2016 PSO Annual Meeting Field Trips

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215 Ramada Road
Somerset, PA 15501

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Field Trips - Saturday - Sunday

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The trips are limited to 20 participants each, so please register for the trips in which you are interested. Field Trip registration will be opened on April 20. Only 18 participants will be permitted to sign up online. Two spots will be kept vacant for sign up at the Friday evening social.

All trips we be run both days.

Saturday May 21

Somerset Lake Nature and Wildlife Park
Somerset Lake, an Important Bird Area hosting
incredible waterfowl and shorebirds during migration,
is known statewide as a rarity magnet. Located at
2,000 ft. elevation, this 250-acre lake and the
surrounding 200-acre nature and wildlife park have a
bird list of over 250 species including an extensive
list of state and regional rarities. In 2012 alone, 30
species of shorebirds were seen with an outstanding
242 total species for the year! This field trip will loop
around the lake looking for waterfowl, shorebirds,
and other migrants.

Quemahoning Reservoir
The “Que,” as it is refereed to locally, is known for its
migrant waterfowl; in spring sometimes huge fallouts
can occur. The surrounding forests can also be great
for migrants and breeding birds. Species you may
see include loons, three possible grebes, and most
duck species including many divers and the
occasional scoter. Additionally, many passerine
species including spring migrants and a very nice
suite of breeders – Golden-winged and Blue-winged
Warblers, Yellow-breasted Chat, Chestnut-sided
Warbler, Orchard Oriole, Red-breasted Nuthatch,
and Golden-crowned Kinglet.

North Fork Reservoir and Sammy Swamp
This tour will start at North Fork Reservoir and work
its way south into Sammy Swamp. North Fork can
also get very large fallouts of water birds and is often
also very good for spring migrants. As we work
southward into the large wetland complex called
Sammy Swamp, we will hopefully find a few more
wetland species including Virginia Rail, Wilson’s
Snipe, and Alder and Willow Flycatcher.

Flight 93 Memorial and Game Lands
The Flight 93 Memorial and adjacent game lands is
located where United Flight 93 was brought down by
passengers to avoid a terrorist attack on DC on
September 11, 2001. The location is an old strip
mine covered in grassland and wetland habitat. The
2,000+ acre site includes early successional
grasses, scattered shrubs, and planted evergreens
as well as a large wetland complex. This is a good
nesting area for grassland birds, including
Grasshopper, Vesper, Savannah, and Henslow's
Sparrows; Bobolink; Eastern Meadowlark; Horned
Lark; and possibly the occasional Northern Harrier
and Upland Sandpiper. The game lands will produce
more potential wetland and woodland species.

Southern Grasslands & Farmlands
Southern Somerset County is known for its extensive
mix of agriculture and grasslands but also has a fair
number of wetland areas. This trip will start just
south of Somerset and head southeast through the
county in search of a mixture of species. A few of the
species possible include Virginia Rail, Sora, Upland
Sandpiper, Red-headed Woodpecker, Sandhill
Crane, Northern Harrier, and Vesper and
Grasshopper Sparrows!

Confluence Area
Confluence, located in southern Somerset County, is
a great area for a mix of southern species. This tour
will visit many hotspots in various wooded and river
habitats. Potential species include Common
Merganser, Broad-winged Hawk, Bald Eagle,
Warbling Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, and
Golden-winged, Kentucky, Yellow-throated, and
Cerulean Warblers.

Kimberly Run Natural Area
Kimberly Run Natural Area, approximately 360 acres
of habitat ranging from warm season grasses to
older growth hemlock woods, includes many types of
wetlands and even a bog. This property is a gem in
the center of the county. A few of the bird species at
the site include several species of waterfowl, Willow
and Acadian Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo,
Northern and Louisiana Waterthrushes, Blackthroated
Green Warbler, and Black-and-white
Warbler. This trip will involve hiking about 1.5 miles.

Mount Davis and Environs

This field trip will visit the highest peak in Pennsylvania.
It hosts some very beautiful scenery and will
produce a very diverse bird list! Habitats include
mostly pine/spruce forests and mixed forests with
several bogs and wetland areas. Species will include
many high-elevation breeding species – Yellowbreasted
Sapsucker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter
Wren, Magnolia Warbler, Canada Warbler, Blackthroated
Blue Warbler, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and many more.

