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Here are the Upcoming Events for the coming season.  Parent or guardian must accompany minor children on field trips.

Saturday March 3, 6:00 AM -
Field Trip to Middle Creek WMA

Bruce Carl (717-368-4824 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) will lead this late winter field trip to Middle Creek WMA.  First option is to meet at 6:00 am at Stop #1 to see flocks of birds disperse from the lake at dawn.  The second option is to join the group at 7:30 am, also at Stop #1.  Waterfowl will be the target species on this trip and there should be plenty to see. We will bird into the early afternoon so bring along any snacks/food/drinks and dress for the weather. The group will view the lake from different areas and look at various ponds and wet areas with the possibility of finding 15-20 species here on a single day to go along with the many thousands of Snow Geese staging at this time of year.  It is a great time to be at Middle Creek.  Some of the target birds include Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, Ross’s Goose, White-fronted Goose and hopefully an early morning American Woodcock.  Restrooms will be available at the visitor’s center starting at 8:00 am.



Saturday March 3, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Beginning Birder Field Trip to Middle Creek WMA

Roger Stoner will lead a late afternoon field trip to Middle Creek WMA for beginning birders or for individuals that would like to experience birding for the first time. The purpose of this trip is to introduce the many species of waterfowl that gather at Middle Creek this time of the year.  At dusk the group will search for Short-eared Owls that often winter at Middle Creek.  Roger has binoculars to loan if you need them.  Meet at the visitor’s center parking lot at 4:00 pm.  Contact Roger Stoner (717-393-3030) if you plan to attend.  Restrooms available until 5:00 pm.



Thursday March 8, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Honduras: Birding The Depths

Club meeting at the Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA at 7:00 pm.  Last year LCBC helped to sponsor Ian Gardner on a rapid avian assessment in Honduras.  Ian will present a program on this expedition in Honduras. This past January, the CACAO Expedition went to two understudied and threatened regions of eastern Honduras: Reserva Biologica Rus Rus in La Moskitia, and Parque Nacional Botaderos in Olancho. They met with local conservationists, learned about the regional natural history and environmental threats, and documented both resident and neotropical migrant birds, including significant range expansions for several species.  CACAO stands for Cooperative Avian Conservation and Outreach, a multinational collective of ornithologists, tour guides, conservationists, and journalists interested in making connections with local communities and conducting rapid assessments of birds in understudied areas of Honduras. It is also the colloquial name for the Red-throated Caracara, a charismatic and locally declining raptor in Central America.

Ian Gardner earned his B.S. degree in Wildlife Conservation at Juniata College, and his M.S. degree in Forest Resources at Penn State University. He's spent the last 2 years working as a Wildlife Technician at Fort Indiantown Gap, where he specialize in birds, plants, and moths. For the last year he has helped found the Partners in Neotropical Bird Conservation (PiNBC), a volunteer group of conservationists interested in studying and conserving neotropical migrants and their habitats by working with local communities and conducting rapid assessments in at-risk natural areas. The latest project for PiNBC was the CACAO Expedition.



Saturday March 17, 4:30 PM -
Field Trip for Woodcock & Waterfowl at Middle Creek WMA

John Lahr (717-284-3497 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) will lead a late afternoon and evening field trip to Middle Creek WMA for woodcock and waterfowl.  The main objective of this trip will be to hear and/or view the courtship display of the American Woodcock.  The group will visit an area where there is an opportunity to hear and view this unique event. Some of the time before dusk will be spent scanning the lake and surrounding habitat for waterfowl and other birds that might be in the area.  Meet at the visitor’s center parking area at 4:30 pm.  Restrooms available at the visitor's center until 5:00 pm.



Thursday April 5, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Spring Migration in the Mid-Atlantic

Annual election for officers and board members and club meeting at the Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA at 7:00 pm.  REMINDER: This is the first Thursday of April. Derek Stoner will present a program titled,  "Spring Migration in the Mid-Atlantic." The spectacle of spring migration is a favorite experience for birders, with brightly-colored neo-tropical songbirds arriving and thousands of waterbirds, shorebirds, and raptors pushing North.  April and May are peak months for this movement of birds in the Mid-Atlantic region. Take a photographic tour through the season, from the first-arriving Louisiana Waterthrush to the late-migrating Alder Flycatcher.  Images of vibrant-colored warblers, orioles, tanagers, vireos, and more will build excitement for the rush of migration in coming weeks.

