2015 Field Trip Schedule
9:00 - 11:00am
See not Sea Gulls
Presque Isle is fortunate to have many types of gull pass through. In 2013 there was a record breaking 13 species found on a single day! We'll be out looking at some of the more common ones, and looking for a few of the less common ones.
Presque Isle: Vista 1
9:00 - 11:00am
Raptors: Just Passing Through
Every year thousands of raptors pass through our skies. How many can you identify at a distance? Join us for this sit and watch experience where we scan the skies and observe the various species that pass us by. Check out the Raptor Experience at TREC on this day as well!
Tom Ridge Enviornmental Center
8:00 - 11:00am
Join Sue Murawski on a guided walk of the Ralph Sheldon Trail in Sherman, NY. This trail features a variety of habitats and is an enjoyable easy 3-4 mile round trip hike.
Ralph C. Sheldon Trail, Sherman, NY
7:30pm - 9pm
What does the Rail say?
Rails, the rare and elusive birds of the marsh, are most often heard rather than seen. We will be doing a survey of Niagara Pond and the Swamp Trail area to listen for some of these infrequent visitors.
Presque Isle: Leo's Landing
March Program: Birding in the Land of Midnight Sun
Friday, March 20, 2015 - 7pm social, 7:30 program
Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Room 112
Iceland abounds in natural splendor: Waterfalls and glaciers, panoramic views and otherworldly landscapes. It is a land of Northern Lights and midnight sun. And it is the realm of one of the world’s most charming and iconic birds: the Atlantic Puffin.
But Iceland is home to much more. During the summer months, Iceland’s round-the-clock sunlight draws in a panoply of birds: Razorbills and guillemots, phalaropes and godwits, plovers and terns, all accompany the puffins in nesting frenzy.
Come along with wildlife photographers Sam Stull and Scott Gorring as they share images and stories from their recent journey across Iceland, from the island of Flatey, to the bird cliffs of Latabarg, to the Reykjavik peninsula. Along the way, we’ll meet Black-tailed Godwits, Arctic Terns, Red-necked Phalaropes, Black Guillemots, and many others. We’ll visit fjords, mountains, grasslands, and lava fields. And we’ll come face-to-face with Atlantic Puffins. So join us as we explore the wildlife and wonder of Iceland, and discover why it’s a place no birder should miss.
Scott Gorring grew up & lives in Erie. He enjoys observing and actively learning about nature. He has participated as a volunteer in the Piping Plover monitoring program at Presque Isle State Park and enjoys watching the bird banding there. Scott has been photographing birds since 2008 at Presque Isle, along the Atlantic coast, in Florida, as well as Iceland and other places.
Sam Stull is a long time member of PIAS and has had an interest in nature all of his life. An avid birder and photographer, he enjoys traveling and sharing his adventures. Sam hopes to visit Iceland again some day.
Allegany Nature Pilgrimage - May 29-31, 2015
Friday Night Tent Program
"Who's the BIGGEST bird brain? Quizzes and factoids of the bird world"
Speaker: Ms Michele Rundquist-Franz President of Presque Isle Audubon Society in Erie Pa.
Michele is a talented photographer with a keen eye and patience for that rewarding shot!
Saturday Night Tent Program
"The Far Side of Nature -Part 2"
Speaker: Dr. Wayne Gall - Regional Entomologist with NYS Department of Health
Wayne has over 30 yrs of ANP participation and will bring smiles, chuckles and laughter to all ages.
To join in the fun and be sure to mark your calendar for May 29-31, 2015!
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.