November 19 Meeting. Drones and Their Use as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in Natural Resource Management will be the topic of discussion at the 2nd Tiadaghton Audubon Society and Pine Creek Headwaters Protection Group (PCHPG) Wine and Cheese Event to be held Wednesday night, 6:30 PM, at the Gmeiner Center in Wellsboro, Pa.
The program will be presented by Merlin Benner of Wildlife Specialists and Remote Intelligence, who will talk about the types of systems and software used in natural-resource management and about projects in which this technology has been found useful. He will provide some examples of real-world usage.
Merlin Benner developed a love for wildlife and the outdoors while growing up in rural Tioga County. He pursued a career in wildlife management, working for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Tennessee State Parks, the Savannah River Ecology Lab, and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. In 2007, Merlin retired from DCNR to work with Nature Quest and start the company Wildlife Specialists. Currently, he continues to lead Wildlife Specialists in conducting wildlife and habitat surveys for a broad array of clients across northeastern North America. In 2013, together with Rob Schwarz and his brother, Phil Benner, he formed Remote Intelligence. This company focuses on the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to gather information in support of a wide range of activities in our society. They have been testing and demonstrating the capabilities of these systems for the past two years and are now beginning to use them in a wide and growing range of projects. The company's website is www.remote-intelligence.com and you can keep up to date on the company's progress on Facebook.
Mr. Benner's presentation will start at 7:30 PM at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center on 134 Main Street next to the Green Free Library in Wellsboro. It will be open to the public and there is no charge. HIs presentation will also coincide with our annual holiday-season celebration with wine, cheese, and other food, which will start at 6:30. Please join us for that as well.
Christmas Bird Count. Our annual Christmas Bird Count will take place on January 1 of next year. Birders and nature enthusiasts in Tioga County, Pennsylvania will join birders across the western hemisphere and participate in Audubon's longest-running wintertime tradition. Over 2,000 individual counts are scheduled to take place throughout the Americas and beyond from December 14, 2012 to January 5, 2013. 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. For more information about this historic event and how the data from it is used, you can visit the National Audubon Society's website at www.audubon.org/bird/cbc
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. 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. We also take a break around 1:00 for a lunch at Ann Vayansky's house in Mansfield, which is a great place to meet people and compare the morning's results.
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.
(Updated November 7, 2014.)
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