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
Allegany Nature Pilgrimage
To join in the fun next year, be sure to mark your calendar for May 29-31, 2015!
Read about the 2014 Allegany Nature Pilgrimage in our August newsletter.
December 20, Saturday - Christmas Bird Count
Meet at the Ranger Station at Presque Isle State Park
between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
This year marks the 115th Anniversary of the Christmas Bird Count, probably the original citizen science project. The PIAS group is responsible for one of over 2300 count circles that will hold local events sometime between December 14, 2014 and January 5, 2015 which is the official date span as determined by the National Audubon Society (NAS). Our local event will take place on Saturday December 20th. Anyone interested, from beginner to advanced birders, should meet at the Ranger Station at Presque Isle State Park between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on December 20th. Please sign in when you arrive at the Ranger Station as we need this information for the NAS database. Once we’ve all gathered at the Ranger Station we will form groups that will count birds in assigned areas of the park and nearby. Never participated in a count? Have no fear. We’ll assign you to a group that best suits your interest and abilities. Some of the groups do A LOT of walking, while others do some birding by car, stepping out for short walks as needed. At noon we will reconvene at the Ranger Station for lunch (bring your own) and discuss our initial tallies. We will also devise a game plan for counting areas we might have missed before lunch. Finally, we will meet for dinner at 5:00 p.m. at Hoss’s Steak and Seafood on 26th Street in Erie for final tallies and some tall tales of the birds we spotted! It is not mandatory that you stay for the entire event. Some people come in the morning and leave after lunch. If you come during lunch, please check in and make sure you sign the participant sheet.
We hope to see you and your binoculars on December 20th!! If you have any questions, please contact Michele Franz at email@example.com.
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.