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.

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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

Members Night

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Donohoe Center Barn
218 Donohoe Rd, Greensburg, PA 16501
7:00 p.m. Doors open 6:30

Those of you who want to share your seasonal experiences the past year, let Dale Matuza (dmmatuza@comcast.net) (724-327-0826) know prior the meeting and bring your pictures on flash drive, CD or scrapbook. Again, we will have a raffle of donated nature paraphernalia by Chinese auction, so bring lots of money and nature items you no longer need. Raffle tickets will be the usual 25 cents or 5 for a dollar.

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Click for Latrobe, Pennsylvania Forecast

Field Trips for October - December 2015

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

Sun, Oct. 4 Duff Park
Join the Botanical Society of Westmoreland County (BSWC) at 1:30 p.m. at the School Road South parking lot. In Murrysville from Route 22 at the Sheetz gas station, turn south onto School Road, cross the railroad tracks and turn right in a few hundred feet into the parking lot.

Sat. Oct. 10 The Big Sit
Join us for our all day 8th Big Sit bird count from our single location at Keystone S.P. We'd like to have 2-3 people present throughout the day. Call or email Dick (contact info front page in box) when you plan to come and how long you plan to stay so we can arrange some overlap times. Where we usually run into trouble is late afternoon until dusk. Anybody who wants to cook supper there and stay until dusk (about 6:30) is highly welcome.

Sun. Oct. 11 Keystone S.P.
Join the BSWC at the causeway parking lot at 1:30 p.m. for wildflowers.

Thur. Oct. 15 Bear Hollow Park
Meet Tom Moser at 10:00 A.M. to bird and botanize this new location for the club in Murrysville. There should be good foliage color. Directions: At the McDonald's light on Rt 22 in Murrysville, turn north onto Vincent Hall Rd. Go straight through the next traffic light onto Sardis Rd. After 0.1 mile on Sardis Rd, turn left onto Franklintowne Ct, and immediately right after crossing the bridge onto Logan Ferry Rd. At the 4th right, turn right to stay on Logan Ferry Rd, then slightly right after .2 miles onto Gun Club Rd. and into the parking lot on your left at 3751 Gun Club Rd. The trail is across the street. from the ball field.

Fri. Oct. 23 Allegheny Front Hawkwatch
Plan on arriving at the lookout at 10-11:00 a.m. if weather conditions permit. Directions can be found at Allegheny Front Hawk Watch

Sat. Nov. 7 Waterfowl Tour
No leader. Meet at Beaver Run at the Route 380 parking lot at 9:30 a.m. From there we will move to the Loyalhanna Reservoir, Derry Lake and finish at Trout Run with a lunch break at Ruthie's.

Thur. Nov. 12
Member's Night at the Donohoe Center Details on the front page. Directions: Turn north onto Sheraton Dr. from the Rt. 30 traffic light below the overpass to the Westmoreland Mall in Greensburg. Bear right at the 1st intersection onto Donohoe Road, go straight through the next light past WOW Outlets and look for the Donohoe Center sign on your right 0.7 miles north of Rt. 30. 7:00 p.m.

Sun. Nov. 15
Waterfowl Tour Meet in the Jacob's Creek parking lot (Greenlick Reservoir) at 10:00 a.m. We'll move from there to Bridgeport Dam, Acme Reservoir and end at Donegal Lake with lunch at Brady's.

Wed. Nov. 18
Allegheny Front Hawkwatch Plan on arriving around 11 a.m. for the golden eagle season. Directions can be found at Allegheny Front Hawk Watch

Sun. Dec. 6
Old Growth Hemlock Forest Meet Dick Byers at 10 a.m. This virgin forest with 200-300 year old trees is still pretty healthy, but may succumb in the years just ahead to the woolly aldegid. If you've never seen an ancient hemlock stand, see it now before it's too late. Directions: From Sarnelli's Market on Rt. 31, drive east on Route 31 for 9.5 miles and turn right onto Trent Road. Drive about 1,7 miles on Trent Road and turn right into Laurel Hill State Park. Drive straight past the park office, down the hill to the bridge parking lot. If the bridge parking lot is full, turn into the road just past the bridge on the left and drive down to the boat launch parking lot.

Sun. Dec. 27 Bushy Run Christmas Bird Count
Relieve your post-Christmas blues by participation in the annual Audubon bird count. Meet at the Delmont McDonald's at 7:30 a.m. Let Dick know ahead of time you'll be attending so he can get field assignments established and get you on your way as soon as possible. There may be a pre-count meeting to shift circle sectors a bit.

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

For a more interactive online interface:
facebook page: Westmoreland Bird and Nature ClubFind us on this facebook page
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Web page, and photos (unless otherwise noted), by Tim Vechter.

For places to bird in Westmoreland County click here

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