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  • March 2013 Minutes
    Woods announced that the developers at the Marywood subdivision had agreed to set aside 43 acres for open land and wetlands A Friends of Gray s Wood Wetland group has been formed Don also mentioned that a breeding bird survey was being planned and Club members shold see him if they would like to contribute to the effort He also mentioned that Jim Julian of Penn State has been leading field trips there and that one was scheduled for April 5 Thanks were given to Dan Schniedewind the Tussey Mountain Hawkwatch counter for his efforts this Spring Dan will be leaving the end of March but the Watch would continue on a volunteer basis until mid April Greg Grove read the checklist of species seen within 25 miles of Old Main since February 27 Announcements Nick Kerlin had some information sheets about a Cape Cod Birding Festival to be held Sept 15 16 Doug Wentzel noted that he again was leading Shaver s Creek Wednesday morning bird walks starting in early April He also noted that the Birding Cup was scheduled for May 3rd and 4th and that t shirts were available It was noted that the PA Bluebird Society

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  • April 2013 Minutes
    at large Nick Bolgiano and Deb Grove Don Kiel gave an update on the Gray s Woods wetland project He reported that Jim Julian had led several bird walks and tours there and that a Breeding Bird Survey was being organized Don also said that the group was working on a bird checklist and that birders were encouraged to send photos and other information on bird sightings to either him or the Clearwater Conservancy It was noted that the Spring Tussey Mountain Hawkwatch had been completed and that the final tally of Golden Eagles was 177 Greg Grove read the checklist of species seen within 25 miles of Old Main since March 27 Announcements Doug Wentzel noted that the Birding Cup was scheduled for May 3rd 4th and that about 20 teams were signed up Nick Kerlin said that the PA Migration Count would be on May 11th and that club members should let him know if they were interested in participating Field Trips No report Presentation The evening s presentation was by Penn State grad student Nate Fronk who gave a talk called The Effects of Landscape Changes from Marcellus Shale Development on Birds Nate said that Marcellus Shale

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  • September 2013 Minutes
    industrial wind turbine projects proposed along the top of Jacks and Stone Mountain and the threat they pose to the landscape and wildlife including two long running hawkwatches Jacks Mountain in particular is an urgent situation because it is mostly on private land and leases have already been signed He urged concerned club members to join The Friends of Jacks Mountain and an organization called SOAR which are both working to get township ordinances passed that will minimize the harm to wildlife and residents Greg Grove read the checklist of species seen within 25 miles of Old Main since August 25 Announcements Field Trips Joe Verica reported that there would a field trip to Scotia Barrens on September 29 and one to Jo Hays Vista for hawkwatching in early October Also Bob Snyder is planning to lead a field trip to BESP in November Details will be forthcoming on the listserv Plans for Big Sit events at BESP and Shaver s Creek in mid October were noted Presentation The evening s presentation was by Alex Lamoreaux who gave a talk and presented photos on Finding and ID ing the Sparrows of Central PA He noted that there are 17 common

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  • October 2013 Minutes
    s Report Ro Fuller said the next meeting would be on November 20 and that the program would be presented by Mark and Ruth Henry Membership chairperson Megan Orient reported that 18 individuals 12 families and 8 supporting members had paid their annual dues Greg Grove gave an update on the status of efforts to prevent construction of wind farms on Jack s and Stone Mountain Diane mentioned that she had received information on the effort to save Colyer Lake Bird club members can get information and make a donation at savecolyerlake org Greg Grove read the checklist of species seen within 25 miles of Old Main since September 25 Some species of note were Nelson s Sparrow and Northern Goshawk Announcements Field Trips Joe Verica reported a Bald Eagle State Park field trip was scheduled for November 17 in collaboration with PSO Ian Gardner was also leading a field trip to Bear Meadows on the upcoming Sunday Upcoming events The PA Native Plant Society had a meeting scheduled for November 9 at the Penn State Ag Sciences Building Presentation The evening s program was by Peter Hudson PSU Professor of Biology and Director of the Huck Institute His talk

