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 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.
Julie Dell has birded for more than 30 years. She is a member of PI Audubon Society, a member of the volunteer Piping Plover Patrol at Presque Isle and a purple martin landlord.
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.
Mark Lethaby is the curator of the Natural History Museum at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, and northwest regional coordinator for the Pa. Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS). He has been a member of the Presque Isle Audubon Society for 30 years, and is an avid birder when it doesn't interfere with herping!
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)
Susan A. Smith’s interest in birds ignited with her first Field Guide of the Birds of North America. It took her awhile to learn that she shouldn't look for a Vermillion Flycatcher in Erie! She does birding programs, field trips and writes articles about birding.
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.
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