WBNC Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club, southwestern Pennsylvania
Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club

Birding and nature observation
in Westmoreland County
southwestern Pennsylvania

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Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club

The Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club is a natural history organization serving Westmoreland County and surrounding areas. The WBNC is primarily an outdoor club averaging about 30 field trips a year for birds, butterflies, flowering plants, dragonflies and damselflies, trees and general ecology. Outings can be hiking, canoeing or cycling in nature. Sometimes impromptu field trips are organized over the internet. In addition, members participate in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and the Pennsylvania Annual Migration Count in early May. Field trips are sometimes held in conjunction with the Botanical Society of Westmoreland County (BSWC), and the Three Rivers Birding Club (3RBC). Several members also belong to the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club. There are three general membership meetings a year including a summer picnic. All meetings are held in the Barn at the Donohoe Center, 218 Donohoe Road, Greensburg. The 10-18 page newsletter entitled The Syrinx is published four times a year summarizing past field trips, upcoming events, natural history information, and recent bird sightings. The Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club (formerly Westmoreland County Bird Club) formed on Feb 26, 1981 to promote interest in birds and conservation and to provide field trips in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The first newsletter, Vol. 1 No. 1, was for March 1981. In that newsletter five field trips were scheduled. Seven people were listed as paid charter members.

Club Membership: $7 individual/family. Paid memberships currently stand at 217. All Membership Dues are due in January, unless you joined after September 1st. See Join for details.

facebook group: Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club Find us on a facebook group the fb group is interactive and contains many recent photographs.

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Current officers of the club

Executive Committee - Dick Byers, Tom Pearson, Tom & Billie Moser, Dale Matusa, Joe & Arlene Kalinowski, Rose Tillman, Len & Linda Hess
Secretary/Treasurer - Rose Tillmann
Newsletter Editor - Dick Byers
Bird Records - Karen Jackson
Archives Scrapbook - vacant
Website and facebook - Tim Vechter

History of club officers

Great Blue Heronry, 2014     Great Blue Heronry, 2014
Great Blue Heron colony, April 1 2014. Photos by Tim Vechter.

Great Blue Heronry     Great Blue Heronry, 2014

Great Blue Heronry
Great Blue Heron, April 1 2014.

Black-crowned Night-Heron, 2014     Black-crowned Night-Heron, 2014
Black-crowned Night-Heron at Loyalhanna Creek downtown Latrobe, by the Rt981 (Lloyd Ave) bridge, March 27 2014.
"In Pennsylvania, the black-crowned night-heron is listed as state endangered and protected under the Game and Wildlife Code." Photos by Tim Vechter, 2014.

Gray Screech Owl, 2013     Red`Screech Owl, 2013
Screech Owls, gray and red phase, photos by Dick Byers, 2013.

Fox Sparrow, 2013
Fox Sparrow, photo by Dick Byers, 2013.

Harlequin Duck - Keystone State Park, Nov. 19 2008
Harlequin Duck at Keystone State Park, Nov. 19 2008.
Reported by Linda Huber & Ken Byerly.
Photo by Dick Byers.

Pine Siskin - Latrobe PA - 21.Jan.2009
Pine Siskin in Latrobe PA, Jan. 21 2009.

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Sandhill Crane

Lake Ethel in Derry, PA
Mid December 2007 to last week of April 2008.

Sandhill Crane Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane Sandhill Crane Sandhill Crane

More Sandhill Crane info is at wikipedia || Middle Creek || Platte River Nebraska || Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge || International Crane Foundation

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Upland Sandpiper Upland Sandpiper
Hutter's Farm
Mammoth-Kecksburg PA
May 25 1996
Sedge Wren
3rd Bridge
Loyalhanna Creek
Latrobe PA
June 7 1997
Sedge Wren

Both species are listed as threatened in Pennsylvania by the PA Department of Natural Resources. A threatened species may become endangered within the foreseeable future throughout their range in PA. An endangered species is in danger of extirpation throughout their range in PA.
Endangered & Threatened Species of Pennsylvania: PA Game Commission (Animals, Birds) || DCNR (Plants) || Fish & Boat Commission (Fishes, Turtles, Snakes, Lizards)

Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania


Club Meeting

All Saints Brewery in Greensburg

Wednesday June 15 2016
4:00 p.m.

No joke. We had to cancel the annual April membership meeting due to the Donohoe barn being renovated and moving the date to a Friday night. This meeting at the brewery replaces our April meeting to comply with the club bylaws. It's a combination meeting-social gathering for our members with an opportunity to talk about club events and policies. Members of the Executive Committee will be there to listen and note concerns. Besides serving line crafted beer, the brewery also has non-alcoholic beverages and sandwiches. You can come at 4 p.m. or anytime afterwards and stay as long as you want.

We'd like to get your opinion on a number of items and listen to any suggestions or concerns you might have about club policies and events. This is our 35th year of operation and we are all aging and finding some of the outings a bit more strenuous. It is getting harder to find field trip leaders. On page 5 you'll find a list of things for your consideration and anything else you might like to add.

The Executive Committee

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Click for Latrobe, Pennsylvania Forecast

Field Trips for April to June 2016

Cancellation Policy: In the event of inclement weather, please call the field trip leader in advance to confirm if the outing is on or canceled. The leaders have the right to cancel. Please check weather reports and road conditions. If there's any question, please call the leaders for confirmation. Car pooling is a good idea. Field trips are free and open to the public.

Weather for Latrobe (weather.com) || Weather for Westmoreland County || Weather(underground) for PA

Thur. Apr. 14 Spring Hawk Watch
Meet at the Allegheny Front lookout at 10-11:00 a.m.

