Field Trips

ROSE VALLEY LAKE SOJOURN (4Jun22-Sat-8a): Meet LAS birders at the south boat launch of the lake. We will be looking for a wide variety of waterfowl, field species and raptors. If you have a spotting scope, bring it. We will also take time to ID land birds. The group will slowly drive counterclockwise around the lake using lay-bys for additional viewing and finishing at the north boat launch. This is an easy-walk-and-ride event. Directions: take Rose Valley Rd. north out of Balls Mills for six miles. Leaders: BOBBY AND DEB BROWN bobbybrown1011@gmail.com. or psp501@aol.com

MUNCY HERITAGE PARK (11Jun22-Sat-8a):  We’ll stroll around this charming little historical park birding the tree lines, pond, wooded wetlands and the nearby Susquehanna River. There is the possibility of a JVB library group joining us at 10a, so some of you might hang around to introduce yourselves, if you are able.  Directions:  exit I-180 to Muncy (Water Street), left at traffic light onto Main Street and travel (south) 7-8 blocks and alleys to Pepper Street.  Turn right (west) and go all the way to the Susquehanna River and Muncy Heritage Park.  Leader:  LARRY WALTZ LNRWaltz@aol.com.

RIDER PARK AND CONSERVATION TRAILS(Jun/Jul-Tue/Wed): Bruce Buckle and Fred Stiner will be monitoring the Bluebird boxes and birding at the County Conservation Learning Trail at the Loyalsock View Complex nearly every Tuesday, and at Rider Park nearly every Wed, at 7:45 am in June and July (or 7:15 when the weather gets hot). You are invited to
join them. Anyone interested should contact me by email, so that I can let those interested know when the schedule changes for whatever reason. Facilitator: BRUCE BUCKLE (bcbuckle60@gmail.com). 

BREEDING BIRDS BLITZ – PSO (17-20 June): 2nd Annual Breeding Bird Blitz for Conservation. Wayne Laubscher (wnlaubscher@comcast.net) has made us aware that the BBB, of the Pa. Society for Ornithology, will take place from June 17-20, 2022, and will support three important bird conservation pro- jects across the state. Teams of two or more birders dedicate one or more days during the event to finding as many birds as possible within a chosen county or region. They invite their friends to support their effort with a donation and engage in friendly competition with teams across the state.

Forming a team. To register, a team captain only needs to fill out a quick form and provide an email address at www.breedingbirdblitz.org>. There are 10 teams already registered, but plenty of time for you to form a team, devise a plan, and join the Blitz by birding and raising funds. The rules and information about the projects being supported this year are also described on the website. There are special categories for youth teams and teams using only non-motorized transportation. More Info: DAN BRAUNING (dan@thebraunings.com).

ROSE VALLEY LAKE LATE SUMMER (either 20 or 27 Aug-Sat-8a): Always something to hear and see. Meet LAS birders at the south boat launch of the lake. We will be looking for a wide variety of waterfowl, field species and raptors. If you have a spotting scope,bring it. We will also take time to ID land birds. The group will slowly drive counter-clockwise around the lake using lay-bys for additional viewing and finishing at the north boat launch. This is an easy-walk-and-ride event. Directions: take Rose Valley Rd. north out of Balls Mills for six miles. Watch for date confirmation. Leaders: BOBBY AND DEB BROWN bobbybrown1011@gmail.com or psp501@aol.com.

CHIMNEY SWIFTS IN JERSEY SHORE (either 4 or 11 Sep-Sun eve): Monitoring bird activity, we will let you know when and where we meet. Doc notes that last year there was a late summer/early fall roofing project underway that displaced the chimney swifts. With no roofing projects planned at the Bethany Lutheran Church, Broad Street, in 2022, we’re hoping they’ll be back using the same chimney! Who knows, we might include pizza together at Santino’s before the early evening observation event. But, the rest of us, look for CHSWs in your neighborhood. Don’t forget to check out LAS’s Swift tower at Waterdale. Let us know what you find. Leaders: CLAIR THOMPSON (“Doc”) and LARRY WALTZ docpawsitive@gmail.com or LNRWaltz@aol.com.

BUTTERFLY WALK (a Sunday 2:30 to 4:30p late Aug/early Sep) at ROBERT PORTER ALLEN NATURAL AREA. Watch for confirming dates. Preserving 227 acres of grasslands, a beautiful wet- land and the riparian forests of an historic farm, strategically placed between Bald Eagle mountain and the Susquehanna, this site, known by many as “Sylvan Dell” area is just east of Little League Stadium. Directions: from Rte. 15 (south Market Street) follow E. Central Ave to its intersection with E. Mountain Ave. (Little League stadium). Turn left and follow E. Mountain Ave to the parking area at the end of the road. Look for Lycoming Audubon signs. Leaders: ERIC HARTSHAW and NANCY HORNBERGER hartshaw4@gmail.com or nahornberger@gmail.com.