Katie Andersen has been interested in birds since birth. She holds a B.S. in Biology and studied neo-tropical ornithology as well as other research projects in Pennsylvania. Katie is the Store Naturalist at Wild Birds Unlimited-Erie.
Ken Andersen I am a retired professor of biology from Gannon University with an academic background in studying adaptations of vertebrate for their environments. Birding is a hobby long enjoyed with my wife Nancy. Mary Birdsong is a seasonal shorebird monitor for Audubon PA, freelance writer and artist. She serves as Program Chair for PIAS.
Jeanette Girosky heads the phycology (algae) collection at the TREC Natural History Museum. In addition, she is the public events and display coordinator for the 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.
Jared McGary is currently an environmental educator at Presque Isle State Park where he has done numerous presentations on waterfowl. He led the bluebird program at Ryerson Station State Park in the past. He holds a BS in parks and recreation from Slippery Rock University.
Jen Salem, the TREC garden coordinator, is a Penn State Master Gardener who has been working with the Tom Ridge Environmental Center's Garden since 2012. She is also the founder of Go Native Erie!, an awareness campaign that promotes the use of native plant species in Erie County.
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.
Flight Adaptions in Birds - 1:00pm Ken Andersen PHYSIOLOGICAL ADAPTATIONS FOR FLIGHT IN BIRDS We will discuss and look at some of the modifications of lungs, the digestive system, and other organ systems that assist birds to have the capability of flight.
Waterfowl of Presque Isle - 1:00pm Jared McGary
Spring Warbler ID - 1:00pm Susan A. Smith
Birding for Beginners - 3:00pm Katie Andersen Ever feel overwhelmed by bird identification? This workshop will focus on the fundamentals to help you become a better birder. From the basics of choosing and using binoculars and field guides, to useful tips and tricks for observing and identifying birds, you will learn how to improve your birding skills. Grassland Bird ID - 3:00pm Mike Weible Shorebird ID (Some Relief) - 3:00pm Mary Birdsong Is that a least or semipalmated sandpiper? A greater or lesser yellowlegs? A piping or snowy plover? Help is here! Learn some basic concepts of shorebird anatomy and behavior, what to look and listen for and ways to watch shorebirds to increase your skills and perhaps reduce your frustration.
Natural History Museum Tour - 1:00pm and 3:00pm Jeanette Girosky Come behind the scenes and learn about some of the collection, preservation and display methods of the flora and fauna of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Presque Isle State Park.
TREC Native Garden Tour - 1:00pm and 3:00pm Jen Salem The TREC Garden is a native garden located at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. This nearly five-acre property incorporates species found on Presque Isle State Park to give the viewer a glimpse of what can be found on the park. TREC Garden is a certified Monarch Waystation and a Penn State Pollinator Friendly Garden as well as a research garden with ongoing college level studies and public outreach in the Erie Community. Participants will touch, smell and even taste several plants found on the walking tour. Highlights include the discussion of native, invasive and exotic plant species as well as pollinator gardening and attracting birds to your yard.
Monthly Meetings and Programs 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.
Penn State University Press has graciously offered a new discount for the recently-published Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania. Audubon chapters and bird clubs helped create the Second Atlas with your observations and financial support, and we are eager to make it as available as possible.
The resulting book is beautiful, full of color photos of each species of nesting bird, multiple maps, and habitats. It’s a real treasure trove of information about Pennsylvania's nesting birds; a must-have in the library of anyone interested in birds.
So, through this summer, the Second Atlas is now available for 25% off the already subsidized price.
To get this special offer, find the book at the web site of Penn State University Press, select "add to cart", then "proceed to checkout" and check the box "I have a discount code" and enter AUD14
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