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.
LYCOMING AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIPS - SPRING 2017
1. HAWK WATCHING (Impromptu - Watch LAS ListServ) Watch for Golden Eagles and other migrating raptors at the White Deer Ridge and Route 15 Overlook hawk watch sites. Leaders: DAVID BROWN (570-772-9262c), and BOBBY BROWN.
2. WOODCOCK WATCH at MILL STREET, (March – Impromptu - Watch LAS ListServ): Spend time birding this hotspot in the evening before gathering at dusk to hear and see American Woodcocks perform their unique display flights. Mill Street is immediately on the right after crossing the green bridge into Montoursville. Leaders: DAVID BROWN (570-772-9262c) and BOBBY BROWN.
3. SUSQUEHANNA RIVER WALK (South Wmspt Side) (25Mar-Sat-9am): This is an easy walking event. Meet your leader and other birders at S. Wmspt 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 river walk. You will view waterfowl on the river and enjoy species of raptors like Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, and Red-tailed Hawks. Songbirds frequent the brush and trees along the walking path and river. Leaders: JEAN DALTON (570-777-0713c) and MADDI DUNLAP (email@example.com).
4. SPRING WALK AT STATE GAME LAND 252 (1Apr-Sat-8am): A prime birding spot that produces a nice variety of spring migrants. Travel south US Rt. 15 out of South Williamsport over the mountain to first traffic light (State Rt. 54). Turn right (west) across county for approx 5 mi turning left (south) on State Rt. 2004 (Alvira Rd.). Drive short distance to equipment sheds and parking. Dress warm, consider tick protection and have water resistant foot wear. Join our own superb bird and Wildlife Diversity Chief of the PA Game Com: DAN BRAUNING.
5. ROSE VALLEY LAKE SOJOURN (8Apr-Sat-8am): Meet LAS birders at the South launch of Rose Valley Lake for sighting a wide variety of waterfowl. If you have a spotting scope, bring it. We will also take time to ID land birds along the road. Birders will slowly make their way counter clockwise around the lake, finishing at the North boat launch. This is an easy-walk-and-ride event. Leader: Leaders: FRED STINER (570-244-5873), GARY METZGER (570-651-0121).
6. BIKING AND BIRDING PINE CREEK (15Apr-Sat-9am): After leaving US Route 220, go North on State Rt. 44 several miles to first public parking area (Whitetail). We will negotiate the ride depending on the group with each person deciding length and time and, their own return to cars. There will be frequent stops for observations. Leader: GARY METZGER ((570-651-0121).
7. SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT COMMUNITY PARK (22Apr-Sat-9am). Meet at the entrance to the park on East Central Avenue and we’ll walk the woods and the brushy perimeter of the park looking for spring birds, also keeping an eye out for raptors soaring against the north face of Bald Eagle Ridge. Maybe we’ll spot some waterfowl in the big wetlands area east of the park proper. Leader: GARY METZGER (570-651-0121).
8. SUSQUEHANNA RIVER WALK (22Apr-Sat-9am) (South Wmspt Side): Directions: travel to the end of E. Central Ave. parking area for S. Williamsport Borough Park. This is an easy walking event. You will explore the river for waterfowl and enjoy species of raptors like Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, and Red-tailed Hawks. Songbirds frequent the brush and trees along the walking path and river. Leader: GARY METZGER (570-651-0121).
9. BIRDING AND WILDFLOWER BEGINNER’S WALK CANFIELD ISLAND (23Apr-Sun-2:30pm): Take a leisurely and easy stroll around Canfield Island to appreciate the spring migration, landscape and the Susquehanna River. We will stop and chat not only about birds, but wildflowers and some local history. Directions: Travel east on I-180/US Route 220 taking exit #23 (“Warrensville”), turning right at traffic light, taking road behind Motel 8 to the Riverfront Park pavilion on the left. Leader: LARRY WALTZ (570-323-2385) and NANCY HORNBERGER.
10. WILLIAMSPORT WATER AUTHORITY, MOSQUITO VALLEY (29Apr-Sat-8:30): Forested trails with plenty of brushy habitat during the peak of warbler migration. Directions: Take Valley St. south from Duboistown for a half mile then turn left onto Mosquito Valley Road, taking it all the way to the end at the Water Authority’s visitor parking lot. Leader: GARY METZGER (570-651-0121).
