, 2019
September 25, 2019

2019 Fall Banding and Bird Walk Dates – The Arboretum at Penn State

BANDING: All banding takes place at the northwest corner of the Hartley Woods field edge.
*Note time change beginning Oct. 4
*11 am ending time is approximate
*Precipitation or constant winds above 15 mph will result in cancellation.

WALKS: All bird walks begin at the Arboretum’s parking lot except for the walk on October 3**. Wear sturdy shoes for walking on wet ground and bring a pair of binoculars if you have them. All levels of experience are welcome. Walks will be cancelled with steady rain.

** On October 3, bird walk attendees will meet at SGL 176 on Scotia Range Road at the parking area on the left located 1.8 miles from the intersection of Scotia Road and Scotia Range Road. For more information, please contact Margaret Brittingham at

Banding Tuesday, September 3 7:00 am–11:00 am
Banding Thursday, September 5 7:00 am–11:00 am
Walk Friday, September 6 8:00 am–9:30 am
Banding Monday, September 9 7:00 am–11:00 am
Banding Wednesday, September 11 7:00 am–11:00 am
Walk Thursday, September 12 8:00 am–9:30 am
Banding Monday, September 16 7:00 am–11:00 am
Walk Wednesday, September 18 8:00 am–9:30 am
Banding Thursday, September 19 7:00 am–11:00 am
Banding Saturday, September 21 7:00 am–11:00 am
Banding Tuesday, September 24 7:00 am–11:00 am
Walk Friday, September 27 8:00 am–9:30 am
Banding Saturday, September 28 7:00 am–11:00 am
Banding Monday, September 30 7:00 am–11:00 am
Walk Thursday, October 3 8:00 am–9:30 am
Banding Friday, October 4 7:30 am–11:00 am
Banding Tuesday, October 8 7:30 am–11:00 am
Banding Thursday, October 10 7:30 am–11:00 am
Banding Saturday, October 12 7:30 am–11:00 am
Banding Monday, October 14 7:30 am–11:00 am
Banding Wednesday, October 16 7:30 am–11:00 am

Nick Kerlin, Leader for Banding
Margaret Brittingham, Leader for walks

Avian EducationProgram

The Arboretum at Penn State

Previous schedules:

Spring 2019 
Spring 2018  Fall 2018
Spring 2017  Fall 2017
Spring 2016  Fall 2016
Spring 2015  Fall 2015
Spring 2014  Fall 2014
Spring 2013  Fall 2013
Spring 2012  Fall 2012
Spring 2011  Fall 2011
Spring 2010  Fall 2010
Spring 2009  Fall 2009
Spring 2008  Fall 2008
Spring 2007  Fall 2007
Spring 2006  Fall 2006
Spring 2005  Fall 2005