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

WBNC
Birding and nature observation
in Westmoreland County
southwestern Pennsylvania


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WCBC

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.

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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


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Club Meeting

No meetings are currently scheduled.



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Field Trips for Winter of 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

January & February Impromptu Eagle Gathering Outing
Tim Vechter, in recent years, has noted an over wintering Bald Eagle gathering at the Loyalhanna Dam. In the event that happens again this year in good weather, watch for the announcement of an outing to see the eagles on both the club email list and Facebook. Details on where and what time to meet the following day will appear there.

Sun. Jan. 18: Winter Ecology at Keystone S.P.
Meet Tom Pearson at the causeway parking lot at 10:00 a.m. for animal tracks, winter weeds, birds, trees, etc. Call (724-961-2219) ahead if weather conditions make driving to the park hazardous.

Fri-Mon. Feb. 13-16 Great Backyard Bird Count.
Submit your data online for any number of days. Count only the maximum number seen at any one time. Add the local neighborhood to your list.

March 14 -20 Impromptu Waterfowl Watch
Stay tuned to the Internet. If we get a fallout any time this week inside the county, or nearby impoundments such as Greenlick, Somerset or Quamahoning, we'll organize an impromptu outing the next day to the location. Those without email we'll have to contact by phone. We'll meet at the fallout reservoir, bird it, and plan where to go from there.

Sun. Mar. 22 Rock Hollow Run in the Loyalhanna Gorge
Meet Dick Byers and Tim Vechter at the Longbridge Station parking lot along Darlington Road, just off route 30 before crossing the bridge on the left side at 10:30 a.m. We'll carpool from there, if necessary to Rock Hollow. This is an uphill walk and treacherous downhill descent along Rock Hollow Run that will test your agility. Wear good hiking boots and bring a strong walking stick. It is a beautiful mountain stream (though strewn with discarded truck tires) with impressive rock outcrops at the headwaters. Bring water and snack food. Outing cancelled if the hollow is snow covered. Snow will make both the ascent and descent too slippery. If in doubt call 724-593-3543 or 724-216-8218. It's a tough walk, but one of the most scenic places in the Loyalhanna Gorge. Note: the outing date of Mar. 18 as stated in the Newsletter is incorrect.

Sun. Apr 19 Westmoreland Earth Day 2015
11AM - 4PM, Fred Rogers Center, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA.
Westmoreland Earth Day


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. 33 No. 1, Jan. –Mar. 2014
SyrinxJan-Mar2014-C.pdf

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
facebook group: Westmoreland Bird and Nature ClubFind us as this facebook group


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

For places to bird in Westmoreland County click here

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