Looking for unusual breeding birds in Pennsylvania? Have you ever been to the Pennsylvania's Northern Tier?
This June the Pennsylvania Society of Ornithology (PSO) will hold field trips and its 2014 annual meeting at the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, Pennsylvania from Friday evening June 6 through midday Sunday June 8.
Bradford is the county seat of McKean County, one of the few places in Pennsylvania where you can find breeding saw-whet owls, merlins, Swainson's thrushes, mourning warblers and pine siskins.
On Saturday and Sunday a choice of six field trips will lead you to local hotspots including Kinzua Dam and the Allegheny National Forest. Presentations on Saturday afternoon include Golden-winged warblers, Saw-whet Owl breeding habitat, Snowy Owls and a raptor show open to the public.
Saturday night's keynote speaker will be Dr. Bridget Stutchbury of York University, Toronto whose studies of songbird migration have revealed their routes, wintering grounds and breeding grounds on two continents. Her work with wood thrushes in Pennsylvania inspired me to write about their journeys last May.
Everyone is welcome at the PSO Annual Meeting. You don't have to be a member to attend, though members get a discount.
(photo of saw-whet owl by Sandy Lockerman from the PSO annual meeting flier)