Baird Ornithological Club  --  Reading, Pennsylvania

2013/2014

Updated 4/13/14
The purpose of the Club is to study birds and nature and through that study acquaint others with birds and the environment and to help preserve wildlife and promote conservation and retention of natural areas. 
PROGRAMS listings
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NEXT EVENT

Banquet

April 26, 2014    10:00 AM      Saturday
"Neversink Mountain Birds, Butterflies  &  Botany" Meet at S. 10th and South Streets, Reading, PA. Park on South St. Coordinators: Ken Lebo,  610-856-1413, Karl Gardner (610-987-3281), and Ryan Woolwine (610-777-2333). Joint walk with Mengel Natural History Society
April 27, 2014    8:00 AM     Sunday
"Antietam Lake & Earl Poole Preserve - Birds and Wildflowers" From Perkiomen Ave., Mt. Penn, turn onto Carsonia Ave. and drive to the end. Turn left and go 1/4 mile. Make first left onto Angora Road at the lake. Follow Angora Rd. past Hill Rd intersection. Turn into parking lot at the sharp corner.  Coordinator: Bill Uhrich 610-373-8109.
 
 
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BANQUET  May 9, 2014       Friday 6:00 pm     

Joint Dinner Meeting with Baird Ornithological Club
May 9, 2014 Friday Social hour 6:00 pm - Dinner 6:30 pm Annual meeting and banquet. IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAIN GOD - OLDOINYO LENGAI Natural History of Lake Natron and The Great Gregory Rift with 1.5 Million Points of Pink. Presented by: Jim Brett. Berkshire Country Club, 1637 Bernville Rd. Reading, PA. Download banquet flier with cost and reservation information as PDF

We meet at McConnell Hall, 
     Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center on PA-625 south of Reading, 2 miles south of PA-724.
Map showing location
CLUB INFORMATION

The regular meetings of the B.O.C. are held on the second Friday of every month from September through April with a dinner meeting in May. The meetings begin at 7:30 P.M.  About 25 field trips are held throughout the year to different locations in the County and nearby areas to see birds and nature. These field trips are a good way to learn bird identification by sight and song. Members receive a newsletter, the Distelfink, three times a year.

Meetings are held at McConnell Hall, Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center on PA-625 south of Reading, 2 miles south of PA-724. Map showing location.

Membership is open to those of the public interested in birds and nature. Dues are $15/year. The BOC year is September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014. Download the dues form.  (16k) 

Program and Field Trip brochuure as PDF. The listing may be printed on 8-1/2 x 14 paper, There are two pages. 

Flash Bird Walks. Short notice walks to see an unusual bird or when timing must be just right. You may sign up using an RSS reader. Access the web site and get all the details at https://sites.google.com/site/flashbirdwalks/  .

BOC Facebook pagehttp://www.facebook.com/BairdOrnithologicalClub

For questions, information, or comments: 

As always, all meetings and field trips are open and free to the public.
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Past Year Bird Sightings in Berks County
 Berks County Bird List (Species seen) 2000-2012.

 
Programs for 2013/2014 (Field Trips are listed below)
September 13, 2013         Friday    7:30 pm
"The Long and Short of Raptor Migration" by Dr. Keith Bildstein of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Meeting will be preceded by a 7 PM social hour. Bring refreshments to share. Talk at 7:30 pm. 
British Isles
October 11, 2013           Friday    7:30 pm
"Birding the British Isles"  a photo tour by Ken Haas.
Peregrine Falcons
November 8, 2013          Friday    7:30 pm
"Peregrine Falcons: The Saga of Recovery" by Art McMorris.  Learn about the natural history of Peregrines throughout PA with a spotlight on the Reading falcons. 
December 13, 2013           Friday    7:30 pm
"What You Think You Know About Snakes But Really Don't." by long-time member Bill Munroe Joint meeting with the Mengel Natural History Society
January 10, 2014           Friday    7:30 pm
"Monitoring snowy owl populations: the ultimate nomad of the Arctic"  Learn about Snowy Owls and the field work being done on their breeding grounds from Hawk Mountain's Dr. JF Therrien .
Bird Banding
February 14, 2014           Friday    7:30 pm
Sandy Lockerman presents "Adventures of a Bird Bander." Sandy is one of the few Pennsylvania banders licensed to handle hummingbirds. She will have plenty of great stories of her travels around PA and beyond to band birds.
March 14, 2014           Friday    7:30 pm
"Members Night". Our fellow members will present several short programs. Bring refreshments to share. 
April 11, 2014           Friday    7:30 pm
"Getting reacquainted with John James Audubon"  by Maureen Bando of the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. Travel back in time and get to know the naturalist and artist whose name is known to all birders.
BANQUET
May 9, 2014       Friday 6:00 pm      Joint Dinner Meeting with Baird Ornithological Club May 9, 2014 Friday Social hour 6:00 pm - Dinner 6:30 pm Annual meeting and banquet. IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAIN GOD - OLDOINYO LENGAI Natural History of Lake Natron and The Great Gregory Rift with 1.5 Million Points of Pink. Presented by: Jim Brett. Berkshire Country Club, 1637 Bernville Rd. Reading, PA. Download banquet flier with cost and reservation information as PDF

