STATE COLLEGE BIRD CLUB
2021 Spring Calendar for Bird Club meetings
and field trips,
and other birding events
Additional details of field trips may be posted to the State
College Bird Club listserv group.
Due to COVID-19, please join us
remotely through the Zoom link which will be available on
the Listserv or by emailing the Bird Club President (see the
main page for how to contact).
Regular Meeting (ONLINE Zoom
Program: Robyn Graboski will present a program titled "Get the
Regular Meeting (ONLINE Zoom
Program: Holly Merker will present a program titled
"Ornitherapy: For Your Mind, Body, and Soul"
March 24, 2021
Regular Meeting (ONLINE Zoom
Program: Eric Zawatski will present a program titled
"Wood Thrush Nest
Survival in Central Pennsylvania Contiguous Forests"
April 28, 2021 (Wednesday)
Regular Meeting (ONLINE Zoom
Program: Nick Bolgiano will present a program titled
"The Linkage of Evening Grosbeaks, Purple Finches, and
Sharp-shinned Hawks to Spruce Budworm Infestations in the
May 26, 2021 (Wednesday)
7:00 p.m. (ONLINE Zoom Meeting)
Our meeting will feature the work of several photogrphers.
Each will share and narrate some of their favorite images from
last year and include mostly birds of Central Pa. Thanks
to Ro Fuller for organizing this special event.
[More details later]
During each meeting, Greg Grove will provide a brief summary
of the noteworthy birds from the last 30 days.
Winter and Spring Field Trips
of the State College Bird Club
March 28,2021 8AM-11:30AM
Bald Eagle State Park
Join Bob Snyder for birding at BESP. Meet at
the Milesburg McDonald's at 8 am (in the back gravel
lot). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will not
double up in cars, but will caravan all the cars to
We will follow Covid-19 guidelines: wear or
bring a mask, keep 6ft distance between individuals
or family groups of birders. Outside, where
social distancing might be harder to maintain,
wearing a mask is recommended.
In addition, please dress according to the predicted
We will leave the McDonald's lot and drive north on
Rte.150 to the entrance of Bald Eagle SP.
Sites we will visit are; the Marina, Swimming
Beach, Winter/Spring boat launch and the Sunken Road
In addition, we may decide to drive to the memorial
overlook on the dam, or take a short walk (via paved
road) to the Hunter Run Cove parking lot from the
parking area for the Shrike Trail near Letterman
We will be looking for waterfowl and other water
birds on the lake and will be watching for early
Saturday April 10, 2021 8AM-10:30AM
Join Susan Smith and Karen Kottlowski for an easy
1.1 mile (one way) walk along gravel roads through
fields edged with forest to Toftrees Pond. We
will wear masks and observe social distancing.
Directions: From Toftrees Ave. turn onto Cricklewood
Dr. Proceed 0.7 miles (past the American Ale
House) to an unpaved road on the left.
From Fox Hill Road, turn onto Cricklewood Ave., then
take your first right turn (0.3 miles) onto the
There is a gate, a sign for State Game Lands, and an
unpaved parking area where we will meet.
Saturday April 17, 2021 8AM-10AM
Bald Eagle SF - Greens Valley Rd
Join Julia Plummer for a beautiful and lush forest
walk on the James Cleveland Trail and surrounding
Bald Eagle State Forest. This eBird hotspot has
recorded over 80 species during spring migration.
Participants will be led through an easy 1.5 mile
trail. Wear your mask, sturdy shoes, and bring
water. No facilities.
Directions: Traveling south on Rt 144 from Pleasant
Gap, turn left onto Greens Valley Road. Travel 3.5
miles to James Cleveland Memorial Trail Head.
This field trip is open to members and non-members
Sunday April 25, 2021 8AM-11AM
Spring Warbler/Water bird Trip to Bald Eagle
Join Bob Snyder to look for waterbirds such as
ducks, grebes, cormorants, loons, geese and
shorebirds at the Swimming Beach, the Winter launch,
the Sunken Road overlook and the Sayer's Dam
We will meet at the Swimming Beach parking lot at 8
am. The activity will run for approximately
3-3.5 hours, depending on weather and of course the
Due to Covid-19 precautions, masks should be worn
where distancing can not be maintained.
We will not double up in cars from the Beach, but
will caravan to each site.
