Programs

These events are free and open to the general public!
Monthly program meetings for Fall 2018 are held at the James V. Brown Library in downtown Williamsport, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Join us at 6:00 pm if you can, to hear about LAS news and activities and to share bird and wildlife observations with like-minded folks. If 6:00 pm is too early for you, by all means feel free to join us at 6:30 pm for the evening's program. Meetings are held in the Lowry Room on the 3rd floor of the Library's Welch Wing. The Lowry Room is easy to find from the main parking lot just off Market Street.  An elevator is available from the first floor lobby.


September 26, 2018Confusing Fall Warblers with Ian Gardener
While the spring warbler migration gets most of the attention due to the birds' showy plumage and conspicuous song, the fall migration is even larger and more nuanced. The colors are muted and songs almost nonexistent, making identification more challenging. But the potential for a fallout or rare species is always tempting. While some warblers only travel from boreal Canada to the southeastern U.S., others journey from Alaska to well out in the Atlantic Ocean before eventually continuing to the Caribbean and South America. Come join Ian Gardner as he provides insights and tips for understanding and enjoying this fall spectacle.

 
October 24, 2018
California Birdin’:  The Central and Northern Coastal Areas with Wayne Laubscher
This program highlights some of the birds, other animals, marine life, and some of the natural history of part of the Klamath bioregion in northwestern California and also of the Monterey Bay with the diversity of marine life.  The nearby Pajaro Valley and Big Sur areas of coastal central California will be covered. Threatened species including the Northern Spotted Owl, Marbled Murrelet, and the California Condor will be discussed.
 
November 28, 2018
Birds Call Tell Us Things and We Should Listen:  A look at how birds inform conservation and human cultures, with Ron Rohrbach, the new Forest Program Director for Audubon Pennsylvania.
Ron will talk about how birds serve as bio-indicators to help guide global and regional conservation priorities, including adaptation to climate change; and how birds truly are “canaries in the coal mine” when it comes to protecting human health.  He will use his experiences and storytelling to translate science about birds into full life-cycle conservation strategies. 
 Ron Rohrbaugh is the Forest Program Director at Audubon Pennsylvania. Before coming to Audubon in May 2018, Ron spent 21 years as a conservation biologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where he was the Assistant Director of the Conservation Science Program. His work focuses on strategic planning, science-based management, and technical training in forest ecosystems; developing conservation and recovery plans for landbirds, such as Golden-winged Warbler and Wood Thrush; and creating conservation strategies and tools for use on public and private lands. Ron has special interest in translating science from applied and basic research into full life-cycle conservation strategies aimed at protecting and managing birds and their habitats; and in using history, social science, and silviculture to improve forest health for wildlife and human cultures. Ron completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at The Pennsylvania State University. He is Chair of the International Wood Thrush Conservation Alliance and a steering committee member of the Golden-winged Warbler Working Group.
Ron is an avid outdoorsman and freelance writer who focuses on experiences and storytelling to amplifying the role that hunters can play in conservation of our land and waters. He lives with his wife Debbie and their two children, Rex and Leela in a cabin near Moshannon State Forest, just west of State College, PA.