WBNC Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club, southwestern Pennsylvania
Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club

WBNC
Birding and nature observation
in Westmoreland County
southwestern Pennsylvania


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WCBC

Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club

The Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club is a natural history organization serving Westmoreland County and surrounding areas. The WBNC is primarily an outdoor club averaging about 30 field trips a year for birds, butterflies, flowering plants, dragonflies and damselflies, trees and general ecology. Outings can be hiking, canoeing or cycling in nature. Sometimes impromptu field trips are organized over the internet. In addition, members participate in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and the Pennsylvania Annual Migration Count in early May. Field trips are sometimes held in conjunction with the Botanical Society of Westmoreland County (BSWC), and the Three Rivers Birding Club (3RBC). Several members also belong to the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club. There are three general membership meetings a year including a summer picnic. All meetings are held in the Barn at the Donohoe Center, 218 Donohoe Road, Greensburg. The 10-18 page newsletter entitled The Syrinx is published four times a year summarizing past field trips, upcoming events, natural history information, and recent bird sightings. The Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club (formerly Westmoreland County Bird Club) formed on Feb 26, 1981 to promote interest in birds and conservation and to provide field trips in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The first newsletter, Vol. 1 No. 1, was for March 1981. In that newsletter five field trips were scheduled. Seven people were listed as paid charter members.

Club Membership: $7 individual/family. Paid memberships currently stand at 217. All Membership Dues are due in January, unless you joined after September 1st. See Join for details.

facebook group: Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club Find us on a facebook group the fb open group is interactive (unlike this static site), contains recent photographs, wildlife sightings, etc.


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Current officers of the club

Executive Committee - Dick Byers, Tom Pearson, Tom & Billie Moser, Dale Matusa, Joe & Arlene Kalinowski, Rose Tillman, Len & Linda Hess
Secretary/Treasurer - Rose Tillmann
Newsletter Editor - Dick Byers
Bird Records - Karen Jackson
Archives Scrapbook - vacant
Website and facebook - Tim Vechter

History of club officers




Great Blue Heronry, 2014     Great Blue Heronry, 2014
Great Blue Heron colony, April 1 2014. Photos by Tim Vechter.


Great Blue Heronry     Great Blue Heronry, 2014


Great Blue Heronry
Great Blue Heron, April 1 2014.


Black-crowned Night-Heron, 2014     Black-crowned Night-Heron, 2014
Black-crowned Night-Heron at Loyalhanna Creek downtown Latrobe, by the Rt981 (Lloyd Ave) bridge, March 27 2014.
"In Pennsylvania, the black-crowned night-heron is listed as state endangered and protected under the Game and Wildlife Code." Photos by Tim Vechter, 2014.


Gray Screech Owl, 2013     Red`Screech Owl, 2013
Screech Owls, gray and red phase, photos by Dick Byers, 2013.


Fox Sparrow, 2013
Fox Sparrow, photo by Dick Byers, 2013.


Harlequin Duck - Keystone State Park, Nov. 19 2008
Harlequin Duck at Keystone State Park, Nov. 19 2008.
Reported by Linda Huber & Ken Byerly.
Photo by Dick Byers.


Pine Siskin - Latrobe PA - 21.Jan.2009
Pine Siskin in Latrobe PA, Jan. 21 2009.

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Sandhill Crane

Lake Ethel in Derry, PA
Mid December 2007 to last week of April 2008.

Sandhill Crane Sandhill Crane


Sandhill Crane Sandhill Crane Sandhill Crane

More Sandhill Crane info is at wikipedia || Middle Creek || Platte River Nebraska || Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge || International Crane Foundation

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Upland Sandpiper Upland Sandpiper
Hutter's Farm
Mammoth-Kecksburg PA
May 25 1996
Sedge Wren
3rd Bridge
Loyalhanna Creek
Latrobe PA
June 7 1997
Sedge Wren

Both species are listed as threatened in Pennsylvania by the PA Department of Natural Resources. A threatened species may become endangered within the foreseeable future throughout their range in PA. An endangered species is in danger of extirpation throughout their range in PA.
Endangered & Threatened Species of Pennsylvania: PA Game Commission (Animals, Birds) || DCNR (Plants) || Fish & Boat Commission (Fishes, Turtles, Snakes, Lizards)

Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania


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Club Meeting

Annual Membership Meeting

Donohoe Center Barn
Thursday, November 16, 2017
7 P.M. Doors open 6:30 P.M.

