2019 Spring 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 will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Spring Creek Education Building
at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.

Regular Meetings:

December 12, 2018 (Wednesday)
Regular Meeting
7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Program: Our guest speaker will be Robyn Bailey who will give a program titled "Nests and Eggs"

January 23, 2019 (Wednesday)
Regular Meeting
7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Program: Chelsea DeMarco will give a program titled "Seeking the Grey Ghosts: an Update from the Pennsylvania Goshawk Project"

February 27, 2019 (Wednesday)
Regular Meeting
7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Program: Wayne Laubscher will give a program titled “The Falcons of Clinton and Lycoming Counties”

March 27, 2019 (Wednesday)
Regular Meeting
7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Program: Sally Ingraham will give a program titled "Duck Hollow Comics - Stories About Birding Together"

April 24, 2019 (Wednesday)
Regular Meeting
7:00 p.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
Program: Brian Shema will give a program with a title to be announced about Chimney Swift towers

Winter and Spring Field Trips of the State College Bird Club

Saturday, March 16, 2019 (8:00am-11:00am)

Exploring Bald Eagle State Park

We'll stop at spots along the Bald Eagle State Park corridor looking for waterfowl and early spring migrants. Be prepared: Bring binoculars, a spotting scope if you have one, and/or camera. Dress according to the weather forecast: having an extra layer and a rain jacket along is suggested. Hiking boots are also suggested, as there could be areas of wet or muddy ground. Please plan to meet at the rear gravel parking lot at the Milesburg McDonalds.

Trip Leader: Julia Plummer

Rain date: Sunday, March 17, 2019

Saturday, March 30, 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 spring 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.

Trip Leaders: Joe Gyekis and James Lesher

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (7:00pm -8:30pm)

An Evening with the American Woodcock at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center

The life of an American Woodcock has fascinated birders and non-birders for centuries and has been a great symbol of the approaching spring season. Come out to learn more about the natural history of American Woodcocks and a chance to observe their annual “sky dance”. The group will start at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center followed with a short drive to nearby fields.

Trip Leader: Doug Wentzel

Saturday, April 20, 2019 (7:30am-10:00am)
Walk at Rhoneymeade, Centre Hall, Pa
Surrounded by a mosaic of hedgerows, successional woodlands and forest, Rhoneymeade farm is 150 acres, certified organic (primarily hay), with a 6-acre arboretum at its center. We will take about 2 hours of gentle hiking. Be prepared for a bit of mud if it is wet, but nothing extreme. We will look for a mix of returning breeding and migrant birds including gnatcatchers and kinglets, catbirds and thrashers, various hayfield sparrows and meadowlarks. Rhoneymeade Arboretum and Sculpture Garden is 9 miles east of State College, midway between Linden Hall and Centre Hall. Follow Rt 45 E out of Boalsburg for 4.5 miles past the junction with 322, then turn left on Rimmey Rd. Climb the hill ~0.3 mi until the road forces a sharp left, and then just around the corner you'll see the parking area is on the left.
177 Rimmey Road, Centre Hall, PA 16828.
Trip Leaders: Joe Gyekis and James Lesher
Saturday April 27, 2019 (8:00am-11:00 am)
Walk at Walker Lake, Troxelville, Pa
Meet at Walker Lake boat launch parking area at 8:00 am (location: 40.805104, -77.179631). We will walk together in the lakeside environs looking for warblers, vireos, and other returning small migrants, plus any water birds that are around.
Trip Leader: Joe Gyekis

Sunday, May 12, 2019 (7:30am-9:30am)

Mother’s Day Bird Walk at Fisherman’s Paradise

Enjoy an early morning to celebrate Mother’s Day by joining the group on a leisurely walk along Spring Creek to identify lingering migrants and breeding birds.  Fisherman’s Paradise is widely known for its trout fishing on Spring Creek, but you don’t have to be trout angler to enjoy this legendary microclimate. The waters of Spring Creek and the canyons that it meanders through is home to a diversity of flora and fauna. The path provides easy access through the canyon with little to none elevation changes.

Trip Leader: Jon Kauffman

Directions: From the Bellefonte (Route 150) exit off of Route 220, go north on 150. Turn left onto Paradise Road, then make a left onto Spring Creek Road. Park at the end of this road.

Sunday, May 26, 2019 (7am -10:30am)

Rocky Ridge Natural Area in Huntingdon County

This a forest walk all the way - featuring breeding birds and maybe some late migrants. Not to mention great rock formations. Hike is moderately (at most) strenuous. 2.6 miles. Start with gradual climb of 200 feet elev. Then, minor ups-and-downs. Occasionally rocky, narrow footpath - hiking poles suggested if you normally use them. Bring water, maybe snack. Duration of hike will be ~2 hours with the group finishing up between 10am-11am.

Participants can choose to meet at either two of the locations below.

