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.
Find us on a facebook group the fb open group is interactive (unlike this static site), contains recent photographs, wildlife sightings, etc.
Executive Committee - Dick Byers, Tom Pearson, Tom & Billie Moser, Dale Matusa, Tim Vechter, Joe & Arlene Kalinowski Treasurer - Georgia Shalek Secretary - Billie Ann Moser Newsletter Editor - Dick Byers Bird Records - Tom Kuehl Archives Scrapbook - vacant Website and facebook - Tim Vechter
History of club officers
Great Blue Heron colony, April 1 2014. Photos by Tim Vechter.
Great Blue Heron, April 1 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.
Screech Owls, gray and red phase, photos by Dick Byers, 2013.
Fox Sparrow, photo by Dick Byers, 2013.
Harlequin Duck at Keystone State Park, Nov. 19 2008. Reported by Linda Huber & Ken Byerly. Photo by Dick Byers.
Pine Siskin in Latrobe PA, Jan. 21 2009.
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Lake Ethel in Derry, PA Mid December 2007 to last week of April 2008.
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 Hutter's Farm Mammoth-Kecksburg PA May 25 1996||Sedge Wren 3rd Bridge Loyalhanna Creek Latrobe PA June 7 1997|
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
Our speaker will be Bill Powers who builds trail cameras for photographing wildlife. His motion- sensitive digital cameras bring you the Hays Eagle nest every spring. Join us to see and hear his tales and experiences on his last visit to the dark continent. Listen to the tales of wildlife scientists and game wardens who buy his trail cameras and Bill’s own experience photographing the beasts of South Africa, Botswana, and Uganda. Come prepared for an interesting evening.
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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
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:
April 4 2019 - there was a brief ceremony at the County Commissioner's meeting in the Courthouse honoring the publication of the club book written by Dick Byers, with a reading of a proclamation (written by Betsy Aiken of the Westmoreland Land Trust).
The Syrinx, Voicebox of the Westmoreland Bird & Nature Club, Vol. 36 No. 4, Oct - Dec 2017 Syrinx Oct - Dec 2017-2.pdf
Big Sit - all time 2008 to 2010 yr.pdf. The sit takes place at the wetland head of the lake at Keystone State Park in Derry Twp. All sightings are recorded from morning till evening. Big Sit - all time 2 10 yr.pdf
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 SyrinxAprilMay_2015.pdf
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
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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 ABAArchives 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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Georgia Shalek 1481 W Pgh. St. Scottdale PA 15683$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.
Bookmark outings.htm on a mobile device for quick download of scheduled outings. outings.htm is a text only bare bones web page.
Find 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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