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Field Trips for October - December 2017
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.
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 (email@example.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) firstname.lastname@example.org by Wed. Dec. 27 if you are coming to the dinner party.
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