 
(Field Trips)
September 7, 2013       Saturday 7:00 AM
“Hawk Mountain - Fall Warblers”  Meet at the North Lookout. Coordinator: Ken Lebo, 610-856-1413. Hawk Mountain charges a fee for the trail and lookouts.
September 21, 2013       Saturday    9:00 AM - 2 PM 
"Mount Penn Hawk Watch from the top of the William Penn Memorial Fire Tower"
Coordinator:  Bill Uhrich  610-373-8109
October 6,  2013    8 AM   Sunday 
"Angelica Park" Meet in the parking lot, off of Rte 10. Sign at entrance says Alvernia College. Coordinator: Susie Dillman, 610-451-6715.
October 13, 2013       Saturday    8:00 AM
"Arlene Koch's property - sparrows/fall migrants ," 8 AM
Meet at the Lake Ontelaunee dam breast for car pooling. Coordinator: Matt Wlasniewski, 610-463-8845
October 19, 2013       Saturday    9:00 AM - 2 PM 
"Mount Penn Hawk Watch from the top of the William Penn Memorial Fire Tower"
Coordinator:  Bill Uhrich  610-373-8109
December 1, 2013     8:00 AM     Sunday
“Conowingo Dam, MD" Meet at the old Pathmark/Giant parking lot, business Rt. 222, Shillington. Coordinator: Matt Wlasniewski, 610-562-7550.
December 15, 2013     Sunday
“Reading Christmas Bird Count”  Compiler: Ken Lebo, 610-856-1413.
December 22, 2013     Sunday
“Elverson Christmas Bird Count”  Compiler: Bob Cook, 610-286-9919.
December 28, 2012   Saturday
“Bernville Christmas Bird Count”  Compiler: Ed Barrel, 610-926-2962.
December 29, 2013     Sunday
“Hamburg Christmas Bird Count”  Compiler: Laurie Goodrich, 570-943-3411 ext. 106.
January 19, 2014    8:00 AM     Sunday
"Lake Ontelaunee" Kick off your year list with a winter walk. Meet at the dam breast along Rte. 73. Coordinator: Katrina Knight, 610-372-3671. 
January (date to be announced), 2014
Barnegat, New Jersey Coordinator: Mike Slater 610-698-4031. 
March 2, 2014  8:00 AM        Sunday, 
“Beginning Birder Walk - Lake Ontelaunee - Waterfowl” Meet at the dam breast along Route 73.
Coordinator: Rudy Keller, 610-845-7310.
March 6, 2014    4 PM      Thursday
"Middle Creek WMA - Waterfowl"  Joint trip with Nolde Forest EEC - Transportation provided from Nolde Forest Sawmill Parking Lot or meet at the Middle Creek Visitor Center. Coordinator: Linda Ingram 610-796-3699
April 6, 2014       7:00 AM       Sunday 
"Kernsville Dam"  Directions: Rte 61 north past I-78, right on Industrial Drive (across from Cabela's), right on Kernsville Dam Rd, Meet at the monument, approx. 50 feet ahead. Coordinator: Matt Wlasniewski, 610-463-8845
April 13, 2014    6:30 AM        Sunday
"Bombay Hook NWR - Waterfowl" Meet behind Michael’s Restaurant, near Rite-Aid in Douglassville.  Coordinator: Patrick O'Donnell, 610-401-4020
April 26, 2014    10:00 AM      Saturday
"Neversink Mountain Birds, Butterflies  &  Botany" Meet at S. 10th and South Streets, Reading, PA. Park on South St. Coordinators: Ken Lebo,  610-856-1413, Karl Gardner (610-987-3281), and Ryan Woolwine (610-777-2333). Joint walk with Mengel Natural History Society
April 27, 2014    8:00 AM     Sunday
"Antietam Lake & Earl Poole Preserve - Birds and Wildflowers" From Perkiomen Ave., Mt. Penn, turn onto Carsonia Ave. and drive to the end. Turn left and go 1/4 mile. Make first left onto Angora Road at the lake. Follow Angora Rd. past Hill Rd intersection. Turn into parking lot at the sharp corner.  Coordinator: Bill Uhrich 610-373-8109.
May 3, 2014       7:00 AM      Saturday
"Mount Penn". Meet at Egelman's Park on Hill Road. Coord: Ken Lebo, 610-856-1413
