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 seven 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.
Always check LAS ListServ and Facebook for weather related cancellations and the posting of unscheduled field trips. Loaner binoculars available at each walk.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS (Saturdays: 21 Dec 19 and 4 Jan 20) Small teams of 2-4 birders will cover designated areas of metro-Williamsport (21Dec) and then in northern townships (4Jan), participating in one or both field trips, their choice, negotiating details with team leaders. Observations will be compiled for data bases used by local, state and national Audubon Societies. These field trips are good learning experiences for new birders, spending quality time with seasoned leaders, picking up observation cues, helping with recording sightings, and otherwise, just getting out and enjoying. See information on page 4.
CROW RELOCATION (Downtown Williamsport, Nov thru Feb): Last winter, four to twelve people gathered outside the Community Arts Center (220 W. 4th), usually three times per week week from 6 to 7:15p (7 to 8:15p – late winter). In cooperation with city leadership, Lycoming Audubon was able to gently, with strobe flashlights and a persistent presence, relocate several hundred American Crows away from the beautiful Oak tree next to City Hall. The birds adopted a neutral and quiet center-city location away from people; the oak tree was saved (there was talk of cutting it down as a way to deal with the birds!). It turned out to be a win-win for all. So, because we need to do it again this season, come and join us, we need extra people, you will enjoy! Watch for details or contact Maddi to join: facilitator: MADDI DUNLAP (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“LEADERS’ CHOICE” (a Saturday or two, in Jan/Feb): Winter birding? Yes it is surprising to see what’s out there, including northern birds that only show up these cold days. The Brown family is out-about and often discovers bird sites of interest. They are willing to post an impromptu trip or two and lead the gathering. Trip details will be posted mid-day on the Thursday before the Saturday field trip. Also, Watch for info on LAS ListServ, Facebook or other media. Leaders: DEB BROWN PSP501@aol.com, (570-772-8794c) and BOBBY BROWN email@example.com.
“LEADERS’ CHOICE” WINDSHIELD/ROADSIDE WINTER RAPTORS (a Saturday between mid-Jan and mid-Feb- 8:30a): Meet at the Park/Ride, Rte 180 exit for Hughesville/Rte 405 N (across road from Wendy’s) and carpool to County Line Rd, SE Lycoming Co. (Turbotville/ Washingtonville area). Target species: Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles and American Kestrels as well as winter field birds in grasslands area established by Game Commission in 2007, providing lots of prey for raptors. These winter trips are quite weather dependent so watch for an announcement on the LAS Listserv and Facebook, posted mid-day on the Thursday before Saturday trip. Warm clothing and footwear is recommended since there will be time spent outside the vehicles looking and watching. Leaders: GARY METZGER (570 651-0121c) and JOAN SATTLER.
CANCELED: WINTER BIRDS OF NORTHERN LYCOMING CO. (25 Jan20-Sat-8:30am): Would 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? If nothing else, it will be fun to break the winter blues with 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 a car pool. Leader: LARRY WALTZ (LNRWaltz@aol.com).
SUSQUEHANNA RIVER WALK (North Wmspt Side, 15 Feb20-Sat-9am): This is an easy walking event. Meet your leader and other birders on the river walk, using designated parking lot at foot of Hepburn St. (Drive EAST on I-180/rt 220); exit at “Hepburn St. Exit 27b”; stay right in the Villa Bella lane. Parking lot is immediately on right). We will look for waterfowl and raptors flying over and in the water, as well as birds along the trail. Leaders: JEAN DALTON (570-777-0713c) and MADDI DUNLAP firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Larry Waltz, LAS Field Trip coordinator