Monthly program meetings for Spring 2019 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.
January 23, 2019 6:00 pm
“F/8 And Be There”
Yellowstone In The Winter: A Photographic Tour Of The Ecology, Geology and Wildlife
Presented by Jack McCann, a retired US Assistant Attorney and Jill Largent, a retired physician (pediatric nephrologist). Jack and Jill were married after meeting at a Winter Mountaineering School in New Hampshire. They are avid birders and photographers traveling to the national parks in their motorhome during the spring and fall.
They have visited Yellowstone three times since retiring, and in January of 2018 they spent a week in Yellowstone photographing the landscape and wildlife.
February 27, 2019 6:00 pm
“Birding by Ear”
Presented by Lauri Shaffer
Designed for beginning and intermediate birders who would like some tips on learning bird songs. Photos, mnemonics, and songs of at least 60 birds will be presented. We will practice describing a few songs in order to take notes that will help us remember the bird by ear. Resources will also be given in a handout for additional mnemonics, ‘Birding by Ear’ CD’s, phone apps, and some on-line helps.
Lauri is a retired teacher with a life-long passion for birding and a slightly more recent passion for nature photography.
27 March 2019
“in China: Mega City, Industrial Oasis wetland, and the Eastern Himalayas“
with Joe Gyekis. Photos of common and unusual Chinese birds from three very different areas: city parks in Tianjin; wetlands in the heavily industrial coastal plain nearby; and the mountains and valleys in Yunnan near the Burmese border. Hear what it is like to bird in these areas, and learn about conservation issues in China.
Joe is a health instructor at Penn State and an avid birder with interests particularly in songbirds and nocturnal flight calls. He contributes to Christmas Bird Counts, the USGS Breeding Bird Survey, and eBird, and is the PA Birds complier for Union and Snyder Counties.
24 April 2019
“Conservation on a Private Farm”
with Brent Bacon, of Seven Mountains Audubon.
Follow his progress from 2006 improving his 190 acre family farm in Potter County, through several programs, grants and a lot of hard work.
Retired from federal law enforcement in 2011, only to find out he should have pursued a career in nature. He's been a hobby photographer for most of his life. Since retiring he has been able to pursue his passions, hunting, conservation, and photography. A Vice President of Seven Mountains Audubon and volunteers as a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist.
22 May 2019
“Restoring Imperiled Young Forest Communities”
with Lisa M. Williams, PA Game Commission Species Specialist for ruffed grouse, woodcock, mourning doves and webless waterfowl (coots, rails, snipe, moorhen, and gallinules). Her particular interest lies in the restoration and management of young forests and other early succession habitats. The loss of these habitats across Pennsylvania and throughout the East has resulted in widespread species declines. This is a conservation challenge that bridges game and nongame interests, with declines occurring in 75% of the bird species that rely on these habitats. Fortunately it is a crisis that can be solved through responsible management of our forests and shrub lands. For this reason, Lisa places a high emphasis on public outreach, education and collaboration.Lisa received her B.S. in Ecology/Environmental Studies from Juniata College and her M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Penn State University’s School of Forest Resources.