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

Birding and nature observation
in Westmoreland County
southwestern Pennsylvania

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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


Club Meeting

Spring 2018

Donohoe Center Barn
Thursday, April 12, 2018
7 P.M. Doors open 6:30 P.M.

Birds, Bugs and Butterflies of the Rio Grande Valley by our own Nancy Murphy

You've all seen Nancy on our field trips. She's the one who is always lugging around the long telephoto lens. Come to enjoy an evening of fine photography.

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Click for Latrobe, Pennsylvania Forecast

Field Trips for January through April 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

Sun. Mar. 18 Little Sewicklev Creek
For snow trillium and other signs of spring. Directions: Take the PA Turnpike to Exit 67-Route 30/Irwin/Greensburg. Take the Route 30 East/Greensburg ramp. At the first stoplight on Route 30, turn right onto Arona Rd, go 0.5 miles and make another right onto Wendel Rd. (no sign). Travel this road 3.7 miles to a T. Turn right at the T and continue 1 mile to Herminie to a 4-way stop (VFD on comer). Continue straight to the next stop sign and turn left. Proceed through 2 more stop signs, end at a T, and turn right. Continue past the Dairy Queen on your right and continue down a hill; we will meet just before the highway bridge at 1:00 PM. Park on the left side.

Sat. Mar. 24 Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve
Join us for a cabin fever walk through the Palmer Reserve and adjoining wetlands at St. Vincent College for waterfowl. Meet at The Palmer Reserve at 10:00 AM. Directions: From the intersection of Route 30 and 981 (at the corner of the Arnold Palmer airport) turn north onto Route 981. Drive about a half mile and turn left at the W. Palmer sign. Go a short distance and turn right into the reserve.

Thur. April 12 Club Meeting
Details above

Sat. April 21, 16th Annual Westmoreland Earth Day 2018
At Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe PA. 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm. The WBNC will have a display there.
Westmoreland Earth Day 2018

Wed. April 25 Westmoreland Heritage Trail Saunder Stations Road to BY Park in Trafford.
Meet at Giant Eagle in Murrysville. Some members might choose to drive straight to the Saunders Station parking area. The GPS coordinates for the parking lot - 40.4093, -79.7284. The hike will be downstream heading toward Trafford, approximately 2.25-miles (4.5-miles roundtrip). For a lunch break, there's an ice cream shop, Parkside Creamery, at the Trafford end of the trail. Murrysville Giant Eagle is located at the intersection of Old William Penn highway and Cline Hollow road. There's always lots of parking available at the southeast corner of the lot. This is the newly opened portion of the trail last summer from Export to Trafford.

Sat. April 28 Friendship Hill National Recreation Trail
For early migrating birds, spring wildflowers, old growth forest, waterfalls and historic buildings and cemeteries. This historic park has over 12 miles of trails. We're going to pick out one that will give us about a 3-mile hike. You can take others on your own. Meet in the Dick's Sporting Store parking lot in the Westmoreland Mall to car pool or caravan in time to leave there at 9:00 AM. Dick's sporting goods is behind the main building. RSVP to Dick Byers if you are going to come so we dont leave without you if you're held up. Contact info is on the front page. If you live south of Greensburg and want to drive directly to the park rather than backtracking to Greensburg, plan on arriving at the park at 10:30 AM in the Gallatin House parking lot Diane Walters, who suggested this outing said the trip takes 154 hours from Greensburg. Email Dick for directions and a map of the park or download them from the Internet.

Sun. May 6 Keystone State Park’s Youth and Family Day
Keystone State Park with the support of Friends of Keystone State Park Proudly present a FREE Family Event! Youth and Family Outdoors Show. A fantastic day of learning about wildlife and the outdoors, networking with fellow outdoors people, and encouraging a love of the outdoors in today’s children and families.
Exhibitors include: PA Fish and Boat Commission, PA Game Commission, DCNR, Army Corp of Engineers, NRA, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Boy Scouts, various dog groups including bird dogs and coon dogs and even sled dogs, a fly tying demo, a birding group, local sportsmen’s clubs and many other area non-profit recreational groups and businesses. Plus a BB gun shoot and an archery range!
Everyone is welcome! Free admission, Free exhibits, Free Food, Free Door Prizes, FREE FUN!
Sunday, May 6 at 10:00am to 3:00pm
Keystone State Park, Pavilion # 1
1150 Keystone Park Road, Derry, PA 15627-3679

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

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

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.

Links to external websites will open in separate windows

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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previous club patch

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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