PIAS Program April 18th
7pm social, 7:30 program
Pennsylvania Bald Eagles
Celebrating 30 Years of Restoration
The documentary tells the remarkable story of how our nation’s symbol was nearly eradicated from the state and the dedicated team who worked to bring them back from the brink. In 1983 only three bald eagle nests remained in the state, all of them just south in Crawford County. Today, Pennsylvania boasts 268 nests.
The documentary features commentary from a host of experts. Game Commission endangered bird biologist Patti Barber, wildlife diversity section chief Dan Brauning, and wildlife conservation officer Ronda Bimber talk about the eagle's past, present and future.
In addition wildlife rehabilitators Carol Holmgren, Sue DeArment and Maryjane Angelo are featured as they work to bring back to health injured bald eagles – one of them a 25-year-old bird that as an eaglet was plucked from a Canadian nest and brought to Pennsylvania as part of the Game Commission's seven-year restoration program.
Running 22 minutes "Pennsylvania Bald Eagles, Celebrating 30 Years of Restoration" was filmed and edited by Game Commission videographers Hal Korber and Erie native and former Presque Isle Audubon board member, Tracy Graziano.
On hand will be a representative of the PA Game Commission to talk about the bald eagle and take any questions after the film.
The evening begins at 7:00 pm, followed by announcements and the film presentation.
The Game Commission is considering a proposal to remove bald eagles from the state's list of threatened species.
RAPTOR EXPERIENCE - 2014
April 12th from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
The Raptor Experience is another fun-filled and educational program brought to you through collaboration between PIAS and DCNR. The event will take place at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center on April 12th from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the upstairs display area. Once again, Tamarack will bring their education birds for an up close experience with these magnificent creatures. The expert volunteers from Tamarack will also teach us about raptor behavior and about the great work that Tamarack does to rehabilitate injured and sick birds in the area.
As an added bonus this year, we will be showing the PA Game Commission film, "Pennsylvania Bald Eagles, Celebrating 30 Years of Restoration" at noon. Tim Hoppe from the PA Game Commission will be on hand to discuss the current status of bald eagles in PA and answer questions after the film.
Birding Trip to
PANAMA - Oct 2014
with Jason Fidorra
Panama, the narrow gateway between two continents, has captivated birding and natural history enthusiasts for decades. While only 2⁄3 the size of Pennsylvania, Panama is home to over 900 bird species and contains five Endemic Bird Areas defined by Birdlife international containing. Including 105 range restricted specialties including 12 Panamanian endemics . Birders of any level are bound to enjoy this cacophony of sight and sound, as we travel from the central tropical rainforest of the canal zone and westward into dry Pacific slope habitats, into the highlands, and back down into the humid Caribbean lowlands. in hopes of seeing over 400 species! You are invited to join tour leader Jason Fidorra on a ten day birding tour of this tropical paradise.
For more information or to reserve a spot, please email Jfidorra@gmail.com
Allegany Nature Pilgrimage 2014
This is the first official announcement for Pilgrimage 2014. We want to remind you that the cabin/campsite window is NOW OPEN! With a ton of choices available, now is the best time to get that cabin or campsite that you always wished you had for the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage. But do remember they GO FAST so don't delay, reserve today to get that cabin or campsite of your dreams for Pilgrimage 2014.
Reservations can be made by going to http://www.reserveamerica.com
select Allegany State Park, May 30, 31 - June 1 and select the camping option you would like. Cabins start at $35 a night and up depending on how many amenities you prefer. We welcome you, and would like you to know that you that you are a part of what makes the pilgrimage happen. We hope you join us for Pilgrimage 2014.
Ornithology at Hog Island
Enjoy world-class ornithology sessions at Audubon's spectacular Hog Island, located in Maine's Muscongus Bay. Taught by some of the country's leading birders and ornithologists, these dynamic sessions are for both beginners and experienced bird enthusiasts who seek field experience to learn more about the remarkable lives of wild birds. Two of these programs provide opportunities to work directly in the field with Project Puffin biologists on important seabird colony islands. Registration for summer sessions of 2014 begins October 15th.
Field Trips and Activities
Presque Isle Audubon Society 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
PIAS holds meetings on the third Friday of each month (except for holidays) from September through June, excluding December and January. Our Annual Banquet is held the third Friday of September at the Elk's Lodge. 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 PIAS meetings and enjoy the informative, educational and fun programs.