Dick Nugent led the traditional New Year’s Day BSWP/Wissahickon hike at North Park. Skies were clear, temps in the low 30’s with gusty winds. We practiced identifying “winter weeds” along Irwin Road and then moved to the new wetland area on Pierce Mill Rd. to see the progress the beavers are making on their dams.
At our last meeting of the year, Meg Scanlon, North Park naturalist, gave a presentation about the park’s nature center, highlighting some of the recent projects such as the remedial wetland area near the ice rink, where beavers have taken up residence. 28 members enjoyed the array of cookies and hot apple cider and Meg’s hands-on display of items from the nature center.
Thanks to members Monica Miller and Dianne Machesney for crafting the ornament favors. “WHO” wouldn’t love one of these for their tree?
Have a safe Winter and see you at our next meeting on March 5th.
Check out our trip report for the Hartwood Tree ID Walk here.
Fall Outing to Hartwood Acres, Allegheny County
Outings are not exclusive to members. Everybody’s invited to walk with us.
Dress for the weather. Wear boots or good hiking shoes and a hat. Bring
binoculars and field guides.
October 24, Friday, 10:00 a.m. – Noon. Hartwood Acres Park, by Marlow Madeoy
412-364-0195 email@example.com and Judy Stark 412-327-9537 firstname.lastname@example.org
Come out for a lovely fall walk to enjoy the colors of late wildflowers and
learn how to identify trees.
Directions: From Route 28, take Route 8 N for 1.8 miles, turn Right on
Saxonburg Boulevard, go 4.6 miles (crossing Harts Run Rd), turn left into
Hartwood Acres Park and drive up the hill to the parking lot for the Mansion.
Or set your GPS for: Hartwood Acres Park, 200 Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh, PA
Bring a picnic lunch if the weather is warm, otherwise there are several
restaurants on Harts Run Road.
Remember, our club year starts in September and runs to the end of August. Dues for the 2014/2015 year are being accepted now. Please bring your check to a meeting or mail to our Treasurer at 105 Lindley Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Checks should be made payable to: Wissahickon Nature Club. $7 for an individual or $10 for a family..
Our kick-off meeting on September 4th will be a wine and cheese reception . The club will provide the wine. Members will kindly bring hors d’oeuvres or cheese rather than desserts. Please leave a reply below to RSVP so we know how much wine to purchase.
Join us on our annual outing to Jennings Prairie in Butler County, PA on Saturday, July 26th.
This is the perfect time to see Blazing Star, Whorled Rosinweed and sunflowers. American Goldfinches, Indigo Buntings, flycatchers, Common Yellowthroats and Cedar Waxwings make the prairie their summer home. Expect to see an amazing array of glorious butterflies. We may come across a Red Eft or catch a glimpse of the elusive Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake.
Meet leaders Dianne and Bob Machesney at 10:00am at the Jennings Environmental Education Center (across from Prairie parking lot) on the right (east) side of the road.
Google Maps: 2951 Prospect Rd. Slippery Rock, PA 16057, (724) 794-6011
Directions from Pittsburgh: Take I-79 North to Exit 99/Butler. Drive east on US 422 roughly 5.8 miles to the Prospect Exit, and turn left (north) onto PA 528. Continue on PA 528 for about 7 miles.
The Prairie is hot and shadeless. Wear a hat, sunscreen and appropriate hiking shoes. Bring binoculars and field guides. Bring a lunch and beverage, water and a snack for the trail. We will picnic together after the hike.
Outings are free and open to the public.
For more information, call Judy Stark, Outings Coordinator (412)363-0462