Derek Stoner is a lifelong outdoorsman with a deep passion for connecting people to nature.  During a fifteen-year career with the Delaware Nature Society, he managed and led environmental education programs ranging from summer camps to international ecotours, while also managing the 860-acre Middle Run Natural Area and overseeing the planting of 20,000 trees for habitat improvement.  The award-winning Middle Run Birding Trail is his creation, a unique design that is renowned as a premier location for experiencing the spectacle of songbird migration.  

Now self-employed in the world of publishing, his writing and photography work appears in Outdoor Delaware magazine, Wild Delaware and Wild Delmarva books, Pennsylvania Game News, and the News Journal newspapers.  He does biodiversity consulting for conservation organizations like Mt. Cuba Center, Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, the White Clay Watershed Association, and the National Park Service.  Derek is past president of the Delmarva Ornithological Society, recipient of their Outstanding Conservationist Award, and a founder of the Delaware Dunlins Youth Birding Club, dedicated to mentoring and leading the next generation of birder-conservationists.   A resident of Lancaster, he lives on his family’s farm in Eden with his wife Hilary where they manage the land for the benefit of wildlife. 

 



Saturday April 7, 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Beginning Birder Field Trip to Riverfront Park

Roger Stoner will lead a field trip to Riverfront Park for beginning birders or for individuals that would like to experience birding for the first time. He has binoculars to loan if you need them.  Meet at 9:00 am at the pavilion parking lot. Riverfront Park is located off Rt. 441 north of Marietta.  Going north on Rt. 441 turn left onto Vinegar Ferry Road and proceed under the railroad bridge into the park.  Target species will be spring migrants and some time will be spent scoping the Susquehanna River.  Contact Roger (717-393-9030) if you have questions or plan to attend.



Saturday April 7, 1:00 PM -
Field Trip Along the Susquehanna

Jonathan Heller (717-940-6067) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) will lead an afternoon field trip along the Susquehanna River.  Meet at 1:00 pm in the parking lot of the John Wright Restaurant along the Susquehanna River in Wrightsville. This field trip provides a good opportunity to see Little Gull and maybe even Black-headed Gull which can sometimes be found in among the “Bonies!”



Saturday April 14, 7:00 AM -
Field Trip to Safe Harbor Park

Dennis Harnly (717- 285-7694 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) will lead a field trip to Safe Harbor Park in search of early migrating spring warblers.  Target species are Yellow-throated Warbler, Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcon and other spring migrants.   Meet at Safe Harbor Park tennis court at 7:00 am.  Much of the time will be spent walking through the park along the Conestoga River and Warehouse Road.  The trip will end by scoping the Susquehanna River below the dam for eagles and the Great Blue Heron rookery.  Please contact Dennis if you have questions or plan to attend.



Monday April 16, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Field Trip to Shenk's Ferry Wildflower Preserve

Jim Smith (717-284-4458 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) will lead a field trip to Shenk's Ferry Wildflower Preserve  to observe the wide selection of wildflowers, including Trillium, Virginia Bluebells, and Dutchman's Britches. The trip will begin with some birding at Safe Harbor Park before the group carpools to Shenk's Ferry.  Group limited to 15 participants due to parking limitations at Shenk's Ferry.  Meet at Safe Harbor Park tennis court area at 9:00 am.  Please contact Jim if you have questions or plan to attend.



Saturday April 28, 5:30 AM -
Field Trip to Southern Chester/Lancaster Counties

Bruce Carl (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 717-368-4824)  will lead a field trip to Southern Chester and Lancaster Counties for early spring migrants (warblers, flycatchers, tanagers, orioles, etc.)  Some of the birding areas may include Springlawn Trail, White Clay Creek State Park, Nottingham County Park, Rock Springs Nature Preserve and Octorara Lake area as time permits.  This trip will last into the afternoon so bring a lunch, water and dress for the weather.  Trip limited to 12 participants.  Please contact Bruce with questions or if you plan to attend.  Meet promptly at 5:30 am at the A.C. Moore parking lot at the Lancaster Shopping Center.



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