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 and birding is for all ages and abilities.  So ... put your cell phones down and allow your spirits to be refreshed by joining us on one or more of the sixteen field trips listed below. Look them over, mark you calendar, and remember we have loaner binoculars. No matter what your birdwatching level may be, we are all learners; you will fit right in. Best of all, you will make new friends. Questions? Chat with anyone of the listed leaders; we are a helpful bunch. 
Good Birding ... Larry Waltz, LAS Field Trip Coordinator. 

1.       HAWK WATCHING (Impromptu - watch LAS ListServ for times). We will look for Golden Eagles and other migrating raptors at the Route 15 Overlook hawk watch site. Leaders: DAVID BROWN, and BOBBY BROWN

2.       WOODCOCK WATCH at MILL STREET, (Impromptu date, Feb/Mar at dusk: notification on 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. Directions: Mill Street is immediately on the right after crossing the green bridge into Montoursville. Leaders: DAVID BROWN DavidEBrownPA@gmail.comand BOBBY BROWN 

3.       SUSQUEHANNA RIVER WALK (South Wmspt Side) (24Mar-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 the river walk. You will view 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. Leaders: JEAN DALTON (570-777-0713c) and MADDI DUNLAP
4.     ROSE VALLEY LAKE SOJOURN (31Mar-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: Leader: RON BEACH (570-368-2921).
5.       SPRING WALK AT STATE GAME LAND 252 (7Apr-Sat-8am): A prime birding spot that produces a nice variety of spring migrants. Directions: Travel south Rte.15 out of South Williamsport over the mountain to first traffic light (Rte.54). Turn right (west) across county for approx 5mi turning left (south) on Rte.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 bird and Wildlife Diversity Chief of the PA Game Com: DAN BRAUNING
6.       BIKING AND BIRDING PINE CREEK (14Apr-Sat-9am): Directions: After leaving Rte.220 just west of Jersey Shore, go North on Rte.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: LARRY WALTZ (570-323-2385).
7.       SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT COMMUNITY PARK (21Apr-Sat-8:30am).  Directions: 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:  JEAN DALTON (570-777-0713c) and MADDI DUNLAP   

8.       BIRDING AND WILDFLOWER BEGINNER'S WALK CANFIELD ISLAND (22Apr-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/USRt.220 taking exit #23 ("Warrensville"), turning right at traffic light, taking road behind  Motel 8 to the Riverfront Park pavilion on the left. Leaders: NANCY HORNBERGER (570-916-1637) and LARRY WALTZ (570-323-2385).
9.     WILLIAMSPORT WATER AUTHORITY, MOSQUITO VALLEY (28Apr-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 meeting birders at the Water Authority's visitor parking lot. Leader: ERIC HARTSHAW (570-433-4715).
10.   RIDER PARK – "Birding by Ear" (5May-Sat-8am): Using the natural setting of Rider we will learn to listen, that being 70% of birding. This experimental approach: "leader's hand in the air … everybody quiet … listen to the subtle vocalizations … then, share and remember" Bring a pad and pencil for intervals of discussion. Directions: Pleasant Valley Rd. north, one mile out of Warrensville to Calebs Run Rd., and then drive all the way to top of mountain to parking lot. Look for "Lycoming Audubon Event" sign there. Six key LAS bird-leaders will assist in providing leadership, among who will be DAN BRAUNING our own avian specialist. Field trip info: LARRY WALTZ (570-323-2385).
11.   PA ANNUAL MIGRATION COUNT (12May-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 … Facilitator: DAVID BROWN
12.   CELEBRATING "Loyalsock: PA River of the Year" at BARBOURS (19May-Sat-8:30am): Arrangements have been made for Lycoming Audubon to meet on the Loyalsock Creek with an easy, one mile, quiet walk in/near the village of Barbours. Settings: in addition to several nice views of the creek there will be seasonal back-water impoundments, mature and emerging forest, open fields, and spacious distant horizons for raptor viewing. We will organize the day at 8:30am on the front steps of the stone township building, 179 Dunwoody Road.  Hospitalities there include parking all morning, restrooms, and a pavilion for those who might want to bring a bag lunch and linger at the conclusion of the field trip. Directions: Follow Rt. 87 North out of Montoursville for approx. 16 miles, turn Left onto Dunwoody Rd. The twp. building is about 1/4 of a mile in on the right (note the playground, and signage for the library). A travel alternative: join a 7:45am car pool, gathering at Walmart, Montoursville (Wendy's side) Leader: LARRY WALTZ (570-323-2385). 
13.   COGAN HOUSE RAMBLE (26May-8:30am): Directions: Gather at Fry's Turkey Ranch (Rte.15, 7 mi. north of Trout Run, exiting at Steam Valley Rte.184) restaurant to consolidate car rides and then, we will travel to the Lenhart property. We will walk mowed field trails looking for late migrants and nesting birds (ex. Bobolink, Meadow Lark), pause to enjoy the Allegheny Plateau vistas and conclude with enjoying a wooded, high-quality steam. Wear water resistant shoes and prepare for seasonal field situations. Leaders: BOBBY BROWN, LARRY WALTZ (570-323-2385).
14.   GAMBLE TOWNSHIP FARM  - Field birds and Golden-winged Warbler Habitat Project (2June-Sat-8:30 am):  Directions: We'll meet at 8:30 in back of the restaurant in Trout Run and carpool up to the farm site along Field Station Rd. in Gamble Township.  A walk through farm fields, hopefully with lots of bobolinks and other good birds to enjoy, will lead us to a one year old 22 acre site prepared to grow into ideal golden-wings.  This should be a good morning's birding in delightful Rose Valley-like country-side and it should be educational regarding ongoing efforts to encourage the recovery of this beautiful warbler species. Leader:  GARY METZGER (570-651-0121).
15.   CELEBRATING "Loyalsock: PA River of the Year" at WORLDS END STATE PARK (9June-Sat.-8:30 am) Birding focus: canopy Warblers and all forest birds. We'll meet with DCNR staff at 8:30 at the spectacular High Knob Overlook in the Loyalsock State ForestDirections: North on Rte 87, right onto Dry Run Rd just above the village of Ogdonia, at sign for "Hillsgrove Maintenance Building", up Dry Run for approx. 4 miles taking first paved left with signage for "High Knob".  After birding at High Knob, we'll drive as a group to the "Canyon Vista" in the park proper for more views looking down into the forest canopy before finishing our morning down at the Park Office along our PA River of the Year for 2018, the magnificent Loyalsock Creek.   Note:  Some of us will meet up at 8:00 in the Montoursville Walmart parking lot out near Wendy's to carpool up to High Knob. Leader: GARY METZGER (570-651-0121).  
16.   SUGAR VALLEY for Purple Martins (13Jun-Wed-6:30pm): Meet at 6:30pm in the parking lot of Santino's Restaurant, Jersey Shore to organize a car pool (those interested in sharing a pizza, gather at a common table in the restaurant at 5:15pm. Meal reservation to be made with LARRY WALTZ:  570-323-2385). Plans have been made to join an Amish family who has usual success in having Purple Martins at their farm. Leader:  MIKE KURIGA (570-322-1007). Note: watch LAS ListServe for last minute update.
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Larry Waltz, LAS Field Trip coordinator
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