Lake Perez: Meet at Stone Valley Cabins Boat Launch (East Entrance from Scare Pond Rd.) at 7am. Participants will have the opportunity to scan the lake for any lingering migrants or rarities. Leave the lake by 7:20-7:25 (unless rarity!). Drive to Frew Road (20-25 minute drive).               (40.6634329,-77.9130451)

Frew Road: Meet the group coming from Lake Perez at far end of Frew Rd around 7:50. This is a dead end road with a small trailhead parking area.      (40.547997, -77.860548)

Trip Leader: Greg Grove

Please email Greg ( if you are planning to attend this field trip.

Birding Events sponsored by groups other than the Bird Club

2019 Spring Banding Dates

Banding takes place at the new location near Hartley Woods (along the wood/field edge northwest of the Botanic Gardens) See map here.
 *Note time change beginning April 22
*11 am ending time is approximate.
*Any precipitation or constant winds above 15 mph will result in cancellation.

Nick Kerlin, Bander-in-charge
Avian Education Program
The Arboretum at Penn State

March 29, Friday, 7 am-11 am
April 2, Tuesday, 7 am-11 am 
April 5, Friday, 7 am-11 am
April 8, Monday, 7 am-11am
April 10, Wednesday, 7 am-11 am
April 16, Tuesday, 7 am-11 am
April 18, Thursday, 7 am-11 am
April 20, Saturday, 7 am-11 am
April 22, Monday, 6:30 am-11 am
April 24, Wednesday, 6:30 am-11 am
April 26, Friday, 6:30 am-11
April 29, Monday, 6:30 am-11 am
May 1, Wednesday, 6:30 am-11 am
May 4, Saturday, 6:30 am- 11 am
May 6, Monday, 6:30 am-11 am
May 8, Wednesday, 6:30 am-11 am

Wednesday, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1 & 8 2019 (7:00am-8:30am)

Shaver’s Creek Migration Morning Walks

Take a leisurely hike to see and hear the numerous bird species that migrate through central Pennsylvania every spring and fall. Shaver’s Creek naturalists Doug Wentzel, Joshua Potter, and Jon Kauffman will help participants identify the songs, calls, and field marks of species, from hawks and eagles to thrushes and woodpeckers. Bring a good pair of hiking boots, binoculars, any guidebooks you have, and an inquisitive mind! Migration Morning Bird Walks are open to birders of all experience levels. Some binoculars are available to borrow.
Meet at the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center.

Guided Bird Walks at Millbrook Marsh
Tuesdays, April 16th-May 7th (8:00am - 9:30am)

Start your day off right by exploring Millbrook Marsh. Come see and hear the birds that are migrating to and through the Centre Region. Walks are led at a moderate pace by local bird enthusiasts. Open to all ages with any level of experience. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars. In the case of heavy rain, the walk that morning will be cancelled.
Registration not required.

Friday, May 3, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, May 4,  7:00 p.m. 2019
The Birding Cup

The Birding Cup, Shaver’s Creek’s annual fundraising tournament, is a contest among teams of birders to identify the most bird species in a twenty-four hour period in the central Pennsylvania region (Huntingdon, Centre, and adjoining counties). Teams must consist of at least three members and must follow the rules of The Birding Cup when participating. Team entries should be submitted no later than four days prior to the start. Team entry is free, however, since this is our only annual fundraiser, teams are encouraged to raise at least $100 in donations to The Birding Cup.
For more information visit:
Shaver's Creek Environmental Center

Who's Nesting at Millbrook Marsh in 2019?  
Bird Walks: Friday, May 31st,   Saturday, June 8th, and  Friday, June 14th.  9-11AM

Join experienced birder, NancyEllen Kiernan, to identify clues that help us discover the kind of birds breeding at Millbrook Marsh this year. Take a mystery bird walk to sleuth out who's nesting here.  Watch for breeding bird behaviors like carrying twigs or grasses, insects or seeds, or even, fecal sacs. After this enjoyable walk, you can detect clues to nesting birds in your back yard or neighborhood.  You will be ready to participate if you want, in the 5th Annual Pennsylvania Society of Ornithology tally of breeding birds, called the Breeding Bird Blitz  

Walk is open to all ages with any level of experience. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars. In the case of heavy rain, the walk that morning will be cancelled. Registration not required.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 (8pm – 9pm or until the last swift disappears)
Sweets and Swifts at Ferguson Elementary School, Pine Grove Mills

Come enjoy an amazing evening flight of Chimney Swifts as they circle above Ferguson Elementary before they dive one by one into the chimney to roost for the night. The town of Pine Grove Mills and the nearby elementary school can observe dozens of circling swifts during the day. During dusk, one may gain a better understanding how many swifts are actually utilizing the schools chimney during this unique time where swifts finally come to rest. Historical counts range from 97 to 197 individuals!

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a favorite baked or non-baked sweet dish to share with others while enjoying the evening sunset and swifts. Who will bring the best-looking and tasting Chimney Swift themed cookie?

This field trip is open for all to join and is weather dependent with a rain date to be determined. 

Trip Leader: Jon Kauffman

Previous schedules:

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