Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hometown Science Festival

The first annual Hometown Science Festival will be held on the Green in Wellsboro August 12th from 10am to 4pm. This free event will feature hands-on science activities, demonstrations and programs for families. Pre-registration is not required. The Tiadaghton Audubon Society will offer scheduled bird walks throughout the day as well as owl pellet dissection and bird box construction. If you are interested in assisting TAS members with activities please let me know and we can get you on the contact list. The Hometown Science Festival and Series will also be holding a Visual Art Exhibit and Contest. The contest theme is "Science in our Daily Lives" and will be open to all age groups. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Feel free to distribute the Festival and Art Contest information to your friends and families.

If you are interested in helping with the Festival in a different capacity, we may need volunteers to assist other organizations with their activities. We are also still seeking participants for additional demonstrations, activities and programs. Fields such as technology, energy, health, chemistry and physics are encouraged.

The Hometown Science Series and Festival is a cooperative effort between the USGS Northern Appalachian Branch of the Leetown Science Center and the Tioga County Conservation District. This event would not be possible without the participation of local organizations such as the Tiadaghton Audubon Society! Feel free to contact me with any questions, thanks!

Friday, June 16, 2017

TAS Summer Picnic

The Tiadaghton Audubon Society would like to invite you, your family, and friends to our first annual chapter-wide picnic.

When:  August 19 at 12;00 PM

Where: Stephenhouse Pavilion on 710 Ives Run Lane in the Ives Run Recreation Area (Hammond Lake).

Please RSVP to tasmember@yahoo.com by July 29. When you RSVP please let me know how many are coming, and if you plan to bring a dish what you will be bringing.

This event will be a great opportunity to network with fellow birders and find out what chapter events are coming up.

Please bring a dish to pass.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April 19 Meeting

"Spring Wildflowers; What to look for when birding"

Join the Tiadaghton Audubon Society on Wednesday, April 19th at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center for this month's program "Spring Wildflowers; What to look for when birding" presented by Chris Firestone. Chris is a botanist with DCNR Bureau of Forestry.  She advocates  native plant conservation and management, threatened and endangered plant species conservation, and invasive plant species management. Additionally, she is the ginseng coordinator for the state. The business meeting will begin at 6:30 followed by the program at 7:30. Visit us on Facebook to learn more about your local Audubon chapter.  

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

More Birding Opportunities

Like birds? Enjoy company on the trails? Rich Hanlon, a member of the Tiadaghton Audubon Society, will be leading a weekly bird walk at Woodland Park in Wellsboro on Thursdays 7:30-8:30 am now through the end of May! Meet at the Upper Pavilion.

John Corcoran, TAS co-president will lead a walk along the Pine Creek Rail Trail in the Straight Run area, including the Marsh-Creek oxbow on his property, on Sunday April 23. Participants should meet in the parking lot of the Northern Appalachian Research Lab (the fish lab in Asaph) around 8 AM. The walk will follow parts of the rail trail and pass through damp creek-side habitats favored by songbirds and wildflowers. Proper foot gear and insect repellent is recommended. Subdued clothing will help ensure closer views of shy water birds and any warblers present. We may make a side trip up Straight Run on state land if there is enough interest to look for Louisiana Waterthrushes.  Even though this is a bit early for the flower peak, participants may be able to apply information learned from Chris Firestone’s talk during the 19-April meeting and return later on their own later as more wildflowers bloom. John has a much sought after large member of the lily family gracing his property and will be pointing out the developing 2-3-foot sprouts!!

Hopefully the weather will be good on April 23, but a repeat or ‘rain date’ is possible the following Sunday, April 30 .

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hills Creek State Park Bird Walks

Our annual spring bird walks at Hills Creek State Park will resume Saturday April 1 at 8:00 AM and continue every Saturday morning through April and May. Participants should meet at at the park office. There should be a good variety of  waterfowl on the lake through the next couple of weeks, and as the trees and shrubs leaf out, large numbers of land migrants will begin to be seen, including ovenbirds, common yellowthroats, pine, palm, black-throated green, black-and-white, and yellow warblers, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and even hummingbirds. Bald eagles are present, and ospreys are returning to the area, and we can expect to see them regularly. As spring progresses, more migratory land birds will arrive, their numbers increasing through May. There are no fees, and birders of all levels or anyone just interested in birds are welcome to attend. No prior notification is required. Just show up. Please bring binoculars and wear sturdy shoes and subdued clothing.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Tioga/Potter County Big Day Competition

 Do you enjoy outdoor adventures, watching wildlife, and especially identifying birds? Saturday May 13th, the Tiadaghton Audubon Society will be hosting a Big Day Birding event in which teams of 4-10 people will be trying to locate as many different species of birds as possible within Tioga and Potter Counties in a 24 hour period. A lunch is to follow at 12:30 pm on Sunday May 14th at The Burning Barrel restaurant in Ansonia (cost not covered by TAS). In the middle of the spring migration, when hundreds of species will be moving through our area, this is an event that the outdoor enthusiast will not want to miss! From beginner to expert, this is event is for you! If you would like to participate, please contact project coordinator Rich Hanlon (email) or at 412-992-6648 to start or sign up for a team.

TAS Big Day Event Instructions

Date: Saturday May 13th midnight to midnight. Lunch to follow on Sunday May 14, 12:30 pm at The Burning Barrel, 5440 Route 6, Wellsboro (Ansonia), PA (cost of lunch not covered by TAS).
Boundaries: Area for the Tiadaghton Audubon Society Big Day will include but not exceed the borders of Tioga and Potter counties.

 -at least 4 and not more than 10 people on each team.
 -each team has a team leader who is proficient at bird ID and knows the area.
 -the team leader is responsible for putting together her or his team.
 -everyone who wants to be included in this event will be able to be part of a team.
 -all are welcome regardless of proficiency of or experience in bird identification.

Listing species:
 -At least 80% of a team’s recorded species must have been located by all team members.
 -ABA recording rules apply:  http://listing.aba.org/aba-recording-rules/
 -Identification is on the honor system.

Sponsorships: Each team is responsible for finding their own sponsors. Sponsors will be people who would like to donate “x” amount of money per species located by the team which they are sponsoring. Funds raised will be donated to the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Prize for the winning team: TBD.

All participants are invited to lunch at their own cost at 12:30pm on Sunday May 14 at The Burning Barrel. A representative from each team should bring a paper copy of their team’s results which displays the total number of species and the name of every species that was recorded.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March Meeting -- Birding by Ear -- Rescheduled to March 22nd

Please join the Tiadaghton Audubon society on Wednesday March 22nd at 7:30 PM
at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center in Wellsboro for a program on Birding by Ear, to be presented by chapter member Rich Hanlon. Rich has led educational programs since 2010 and has amassed an impressive knowledge of bird identification, including songs and calls, from his life long passion for the natural world. Rich will guide the audience through bird vocalizations and offer tips for the field. There will also be a business meeting (open to the public), which will begin at 6:30, followed by the program at 7:30. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

February 15 Meeting

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 15, at the Gmeiner Arts and Cultural Center, 134 Main Street, in Wellsboro. It will begin with a business meeting at 6:30 pm, followed by the program at 7:30. This month's program, National Park Marathon ,will be given by chapter member, Ann Vayansky, and will feature highlights from a trip she took through Colorado and Utah. Beginning at Rocky Mountain National Park, and winding through several parks in Utah and Arizona, the presentation will focus on the varied landscapes of our western parks. The public is welcome to attend one or both segments of the meeting. Please visit us on Facebook to learn more about our local Audubon Society!