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  • March 2014 Minutes
    She has contact information for the study Megan Orient said to see her for membership information Greg Grove gave an update on the status of efforts to prevent construction of wind farms on Jacks and Stone Mountain He also had a supply of commemorative Jacks Mountain patches which are for sale for 5 to help in the wind farm fight Don Kiel gave an update on the Gray s Woods wetland project Patton Township owns the 43 acre tract and the Clearwater Conservancy helps manage it Don noted that a consulting firm recently gave a recommendation to mostly preserve the tract He encouraged birders to count and report birds seen there Don noted that 92 species had been counted in the first year of surveys Greg Grove read the checklist of species seen within 25 miles of Old Main since February 26th Some species of note were the Pink footed Goose and Northern Goshawk Announcements Field Trips Joe Verica reported that there had been a field trip to BESP the previous Sunday Also a field trip was being planned for Bald Eagle Valley in late April Presentation The evening s program was by Ian Gardner who gave a presentation on

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  • April 2014 Minutes
    Shaver s Creek on May 28 Membership chairperson Megan Orient announced that the bird club now had 65 paid memberships Greg Grove gave a quick update on efforts to prevent the construction of wind turbines on Jacks and Stone Mountain Greg again had some Jacks Mountain commemorative patches available for sale for 5 to support the effort The election of officers was held with the following officers elected to 2 year terms VP Field Trips Joe Verica Treasurer Dorothy Bordner Members at large Greg Grove and Bob Fowles all continuing officers Greg Grove read the checklist of species seen within 25 miles of Old Main since March 26 Some species of note were Brant Surf Scoter Red throated Loon Red necked Grebe Virginia Rail Lesser Black backed Gull Common Tern and Pink footed Goose Announcements Field Trips Joe Verica announced that he would lead a field trip to Toftrees on April 27th Presentation The evening s presentation was by Nan Butkovich who gave a talk on Urban Birding in San Diego She described how she had been able to get to various parks and birding hotspots using public transportation Nan noted that it was challenging not having access to a

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  • September 2014 Minutes
    Day and a Bigger Week The Good the Bad and the Birdy Field Trips Joe Verica announced that he would lead a field trip to Scotia Barrens on September 27 Joe also said that Bob Snyder was planning to lead a field trip for migrating waterfowl at BESP later in the fall Diane noted that club dues are due and that the amounts were 15 for individuals 25 for families and 40 for a supporting membership Greg Grove read the checklist of species seen within 25 miles of Old Main since August 24th Some species of note included Baird s and Buff breasted Sandpipers an American Bittern and a Mississippi Kite Announcements The Big Sit bird count will be held on October 12 at BESP Penns Valley Shaver s Creek and several other locations Presentation The evening s presentation was by Susan Braun who gave a talk on Birding in The Gambia The Gambia is located on Africa s west coast and is the smallest country in Africa Susan visited it in March 2014 with some friends from Juniata College Her tour of the country started and ended in the port city of Serekunda Susan presented her Top 10 Reasons

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  • October 2014 Minutes
    trip for migrating waterfowl at BESP in the first couple weeks of November Details would be forthcoming on the listserv Diane reminded members that club dues are due and that payment could be given to membership chairperson Megan Orient Diane Bierly read the checklist of species seen within 25 miles of Old Main since September 24th Presentation The evening s presentation was by Alyssia Church who gave a program entitled A Big Day and a Bigger Week The Good the Bad and the Birdy Alyssia has a bachelor s and master s degree from Penn State and has worked at Cape May She described and presented photos of her big week of birding in May 2014 in northwest Ohio and Lee County Florida The first half of Alyssia s big week was spent at Magee Marsh during the Biggest Week in American Birding Festival in Oak Harbor OH She saw many vireos and warblers including a Prothonotary Warbler during the festival She also saw many shorebirds including American Golden Plovers and an Upland Sandpiper Alyssia recommended that anyone considering attending the next festival which is scheduled for May 8 17 2015 book their accommodations early The second half of Alyssia

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  • November 2014 Minutes
    for November 22nd at Shaver s Creek Diane Bierly noted the upcoming Christmas Bird Counts Some dates for them are State College Huntingdon on December 14 Lewistown on Dec 20th Lock Haven Raystown on Jan 3rd and Bald Eagle on Jan 4th Contact the appropriate count coordinator if you wish to participate Greg Grove noted that this had been a banner year for Golden Eagles at the Stone Jacks Mountain Hawkwatches Both are on record setting paces Greg also read the checklist of species seen within 25 miles of Old Main since October 22nd Presentation The evening s presentation was by Lillie Langlois a Penn State grad student She presented her research on Marcellus shale gas development and forest bird communities She noted that Marcellus gas development in Pennsylvania is in its very early stages with only 11 000 well permits issued as of 2012 out of a projected 90 000 wells Lillie s particular interest was the effect of forest fragmentation on neotropical migrant birds in Lycoming County To quantify the change in fragmentation she used 2005 land cover data compared to 2012 aerial imagery She found that pipelines rather than well pads were the biggest contributor to forest

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  • December 2014 Minutes
    of wind farms on Jacks and Stone Mountain He noted that ordinances had been passed in a number of the townships that helped discourage construction plans Also landowners have been released from their leases on one of the projects While the status of the leases for the other project isn t known both projects now appear to be inactive Greg cautioned however that the projects could be reactivated at some point in the future Many thanks to Greg the Friends of Jacks Mountain and the SOAR group for all their efforts in defending the cause of birds and other wildlife Greg Grove read the checklist of species seen within 25 miles of Old Main since November 19th Presentation The evening s program was presented by Don Bryant who gave a program called So many Raptors So Little Time Don presented his fantastic photos while describing the trip he took to Spain from March 3 to March 16 2014 His tour was arranged through Sergio Seipke s tour company from Argentina His tour started in Madrid and he visited a number wildlife areas and National Parks throughout Spain Don saw about 8000 raptors total A particularly good spot for raptors was

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  • January 2013 Minutes
    money including 35 for the spring hawkwatch Greg Grove read the checklist of species seen within 25 miles of Old Main since December 12 Some notable species included redpolls an Oregon Junco Red White winged Crossbills and Lapland Longspurs Nick Kerlin noted that a date had been set for the Bird Day at Wiscoy Pet Foods store It will be held March 9th from 10am to 2pm Four volunteers are needed to handle 2 hour shifts Announcements Field Trips Joe Verica reported that he was hoping to organize at Bald Eagle State Park field trip Upcoming events Deborah Grim reported that the PA Native Plant Society was sponsoring a talk by Steven Schwartz at Webster s Bookstore on February 6 Presentation The evening s presentation was by Greg Grove who presented a program on the Winter Raptor Survey The WRS has been held annually between mid January and mid February for the years 2001 2012 Its goal is to determine the winter distribution and to detect long term trends of open country raptors in Pennsylvania Greg presented maps showing counts per hour over the 12 years Some key findings were a dramatic drop in Kestrels in southeast Pennsylvania Northern Harriers

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  • February 2013 Minutes
    Club s board had proposed the purchase a projector to be used for meeting presentations Nick requested a motion to formalize the purchase The motion was made and passed for a suitable projector with a purchase price up to 1500 Greg Grove read the checklist of species seen within 25 miles of Old Main since January 13 Some species mentioned included common and hoary redpolls a continuing Oregon Junco White

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