November 14, 2019 Meeting

Donna Foyle presented Introduced and Endemic Birds from Three Hawaiian Islands. Even from a young age, Donna was fascinated with birds. She got her first camera at age 7 and the rest is history. Donna was on a bird tour in February with three other birder friends. Her photos were fantastic of beautiful introduced birds and also a few natives. Many birds are threatened because of introduced predators, ie rats and disease carrying mosquitoes. One albatross that she photographed had a leg band. She was able to trace the number to find out that it was probably seven years old, sex undetermined.

Monica introduced our speaker

October, 2019 Meeting

Mike Fialkovich presented “Birds and Nature in Southern Texas”.

In November, 2018, Mike joined an Audubon Society of W. Pennsylvania tour to the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas to see the area’s famed birds, Mike shared his photographs of the birds, other wildlife and plants that the group experienced during the trip.

Mike, our speaker
Su, the bionic women!
Kathy, Monica, Don and Bob
John and Kim
Norm and Judy
Pat and new member, Jasmine.

RIP Tim Manka

Long time member and past president, Tim Manka, passed away September 4, 2019.  He will be remembered for his love of science and nature. His stories from past park ranger jobs, boy scouts and years of teaching at Shaler High School added interest to our meetings.  He was always willing to share “treasures” from his archival library, and enjoyed partaking of the cookie table. It was a long standing Wissahickon tradition that he did an animated rendition of “The Night Before Christmas” at our annual cookie exchange meeting.   His absence at our meetings will be felt by all.

Viewing will be at Neid Funeral Home on Washington Street in Swissvale on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 2-4 pm and 6-8pm. and Saturday September 28 at 9:30 am, followed by a service.

Tim is to be named a Glacier National Park ranger posthumously!

 https://missoulian.com/opinion/letters/honorary-montanan-to-be-named-glacier-national-park-ranger-posthumously/article_f5b45123-29a5-5a41-9c85-c56677b5c122.html

Our condolences to his family and friends.

September 12, 2019 Meeting

We will kick off the new club year with a wine and cheese social and a presentation by member, Don Weiss. He will lead us on a scenic tour of the State of Washington. His photos will highlight birds, animals, flowers, scenic views and a few butterflies.

Come at 7:00 pm to socialize. Bring a snack/cheese or dessert to share. The meeting will start at 7:30 pm at Fern Hollow Nature Center, 1901 Glen Mitchell Road, Sewickley, PA 15143. The club will provide the wine.

Trip Report Jennings Prairie 7/26/19

Kate, Melissa, Dick, Kathy, Ryan, Bob and Henry the beagle.

Our seven members were rewarded with clear blue skies, low humidity and high 70’s temperatures. We saw 79 species of flowers in bloom, fresh beaver signs, birds, butterflies, moth, dragonflies and mushrooms.

See the list here:

Jennings Prairie
Six acres are being cleared to enlarge the space for the rattlesnakes
See that bird?
Small flowered fringed purple orchid

Jennings Field Trip July 26, 2019

Culver’s Root

Friday, July 26, 2019 10:00 AM Jennings Prairie, Leaders: Dianne and Bob Machesney (C) 412-523-0368
Visit the unique ecosystem at Jennings Prairie.
This is the perfect time to explore the relict prairie. The hot weather brings the stunning Blazing Star and some of the other dazzling summer flowers to peak performance. The goldenrods of fall will begin to show. Don’t miss the spectacular butterflies that grace the prairie with their breathtaking beauty. Flycatchers, vireos, tanagers, Common Yellowthroats and Cedar Waxwings sometimes make an appearance. We may come across a Red Eft, the larval form of a Red-spotted Newt.

Outings are free and open to the public. Bring your friends. Trails are wheelchair accessible.Wear a hat and sunscreen. Bring binoculars, field guides, water and a lunch.

Directions From Pittsburgh: take I-79 North to Exit 99, New Castle/ Butler. Drive east on Route 422 roughly 5.8 miles to the Prospect Exit. Turn left (north) onto Route 528.
Continue on Route 528 for about 7 miles. Meet in the Jennings Environmental Center Parking Lot on the left (west) side of the road.

Shollard’s Wetland Field Trip

cattails

Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10:00 am. Leader: Dianne and Bob Machesney

(H) 412-366-7869 (C) 412-523-0368

Directions:
79 North to route 488 exit- Portersville. Left at the exit to rte. 19.Take rte 19 north 13 miles make right on Black Road. Pass the corn silos. At bottom of hill is 4 way intersection. Turn left on Nelson rd .About 1/2 mile turn right onto #2 Mine Rd. Pass swamps on either side of road. At the rise in the road turn right into gravel/grass parking lot, where we will meet. Just past the parking lot is the railroad grade on the left that goes thru Shollards wetland where we will be walking.  The gated road in the parking lot goes back to Black Swamp and many ponds.

Shollards parking lot GPS coordinates:

N41.11441 —W80.19218   Elevation 1233 feet above sea level. 

No facilities here. Pack a lunch and a chair .

May 9, 2019 Meeting

Ryan Tomazin presented Holistic Birding: Seeing Without Seeing, Hearing Without Hearing. The slideshow and audio focused on trying to deepen our senses beyond the obvious, for when birds don’t behave and sing nicely in full view. The theories draw upon Ryan’s personal experiences with our eclectic feathered brethren. He has deliberately blurred out his chosen picture in order to punctuate his presentation.

This was our last meeting of the season. Next meeting September 12th. See you on the trail.