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Field Trips for October - December 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.
Club Meeting Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Donohoe Center Barn 7 P.M. Doors open 6:30 P.M.
A short business meeting will be followed by a movie provided by Georgia Shalek: BIRDERS: The Central Park Effect. This is an hour long film on birding in New York City's famous Central Park. Besides amazing close-ups of many of the 275 species that have been catalogued there, you also get a nice tour of the park in all four seasons and interviews with birders that define who we are. We're sure you'll like it. You'll also see the famous red-tailed hawk that made the national news a few years back, and interviews with Starr Saphir, the "matriarch" of Central Park birding who makes her living leading birdwalks.
New York City sits right on the migratory route along the coast and is a green oasis mid a long stretch of dense urban habitat. You'll be surprised at what drops into the park in migration and what stays to breed in this artificial manmade park of streams, ponds, waterfalls, coniferous and deciduous woods, meadows, fields and wetlands.
In the time remaining we can still have a quick raffle of old bird books and nature paraphernalia donated by members. Come early to look over the 35-year club anniversary memorabilia that was missed at the picnic due to the horrendous thunderstorm we sat through or if you missed the last meeting.
Sat. Oct 2 Five Star Trail This is a Botanical Society of Westmoreland County (BSWC) outing. From the Route 30/119 intersection, go south on 119 about 1/2 mile to the Huff Ave. Intersection, just past Hoss's Restaurant, and turn left at the light. Trail parking is on the left near the railroad tracks where we'll meet at 2:00 PM.
Sat. Oct. 8 Todd Sanctuary Meet Dick Byers at 10 AM in the Sanctuary parking lot for a hike around the reserve in conjunction with the Westmoreland Conservancy. Directions: Take Route 66/356 North. Stay on 356 across the Allegheny River and Route 28. About 3/4 mile after you cross Route 28, turn right onto Monroe Road. Follow Monroe Road about 3 miles to a fork in the road at the top of a steep hill and bear right onto Kepple Road. The Buffalo Golf Course will be on your right. Continue on Kepple Road about 1.7 miles and look for a small sharp turn to the right on a dirt road into the Todd parking lot. There is a yellow gate about 15 yards in from Kepple. I plan to be there to wave you in. The Sanctuary sign is down. DB
Sun. Oct. 9 The Big Sit Join us at Keystone S.P. on the left side of the marsh end for a day of birding from a sitting position where we let the birds come to us. It gets tougher every year to break the record. This 9th year we need 49 species. Come anytime and stay as long as you want. Bring donuts, cookies, fruit, nuts, to share. Bring a folding chair if you plan on staying awhile to help us identify and count. Ask Dick (email@example.com) for a time slot in advance so we can have coverage sunrise to sunset. (not required).
Sat. Oct. 22 Roundhill Park For late warblers and fall foliage with Jim Pemberton. Round Hill is a "model farm" that, at first glance, seems overly manicured, but as it's popular with equestrians, there are wide trails into woodlands and they have left snags, poison ivy, and wild grape alone, making it an attractive place to bird for late passerines that rely on berries. It's also one of the highest elevations in Allegheny County, which may be another reason it's good for migrants and has a nice variety of maple, gum, and cherry trees for autumn color. Location is about 5 miles NW of West Newton (as the crow flies) via Route 136. Directions: GPS address - 651 Round Hill Road, Elizabeth PA 15037. Road - from Route 136, take 51 North to 48 North. Follow 48 North to first intersection, and turn right on Round Hill Road. Entrance to the park is right past a cemetery. Turn left into the park and meet at the first parking area by the duck pond. 8:30 AM.
Sat. Oct. 29 Waterfowl Tour Meet Denny Smeltzer at the St. Vincent gristmill at 8:30 AM to bird the wetlands for waterfowl and late migrant land birds, then on to Derry Lake and Latrobe Reservoir in that order. Directions: From the Arnold Palmer airport on Route 30 turn north onto Route 981. Go to the next stoplight and turn left onto Monastery Drive. Continue on this road straight through the circle intersection onto the Grist Mill on your right.
Tue. Nov. 15 Club Meeting Bring old nature items and watch a movie. Details above.
November Waterfowl and Allegheny Front Hawkwatch Since these outings are more dependent on frontal weather conditions and storms, we're going to do them via impromptu email announcements. Expect a hawk watch announcement a day or two after a frontal passage from the north. For waterfowl, a clear evening at dusk followed by an early predawn storm will give us a potential fallout. Watch the weather.
Wed. Dec. 28 Bushy Run S.P. Christmas Bird Count Meet at the Delmont McDonald's at 7:30 AM for last minute assignments. Email otusasio_AT_lhtot_DOT_com or call Dick 724_593_3543 if you're coming so he can make arrangements in advance and get you all going by 8.
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