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Sunday, May 22

Somerset Lake Nature and Wildlife Park
Somerset Lake, an Important Bird Area hosting
incredible waterfowl and shorebirds during migration,
is known statewide as a rarity magnet. Located at
2,000 ft. elevation, this 250-acre lake and the
surrounding 200-acre nature and wildlife park have a
bird list of over 250 species including an extensive
list of state and regional rarities. In 2012 alone, 30
species of shorebirds were seen with an outstanding
242 total species for the year! This field trip will loop
around the lake looking for waterfowl, shorebirds,
and other migrants.

Quemahoning Reservoir
The “Que,” as it is refereed to locally, is known for its
migrant waterfowl; in spring sometimes huge fallouts
can occur. The surrounding forests can also be great
for migrants and breeding birds. Species you may
see include loons, three possible grebes, and most
duck species including many divers and the
occasional scoter. Additionally, many passerine
species including spring migrants and a very nice
suite of breeders – Golden-winged and Blue-winged
Warblers, Yellow-breasted Chat, Chestnut-sided
Warbler, Orchard Oriole, Red-breasted Nuthatch,
and Golden-crowned Kinglet.

North Fork Reservoir and Sammy Swamp
This tour will start at North Fork Reservoir and work
its way south into Sammy Swamp. North Fork can
also get very large fallouts of water birds and is often
also very good for spring migrants. As we work
southward into the large wetland complex called
Sammy Swamp, we will hopefully find a few more
wetland species including Virginia Rail, Wilson’s
Snipe, and Alder and Willow Flycatcher.

Flight 93 Memorial and Game Lands
The Flight 93 Memorial and adjacent game lands is
located where United Flight 93 was brought down by
passengers to avoid a terrorist attack on DC on
September 11, 2001. The location is an old strip
mine covered in grassland and wetland habitat. The
2,000+ acre site includes early successional
grasses, scattered shrubs, and planted evergreens
as well as a large wetland complex. This is a good
nesting area for grassland birds, including
Grasshopper, Vesper, Savannah, and Henslow's
Sparrows; Bobolink; Eastern Meadowlark; Horned
Lark; and possibly the occasional Northern Harrier
and Upland Sandpiper. The game lands will produce
more potential wetland and woodland species.

Southern Grasslands & Farmlands
Southern Somerset County is known for its extensive
mix of agriculture and grasslands but also has a fair
number of wetland areas. This trip will start just
south of Somerset and head southeast through the
county in search of a mixture of species. A few of the
species possible include Virginia Rail, Sora, Upland
Sandpiper, Red-headed Woodpecker, Sandhill
Crane, Northern Harrier, and Vesper and
Grasshopper Sparrows!

Confluence Area
Confluence, located in southern Somerset County, is
a great area for a mix of southern species. This tour
will visit many hotspots in various wooded and river
habitats. Potential species include Common
Merganser, Broad-winged Hawk, Bald Eagle,
Warbling Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, and
Golden-winged, Kentucky, Yellow-throated, and
Cerulean Warblers.

Kimberly Run Natural Area
Kimberly Run Natural Area, approximately 360 acres
of habitat ranging from warm season grasses to
older growth hemlock woods, includes many types of
wetlands and even a bog. This property is a gem in
the center of the county. A few of the bird species at
the site include several species of waterfowl, Willow
and Acadian Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo,
Northern and Louisiana Waterthrushes, Blackthroated
Green Warbler, and Black-and-white
Warbler. This trip will involve hiking about 1.5 miles.

Mount Davis and Environs

This field trip will visit the highest peak in Pennsylvania.
It hosts some very beautiful scenery and will
produce a very diverse bird list! Habitats include
mostly pine/spruce forests and mixed forests with
several bogs and wetland areas. Species will include
many high-elevation breeding species – Yellowbreasted
Sapsucker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter
Wren, Magnolia Warbler, Canada Warbler, Blackthroated
Blue Warbler, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and many more.

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