December

17

2017

December

17

2017

Washington Christmas Bird Count

Have you noticed a decrease in the number of birds at your feeders?   Being a person who loves the beauty, behavior and diversity of our feathered gifts from nature, I am a bird watcher.  Earlier this summer, I was recording between 15 and 24 different species of birds on a daily basis at the various feeders in the yard, so there were probably five or six dozen individuals.  For the past four weeks, there have only been three or four common bird species like house sparrows and starlings, and no cardinals.  I miss them.  I have taken down all the feeders to bleach wash them and disposed of any remaining seed.  I hope this will help.

Speaking of helping, if you would like to participate in this year’s Audubon Christmas Bird Count, volunteers are most welcome.  You need little if any experience, and it is easy to do.  In fact you can be part of this largest non scientist scientific study from the comfort of your own home just by counting the birds that come to your yard.  Hopefully you will have filled bird feeders there.  If you don’t have a feeder, a bird feeder would be an appropriate Thanksgiving Day gift for your significant other.

Dr. Tom Contreras at Washington and Jefferson College just announced that the Washington Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, December 16.  To register, Dr. Contreras can be contacted at 724-223-6118 or by email at tcontreras@washjeff.edu  The Buffalo Creek Important Bird Area 80 count will be on Sunday, December 17.  The complier for this count is Larry Helgerman at bobolink1989@gmail.com  You can also learn more about the Christmas Bird Counts online, or by attending the December 14 Buffalo Creek Watershed Association meeting.

Donna Riggle

November

09

2017

November

09

2017

Buffalo Creek Watershed Association Meeting

The next meeting of the Buffalo Creek Watershed Association is November 9.  At this meeting we will focus on planning for 2018 and planning the Dec. 14 Christmas get-together. We will have the opportunity to purchase or order the pocket naturalist guides, and see the latest BCWA newsletter.  Updates will include Trout in the Classroom, stream bank restoration and concerns, and Dutch Fork Restoration. Your input is important.  Please attend and bring your 2018 planner!

October

12

2017

October

12

2017

Trout in the Classroom

TROUTStudents at McGuffey High School will have another new educational experience this school year.  The Buffalo Creek Watershed Association presented a check for $2000 to the school district to purchase equipment to initiate and support “Trout in the Classroom,” a cooperative program of the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.  Students learn about coldwater conservation as they raise brook trout from eggs to fingerlings in a classroom aquarium.  Pictured are BCWA members Tim Doman, Ted Stubenbordt, and president Jim Powell, with McGuffey teacher John Leasure and principal Mark Bonus.

The Pennsylvania Trout in the Classroom is an interdisciplinary program which each teacher can tailor to the curricular needs of the students.  There are activities in environment and ecology, science, mathematics, social studies, language, fine arts and physical educations.

Best wishes to the McGuffey students and their brook trout!