February 18 Meeting. Tioga County Under Attack! The Emerald Ash Borer is killing our native ash trees, Didymo threatens to cover the bottom of Pine Creek, and Wooly Adelgid is lurking on the borders waiting to leap and destroy the hemlock, our Pennsylvania state tree.
Didymo is an algae that can grow as a coating on rocks and form dense mats and has the ability to cover 100% of a stream bottom. The talk will be concerned with where it has been found in Pine Creek and what can be done to prevent its spread. Emerald Ash Borer is an insect that is deadly for our native ash trees. Learn how to identify this insect, what you can do to protect your ash trees, and why it is important not to transport Ash firewood. Hemlock Wooly Adelgid feeds by sucking sap from our native hemlocks. While not widespread in Tioga County, please learn how to possibly prevent its spread into our forests.
Please come to a public presentation by Steve Hoover, PA DCNR Service Forester for Tioga County, and Lori Davias Maloney, Watershed Specialist, Tioga County Conservation District on Wednesday night 7:30PM, February 18th at the Gmeiner Cultural Center in Wellsboro. The presentation is part of the 2014-2015 speaker program by the Tiadaghton Audubon Society.
Christmas Bird Count Results. Our annual Christmas Bird Count was held on January 1. There were 24 participants who counted 45 species and over 5,000 individual birds. The count took place in 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. Highlights included 15 bald eagles and an estimated 1,500 ring-billed gulls at Hammond Lake. Numbers did not at first glance differ very much from past years. although there seemed to be a lot fewer smaller, perching birds, their numbers being compensated by the unusually large number of gulls. This has happened in the past; for example, in 2012, numerous flocks of Canada geese were seen flying overhead, thus adding an additional 830 birds to the list. However, the count that year was over 4,000 birds, and it took place two weeks earlier. Weather also plays a role. The temperature was very cold in the morning -- around 16 degrees -- very little wind, and very little snow cover. It is often easier to spot the smaller birds if there is snow on the ground. Most small bodies of water, including Hills Creek Lake, were frozen over. The trend in the number of birds seen seems to be downward, although more study is needed to come to any definitive conclusions, and also to be considered is the fact that for the last two years we have been doing the count 2 weeks later.TAS has been participating in the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count since 1968.
Eels and Mussels Project
Please take a look at our new 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.
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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.
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