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Saw-whet Owl Banding, Oct. 27th

Saw-whet Owl

Join Northeast PA Audubon on Friday, October 27 at 8pm in watching Darryl and Jackie Speicher of Pocono Avian Research Center as they capture, measure, examine and release saw-whet owls. They capture them in mist nest which are fine nets that are stretched across an area. They put a recorder on one side of the net and when we are lucky , the owls fly into the net where Darryl retrieves them. This will be a special treat if you have never seen these little owls, as they are only eight inches tall.

We have been joining Pocono Avian Research Center to observe this owl banding for several years and 2009 was our best year as they caught and banded nine saw-whets that night. Nine adults and children had the opportunity to hold and release these little owls. The year before they captured only one but they have caught at least one owl nearly every year we have attended including 2010.

We schedule this on a Friday night so children can attend, as they don’t have school the next day. We hope you will bring your children as we hope this kind of event will expand their interest in nature. Our children are the future stewards so hopefully they will grow up wanting to protect life on this planet.

This is an exciting event for both children and adults so come and join us.

Call Bob at 570-676-9969 or email him at jeanbob@ptd.net for reservations and details.

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Trees and Me, Oct. 10th

Fall is in the air – and there is no better time to learn about trees! Our forests are peaking with beautiful colors.

Join us on October 10th, 2015 from 12:30-2pm at the Wayne County Public Library, 1406 North Main Street, Honesdale, PA as we get up close and personal with the trees around us – to learn why they are so important to us and to the animals that live among us.

We’ll explore outside, play a game, and create a forest craft to take home.

Families are encouraged to attend. Children over 8 can attend on their own.

Led by Sarah Hall Bagdonas.

For information, please call: (570) 253-1220

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Bird Walk at Florence Shelly Preserve
Sat. May 16th

Florence Shelly Preserve (Photo: Nature Conservancy)

Join David Trently on a search for birds, and other wildlife, through the woodlands and wetlands of the Florence Shelly Preserve, a Nature Conservancy property one mile north of the borough of Thompson, on Route 171, in rural Susquehanna County. Meet at the Stack Road entrance to the preserve by 8:00 a.m. For directions and more information about the Preserve, please see the following website: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/pennsylvania/placesweprotect/florence-shelly-preserve.xml

The walk is open to all – young and old, regardless of wildlife viewing experience – and will involve relatively easy, slow-paced walking of a little more than a mile along the trails. A portion of the walk will be uphill, but it is along a gentle slope. Binoculars and cameras are recommended, and you should bring water along as well.

At this time of year, most of the nesting species should be actively maintaining their nests, so there should be plenty of birds to see and hear. Some of the species we will be looking for include Black-capped Chickadee, Alder Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Veery, Hermit Thrush, Gray Catbird, Swamp Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Bobolink and Purple Finch. In addition, there are several species of warblers (small songbirds that are a real treat for birders to watch) that nest here, including Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Blue-winged Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Canada Warbler. As we walk the trails, there is always a good chance we could see Ruffed Grouse, as well as White-tailed Deer.

During the walk, David will also point out other interesting wildlife, like butterflies, dragonflies and wildflowers.

Here are just a few of the many colorful birds we may see!

Cape May Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Rose-breasted Grosbeak