May 4, 2014    7:00 AM        Sunday
"State Game Lands #110, Shartlesville" Take Shartlesville Road north from the I-78 intersection. Turn left on Forge Dam Road at about 0.3 mile. At 1 mile turn left on Northkill Road and go 0.1 mile to parking lot on the right. Coordinator: Kerry Grim. 610-562-4177.
May 10, 2014       Saturday
"North American Migration Count" Compiler: Matt Wlasniewski, 610-463-8845.
May 11, 2014     ?? AM.     Sunday
Location to be announced. Coordinator: Mike Slater 610-698-4031,
May 17, 2014   6:00 AM        Saturday 
"Beginning Birder walk Hay Creek Area - Spring Migration," Meet at the Geigertown Post Office.
Coordinator: Ken Lebo, 610-856-1413
June 14, 2014     7:00 AM       Saturday
"Middle Creek WMA - Breeding Birds" , 7 AM
Meet at the old Pathmark/Giant parking lot, business Rte 222, Shillington for car pooling. Coordinator: Katrina Knight, 610-372-3671
July 26, 2014   8:00 PM      Saturday
"Moth Night" at Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center on PA-625 3 miles south of PA-724. In conjunction with the Mengel Natural History Society. Meet in picnic area behind main parking lot. We will put up black lights and 'sugar' trees to attract moths and other insects. Bring flashlight. Coordinators: Ken Lebo,  610-856-1413, Ryan Woolwine, 610-777-2333, and Jim Eckert.
August 2, 2014   10:00 AM     Saturday
"Butterfly Walk" Meet at Lake Ontelaunee dam breast. Joint walk with the Mengel Natural History Society. Up to 22 species have been seen on this walk. Leaders: Ken Lebo,  610-856-1413, Karl Gardner 610-987-3281, and Ryan Woolwine (610-777-2333).
August 16, 2014   10:00 AM     Saturday
"Dragonflies - Bartram trail/Kernsville Dam"  10 AM. Joint walk with the Mengel Natural History Society. Rte 61 north, right on Jetson Dr (across from Cabelas), right on Industrial Dr, left on Kernsville Dam Rd. The
parking area is on the right. Coordinators: Ken Lebo, 610-856-1413 and Tony Schoch
August 30, 2014   10:00 AM     Saturday
"Butterflies at Angelica Park" 10 AM. Take PA-10 south from Lancaster Avenue 1-1/4 miles. The park entrance road is on the right at the big masonry sign for Alvernia University. Turn right and park at the first parking area on the right Joint walk with the Mengel Natural History Society.  Coordinators: Ken Lebo,  610-856-1413, Karl Gardner, 610-987-3281, and Ryan Woolwine (610-777-2333).
September 6, 2014   7 AM.        Saturday
"Hawk Mountain - Fall Warblers" Meet at the north lookout. Coordinator: Ken Lebo, 610-856-1413.
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Baird Ornithological Club - History
In 1921 Harold R. Morris named the bird club The Baird Ornithological Club. It was named for Spencer Fullerton Baird (1823-1887), the second secretary (director) of the Smithsonian Institution, who was born in Reading in 1823. Earl L. Poole was the first president of the Baird Ornithological Club from 1921-1946. He was also the assistant director of the Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery. Upon the retirement of Levi Mengel at the age of 70 in 1939, Earl Poole was appointed acting director of the museum.

The early meetings were very informal and were comprised of seven or eight birders. There were no planned programs, but general conversations about bird records usually led to chalk drawings and detailed explanations by Earl Poole.

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