Keeping tradition alive, member Dick Nugent will be leading a New Year’s Day hike at Irwin Road, North Park. Come ID plants in their winter forms, appreciate trees by their bark, look and listen for birds. Nature always surprises, even in Winter.
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December 1, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Bill Beatty, Owner/Director of Wild & Natural, presented Discovering Life Through Birds.
This program highlighted bird-related stories from his recent book,
Rainbows , Bluebirds and Buffleheads .
Bill is a Nature Photographer and Writer. To view his work, visit his photo galleries: http://www.agpix.com/ billbeatty and Nature Blog: www.wvbirder.wordpress.com
Jeffrey Hall presented “Great Texas Birding Trail: the Rio Grande Valley.
The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas teems with unique birds like green jays, chachalacas, Altamira orioles, and kiskadees. It is full of iconic birding spots like Santa Ana and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuges, South Padre Island, Bentsen-‐Rio Grande State Park…so many, in fact, that they have now been linked into the “World Birding Center.” This program introduced us to many of the natural wonders of a very special part of our country .
Allegheny County Park Ranger, Braden Meiter, talked about reasons amphibians are in decline. With a special emphasis on frogs, he explained how different our world would be without them. Frogs are important for insect control and also as bio-indicators of problems in the environment. They are a food source for bats, snakes, and other animals, including humans. He ended on an encouraging note, showing a short film about frogs on the verge of extinction being bred for reentry into their environment.
While Hurricane Michael threatened her house in Florida,Joan arrived in Pittsburgh to give a wonderful presentation on Chuck’s life.
An owl box will be installed on one of the trails in the Raccoon State Park Wildflower Preserve in Chuck’s honor.
Afterwards, some of the guests gathered for a picnic lunch, and then Joan led a walk on the Valley Trail.
Wissahickon Special Event
October 7, Friday, 10:00 a.m. Tribute to Chuck Tague at Raccoon Creek State Park, Wildflower Reserve Nature Center. Joan Tague will be there to present her personal memories of Chuck.
Brittanie from the Wildflower Reserve staff will unveil an owl box to be installed in Chuck’s honor. Afterwards we will caravan to a picnic area for lunch, then off to the Valley Picnic Trail for a bird walk. Bring a lunch, beverages, field guides and binoculars.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to see photos and lists from today’s hike.
Even though the day started off cloudy and threatening rain in Pittsburgh, by the time we arrived in Butler County the sky cleared and the sun came out. The temperature was in the mid-70’s perfect for finding dragonflies and butterflies.
Four club members braved the muddy path to the various ponds and were rewarded with 22 species of dragonflies, 18 species of butterflies and 34 species of wildflowers. Click here to see the list. Thanks to Dick Nugent for submitting the bird species seen. Click here to see his list.
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After eating our bag lunches in the gravel parking lot, we headed to Jennings Prairie where we found 48 wildflowers in bloom and two more species of butterflies.
It is with deep sorrow that the Wissahickon Nature Club announces the death, on Friday June 17, 2016, of our Past President, Chuck Tague. View the obituary from the Daytona Beach News: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/news-journalonline/obituary.aspx?n=charles-r-tague-chuck&pid=180427639
Sympathy cards may be mailed to his wife, Joan, at their home address:
22 Creek Bluff Way, Ormand Beach, FL 32174