February 19 Meeting. This month's meeting will feature a presentation by TAS member Gary Tyson entitled Birding's Changing Face in the Digital World. Gary will talk about how the Internet and digital technologies have thoroughly changed every aspect of birding from finding birds and identifying them to photographing them and using the information and photographs after they are obtained. He will talk about the equipment birders now use -- which has gone far beyond simple binoculars -- how field guides have improved and have gone "digital", how birders obtain information about the whereabouts of birds they may be seeking, and about the numerous "citizen science" projects, which make it possible for birders to make use of their sightings and make real contributions to science and environmental protection.
Gary started birding in 1967 and started photographing birds at about the same time. He is webmaster for the Tiadaghton Audubon Society , coordinates the local Christmas Bird Count for the National Audubon Society, and organizes and leads the annual spring bird walks at Hills Creek State Park. He is also an award-winning bird photographer, and his photographs are often used by educational and environmental institutions and have appeared in a number of publications, both printed and online. He has given several talks on photographing wildlife and will discuss some of them during his presentation.
The meeting and presentation will take place at Mansfield University in Room 317, Alumni Hall at 7:30 PM. Driving instructions from Wellsboro: Take Rte. 6 to Mansfield, drive through the main stop light and make the third right turn onto South Academy St. Make a left into Alumni Hall Visitor Lot. Enter Alumni Hall and go up to the third floor to Room 317.
Snowy Owls are the hot birding topic this winter and are garnering much attention even from non-birders. This year's irruption has been quite extraordinary, with owls seen in numerous places here in the east from New York to Florida. Here in Pennsylvania, snowy owls have been reported at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, in Philadelphia, and Lancaster. And in a few other lesser known places as well. They seem to like airports, probably because the large cut fields remind them of the tundra back home. In any case, should you see one this year in Tioga County, please let us know. It will be much appreciated.
Winter Finch Forecast. According to the experts, you probably will not see huge numbers of pine siskins or common redpolls hitting your bird feeders again this winter. Seed crops of conifers, birches, alders and mountain ashes in Ontario and the northeast are very good, and significant southward irruptions of redpolls, crossbills, and evening grosbeaks are not expected. You can read Ron Pittaway's Winter Finch Forecast here.
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Meetings are held September through May on the third Wednesday of each month at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center on 134 Main Street next to the Green Free Library in Wellsboro. A board meeting takes place at 6:30, and the general meeting is at 7:30; all are welcome.
(Updated February 9, 2014.)
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