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.
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
September 19 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center
7:00pm - social gathering
7:30pm - program
Algae: The Bad Guys or Just Bad Press?
Cyanobacteria? Harmful Algae Blooms? Just what is this stuff anyway and why is it blue-green? Take a peak through the pond scum and discover the many relationships this algae has with the natural world, from lichens to polar bears to the very air you breathe. Find out how this tiny organism is responsible for life as we know it, and then decide if you think algae is such a bad guy after all.
Jeanette Girosky is an ecology and evolution major at Penn State Behrend. She heads the phycology (algae) collection at the Natural History Museum. She is currently engaged in research in Presque Isle Bay and is the Citizen Science Volunteer Monitor Coordinator for the Harmful Algae Bloom Task Force. She is active with the Purple Martin Conservation Association and also volunteers for DCNR.
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.