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 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. 

Summer 2019
(June – August)

1. “LEADERS’ CHOICE” (1Jun-Sat-8:00am). What birding spot is ‘hot’? Trip details will be
posted on Thursday, May 30. As migration winds down and many birds settle into breeding
territories, we should have a chance to get good looks at various species, including a variety
of warblers. We will likely favor a spot with a lot of songbirds. Watch for info on LAS
ListServ/Facebook or other media. Leaders: DEB BROWN , (570-772-8794c)

2. SUGAR VALLEY for Purple Martins (12Jun-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 our reserved table in the restaurant at 5:15pm. Meal reservations to be
made with LARRY WALTZ: ) We will travel to an Amish farm, joining this
family which has had unusual success in having the Martins return yearly to their four
‘condominiums’. Leader: MIKE KURIGA (570-322-1007). Note: watch LAS ListServe for last
minute update.

3. COUNTY FARM BIRDING (13Jul-Sat-8am): Come and enjoy a mid-summer birdwatching
walk in the country, close to town. The 1.5 mile County Conservation Learning Trail begins at
the Master Gardener's Sensory Garden.  We will scan the farm pastures and fence rows
before descending down into a wet forested area paralleling a small creek.  The trail ascends
to a deer exclosure with fields to the sides and an overlook above Loyalsock Creek.  The
return trip follows the edge of a farm field where Lycoming Audubon has placed bluebird
boxes.  Parts of the trail may not be mowed or wet.  Enjoy a variety of bird habitats and
learn about the Lycoming Audubon bluebird project from co-leaders BRUCE BUCKLE  and FRED STINER   Directions: Leave I-180
(exit 23) taking Warrensville Rd approx 1.5 mi turning right on County Farm Rd (at Valley
View Nursing Center).  Turn left at the barn then circle around the County Farm building to
the parking area.

picnic): Come to the annual LYCOMING AUDUBON picnic, this year at Waterdale. Bring a dish
to share and your own tableware, the beverage is provided. Then, later join birders after the
meal for an easy evening walk. Who knows what bird we might encounter in the ‘remains of
the day’? Directions: Take Valley St. (Valley Inn and Turkey Hill) south in Duboistown for
0.6mi turning left onto Mosquito Valley Road, continuing 0.8mi to Waterdale Road (do not
cross the one-lane bridge but take the oblique right). Continue 0.6mi on Waterdale Road,
passing the Armstrong Township buildings, dead ending at the gates of the Waterdale Nature
Center (note the LAS chimney swift tower).

at the parking lot across from the senior center in South Williamsport (East Central Ave. near
Little League stadia) where we will walk the park. Leaders: JEAN DALTON (570-777-0713c)

 Join Lycoming Audubon for a bird walk on the Conservation Learning Trail at the County
Farm Complex just off Warrensville Road.  We’ll be manning a booth at the magnificent
garden exhibit from 9am till 1pm, and we’ll lead a walk out the Learning Trail at 10:00a.
Come out to the Farm for all the exhibits, and of course for the Garden itself, and join folks
for some birding with Lycoming Audubon.  It’s tough season for finding birds, but we’ll have some feeders up for the event and the trail up the creek bottom is always good for some
mid-summer birds.  Directions: Leave I-180 (exit 23) taking Warrensville Rd (north) approx
1.5 mi turning right at Valley View Nursing Center (County Farm Road) to the Lysock View
Complex. Leader:  GARY METZGER (570 651-0121).

7. “LEADERS’ CHOICE” (31Aug-Sat-8:30am). What birding spot is ‘hot’? Will there be a
surprise rarity to chase? Trip details will be posted on Thursday (29Aug). Birds and their
migration pattern are in transition, so we will be check for fall warblers, waterfowl, gulls and
raptors, and announce the site seems most productive. Watch for info on LAS
ListServ/Facebook or other media. Leaders: DEB BROWN , (570-772-8794c)
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Larry Waltz, LAS Field Trip coordinator (570-323-2385)