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. To contact us, please use the Facebook link below left. (Photo: Scarlet tanager photographed near Hills Creek State Park here in Tioga County)

Friday, December 28, 2018

January 12 Meeting to Feature Scott Weidensaul on Snowy Owls

Scott Weidensaul will be live and in person at the Wellsboro Area High School Auditorium January 12th 2:00 pm. Meet and greet along with book signing to follow his presentation
sponsored by the Tiadaghton Audubon Society -- free and open to the public.

Caught in the SNOWstorm

Five years ago saw the largest invasion of snowy owls into the eastern United States in perhaps a century, providing an unprecedented opportunity to learn more about these mysterious Arctic hunters. Author and researcher Scott Weidensaul will share the story of Project SNOWstorm -- how a huge, collaborative, publicly-funded effort focusing on snowy owls came together in a few frantic weeks and grew into one of the largest snowy-owl research projects in the world; it continues to make discoveries and unexpected insights into the life and ecology of this great white raptor.

Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist "Living on the Wind," about bird migration, "Return to Wild America," and "The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America." His newest book is "The Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean." Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon, a columnist for Bird Watcher's Digest and writes for a variety of other publications; he lives in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, where he studies the migration of owls and hummingbirds. 

Tuesday, November 27, 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, 2019. Over 2,000 individual counts are scheduled to take place throughout the Americas and beyond from December 14, 2018 through January 5, 2019. Tioga County through the Tiadaghton Audubon Society has been represented in the count every year since 1968.

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.

Fox Sparrow (c) Gary Tyson

In Tioga County, the count is conducted in 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.

If you would like to participate, please message us on Facebook or contact us at tasmember@yahoo.com. 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.

Upcoming Events 2019

Tiadaghton Audubon Society Business Meeting: Meets third Wednesday of each month at 6 pm at the Wellsboro Administration Building, Old Music Room. Presentations are listed below and both are open to the public. Please join us were always looking for new members!  Follow the Audubon Meeting signs to guide you to the room. FMI like us on Facebook or contact us at tasmember@yahoo.com

Tiadaghton Audubon Society: January 12, 2019  @ 2pm, Wellsboro Administration Building in the Wellsboro Area High School Auditorium. Presentation by Scott Weidensaul: “Caught in the Snowstorm” a presentation of the migration of Snowy Owl. Meet and greet along with book signing to follow presentation. 

Snow Owl (c) Gary Tyson

Tiadaghton Audubon Society:  February 1, 2019  @ 7pm,  Mansfield University Planetarium. Presentation by Tim Morrey from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: “Dark Skies”.  If weather permit, telescopes will be setup outside afterwards. 

Tiadaghton Audubon Society: March 20, 2019  @ 7 pm, Wellsboro Administration Building in the Old Music Room following the Business Meeting Presentation by Dr. Sean Murphy from Conservation InSight on the endangered Cape Sable Seaside sparrow in the Florida Everglades.

Monday, October 29, 2018

November 14 -- Annual Joint Meeting on Use of PA State Forests Income

Our annual joint meeting with Trout Unlimited and the Pine Creek Headwaters Protection Group will take place on November 14 at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center in Wellsboro. The presentation will be preceded by a social hour at 6:00 pm (with refreshments); the presentation will begin at 7:00 PM.  Please join us for the social hour followed by a brief update on what our groups have been up to. Then our speaker, John Childe, will give his presentation. His topic: should Pennsylvania's State forests be wilderness areas for the benefit of the people or opportunities for the development of commodities such as oil, gas and timber for a few select industries?  Should the revenue derived from our State forests go to Harrisburg to benefit the politicians or should the revenue be put back into the State forests and into the Pennsylvania Wilds?

In adopting Article I Section 27 of our Constitution, Pennsylvanians voted overwhelmingly to protect "the clean air and pure water and to preserve the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of our forests". That is what the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundations is working to make clear in the courts. 

About John Childe: John Childe started his legal career in 1974 as Chief Counsel for Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and afterwards he worked as counsel for the State Bureau of Parks and Forestry. In 1982 he started his own practice in public interest environmental law. He has worked extensively in both Pennsylvania and Florida, where he worked for twenty years on Everglades protection litigation. He returned to Pennsylvania in 2009 specifically to work on challenging the oil and gas leases in our state forests here in the north central region of Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

October 17 Meeting -- History and Trends in Bird Banding

Please join the Tiadaghton Audubon Society on Wednesday, October 17th for a program by Linda D. Ordiway, PhD. Linda is the Regional Wildlife Biologist Mid-Alantic & Southern Appalachian for the Ruffed Grouse Society and a long-time bird bander. Linda will talk about the evolution of banding birds, its importance in monitoring population trends in resident and migratory birds, and its effectiveness as a tool to educate and create awareness about issues surrounding them.

She will also discuss the use of GPS transmitters to target songbird species in the American Woodstock eastern migration study and the important role of hunters in bird and habitat conservation, as well as answer questions about the work she does.

The business meeting will begin at 6 pm followed by the program at 7 pm at the Wellsboro Area School District Building at 227 Nichols Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901 in the Old Music Room, adjacent to the Wellsboro Area high School; follow signs for parking. The business meeting and program are both free and open to the public.

Banded Yellow Warbler by Gary Tyson