December 21 Meeting. The Tiadaghton Audubon Society will host a program entitled "Bobcats in Pennsylvania" to be presented by Wildlife Conservation Officer Rob Minnich on December 21 at 7:30 in the evening at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center in Wellsboro. Rob has been with the Pennsylvania Game Commission since 1995 and has plenty to share from his time in the field. The program will also include an update on the eagle and osprey populations throughout the state. The program will be preceded by a business meeting at 6:30. Both the program and the business meeting are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend! You can also visit us on Facebook to learn more about your local Audubon Chapter and to see what projects are coming up.
Christmas Bird Count. Birders and nature enthusiasts in Tioga County, Pennsylvania will join birders across the western hemisphere and participate in Audubon's longest-running wintertime tradition, the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), to be held in our area on January 1, 2017. Over 2,000 individual counts are scheduled to take place throughout the Americas and beyond from December 14, 2016 through January 5, 2017. Tioga County through the Tiadaghton Audubon Society has been represented in the count every year since 1968.
The data collected by observers over the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. When combined with other surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey, it provides a picture of how the continent's bird populations have changed in time and space over the past hundred years. This year's count will help help scientists understand the impact of the Gulf oil spill on vulnerable species.
In Tioga County the count is limited to a 177-square-mile circle centered in Whitneyville and encompassing Wellsboro in the west, Mansfield in the east, Ives Run/Hammond Lake in the north, and to just above Arnot in the south. For more information about this historic event, you can check out the National Audubon Society's web page devoted to the project. If you would like to participate, please contact Gary Tyson at 570-724-5789 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More eyes are always needed, and great birding skill is not a requirement. In fact, if you live within the count circle, you can just count the birds in your backyard or neighborhood. Please join us on January 1.
Eels and Mussels Project
Please take a look at our page devoted to the Eels and Mussels Project. There are also links to some relevant YouTube videos and a link to our Flickr group which has many more photos of eel captures, tagging, and releases.
New Wildlife Observation Blind on Landrus Road. Tiadaghton Audubon in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry has built a new blind on Landrus Road just west of Arnot. The blind is on one of several rather large ponds in forestry lands in that area. A parking area has already been created and a gravel path laid from it to the blind and pond. It is a very pretty location. Here are the GPS coordinates in decimal degrees: N41.66463, W077.14194. Driving instructions below.
From Rte 15, you can visit the project by driving to the village of Arnot (get off at the Blossburg exit and follow signs to Arnot). From Church Street in Arnot, continue west on Arnot Road for another half mile and make a left onto Landrus Road. Landrus Road is an unimproved, forest-service road. The blind site is 0.6 miles from the Arnot Road intersection. There is a small, rough parking area lined with large rocks on the left. The trail is across the road on the right. The new blind is a very short walk at the end of the gravel path. As of now there are no signs.
From Wellsboro: Approximately 15 miles. Take PA Route 6 East out of town, for 2.1 miles and make a slight right turn on to Cherry Flats Rd. Proceed 2.5 miles and turn right on Arnot Road. Follow Arnot Road for 9 miles, making a sharp right hand turn onto Landrus road (turn is located after passing ponds on the left and right and is very shape, approximately 135 degrees. Landrus Road is an unimproved, forest-service road. Follow Landrus Road for 0.6 miles to parking lot on the left. Lot holds approximately 4 cars. The trail to blind is directly across from parking lot.
(Updated Decemer 6, 2016.)
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