PIAS Monthly Programs:
PIAS holds programs on the third Friday of each month (except for holidays) from September through June, excluding December and January. The meetings are held at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Room 112, 301 Peninsula Drive in Erie. They begin with a social gathering at 7 p.m., followed by a 7:30 program. Everyone is invited; you need not be a member to attend and enjoy the informative, educational and fun programs.
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
Allegany Nature Pilgrimage
Join in the fun and be sure to mark your calendar for
June 3, 4, 5, 2016
The pilgrimage has been made possible through the efforts of volunteers from these organizations since 1959:
PIAS February Program February 19th
Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Room 112, 301 Peninsula Drive in Erie.
Social gathering at 7 p.m., followed by a 7:30 program.
Stu MacKenzie, the Motus Wildlife Tracking System Manager for Birds Studies Canada will make a presentation about The Motus Tracking System, which is a coordinated hemispheric tracking system for all migratory bird species, and is one of the world's most ambitious bird tracking initiative. The project's goal is to understand the connections between breeding, migrating, and wintering locations for every Canadian bird species by 2030.
Motus technology is the first of its kind in the world, and involves a combination of miniaturized radio transmitters and a coordinated expansive network of receivers. The "nano-tag" tracking devices are light enough to track even the smallest animals, such as hummingbirds, dragonflies, and butterflies. Reciever antennas are well established on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes and now Birds Studies Canada is looking to expand the network on the U.S. side, including here in Erie County.
More information about MOTUS and to see a map of the network of antenna, visit http://motus-wts.org/
PROGRAM SCHEDULE: 2016
Eastern Grassroots Organizer for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Wild Utah: America's Redrock Wilderness." The multi-media presentation documents citizen efforts to designate public lands in southern Utah's spectacular canyon country as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. This journey through redrock splendor invigorates and motivates viewers to participate in the movement to protect these unique lands and includes narration by Robert Redford.
Hammill will talk about recent developments in the work to protect this spectacular landscape.
JUNE 17 - Picnic