Jennings Field Trip

Friday, July 21, 2023

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. Wear a hat and sunscreen. Bring binoculars, field guides, water and a lunch.

After lunch at the gazebo, we will display Sue Varley’s books which she has donated to Wissahickon. We will pull tickets to take turns taking a book until they are all gone.

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 Prairie Parking Lot on the left (west) side of the road.

  Susanne Varley     

1-26-54 to 6-2-2023

To:  Wissahickon Nature Club Members and Friends

From:  Dianne Machesney, Treasurer

RE:  Susanne Varley                   1-26-54 to 6-2-2023

With much sadness, Wissahickon Nature Club announces the passing of long- time member and Program Coordinator, Sue Varley, who died of heart failure on Friday, June 2nd.

There will not be a viewing because Sue made pre-arrangements with Pitt to donate her body to science.

Her sister, Caroline, said that they may not get to have her remains to bury for three to twelve months.  At that time there will be a private service at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Sue’s faithful companion, Icy Blue, is being adopted by her niece Sarah.

In her will, Sue left all her nature books to the club.  Since we no longer have a physical location, I suggested we give them to our members at the Jennings Hike on July 21st, with any leftovers going to Latodomi Nature Center in North Park.  Caroline agreed that was a good idea.

You may leave your condolences to Sue’s family on her Facebook page. 

Sue was good friends with Chuck Tague, who she meet while volunteering at the National Aviary.  I hope they and Esther Allen are hiking the trails together in heaven.  May they all rest in peace.

Read her obit from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette here: SUSANNE IRENE VARLEY | Obituary | Pittsburgh Post Gazette (