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
2015 Field Trip Schedule
9:00am - 11:00am
Together we'll conduct a survey of the birds at Laura Olson Memorial Sanctuary.
7:30am - 10:30am
During migration, waterfowl can be seen crossing the lake by the thousands. They can also be found hanging out in staging areas on the bay. We'll be looking for residents and migrants alike as we move from the lake to the bay on this trip.
Presque Isle: Sunset Point
OCTOBER 16 - Bob Mulvihill
Ornithologist, National Aviary
Neighborhood Nestwatch: Getting Up Close and Scientific with Pittsburgh's Birds
In 2013, in his role as Ornithologist at the National Aviary, Mulvihill brought the Smithsonian Institution's Neighborhood Nestwatch project to Pittsburgh. The project studies the impacts of urbanization on eight common songbird species: Northern Cardinal, American Robin, Song Sparrow, Black-capped or Carolina Chickadee, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Carolina Wren, and House Wren. The project has grown to include 150 backyards within 50 miles of downtown Pittsburgh, each of which is visited once every summer by ornithologists from the National Aviary. Bob will talk about this and other bird-related research and conservation projects of the National Aviary. (www.aviary.org).
PROGRAM SCHEDULE: 2015 - 2016
NOVEMBER 20 - Laura Erickson
Author and Birder
Into the Nest: Intimate Views of the Courting, Parenting, and Family Lives of Familiar Birds.
Based on Laura and Marie Read’s bestselling book of the same title, Laura talks about the challenges birds of a few representative species face in selecting mates, mating, producing a suitable place to deposit and incubate eggs, and rearing and educating young. She also gives a bit of information about how Marie and the book’s other photographers got some of their amazing shots. Laura originally presented this talk in May 2015 for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's popular Monday Night Seminar series.
FEBRUARY 19 - TBD
MARCH 18 - Luke DeGroote
Bird Banding Coordinator at Powdermill Avian Research Center
Here and gone again: Studying migrating landbirds at America's longest running bird banding station.
DeGroote will discuss past, present, and future studies of migrant landbirds stopping over in the foothills of the Laurel Highlands. Research includes the application of the 54 year historic banding dataset to investigate the impact of climate change and the employment of laboratory analysis to determine past and present breeding origins. Avian research staff also utilize captured birds to investigate the origin of migratory flight calls and to test birds' ability to see patterned glass prototypes that manufacturers are creating to reduce the threat of collision mortality.
APRIL 15 - Kate St. John
Birder, blogger and longtime peregrine monitor in the Pittsburgh area.
Peregrine Falcons, an Environmental Success Story
MAY 20 - TBD
JUNE 17 - TBD