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.

If you would like to participate, please contact Gary Tyson at 570-724-5789 or gnats3@ptd.net. More eyes are always needed, and great birding skill is not a requirement. In fact, if you live within the count circle, you can just count the birds in your backyard or neighborhood. Please join us on January 1.

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.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

October 19 Meeting

Please note that this month's meeting will be on Thursday, and the start time for the program will be 7:00 PM. Licensed wildlife rehabilitator and founder of  Centre Wildlife Care, Robyn Graboski, will be presenting a program on Wildlife Rehabilitation. She has been professionally rehabilitating wildlife since 1988 and oversees the care of over 1500 wild animals per year. She will be bringing some of her wild friends to the program, including an adult Red Tailed Hawk! The program will follow our regular business meeting, which will begin at 6:00. The business meeting and program will take place as usual at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center in Wellsboro across from the Green.  We are hoping everyone will bring a donation item for Robyn to take back with her. To find a list of needed items please click the link and visit her website http://www.centrewildlifecare.org/robyn.html or you can get to it using this link http://www.centrewildlifecare.org/pdfs/WISHLIST.pdf.



Monthly Meeting Time Change

Commencing with our October monthly meeting, all meetings will now start a half hour earlier -- the business meeting will begin at 6:00 PM and the program will begin at 7:00 PM.