Field Trips

MAY

State Game Land 252 Birding Tour (Saturday, May 25th at 1:00 p.m.): Join Mercy Melo, Game Commission Educator, to tour State Game Land 252 – a birder’s paradise of habitat diversity! At this game land, habitat crews manage for grasslands, forests, and early successional habitat while also boasting a great variety of wetlands, ponds and creeks giving birders a great opportunity to see quite a wide variety of birds right here in Lycoming County! Meet at the parking lot just west of the Game Commission Crew Building (41.136313, -76.959345) for a 2-4 mile walk through diverse habitats in the pursuit of great bird diversity! DIRECTIONS: Take Rte. 15 out of South Williamsport to Elimsport Rd (Rt 54). Right onto Elimsport Road for 5.2 miles to Alvira Road. 2 miles to the Game Commission Crew Building. Leader: MERCY MELO. (mmelo@pa.gov).

JUNE

BIRDING for FAMILIES at Canfield Island (Saturday, June 1st at 9:00 a.m.): Kids, moms and dads, grandparents, will take a leisurely easy Saturday morning stroll around Canfield Island where we will enjoy birds settling in for the season, appreciate the diversified landscape, walk through a quiet woodland, and of course view the Susquehanna River for waterfowl. We will stop and chat not only about birds, butterflies, wildflowers but some local history. Directions: Travel east on I-180/USRt.220 taking exit #23 (“Warrensville”), turning right at traffic light, taking the road behind the motel and then, less than a mile park at Riverfront Park pavilion on the left. Leader: LARRY WALTZ (LNRWaltz@aol.com).

SUGAR VALLEY for Purple Martins (Saturday, June 8 at 8:00 a.m.): Meet at the Williamsport River Walk parking lot by the dam to carpool to an Amish farm, joining this family which has had unusual success in having Martins return each year to their four ‘condominiums.’ (12 individual nest spaces in each!). Leader: MIKE KURIGA (michaelkuriga@comcast.net).

JUNETEENTH Brandon Park (Saturday, June 15th-Sat-11a): As we did last year, Lycoming Audubon will have an informational table at the annual Juneteenth Celebration in Brandon Park. Volunteers are welcome to help us connect with the public and answer questions about birds and LAS. This event is a chance for LAS to engage with folks in-town than our other tabling events in rural parks. Birds are everywhere! Come out and join us at this very enjoyable event celebrating African American heritage and culture. Or simply stop by and say HI.