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. 

June – July – August 2018
1.       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).
2.       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).  
3.       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.
4.       CANFIELD ISLAND (picnic and evening walk) (25Jul-Wed-5:30pm): Come to the annual LYCOMING AUDUBON picnic, this year at this Loyalsock Township’s Park. 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’? DIRECTIONSTravel 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. All are welcome!
5.       SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT COMMUNITY PARK (4Aug-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 field and fall 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 (aka: we hope this will become a part of the anticipated Sylvan Dell Nature Park). Leaders:  JEAN DALTON (570-777-0713c) and MADDI DUNLAP
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Larry Waltz, LAS Field Trip coordinator
(, (570-323-2385)