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Saw-whet Owl Banding, Oct. 14

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Join us on October 14th at 8pm and get to see this tiny owl! We have caught saw-whets every year except for one, so your chances of seeing one are excellent.

Last year, 28 children and adults joined Northeast PA Audubon at Skytop Lodge to watch Darrel and Jackie Spicher of Pocono Avian Research Center, and helpers capture and band saw-whet owls. We met in a room at Skytop’s skating ring where Darrel told us about what they are doing and about the saw-whet owls. From there Darrel and those who want to accompany him went down to a rhododendron grove to check the mist nets to see if they have caught any saw-whets. Mist nets are fine nets that are about 6 feet high that stretch across an area. They play a recording of the bird they are trying to catch behind the net. Hopefully the bird will be attracted to the recording and fly into the net. On their first trip down to the nets they caught a saw-whet. It was the only owl of the night but everyone was satisfied. They put the owl in a cloth bag to calm it down and then brought the owl up to the room at the skating ring, collected all the data they needed, put a band on one of its legs and then took it outside and released it. The room looked like the president’s press conferences with flashes going off all the time. Almost everybody had a camera or a camera phone. We didn’t catch anymore owls that night even though we kept trying until 11pm. Many people left early but everybody was satisfied.

For more information and to register, please contact Bob at jeanbob@ptd.net.

Workshop: Establishing Golden-winged Warbler Habitat

POSTPONED UNTIL EARLY SPRING 2017

Learn about using timber harvesting to create young forest habitat for wildlife.

In partnership with the Northeast PA Audubon Society, the Northern Tier Hardwood Association (NTHA) is offering this follow-up workshop for forest landowners, loggers, and foresters interested in establishing young forest habitat for the Golden-winged Warbler. Attendees will learn how to use sound silvicultural practices and research-based Golden-winged Warbler Best Management Practices to create nesting habitat for this imperiled species.

The same habitat that benefits Golden-winged Warblers also provides habitat for other young forest dependent wildlife species such as: white-tailed deer, bobcat, ruffed grouse, woodcock, wild turkeys, and many other songbird species.

When? Saturday, September 10, 2016. 9:00-12:30 pm.

Where? We will spend the morning out in the field looking at an ongoing project designed to establish this critical habitat. We will meet at R Ranch, 162 Beaver Run Lane, Lake Ariel, PA 18436.

Cost? $15/non-members, $10/members. Lunch included.

Registration is a must. Register online here or call Sarah at (570) 265-7753.

This course counts for 4 hours (1 year) of PA SFI C.E. Credits.

View the Golden-winged Warbler Habitat Workshop Brochure.

Northeast PA Audubon Society Awards College Scholarship

Northeast PA Audubon Society Awards College Scholarship

From left to right: NEPAS President Sarah Hall-Bagdonas, scholarship winner Rachel Serfilippi, Scholarship Committee Co-chair Christine Weigand.

Each year the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society (NEPAS) presents a $4000 scholarship to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in an environmental field.

Rachel Serfilippi is this year’s scholarship winner. Daughter of Steven and Laurie Serfilippi of Ararat, Rachel is a 2016 graduate of Susquehanna Community High School in Susquehanna, PA and will be attending Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks. She plans to build a customized bachelor’s degree which will include ecology, botany, habitat restoration, wildlife, conservation and surveying (GIS).

The Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society is proud to support the youth of our area through college and camp scholarships. The funding for these scholarships is generated from the Art and Craft Festival held each July in Hawley, PA. This year’s festival will be July 16 and 17 at Wallenpaupack Area High School. For more information visit www.AudubonFestival.com.

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