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  • State College Bird Club meeting minutes for November 2005
    November 2 and November 16 A bird of note was a red throated loon at BESP Sarah Pabian a master s candidate in the lab of Margaret Brittingham presented a program on The Effect of Acid Deposition on Forest Birds Her study centered on the Ovenbird in the Quehanna Wild Area in Clinton county The Centre region of PA has the most acidic rain as well as the lowest soil pH The effect of this low pH is a reduction of Ca2 in the soil leading to fewer snails and insects as a food source an increase the mobility of Al and other heavy metals and a change the vegetation structure A decrease in available Ca2 leads to thinner eggshells reduced hatching success and smaller clutch sizes Another effect of reduced Ca2 is to change the vegetation structure by causing the death of sugar maples and a lack of oak regeneration but an invasion of hay scented fern Sarah s 3 year study used the ovenbird as a model and the parameters examined were abundance territory size reproduction and relationship with soils Lime was applied to certain areas to change the pH Soil Ca2 levels were shown to increase after

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  • State College Bird Club meeting minutes for January 2004
    hummingbird in Port Matilda It was also noted that there was an increase in sightings of white crowned sparrows Gene Zielinski club secretary and Centre County compiler will be leaving for Georgia soon He was recognized again for his many years of service to the Bird Club The February 8th manure chase led by Ro Fuller and Mark Henry was put on hold until road access improved The February meeting will feature birds of Africa and at the March meeting Bob Mulvihill will update members on the Breeding Bird Atlas project which will proceed over the next few years All members are invited to help The Tussey Mountain Spring Eagle Watch will start February 25 and go through April 6th Tom Magarin will be the official counter Less than 500 is still needed to fund this years watch Shavers Creek will be in charge of building a platform and engineers will be asked to design it Tanya Dierolf a senior at Juniata College was the speaker for the evening She is majoring in Environmental Studies and her project which is under the supervision of Chuck Yohn is Osprey Reintroduction at Raystown Lake She is a native of Boyerstown and is also an Americorp volunteer In 1979 ospreys were put on Pennsylvania s extirpated list another victim of heavy DDT use Through hacking efforts young osprey were reintroduced in PA and moved to the endangered list In 1998 there were 40 known nesting osprey in the state and they were moved to threatened status Through a collaboration with Juniata College Raystown Field Station the Army Corps of Engineers and the Pennsylvania Game Commission a plan was set up to hack 6 per year at Lake Raystown for 3 years The goals are to 1 Re establish an inland breeding population on

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  • State College Bird Club meeting minutes for February 2004
    The upcoming field trip will be early birds of Huntingdon County led by Dave Kyler on March 6 Also Bob Snyder will lead a field trip at Bald Eagle State Park on March 21 Bob Mulvihill will be the speaker at the March meeting will update members on the Breeding Bird Atlas project which will proceed over the next few years Dr Don Bryant professor of Microbiology at Penn State

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  • State College Bird Club meeting minutes for March 2004
    geese at Colyer short eared owl at the airport and a northern shrike continued at BESP Mark Larsson informed the group about birding trips he will be leading to the VA capes and DelMarva peninsula in April Doug Wentzel reminded the group of the coming Birdathon on May 1 and the North American migration Count on May 8 Speakers at the April meeting will be Jim Dunn and the MacEachrens and they will present details on their birding trips to Africa Bob Mulvihill the State Coordinator for the second Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas and Mike Lanzone assistant coordinators presented information to the group on the 5 year project PA s first breeding bird atlas has been the model for other state endeavors The Delorme Gazeteer was selected to grid the state into blocks which would be managed by a regional coordinator and then subdivided into blocks where enlisted volunteers would conduct surveys The first atlas had more than 2000 volunteers with over 320 000 records The second ia expected to have greater than 10 000 volunteers with over 1 000 000 records Volunteers will enter sightings in ebird which will allow an unlimited number of records and access to this

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  • State College Bird Club meeting minutes for April 2004
    species of birds which were seen between March 25 and April 28 165 birds were seen Noted birds were American Bittern Virginia rail and sandhill crane at Toftrees Upcoming Field Tripa Greg Grove May 9 at Detweiler and Bear Meadows Matt Rockmore May 15 Scotia Barrens Bob Snyder Black Moshannon the last weekend in May Members were reminded of the upcoming Birdathon and NAMC Also start signing up for blocks in the Breeding Bird Rohnke who will give a talk on the West Nile Virus Members voted to extend the club membership to Rails to Trails The presenters of the evening program were Fran and Alan MacEachren and the program was on their trip to South Africa in the summer of 2003 Fran gave the powerpoint presentation which Alan had prepared using photos he had taken on the trip interspersed with close up shots of birds from WEB photos There were slides of the countryside as well as some shots of the flora of the area Their trip started at Cape Town with a guide named James and they traveled to Betty s Bay as well as the Cape of Good They saw 134 bird species with James A second

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  • State College Bird Club meeting minutes for May 2004
    at Sunset Park Upcoming Field Trips Bob Snyder at Black Moshannon May 29 The evening program was presented by Adam Rohnke a graduate student at Penn State His research involves investigating the extent of West Nile Encephalitis Virus in the Centre County area as well as mode of transfer West Nile Encephalitis Virus was described in Uganda in 1937 and first found in the US in 1999 Mode of transfer

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  • State College Bird Club meeting minutes for September 2004
    birds were shorebirds on Nixon Road pectoral buff breasted and white rumped sandpipers and black bellied and golden plovers Many migrating warblers were seen in the Barrens A Lincoln s sparrow was seen on Stone Mountain Upcoming Field Trips will be to Big Flat and the Stone Mountain HawkWatch The evening program was presented by Molly Hetrick supervisor of Millbrook Marsh A slide show brought the audience up to date

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  • State College Bird Club meeting minutes for October 2004
    between September 23 through October 27 140 birds were seen Noted birds were American bittern by Jay Zook in the Belleville area brant on Lake Perez and northern shrike at BESP Upcoming Field Trip is to BESP on Nov 7 Members voted to contribute 100 to the Lower Trail Rails to Trails to help with the recent devastation of Hurricane Ivan The SCBC is a member of the organization Members approved paying dues of 30 to the Nature Conservancy Ted Fuller asked for funds for a Christmas tree at the Ag Arena to be sponsored by the Bird club 65 was approved Contact the Fullers if you are willing to help The evening program was presented by Matt Marshall who is an ecologist for the National Park Service He is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio Memphis and Georgia His talk entitled Assessing the Value of Reclaimed Strip Mines for Grassland Birds addressed the declining populations of grassland birds due to the loss of habitat because of conversion to intensive farming Greater than 90 of the tall grass prairie habitat which originally existed has been altered A surprising increase in these birds however has been seen in minelands converted

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