Happy New Year and Welcome 2013! May the New Year be happy, prosperous and healthy for all.
The past week was certainly snowy and winter like and more of the same is expected next week (of course it is the end of the year in northwestern Pennsylvania and the beginning of a New Year). Be careful driving, conditions can change rapidly this time of the year.
On the Wild Side
A special thanks to Shawn Collins of Meadville who shared the opening photograph of a Trumpeter Swan seen at Pymatuning during the Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The Trumpeter Swan is a rather rare bird for our region. Collins is a respected photographer and birder in our region.
According to Clare Nicolls, who was the compiler for the Linesville CBC, he has only seen the Trumpeter Swans twice in his lifetime.
According to Nicolls and Sarah Sargent of the Audubon Society 84 species of birds were counted in the Linesville area during the count, which is somewhat higher than usual. According to both Nicolls and Sargent, the day of the count was warmer than usual which could help explain the higher count this year as compared to previous years.
The birds, at least at my feeders have been very active the last week. Be sure to remember to set some extra food out for them as the weather turns colder and snowier. It was surprising to see the deer moving during the last two storms, as well as the turkeys. One would have thought they would have hunkered down until the storms past the region.
Pymatuning – Welcome 2013
Get Healthy and Take a Hike! Tuesday January 1 at 10 a.m. Take a healthy 2 mile walk around the Pymatuning shoreline, view the winter wildlife and enjoy some winter plant identification. Be sure to dress for winter weather.
Call the park office to register at 724-932-3142
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
Early in the New Year, the Conservation District will release the information about their 34 annual tree seedling sale. It is an important fund raiser for the district and helps to fund the educational programs which are held nearly every week.
A wide range of various native trees and shrubs will be available for property owners who want to enhance their property and help our native wildlife. Once the information is released, it will be posted here or it can be viewed next month at the Conservation Web site, www.crawfordconservation.com
• “All Aboard for Model Railroading!” Tuesday, January 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join Tom Collard, veteran model railroader, for an introduction to this interesting hobby. Ages 11 and up.
• “Critters that Go‘Bump’ in the Night,” Tuesday, January 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Linda Armstrong, Environmental Education Specialist, Pymatuning State Park, will tell us all about various nocturnal animals and their activities! If there is snow we will also look for tracks around the Nature Center!
• “Beginning Snowshoeing,” Thursday, January 24, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration is limited to the first 15 participants…let us know when you call to register whether you have your own snowshoes! The Allegheny College Outing Club will lead this activity. Dress for the weather.
• “Backyard Maple Sugaring,” Tuesday, January 29, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Join Laura Dengler, Crawford Conservation District, and Mark Lewis, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, to learn all the basics of making pure maple syrup in your backyard! Dress for the weather, some activities will be outdoors. Enjoy special treats after the program!
All educational workshops are free and open to the public. Be sure to call ahead and pre-register at 814-763-5269
Photography Contest – PALMS