(You should bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer
in case a visit to the primitive rest areas is
Bring your own water and a snack if preferred.
Bring your own binoculars and spotting scope if you
Photographers bring your camera.
Please dress according to the NOAA weather forecast
for Howard (16841).
Wear long pants and hiking boots as we may take a
short walk from the war memorial at the Dam to the
spillway marsh and Hunter's Run Cove to look for
sparrows and migrating warblers. Perhaps we will get
lucky and find an American Bittern at the spillway
We will be on the lookout for Bald Eagle and Osprey
activity around the main park area as well.
If the weather may threaten the trip, I will post to
the listserve a couple of days in advance.
Wednesday May 5, 2021 9AM-10:30AM
Penn State Campus
Join Joe Gyekis at the flagpoles in front of Old
Main for campus birding.
This field trip is open to members and non-members.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 (7:30am - 9:30am)
Search for Cerulean Warblers on the Lower
Trail, Blair County
Please join Nick Bolgiano for a leisurely walk along
a stretch of the Lower Trail in Blair County. The
goal of this trip is to find Cerulean Warblers, in
the core of their Lower Trail habitat. See keystonefund.org/success-story/a-perfect-habitat/
for more information on Nick Bolgiano's search
for Cerulean Warblers. This stretch of the Lower
Trail is also great for Acadian Flycatcher,
Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Wood Thrush,
Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-throated Warbler,
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Baltimore Oriole.
Please meet at the Mt. Etna trailhead parking lot at
Travel West on Route 22 from the intersection of
Route 453 at Water Street. Turn Left on Fox Run Rd
at 3.3 mi (just after the westbound turns to 2
lanes, making this easier if traffic) or Left on
Etna Furnace Rd at 4.6 mile. Continue Right near the
river to reach the Mt. Etna trailhead parking lot.
There is a modern outhouse available.
From the Mt. Etna trailhead parking lot, the group
will walk South along the Lower Trail for 1 to 2
miles out and back.
Birding Events sponsored
by groups other than the Bird Club
Walks at Millbrook
Marsh for Avian Aficionados
Tuesdays, Mar. 23 - Apr. 27
Start your day off right by observing birds that
are migrating to and through the Centre Region. Led by
members of the State College Bird Club, this program
is open to all ages and excellent for beginners.
Physical distancing is highly encouraged; masks are
required when physical distancing is not possible.
Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars. In
the case of heavy rain, the walk that morning will be
canceled. A suggested donation of $5 per participant
is appreciated. Registration not required.
Meet at the large pavilion at the Millbrook
Marsh Nature Center.
are our club volunteer leaders for those walks:
March 23: Doug Wentzel and Joe Gyekis
March 30: Jon Kauffman and Julia Plummer
April 6: Julia and Doug
April 13: Jon and Joe
April 20: Julia and Jon
April 27: Joe and Julia
Wednesday, April 14, 21, 28, May 5 & 12, 2021
Creek Migration Morning Walks
Although the Shaver’s Creek visitor center remains
closed, Migration Morning returns this spring, Wednesdays
at 7:00 a.m. Join Shaver’s Creek
naturalists Doug Wentzel, Joshua Potter, and other
special guests for a leisurely, physically distanced
hike to see and hear the many bird species migrating
through central Pennsylvania. We will identify the
songs, calls, and field marks of species from thrushes
and sparrows, to warblers and hawks. Bring a good pair
of hiking boots, binoculars, any guidebooks you have,
and an inquisitive mind! Migration Morning Bird Walks
are open to birders of all experience levels. Some
binoculars are available to borrow.Thanks to the
sponsorship of Wiscoy for Animals and the generous
support of our membership, this program is free and
open to the public.
In the interests of the health and safety of our
community, we are requiring that all participants register
here. Registration is limited to 25
attendees. In addition to registration, participants
are asked to take their temperature and do a
self-health assessment just prior to joining the
program. All leaders and participants must be masked
during the walk and will seek to maintain a six-foot
distance from each other.
Friday, April 30, 2021, 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, May
1, 7:00 p.m. 2021
The Birding Cup, Shaver’s Creek’s annual fundraising
tournament, is a contest among teams of birders to
identify the most bird species in a twenty-four hour
period in the central Pennsylvania region (Huntingdon,
Centre, and adjoining counties). Click
here for complete information and registration.