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 - Tim Vechter

History of club officers

Great Blue Heronry, 2014     Great Blue Heronry, 2014
Great Blue Heron colony, April 1 2014.

Great Blue Heronry     Great Blue Heronry, 2014
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

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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

Speaker: Kirsi Jansa (Gas Rush Stories)

Thur. May 1, 2014
Donohoe Center Barn 7:00 p.m. Doors open 6:30

Kirsi Jansa is an independent film maker and photo journalist working on a series of short documentaries about natural gas drilling and the impact it is having on people's lives and the environment. She presents the stories from several perspectives covering both the gas industries views and the people dealing with the fracking industry. The gas fracking industry will dominate Pennsylvania for the next 50 years. This is just the beginning. Come and listen to a journalist who has been in the thick of it since the start and see all sides of the story.
Directions to the Donohoe Center Barn: 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 and look for the Donohoe Center sign on your right 0.7 miles north of Rt. 30; 216 and 218 Donohoe Road.

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Field Trips for Spring of 2014

Cancellation Policy: In the event of inclement weather, please call the field trip leader in advance to confirm if the outing is on or cancelled. 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. April 6 Cedar Creek Park
Meet Mark Bowers at 1:00 p.m. for a wildflower walk. Directions: 1-70 from New Stanton to Exit 46B (route 51 North). Follow Rt. 51 N to the first traffic light (0.25 mile). Not far from the light look for the sign to Cedar Creek park and turn right onto Port Royal Road. Follow Port Royal Rd. past Timm's Lane and turn left at the next road (McKee Drive). Follow McKee all the way down the hill to the bike trail. Turn left and follow the bike trail to the last parking lot where we will meet.
Newcomers to Cedar Creek Park, please use these directions.
From New Stanton, travel I-70 west to exit 46B and continue north on PA 51 for a very short distance to a traffic light for Concord Ln (gas station and Burger King on right) and turn right. Bear right at fork and then turn right onto Municipal Dr. Continue about 0.6 mile past Timmís Lane, and turn left into the main entrance to Cedar Creek Park. Follow this road downhill, cross the bike trail, and turn left to continue through a series of parking lots until you reach the farthest parking lot, near the Gorge Trail.

Sat. April 12 Keystone State Park Woodcock Stalk
Meet at pavilion # 2 parking lot at 6:45 to caravan to the courtship grounds.

Sun. April 13 Pine Ridge Park
Directions for this Westmoreland Botanical Soc. outing: Follow Route 22 past Blairsville and take the Indiana Exit (Rt. 119). At the end of the ramp, turn left, travel 250 feet and turn left again. Just past the Chestnut Ridge Inn, keep left and follow the signs to the park. Turn right into the park and go to the last parking area at 1:30 p.m.

Sat. April 19 Duff Park Wildflower Walk
Meet Loree Speedy in the main parking area to carpool to Round Top Road at 1 pm.

Sat. April 26 Townsend Park Bird Walk
Join Karen Jackson at 8 a.m. in the upper parking lot. This park has steep terrain. Call for directions.

Sun. April 27 Earth Day at Saint Vincent College
Drop in to see the club display anytime between 11 and 3:30 p.m. Contact Rose Tillmann if you'd like to help out and man the table.

Thur. May 1 Club Meeting
Details above.

Sat. May 3 Northmoreland Park
Join Denny McCarthy for a bird/general nature walk at 9:00 a.m. Directions: Drive north from Delmont on Rt. 66. At the Y on 66 North, bear left onto Rt. 356. Proceed 1.8 miles and turn left onto Pine Run Road. Drive 0.6 miles and turn right onto Markle Road. Proceed 1.0 miles and turn left into the Northmoreland Lake parking lot.

Sun. May 4 Kimberly Run Natural Area
For spring warblers and wildflowers. Meet Dick Byers at the 2nd parking area at Donegal Lake at 8:00 a.m. We will carpool to the small parking lot of this natural area just south of Somerset. The area provides a stand of hemlock untouched since the late 1800's and should be good for a variety of hemlock warblers. There's also fields and hardwood forests. The terrain is relatively level with slight grades.

Sat. May 10 Pennsylvania Annual Migration Count
Contact Dick Byers (front page) for an assignment or suggest an area anywhere in the county you'd like to bird. Checklists can be downloaded from the PAMC website or emailed or snail-mailed to you by Dick

Sat. May 17 Westmoreland Heritage Trail for warblers.
Meet Ken Byerly at the Delmont McDonalds a half mile west of the 22/66 cioverleaf at 8:00 a.m.

Sat. May 31 Annual Evening Vespers Outing
Meet at the Darlington Inn Buffet for dinner at 5:00 pm. RSVP Karen Jackson (724-668-7421) by Wednesday May 28 before our annual trip to Spruce Flats Bog on Laurel Summit to hear the thrushes sing.

Sat. June 7 PV Park Nature Walk
Meet Tom Pearson in the main parking lot at 9 a.m.

Sat. June 14 Blair Brothers Trail
For a general nature hike. Meet at the 2nd parking lot at Donegal Lake at 9:00 a.m. to caravan. Bring insect repellent. We can operate a shuttle between Jones Mills and Hunters Lane.

Sun. June 22 Fish Run Trail
Meet in the Adams Falls parking lot of Linn Run State Park at 9:00 a.m. We'll car shuttle and hike the trail downhill to this parking lot.

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.

Samples of recent newsletter and Christmas Bird Count results:

The Syrinx, Voicebox of the Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club, Vol. 33 No. 1, Jan. ĖMar. 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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Web page, and photos (unless otherwise noted), by Tim Vechter.

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