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.



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. 


LYCOMING AUDUBON SOCIETY
WINTER FIELD TRIPS
(Dec’17-Feb’18)
Check LAS ListServ and Facebook for schedule additions/changes.
 
MILL HILL ROAD (3Dec17-Sunday-4pm ‘till dark): The Ulmer family has graciously permitted us to view raptors at dusk near 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 (LNRWaltz@aol.com).
 
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS (Saturdays: 16Dec and 30Dec17): Small teams of 2-4 birders will cover designated areas of metro-Williamsport (19Dec) and then in northern townships (31Dec). Participants will negotiate field trip time with team leader. Observations will be compiled for data bases used by local, state and national Audubon Societies. Experienced birders will lead, but we need you to assist. This is an excellent learning event for all experience levels. Additional information and registration, contact our Coordinator: DAVID BROWN (DavidEBrownPA@gmail.com).
 
SUSQUEHANNA RIVER WALK (20Jan18-Sat-9am-North Side): Join Audubon birders and check out the river for waterfowl as well as raptors like Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, etc. Please watch for Lycoming Audubon ListServe notices for adjustments regarding weather, river walk conditions and, of course, bird activity. Unless otherwise announced, the walk will start on the north side (Wegman’s) at Hepburn Street at the designated river walk parking lot. Leaders: MADDI DUNLAP (madwoman@chilitech.net) and JEAN DALTON (JKlotz6@gmail.com).
 
WINTER BIRDS OF NO. LYCOMING CO. (27Jan18-Sat-8:30am): Would be we be so lucky to spot on a cold January day in Cogan House Township the likes of: Snow Buntings, Longspurs, Pine Siskins, Redpolls, Horned Lark along with Tree and Whited-throated Sparrow and maybe a resident raptor or two? Well let’s give it a try. If nothing else, it will be great fun to break the winter blues with good birding chatter and a cup of coffee. Put a person or two in your car and rendezvous at the parking lot of Fry’s Turkey Ranch restaurant (Rte. 15, 6mi. north of Trout Run) at 8:30am. We will reorganize into fewer cars for the tour. Leaders: GARY METZGER and LARRY WALTZ (LNRWaltz@aol.com). 
 
FEBRUARY WINDSHIELD SURVEY: Who knows what will turn up in the depths of winter? Remember the Snowy Owls in recent years? Storms have a way of bringing unexpected avian to north-central PA. So it might be Turbotville farm fields … or the Bald Eagle State Park … or Hawks at Rte. 15 scenic overlook?  Stay connected to LAS ListServ, Facebook and LAS Web. 
 
Larry Waltz
LAS Field Trip Coordinator
(570-323-2385h, LNRWaltz@aol.com )
17Nov17




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