Tues. Apr. 19 Harrison Hills for early warblers.
Meet Glen Davis at the Environmental Center at 8:00 a.m. Take Rt. 66 N & Rt. 356 from Delmont to the bridge across the Allegheny & rum left onto Freeport Road. Continue on Freeport Rd. until you see the park entrance on your left. Follow signs to the Env. Ct.

Sat. Apr. 23 Earth Day (Outdoor Ventures)
at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve in Latrobe. 1 to 6 p.m. WBNC will have a booth inside the building.

Sat. May 7 Indian Creek Gorge
Mountain Watershed wildflower walk led by Lisa Smith. Take 381 S from Donegal. After crossing the Mill Creek Reservoir bridge, look for the Camp Christian sign on your right. Turn down that road and bear right at the "Y" to the parking lot at 9:00 A.M.

Sun. May 8 Duff Park Bird walk
Meet Mark Bowers in the School Road South parking lot at 8:00 A.M. Duff Park is on School Road South 200 yards south of Route 22 at the Sheetz light in Murrysville.

Sat. May 14 Pennsylvania Annual Spring Migration Count
This is a go on your own count. Let Dick know what areas you'd like to have. Remember this count is county wide. Anybody in Westmoreland County can do a feeder watch. Email or snail mail your reports to me , contact info on page 1. Download a report sheet from www.pabirds.org/PAMC/tndex.html or call Dick for a hard copy if you don't have a computer.

Tues. May 17 PV Park-Roundtop Rd
Meet in PV park at 9:00 a.m. for a hike through the new corridor connecting PV and Duff Park. Leader Bill Davis. Directions: From the McDonald's light in Murrysville, rum south onto Trafford Rd. Cross over the bridge and railroad tracks, then bear left onto Pleasant Valley Road. Continue on this road for 1.2 miles and rum left into the parking lot.

Sat. May 28 Evening Vespers
Enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow birders at the Darlington Inn for our annual Hungarian dinner at 5:30 p.m. and thrush music afterwards at Spruce Flats Bog. RSVP Karen Jackson by Thurs. May 26. Directions: Following Rt. 30 east from Latrobe, bear right onto Darlington Road (2043) just before you cross Longbridge. In about a mile you'll see the restaurant on your right and the parking lot on your left.

Sat. June 4 PV Park general nature walk
Join Tom Pearson in the Pleasant Valley Road parking lot at 9:30 a.m. See directions above.

Sun. June 12 Laurel Ridge Trail
from Zufall & Marshal Trail Intersection to the Turnpike Bridge for wildflowers, breeding birds, trees, ferns, bugs, snakes, etc. Meet Tim Vechter at 9:00 a.m. at the Spruce Flats parking lot at the top of Linn Run Road.

Wed. June 15 All Saints Brewery
Meeting Join us at 4 p.m. or later and stay as long as you like to discuss club functions. See the Beer Hall Discussion List elsewhere in this newsletter. The All Saints Brewing Company is at the southwest corner of the intersection where Roseytown Road runs into Route 119 just east of Lynch Field. There is a traffic light at this T-intersection. Enter on the right side of the building.

Note: for the email addresses replace "_AT_" with "@", and "_DOT_ with ".", without the quotes. This is done to help foil spamming programs.

Bookmark outings.htm on a mobile device for quick download of scheduled outings for a text only listing of outings.

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Samples of recent newsletter and Christmas Bird Count results:

The Syrinx, Voicebox of the Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club, Vol. 34 No. 3, July - September 2015
SyrinxJulySep 2015 B.pdf

The Syrinx, Voicebox of the Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club, Vol. 34 No. 2, April - June 2015

The Syrinx, Voicebox of the Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club, Vol. 33 No. 1, Jan. –Mar. 2014

40th BUSHY RUN S.P. CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 2013 (114th) [Can open in Wordpad]
BushyRun 2013 Syrinx.doc

Click for Syrinx Newsletter          Click for Syrinx Newsletter

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Links to other web sites about nature and birds seen locally. These links can become inactive at any time.

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Photos by Mark McConaughy:

Pine Siskin, White-winged Crossbill at Bushy Run Battlefield, Westmoreland Co., Feb. 2009

WBNC outing to West Lebanon, Indiana County, Feb. 24 2008.

Common Redpolls at Bushy Run Battlefield Park

Sandhill Crane at Derry Lake, Dec. 31 2007.

Herring Gull Nest in Armstrong County, 29 May 2005.

Short-billed Dowitcher at Mammoth Wetlands and Mammoth Lake, Sat. May 14 2005.

Hays Bald Eagle Cam in Pittsburgh || University of Pittsburgh Falcon Cam || Pittsburgh Gulf Tower Falcon Cam || Osprey Cam southeast PA

Westmoreland Botanical Society

Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club

Three Rivers Birding Club

Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh

Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Birding News at ABA || Birding mailing lists at ABA

Archives of PABIRDS@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG, Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania, Login required. || To subscribe or unsubscribe to the PABIRDS discussion list

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To join Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club

Please send check or money order, made out to Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club to:
Rose Tillmann
PO Box 188
New Derry PA 15671
$7 individual/family. $20 supporting membership.
Include your name and address for the mailing list. Phone number, Email address, etc., is optional.

All Membership Dues are due in January, unless you joined after September 1st.
You can print and use an online application form by Clicking here.

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previous club patch

WBNC Bumper Sticker

Bookmark outings.htm on a mobile device for quick download of scheduled outings. outings.htm is a text only bare bones web page.

facebook group: Westmoreland Bird and Nature ClubFind us on this facebook group for a more interactive online interface, recent sightings and photographs.

Web page, and photos (unless otherwise noted), by Tim Vechter.

For places to bird in Westmoreland County click here

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