Field Trips

Our field trips are fun with lots of awe and laughter! We are always open to introducing people to the magic of birds. Birding is for all ages and abilities and we have loaner binoculars to share if you need them. We are an inclusive group of folks eager to share what we know and learn from others. Birding is perfect for a lifetime of learning.

Fall 2017 (11Sep-3Dec)
Check LAS ListServ and Facebook for schedule additions/changes.

FALL BIRDING, BALD EAGLE STATE PARK (11Sep-Mon-7:30am): Join Wayne Laubscher for a morning of birding in a beautiful pubic park with lake activity, open and brushy fields, mature and emerging wood lots. Fall warblers, ground species and raptors are expected. This easy walk field trip will organize at the park center building just off the entrance road. Directions: travel US 220 to the Lock Haven area, exiting at Mill Hall. Turn left (west) on SR 150 and go approx nine miles to the park entrance on your left (south). Follow this road to the park center. Leader: WAYNE LAUBSCHER (570-748-7511c).

HAWK WATCH, ROUTE 15 OVERLOOK (16Sep-Sat-9am): This hawk watch is close to home, inviting and beautiful: it is handicapped accessible and an easy walk, not to mention a spectacular view of the Susquehanna Valley. These particular days in September, Broad-winged Hawks are more abundant as they take advantage of good winds and appropriate weather patterns. Given good weather and a little luck, we may see several hundred broad-wings, and smaller numbers of several other species of raptors. Directions: Market Street south on Rte 15 past the overlook to the legal U-turn. Come back to the overlook parking lot on the right. Counter: Bobby Brown, with other experienced birders present to assist inexperienced hawk watchers with spotting and identifying migrating raptors. Check LAS ListServ and Facebook for changes due to weather.

LIME BLUFF RECREATION AREA, HUGHESVILLE (23September-Sat-8:30): Explore this fantastic local park during fall migration. Habitat includes grassy areas, farm fields, forest edge, swampy areas, a small pond, and a Christmas tree farm.  Directions: From Rt 405 in Hughesville turn west onto Elm Drive (near McDonald’s). Drive a half mile then turn left into the park entrance and follow the road to the parking areas. Leader: GARY METZGER (570-651-0121c).

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER WALK, SOUTH SIDE (30Sep-Sat-9am): This is an easy walking event. Meet your leader and other birders at South Williamsport Recycling Center. Directions: go west from Market Street on W. Southern Ave in S. Wmspt. to the 700 block past CVS. Look for “Cross Fit Promise” Co. at Poke Alley, turning right and travel two blocks to recycling center. Join LAS on top of dike on the river walk. You will the good chance to view waterfowl and species of raptors like Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, and Red-tailed Hawks. Birds frequent the brush and trees along the walking path. Leaders: JEAN DALTON (570-777-0713c) and MADDI DUNLAP ( HYPERLINK "" ).

GRASSLAND SPARROWS, COGAN HOUSE TOWNSHIP (8Oct-Sun-8:30): Directions: Gather at Fry’s Turkey Ranch (USRt.15, 7 mi. north of Trout Run, exiting at Steam Valley SRt.184) restaurant to consolidate cars and then we will travel to the Lenhart property. We will walk trails, pause to enjoy the Allegheny Plateau vistas and quietly observe a high quality steam. Wear water resistant shoes and prepare for field situations. Leaders: BOBBY BROWN  HYPERLINK "", LARRY WALTZ (570-323-2385h),

WETLANDS , LOCK HAVEN (9Oct-Mon-7:30am): Target sparrows: Nelson’s and Lincoln, plus other wetland species. Directions: take Mill Hall exit off Rte. 220 just west of Lock Haven to Rte. 150 traffic light. Cross intersection, noting Sheetz gas and parking at Ruby Tues restaurant where Wayne will meet us. The Central Mountains wetland is about two miles away. Leader: WAYNE LAUBSCHER (570-748-7511c). 

BIRDING STROLL, CANFIELD ISLAND (21Oct-Sat-8am): Take a leisurely walk around Canfield Island to appreciate the fall migration, and island foliage near the Susquehanna River. We will stop, look and listen for birds and chat a bit about this interesting historical spot. Directions: Travel east on I-180/USRt.220 taking exit #23 (“Warrensville”), turning right at traffic light, taking road behind  Motel 8 to the Riverfront Park pavilion on the left. Leader: FRED STINER (570-244-5873h).

SAW-WHET OWL BANDING, SWISSDALE (Impromptu: selected Fri/Sat nights of Oct/Nov): LAS’s board member, Wayne Laubscher, one of a handful of Pennsylvanians licensed to band various species of birds, is inviting LAS folks to come to his farm and witness what few do: the banding of PA’s smallest owl. The process includes calculations for weight, coloration, condition and other general measurements. He might even offer you an opportunity to momentarily hold and release. Bring your wellies, hat, gloves (nights are chilly). Leader: WAYNE LAUBSCHER (570-660-5161c) will post Fri/Sat night observations on LAS ListServ and Facebook. 

HAWK WATCH, ROUTE 15 OVERLOOK (4Nov-Sat-9am): Though fewer raptors migrate in November, this is the time of the year to see Golden Eagles! With good winds, early November days can produce a parade of Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles. With a spectacular view of the distant hills and the Susquehanna River valley below, combined with a chance to chat with fellow birders, it is well worth the effort, but dress warm… the best days tend to be the coldest ones! Directions: Market Street south on Rte 15 past the overlook to the legal U-turn. Come back to the overlook parking lot on the right. Counter: Bobby Brown, with other experienced birders present to assist inexperienced hawk watchers with spotting and identifying migrating raptors. Hawk watching in November is highly weather sensitive, so check LAS ListServ and Facebook for schedule changes.

SUSQUEHANNA RIVER WALK, NORTH SIDE (11Nov-Sat-9am): This is an easy walking event. Meet LAS leaders on the River Walk on the Williamsport side using the new city river edge parking lot at the foot of Hepburn St. You will look for waterfowl and enjoy species of raptors like Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, and Red-tailed Hawks. Leaders: JEAN DALTON (570-777-0713c) and MADDI DUNLAP ( HYPERLINK "" ).

SHORT-EARED OWLS, MILL HILL ROAD (3Dec-Sun-4pm ‘till dark): The Ulmer family has graciously permitted us to view raptors at dusk in their set-aside fields. Target birds: Short-eared Owls, Northern Harriers, Kestrels and other seasonal field species. We will gather at the State Road United Methodist Church (SRUMC) parking lot in Lycoming Township (6738 Daugherty’s Run Rd). DIRECTIONS: 1. From Williamsport Ford dealership (3600 West Fourth St), North on Daugherty’s Run Road for 6.7 mi. (note: Bottle Run Rd at 3 mi., at 6 mi, Kiess Hill Rd.) continuing right 0.7 mi., on Daugherty’s Run Rd. to the white church on right. 2. From old Rte. 15/Lycoming Creek Rd. Cogan Station, Left/West on Rte. 973 for 3.9 mi. At that point look for “Linden” directional sign, then Left on Daugherty’s Run Rd. 1.5 mi. to SRUMC. Leader: LARRY WALTZ ( HYPERLINK "" 570-323-2385h).

Christmas Bird Counts
Metro Williamsport   -   16Dec17 (Sat), No Lycoming County  -  30Dec17 (Sat)
Coordinator: David Brown
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Larry Waltz
LAS Field Trip Coordinator

(570-323-2385h,  HYPERLINK "" )