Field Trips to Presque Isle's Hottest Birding Spots.
12 - 15 people per trip.
Trips leaving simultaneously from 6 am - 9 am.
Each trip will visit multiple locations throughout the park.
Field Trip Schedule for 2017
Friday, May 5
Saturday, May 6
Sunday, May 7
Field Trip Leaders:
Shawn Collins is a frequent trip leader for the Three River's Birding Club in Pittsburgh. He is an avid photographer, is known for being able spot hard-to-find warblers and identifying most of the birds in Western PA by song.
Mark Lethaby is collections manager of the Natural History Museum at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center and works as a biologist aide for the PA Fish and Boat Commission. His primary interests are in reptiles and amphibians, and he is a long- time member of Presque Isle Audubon.
Bonnie Ginader has been birding for more than 40 years, and she has spoken to many garden clubs about birds. She did two displays at the Stull Center when it opened.
James R. Hill, III, (aka “Jamie Hill)” is the Founder & Executive Director Emeritus of the Purple Martin Conservation Association. He has also worked for both the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Auburn University as a Special Operations Biologist in charge of Image Surveillance in their Ivory-billed Woodpecker searches in Arkansas and Florida. This Ivorybill work landed him on the pages of National Geographic Magazine in their December 2006 issue. He has also worked in both the Galapagos Islands, where he spelunked into underground lava tubes to dig for fossil Darwin Finch bones, and in Brazil to study the winter roosting habits of Purple Martins, both expeditions funded by grants from the Smithsonian Institution. Jamie is an avid birdwatcher and has birded all over the New World.
Liz McQuaid has been birding the greater Cleveland area most of her life, but got serious in 1992. Liz is part of the survey team to prove the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve an Important Bird Area. She is co-advisor for the NE Chapter of the Ohio Young Birder's Club, volunteers with the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, the Biggest Week, and the Kirtland Bird Club.
Jerry McWilliams is senior author of the book, The Birds of Pennsylvania and co-author of the book, Birds of Erie County, Pennsylvania. He is also regional editor for the journal, Pennsylvania Birds and sub-regional editor for the journal, North American Birds.
Sarah Sargent is Northwest IBA Coordinator for Audubon PA and has been a bird researcher for more than 20 years. She currently oversees bird banding at Presque Isle State Park. (Bird banding)
Donald Snyder is a Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Biology at Edinboro University of Pa., where he taught for 27 years. He has been a birder all of his life, a member of PIAS for more than forty years and has served as Christmas Count Compiler, Bird Records Committee Chair and Vice President.
Sam Stull’s interest in birds began as a child, and he has spent many happy hours watching and studying birds at Presque Isle and elsewhere. He also enjoys photography.
John Tautin is retired from the US Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service after a career in migratory bird conservation. He also served as the Executive Director of the Purple Martin Conservation Association and is now its Conservation Advisor.
Shannon Thompson has been a lifelong outdoor enthusiast but became highly distracted by birds in 2007. She now devotes most of her free time to birding around Pennsylvania. Presque Isle is her most favorite place to go birdwatching.
Andrew Troyer loves bird watching and managed a bluebird trail for over 40 years. He has been caring for the Purple Martins for over 25 years. The PMCA has banded over 9,000 of his babies here in northwestern Pennsylvania in the past 25 years. He has just released his latest book, A Purple Martin’s Journey, Getting to Know and Care for the Purple Martins.
What to Bring:
Be sure to bring comfortable shoes or boots for walking and any birding gear you desire. The average high temperature in Erie in May is 56 and temperatures at Presque Isle are often lower than on the mainland. Be prepared for cold & rainy weather. Presque Isle is home to deer ticks so you may want to bring insect repellent and plan to tuck your pants into your socks when using the trails on the park.
Map, Guide, Lodging:
For lodging information check out www.visiteriepa.com