11. OLD LYCOMING RAIL TRAIL (6May-Sat-8am): We will head for the northern section of the Old Lycoming Bike Trail, off Old Lycoming Creek Rd. (old USRt.15), gathering at the Pleasant Hill Rd access just south of Hepburnville. This quite walkable trail provides views of a wetland as well as a nearby canopy of trees and shrubs. We may also travel to Trout Run Park on Lycoming Creek. Because of limited parking space, consider collecting passengers before arriving. Leaders: JEAN DALTON (570-777-0713c) and LARRY WALTZ (570-323-2385).
12. PEREGRINE FALCONS AT MONTGOMERY CLIFFS (7May-Sun-2pm): Rendezvous at the Montgomery sanitation plant parking lot (Directions: fr. USRt.15 take SRt.54 thru town on N. Main, cross Montgomery St. and railroad tracks- becomes S. Main, turn right on Bower St., go to last parking area) and walk as a group to the nesting site of the Peregrines. Leader: MIKE KURIGA (570-322-1007).
13. KAYAKING AND BIRDING ON ROSE VALLEY LAKE (10May-Wed-9am): For a few hours we will paddle about the lake to bird from waters edge. Meet at the North boat launch. Note: Kayaks and Canoes must have current PA Fish and Boat registration. Reservations are necessary, made after 1May. Leader: LARRY WALTZ (LNRWaltz@aol.com,(570-323-2385).
14. PA ANNUAL MIGRATION COUNT (13May-Sat-all day): Small groups and individuals cover an area of Lycoming County and record the number of each species encountered. Anyone interested in participating please contact David Brown. Facilitator: DAVID BROWN (570-772-9262c). firstname.lastname@example.org.
15. GLACIER POOLS PRESERVE BIRDING AND GEOLOGY WALK (20May-Sat-8:30am): Meet at the Preserve at 8:30 or in the SE corner of the Montoursville Walmart parking lot at 8:00 to carpool to the Preserve which is located near Picture Rocks. Tour this spectacular property which the owners, Michael and Rickie Gross, who have set it aside in perpetuity for public enjoyment. With experienced Lycoming Audubon birders, enjoy the many resident and migrant species of birds that make these woodlands and fields their summer homes. Michael will join the tour to describe the unique geology of his property and to show off the numerous gorgeous vernal pools. Did we mention all the spring wildflowers? Leaders: MICHAEL GROSS (570-584-3324, 971-3234), RON HUGHEY (570-447-9601), and WES EGLI. 570-584-3107).
16. COGAN HOUSE RAMBLE (27May-8:30am): 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. Leader: LARRY WALTZ (570-323-2385).
17. RIVERFRONT PARK/CANFIELD ISLAND BEGINNERS AND YOUTH BIRDING WALK (3Jun-Sat-9am): Meet at this Loyalsock Township park, in the parking lot, for an easy stroll with experienced Lycoming Audubon birders out onto Canfield Island to enjoy the plentiful bird life. There may be Eastern Bluebirds and/or Tree Swallows in the nest boxes for close inspection! There may also be a large hawk visiting the park that morning to share some of its natural history. A great morning for the youngsters! Leaders: FRED STINER (570-244-5873), GARY METZGER (570-651-0121).
18. MUNCY’S HERITAGE PARK (10Jun-Sat-8 AM): In one location, appreciate the initiative of the Muncy Historical Society to preserve canal history and at the same time, stroll easy paths and enjoy avian ecology (the river, ponds and brushy hideaways). Directions: exit I-180 to Muncy (Water St.), left at traffic light (Main St.) and travel (south) 7-8 blocks and alleys to Pepper St. Turn right (west) and go all the way to the Susquehanna River and the Muncy Heritage Park. Leader: LAURI SHAFFER. Contact: GARY METZGER (570-651-0121).
19. BALD EAGLE STATE PARK (17Jun-Sat-8:00am): 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. Late season Warblers including Golden-winged, ground species and raptors are expected. The easy walking field trip will organize at the park center building just off the entrance road. Directions: travel USRt.220 to the Lock Haven area, exiting at Mill Hall. Turn left (west-SRt.150) and go approx nine miles to the park entrance on your left (south). Follow this road to the park center. Leader: WAYNE LAUBSCHER (570-748-7511).