Our annual membership meeting where members get to "show and tell" pictures taken in the past few years of trips, vacations, birding adventures, etc. There will be, as usual, a raffle of nature books and natural history objects after the membership show. Raffle tickets are, as usual, 25 cents apiece or 5 for a dollar. Place your ticket in the container by the book or object you wish to win. Optional: Bring a dozen cookies to share - and lots of money!



Post Christmas Party

Wed. Jan. 3 at Carbone's Restaurant in Crabtree

Back in the old days (1990's), we had a Christmas Party either before or after Christmas, usually at Carbone's with a program. Rather than dragging the evening out with a program, the executive committee decided to bring it back in conjunction with the Bushy Run Christmas Bird Count. The count this year will be held on Sun. Dec. 31, but we are not reporting back to McDonald's to tally the count. The count will be tallied at the Carbone's dinner with the reading of the field lists along with any accompanying tales that occurred during the count in the same fashion that ASWP has been doing the Pittsburgh Count and Dinner. This is not restricted to count participants! Everybody is encouraged to attend. Maybe some of you will discover how much fun the Christmas Count is and join us the following year.
RSVP to Dick Byers (724-593-3543)
otusasio@lhtot.com by Wed. Dec. 27 if you are coming to the dinner party.



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Click for Latrobe, Pennsylvania Forecast

Field Trips for October 2017 to January 2018

Cancellation Policy: In the event of inclement weather, please call the field trip leader in advance to confirm if the outing is on or canceled. The leaders have the right to cancel. Please check weather reports and road conditions. If there's any question, please call the leaders for confirmation. Car pooling is a good idea. Field trips are free and open to the public.

Weather for Latrobe (weather.com) || Weather for Westmoreland County || Weather(underground) for PA


Sat. Oct.7 The Big Sit
This will be our 10th Year at the Big Sit! Current standing records are 48 species in one day, 84 all-time, 728 individuals in one day and 15 attendees. Casual birders come whenever you can and stay as long as you want. Those participating in the counting coordinate your hours with Dick (otusasio@lhtot.com) so we can have continuous counting from dawn to dusk. Same place on the marsh end of Keystone S.P. lake on the north side of the causeway. Bring a folding chair and food to share (optional). Come and enjoy a day of leisurely bird watching camaraderie where we let the birds come to us.

Sat. Oct. 14 Cooper's Rock, WV.
This Westmoreland Conservancy outing begins with a carpool at Catan's Craft Store in Murrysville at 8:00 A.M.

Sat. Oct. 21 Don Harrison Community Trail
The 5-mile hike starts in Townsend Park in Murrysville at 10:00 A.M. This is a WC outing commemorating Don Harrison who passed away this summer.

Thur. Oct. 19 McConnell's Mill & Slippery Rock Gorge Fall Photo Opt.
Like to take scenic pictures? This is designed for the camera bugs, but anyone can attend. Meet at the Kidoo parking lot at 9:30 A.M. We can hike several trails above and below the mill and drive over to Hells Hollow, where there is an old lime kiln and a waterfall - if time permits. Bring lunch.

Sat. Nov. 4 - Nov. 10 Golden Eagle Watch
Let's try for an impromptu outing to the Allegheny Front before/after the passage of a cold front.

Sat. Nov. 11 Jan Merlino Exotic Bird Farm
Explore a possible future nature reserve with WC. Directions from Greensburg: Follow Business 66 North to the first Turnpike 66 underpass (Exit 9). From this point, travel 2.3 miles and turn left onto Old Route 66. The second driveway is 899 Old Route 66. From Murrysville: Take Route 22 to Rt. 66S. As you enter 66 South, you will see Exit 12. Take the last exit before toll road. At the first light turn left and travel 500 feet. Turn right on to Old State Route 66. The 66 Grill will be on your right. Travel 1/2 mile to a stop sign and bear left. At the intersection on the right hand side there is a large white house. The second house is yellow siding on red brick. Immediately after this house, turn right in to the driveway. Be advised the driveway is hidden and you cannot see the owners house from the road. You'll know you're in the right place if you see a herd of llamas on the left when you turn into the driveway. Meet at 9:30 A.M.

Thur. Nov. 16 Club Meeting
Donohoe Center Barn. Thursday, November 16, 2017. 7 P.M. Doors open 6:30 P.M. Our annual membership meeting where members get to "show and tell" pictures taken in the past few years of trips, vacations, birding adventures, etc. There will be, as usual, a raffle of nature books and natural history objects after the membership show. Raffle tickets are, as usual, 25 cents apiece or 5 for a dollar. Place your ticket in the container by the book or object you wish to win. Optional: Bring a dozen cookies to share - and lots of money!

