about TAS

Welcome to the Tiadaghton Audubon Society of Tioga and Potter Counties. Our chapter was founded in 1906 with 23 members, making it the oldest chapter in the state. The Tiadaghton name was selected in 1953, and in 1972 the chapter was officially chartered. (Photo: extremely rare white-winged tern that visited Wellsboro last August. See 2017 archives on left for the whole, amazing story.)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

February 21 Meeting -- Birding in Costa Rica

Although Costa Rica is a small country, about the same size as West Virginia, it has as many bird species as the entire United States -- around 800. It is also one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world with about 5 percent of the world's biodiversity while having only about 0.03 percent of the world's land mass. In addition, about 25 percent of the country's territory is in national parks and in other protected areas. These facts and a well-developed eco-tourist infrastructure make Costa Rica one of the most popular destinations for birders everywhere. Please join the Tiadaghton Audubon Society on February 21 at 7:00 PM at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center in Wellsboro, when TAS webmaster Gary Tyson will describe his experiences birding and photographing the wildlife in northern Costa Rica's rain forest and Pacific coast last year. Gary is an award-winning, published photographer and was able to obtain many excellent photographs of this Central-American country's colorful, tropical birds and other exotic animals. The program will follow our regular business meeting, which will begin at 6:00. Both the business meeting and program are free and open to the public. You can also check out some of Tiadaghton Audubon's activities on our Facebook page.

Friday, January 5, 2018

January 17 Meeting on Birding Yellowstone National Park

Our January 17 meeting will be a presentation by TAS member Rich Hanlon entitled Birding Yellowstone National Park. Rich currently serves as the Pastor at the United Methodist Church in Wellsboro and has been leading nature education programs for young people since 2010. Rich has a passion for encouraging people of all ages to get inspired by the beauty and wonder of our natural world and has been a birder for 18 years. This past summer he had the rare opportunity to travel to Wyoming and Montana. Rich will lead us along a tour of the birds (and a few other natural features) of Yellowstone National Park as depicted by the wildlife photos from his travels. The business meeting will begin at 6 pm followed by the program at 7 pm at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center. The business meeting and program are both free and open to the public. Please visit us on Facebook, where you can learn more about our local Audubon chapter!

Monday, December 11, 2017

118th Annual Christmas Bird Count to be Held Here in Tioga County, January 1, 2018

Birders and nature enthusiasts in Tioga County, Pennsylvania will join birders across the western hemisphere and participate in Audubon's longest-running wintertime tradition, the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC),  to be held in our area on January 1, 2018. Over 2,000 individual counts are scheduled to take place throughout the Americas and beyond from December 14, 2017 through January 5, 2018. Tioga County through the Tiadaghton Audubon Society has been represented in the count every year since 1968.

The data collected by observers over the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. When combined with other surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey, it provides a picture of how the continent's bird populations have changed in time and space over the past hundred years. This year's count will help help scientists understand the impact of the Gulf oil spill on vulnerable species.

The Christmas Bird Count began in 1900 when the founder of Bird-Lore (the progenitor of Audubon magazine), Frank Chapman, suggested an alternative to the “side hunt,” in which teams competed to see who could shoot the most game, including birds. Chapman proposed that people “hunt” birds only to identify, count, and record them. These “binocular brigades” often brave winter’s chill, ice and snow in order to record changes in resident populations and ranges. “When Frank Chapman started the Christmas Bird Census, it was a visionary act,” said Audubon President John Flicker. “No one could have predicted how important the CBC would become as a resource and tool for conservation.” CBC data also help document success stories. The Christmas Bird Count has helped document the comeback of the previously endangered bald eagle and significant increases in waterfowl populations, both the result of conservation efforts. “Each CBC volunteer observer is an important contributor, helping to shape the overall direction of bird conservation,” says Geoff LeBaron, Audubon's Christmas Bird Count Director.

In Tioga County the count is limited to a 177-square-mile circle centered in Whitneyville and encompassing Wellsboro in the west, Mansfield in the east, Ives Run/Hammond Lake in the north, and to just above Arnot in the south.  For more information about this historic event, you can visit the National Audubon Society's website here.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December 2017 Meeting

Join the Tiadaghton Audubon Society on Wednesday, December 20th for “Bird Feeding and Housing in Tioga County” presented by TAS Co-President and avid birder John Corcoran.  John will discuss his struggles and successes in dealing with bears and other nuisance visitors to his bird feeders and on how to make your own bird suet/cookie dough. There will be door prizes including a bird feeder and bird house. Bird houses will also be available for purchase. The business meeting will begin at 6 pm followed by the program at 7 pm at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center. The business meeting and program are both free and open to the public. Visit us on Facebook to learn more about our local Audubon Chapter!

Monday, October 30, 2017

November 2017 Annual Joint Meeting

Join the Tiadaghton Audubon Society, the Pine Creek Headwaters Protection Group, the Tiadaghton Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Pine Creek Watershed Council for a joint meeting on November 15th at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center. A refreshment hour will begin at 6 pm followed by organization updates and a program at 7 pm. The program, “Climate Change and Impacts on Wild Trout” will be presented by Shawn Rummel. Shawn is currently the field and research manager for Trout Unlimited’s Pennsylvania Coldwater Habitat Restoration Program in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania and also works in conjunction with TU’s Science Program. He has earned both his master’s degree and Ph.D. in Ecology from Penn State University, where he developed a passion for brook trout and the streams where they live. With Trout Unlimited, his research has focused on the conservation issues of native brook trout, ranging from restoration from abandoned mine drainage pollution and aquatic organism passage issues to broad-scale conservation planning. The joint meeting is free and open to the public.