To conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the enjoyment and benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity in northwestern Pennsylvania.
Field Trips and Activities PIAS offers a variety of field trips which provide individuals with recreational and educational experiences throughout the year. In addition, PIAS sponsors other annual activities including the
Christmas Bird Count
Great Backyard Bird Count
Hawk Watch in the spring
Festival of the Birds in May
Allegany Nature Pilgrimage (See details below.)
Details for upcoming trips and activities will be published on this page and in our newsletter, Tern of Events. Unless otherwise indicated, these activities are free and open to the public. Bring a friend!
FIELD TRIPS FOR APRIL AND MAY Our bi-weekly field trips have resumed for 2019 and as always are open to the public for people of all ages and skill levels and are free of charge. We had a small but dedicated troupe last year and are hoping to expand on our numbers and locations. Unless otherwise specified, any field trips on Presque Isle will meet at the Stull Center parking lot at 7:45AM where we will then car pool to our designated trail. All trips are subject to change depending on trail conditions. We will bird in almost any weather unless there is a torrential downpour or a forecast for dangerous conditions. Warm and waterproof clothing and shoes are recommended, especially for trips earlier in the schedule. Slip on waterproof boots can come in handy. Bring your binoculars of course, but we will have a few pairs of binoculars available for use if you or someoneyou bring doesn’t have them. If you have ascope you are welcome to bring it. Hope to see you. ~Michele Rundquist Franz, Field Trip Chair
April 13th: Dead Pond Trail, Thompson Circle, Thompson Bay, marshy area across from Thompson Circle for local songbirds, woodpeckers, waterfowl, gulls,
April 27th: Long Pond Trail for songbirds, woodpeckers, possible owls, waterfowl, wading birds possible early spring migrants
May 11th: NO FIELD TRIP (Festival of the Birds)
May 18th: Fry’s Landing and banding station forspring migrants including warblers, flycatchers as well as local breeding birds returning from wintering grounds