Sun. Dec. 31 Bushy Run Xmas Bird Count
Contact Dick for an assignment or to request a route. Meet at the Delmont McDonald's at 7:30 A.M. We are doing things differently this year. The count tally will not take place at 4 pm at McDonald's. The count tally will be done at the Post Christmas Party dinner at Carbone's Restaurant (see front page). The leader or a member of the party will read their list after we're done eating. The list contents are to be kept secret until the dinner to inspire a spirit of competition between parties. The dinner is on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Wed. Jan. 3 Post Christmas Party at Carbone's Restaurant in Crabtree
Banquet Room at 5:30 - 6:00 pm. Order from the menu. Separate checks. Back in the old days (1990's), we had a Christmas Party either before or after Christmas, usually at Carbone's with a program. Rather than dragging the evening out with a program, the executive committee decided to bring it back in conjunction with the Bushy Run Christmas Bird Count. The count this year will be held on Sun. Dec. 31, but we are not reporting back to McDonald's to tally the count. The count will be tallied at the Carbone's dinner with the reading of the field lists along with any accompanying tales that occurred during the count in the same fashion that ASWP has been doing the Pittsburgh Count and Dinner. This is not restricted to count participants! Everybody is encouraged to attend. Maybe some of you will discover how much fun the Christmas Count is and join us the following year. RSVP to Dick Byers (724-593-3543) otusasio@lhtot.com by Wed. Dec. 27 if you are coming to the dinner party.


Note: for the email addresses replace "_AT_" with "@", and "_DOT_ with ".", without the quotes. This is done to help foil spamming programs.

Bookmark outings.htm on a mobile device for quick download of scheduled outings for a text only listing of outings.


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Samples of recent newsletter and Christmas Bird Count results:

The Syrinx, Voicebox of the Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club, Vol. 36 No. 4, Oct - Dec 2017
Syrinx Oct - Dec 2017-2.pdf

Big Sit - all time 2008 to 2010 yr.pdf. The sit takes place at the wetland head of the lake at Keystone State Park in Derry Twp. All sightings are recorded from morning till evening.
Big Sit - all time 2 10 yr.pdf

The Syrinx, Voicebox of the Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club, Vol. 34 No. 3, July - September 2015
SyrinxJulySep 2015 B.pdf

The Syrinx, Voicebox of the Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club, Vol. 34 No. 2, April - June 2015
SyrinxAprilMay_2015.pdf

The Syrinx, Voicebox of the Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club, Vol. 33 No. 1, Jan. –Mar. 2014
SyrinxJan-Mar2014-C.pdf

40th BUSHY RUN S.P. CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 2013 (114th) [Can open in Wordpad]
BushyRun 2013 Syrinx.doc

Click for Syrinx Newsletter          Click for Syrinx Newsletter

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Links to other web sites about nature and birds seen locally. These links can become inactive at any time.

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Photos by Mark McConaughy:

Pine Siskin, White-winged Crossbill at Bushy Run Battlefield, Westmoreland Co., Feb. 2009

WBNC outing to West Lebanon, Indiana County, Feb. 24 2008.

Common Redpolls at Bushy Run Battlefield Park

Sandhill Crane at Derry Lake, Dec. 31 2007.

Herring Gull Nest in Armstrong County, 29 May 2005.

Short-billed Dowitcher at Mammoth Wetlands and Mammoth Lake, Sat. May 14 2005.


Hays Bald Eagle Cam in Pittsburgh || University of Pittsburgh Falcon Cam || Pittsburgh Gulf Tower Falcon Cam || Osprey Cam southeast PA

Westmoreland Botanical Society

Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club

Three Rivers Birding Club

Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh

Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Birding News at ABA || Birding mailing lists at ABA

Archives of PABIRDS@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG, Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania, Login required. || To subscribe or unsubscribe to the PABIRDS discussion list

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To join Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club

Please send check or money order, made out to Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club to:
Rose Tillmann
PO Box 188
New Derry PA 15671
$7 individual/family. $20 supporting membership.
Include your name and address for the mailing list. Phone number, Email address, etc., is optional.

All Membership Dues are due in January, unless you joined after September 1st.
You can print and use an online application form by Clicking here.



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WBNC Bumper Sticker


Bookmark outings.htm on a mobile device for quick download of scheduled outings. outings.htm is a text only bare bones web page.


facebook group: Westmoreland Bird and Nature ClubFind us on this facebook group for a more interactive online interface, recent sightings and photographs.


Web page, and photos (unless otherwise noted), by Tim Vechter.

For places to bird in Westmoreland County click here

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