Presque Isle Audubon Society‘s annual banquet is scheduled for Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at Elks Lodge 67, 2409 Peninsula Drive.
The banquet is open to the public. Tickets are $15 each, payable at the door with advance registration by Sept. 15. To reserve a seat, call Ruth Swaney at 814-456-8103 or Ron Intrieri at 814-899-6023. Leave a full name and telephone number for each person attending.
The social starts at 6 with non-alcoholic punch plus a cash bar for drinks and soda. A buffet dinner will start at 6:30, followed by the banquet program at 8 p.m.
Dinner features roasted rosemary chicken, Italian sausage with onions and peppers, baked rigatoni with sauce, vegetable lasagna, roasted red potatoes, tossed garden salad, baked rolls and butter, cake and ice cream and coffee and iced tea.
The program speaker is Ephraim Zimmerman, an ecologist with the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Zimmerman had done inventory, assessment and restoration projects across Pennsylvania for the past 10 years including at Presque Isle and Erie Bluffs state parks. His presentation will focus on the clearing of invasive plant species from Gull Point to improve conditions for piping plovers and other shorebirds.
Tickets for a fundraiser will be $2 each of three for $5. Artist Jan Lutz donated an original 16×22 framed watercolor valued at $400; it is on display through Sept. 19 at Bayfront Gallery, 17 East Dobbins Landing. Tickets are available at the banquet and at Bayfront Gallery, Wild Birds Unlimited and Kelly Run Gallery and Framing. For mail orders, send a check made payable to the Presque Isle Audubon Society to Banquet fundraiser, 6704 W. Haskell Drive, Fairview, PA 16415. Tickets will be sent by return mail. It’s not necessary to be present to win.
Door prize is a membership to the National Audubon Society. The PIAS Environmental Award will be given after dinner to honor exceptional work in the conservation/environmental field.