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 group is interactive and contains many recent photographs.


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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.

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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

Tuesday September 27 2016

Donohoe Center Barn, 7 PM.

Quick business meeting followed by BOOK SHARING! Have a natural history book or books you'd like to share with the other members? Take a minute or two to tell us why you liked it and place it on the table for members to examine when everybody has finished talking about their books. A notebook might be handy to have if you want to record the titles and details of those that interested you. This is not a book sale, just an informative session on the best nature books on the market. You can bring any titles on natural history you want.



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Click for Latrobe, Pennsylvania Forecast

Field Trips for July to September 2016

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. July 31 Dragonfly Count
Meet Tom Pearson and Tim Vechter at the Saint Vincent wetland parking lot (1st one past the Gristmill) at 10:00 am. Bring your grandchildren to this one. They can help catch the dragonflies along the lakeshore or close to the AMD ponds. Directions: From the Arnold Palmer airport on Route 30 turn north onto Route 981. Go to the next stoplight and turn left. Continue on this road straight through the circle intersection on past the old Grist Mill on your right to the dirt road just beyond on your right that leads down into the parking lot between the first and second ponds. capture nets will be provided.

Sat. Sep. 3 Harrison Hills
Meet Jim Valimont (3RBC) at this county park off Freeport Rd. between Natrona Heights and Freeport at 8:00 AM in the Rachael Carson parking lot near the pond. As you enter the park, bear right and proceed to the parking lot at the end of the road.

Sun. Sep. 4 Layton Tunnel Botany Walk
From New Stanton, take I-70 west to Exit 46A (PA 51S) and travel 5 miles on PA 51 to Perryopolis. In Perryopolis, turn left onto Independence St. Continue on this main road through town; it will become Layton Road. Just before you reach a single lane highway tunnel, turn right onto a road and continue to a parking area along the Yough River Bike Trail. Meet at 1:00 PM. We will walk along a dry ridge above the tunnel overlooking the river. Leader Loree Speedy.

Sat. Sep. 10 Dead man's Hollow
Meet Dave Yeany (3RBC) at 7:30 AM in the parking area at the end of Calhoun Rd., Elizabeth. We will hike several miles along Ridgeline into the hollow and along the GAP bike trail. Here is a link to a site map: Allegheny Land Trust

Sun. Sep. 18 Frick Park
Meet Jack & Sue Solomon at 8:30 AM at the "Blue Slide Park" entrance, corner of Beechwood Blvd. and Nicholson St. Follow Beechwood Blvd. south from its intersection with Forbes Ave. 1.1 miles to Nicholson. Park on the street.

Tue. Sept. 27 CLUB MEETING Donohoe Center Barn. 7 PM.
Quick business meeting followed by BOOK SHARING! Have a natural history book or books you'd like to share with the other members? Take a minute or two to tell us why you liked it and place it on the table for members to examine when everybody has finished talking about their books. A notebook might be handy to have if you want to record the titles and details of those that interested you. This is not a book sale, just an informative session on the best nature books on the market. You can bring any titles on natural history you want.


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. 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.

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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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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