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  • November 2013 Minutes
    Fuller said the next meeting would be on December 11 and that the program would be presented by Katie Ombalski Membership chairperson Megan Orient reported that the club had 59 paid memberships which was an increase of one from last year Joe Verica called attention to a new edition of the Sibley Field Guide for North America which will be coming out in March 2014 Greg Grove read the checklist of species seen within 25 miles of Old Main since October 23rd Some notable species were a Rufous Hummingbird in Lemont and an Anhinga seen at the Stone Mountain Hawkwatch Announcements The dates for some of the local Christmas Bird Counts were announced Those mentioned included State College and Huntingdon County on 12 15 Lewistown on 12 21 and BESP on 12 29 The date for the Raystown CBC has not yet been set Presentation The evening s program was by Mark and Ruth Henry entitled Africa Birds Beasts and Banana Beer Mark and Ruth described their 3 week trip to Tanzania in January 2013 They saw Mount Kilimanjaro and visited the Serengeti and saw a large variety of birds and mammals A particularly interesting site was the Ngorongoro Crater

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  • January 2013 Minutes
    Business The minutes of the November 20 meeting were read Dorothy Bordner presented the Treasurer s Report Ro Fuller said the next meeting would be on January 22nd and that the program would be about Cerulean Warblers presented by Katie Fallon Joe Verica said no field trips were currently scheduled but called attention to several upcoming Christmas Bird Counts Debra Grim read the checklist of species seen within 25 miles of Old Main since November 20 Presentation The evening s program was by Katie Ombalski of the Clearwater Conservancy who presented a program entitled Improving Your Backyard Habitat Katie challenged people to make their backyard reflect their values and to design it be inviting to the species of wildlife that you want to see She noted the accepted American ideal of a bland uniform lawn provides no real habitat for birds or the insects necessary to support them One estimate Is that lawns represent the 5th largest crop in the U S Lawn planting maintenance and mowing results in a massive use of energy and water and the by product of such use is an unacceptable level of pollution Planting native trees and plants raises the insect level and variety

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  • January 2012 Minutes
    12 May They ve invited us to have a booth there starting in the late afternoon Upcoming field trips dates to be announced Big Valley Greg Grove Middlecreek Joe Verica 3 25 Bald Eagle State Park Bob Snyder April Huntingdon area Ian Gardner May Scotia Barrens Alex Lamoreaux Presentation Nick Bolgiano gave a presentation on the birds of the western U S His tour started at the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area in Kansas which is the biggest inland marsh in the U S and is surrounded by high ground It s managed for shorebirds so it s a great place to see Great and Snowy Egrets Black crowned Night herons Wilson s Phalaropes Stilt Sandpiper American Avocet White faced Ibis and the premiere bird the Long billed Dowitcher Another Kansas wetland is Quiviera NWR which is not as marshy as Cheyenne Bottoms Quiviera is managed for wildlife and uses fire to maintain open areas Species of note varies with the water depth but can include Northern Bobwhite Lark Sparrow Wilson s Phalarope Baird s Sandpiper Hudsonian Godwit American Golden plover Snowy Plover and western Willet Eastern Colorado has the Pawnee Grasslands of which about half the land is privately owned One of the most common birds observed was the Lark sparrow Vesper Sparrow and Clay colored Sparrow were also common Other notable species include Horned Lark McCown s Longspur Burrowing Owl Swainson s Hawk and Loggerhead Shrike The Walden Ponds area of Boulder County CO produced a different assemblage of bird species including Black headed Grosbeak Black billed Magpie Stellar s Jay Yellow breasted Chat Lazuli Bunting Broad tailed Hummingbird and Macgillivray s Warbler Still higher in elevation Rocky Mountain National Park produced Dusky Grouse Clark s Nutcracker and Prairie Falcon Three toed Woodpeckers were found in the big swaths

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  • March 2012 Minutes
    Announcements Rails To Trails is selling raffle tickets as a fundraiser Field Trips Ian Gardner will lead a walk in Huntingdon County on 4 28 Joe Verica is working on a possible field trip in May Cindy Petrick will be researching the Club s history Thanks to her Nick said that bird banding at the Arboretum had begun and had been hampered so far by windy weather There will also be upcoming guided walks at the Arboretum Upcoming events April 25 meeting Drew Weber will give a presentation on Habitat Associations of Farmland Birds May 23 6 00pm Club Potluck at Greenwood Furnace May 5th is the Birding Cup May 12 7 30 Bird walk at Scotia led by the Clearwater Conservancy Also on May 12 Bald Eagle State Park Bird Festival PA Migration Count April 15 2 to 5pm Millbrook Earth Day Birthday event Bird club will have a booth need volunteers May 18 20 PSO Conference in Lock Haven Presentation Don Bryant gave a presentation on Raptors Birds of Australia including his amazing photographs He visited Bowra Station and other sites in Queensland and Darwin in the north from Sept 5 to 25 in 2010 Bowra Station had

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