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 .