Fall 2014

Welcome to the latest issue of the Sycamore Warbler!  Attached is a copy of the latest issue.  Below you will find our scheduled activities you’re welcome to participate in.  For information on Wednesdays in the Wild, see the newsletter.  You may also email Joan Mohr Samuels at mohrsamuels@comcast.net for more information (or pick up a schedule at Lilly Nature Center in Celery Bog Park).

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Wednesday, October 15 – 1-3pm Clegg Gardens Fall Color Hike. Outdoor pgm. CLEGG Gardens. Walk with Gus Nyberg (NICHES  Executive Director) Clegg Memorial Garden is now the home for the NICHES Land Trust office.

Saturday, October 18.  Annual Excursion to Lake Michigan Shore Birding Sites. By doing the day-long trip now  (rather than in November), we hope to see a wider diversity of waterfowl, grebes, shorebirds and
perhaps a late jaeger. We will also stop at Jasper-Pulaski State Wildlife Management Area to see if  any Sandhill Cranes have arrived. Meet at the Celery Bog gravel parking lot at 6 am to carpool to
the lakeshore. Wes Homoya (back from his recent escapades in Hawaii and Ecuador) and Ryan  Sanderson will co-lead the trip.

Wednesday, Oct 22 – 7-9pm.  Our Threatened Heritage:  The Mounds Reservoir Proposal.  Indoor program.  Lilly Nature Center.  Present by Kevin Tungesvick (Heart of the River Coalition).

Saturday, October 25.  Green Week Honeysuckle Removal. At Ross Hills Park along the Wabash in Western Tippecanoe  County. Held as one of Purdue’s Green Week projects, help is needed both to remove honeysuckle
and autumn olive as well as overseeing the students. Meet at the park entrance at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, October 29 – 1-3pm.  Fall Waterfowl & More at Celery Bog.  Bring binoculars!  Indoor/outdoor program.  Lilly Nature Center.  Susan Ulrich (avid bird and naturalist, Sycamore Audubon Society).

Friday through Sunday, October 30 – November 2.  Green Week Honeysuckle Removal. At Ross Hills Park along the Wabash in Western Tippecanoe  County. Held as one of Purdue’s Green Week projects, help is needed both to remove honeysuckle  and autumn olive as well as overseeing the students. Meet at the park entrance at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, November 5 – 7-9pm.  Yellowstone:  The Land of Fire, Ice, Water and Wildlife.  Indoor program.  Lilly Nature Center.  Join Dan Shepardson (Purdue Professor of Earth, Atmosphere & Planetary Sciences) on a photographic tour.

Wednesday, November 12 – 1-3pm.  Fall Foods:  enjoy them now & learn how to preserve their for use in winter.  Indoor program.  Brier Environmental Educational Center.  Lynn Layden, Master Gardener & enthusiastic cook.

 Thursday, November 13.  Program: to be announced. Lilly Nature Center, Celery Bog Park, West Lafayette. 7:15 p.m.   Wes has been in Hawaii & Ecuador so is still juggling various possibilities. All sound good!

Sunday, November 16.  Sandhill Crane Spectacle at Jasper-Pulaski (with maybe a Whooping Crane thrown in?). Meet  at 3 pm at the gravel parking lot at Celery Bog to carpool.

Wednesday, November 19 1-3pm.  Back from the Brink:  Bird Restoration Success Stories.  Indoor program.  Lilly Nature Center.  Dean Zimmerman, IDNR Wildlife Biologist.

Sunday, December 13.  Lafayette Christmas Bird Count. Mark your calendar & participate. Ed Hopkins will be organizing  our local participation in this national birding event, now 114 years old! More in the next Warbler.

 

 

 

Summer 2014

Welcome to the latest issue of the Warbler!  Below you will find a listing of our activities.  Please also note that the Summer 2014 Warbler has been attached, as well as the July-August 2014 Native Roots.  Native Roots is a collection of many activities to do in West Central Indiana, so please take a look!  The newsletter also includes our Wednesdays in the Wild schedule.

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Programs are held on the 2nd Thursday at 7:15 PM in the Lilly Nature Center in West Lafayette. People are invited to come beforehand for “Dinner and Conversation” at 6:00 PM at the MCL Cafeteria (West Lafayette) .

Saturday, June 14th – Grassland birds  & More at Prophetstown:  Field Trip with the Indiana Audubon Society. See p. 1. Meet at the park’s Bergamot Pavilion at 7:30 or carpool from Celery Bog gravel lot promptly at 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 22nd – Picnic Fundraiser. Americus Community Coalition. $5 donation which goes to help stop the proposed nearby quarry.  Hamburgers, hotdogs and lots more food and beverages. Wolfe Leisure Time Campground, by Americus. 2-5 p.m, the Deno family who own the nearby property with the natural spring and wonderful diverse fen will open their area for people to visit.

Saturday, July 12th – River Fest celebrating Indiana’s greatest natural resource, the Wabash River.  Tapawingo Park, WL from 10 a.m.—5 p.m. SAS will have a booth along with numerous other groups. Free and family friendly, with pony rides, balloon art, 5K Run/Walk, a Kid’s Parade, voyager canoe races and more!  If you can help at the booth we can use the company, or just stop by to say “hi”.  Go to: www.wabashriverfest.com.

July 31st – Last Day for Summer Bird Sightings. Tally up and send your results in. see p. 1.

Saturday, August 30th – Celery Bog early migrants search. We will look for the start of fall migration at Celery Bog (and elsewhere if shore- birds are being reported).  Meet at the overflow gravel parking lot on the drive to Lilly Nature Center at 7:30 am.

Thursday, Sept 4th and future Thursdays – Early Bird Hikes start and are held weekly.  Meet at Celery Bog’s gravel parking lot at 8 a.m. These will go every Thursday morning until the migration season ends (or people stop showing up!).  For more information call or email Barny Dunning, see p.7.

Thursday, September 12th – SAS Invitational Program: Bring your own 1-10 minute ‘program’ to share. Vacation pictures, back yard shots, etc.  7:15 p.m. Lilly Nature Center. Free parking. Our yearly carry-in dinner is at 6 p.m. before the meeting. Bring a dish to share. SAS supplies beverages, cups, plates, utensils, & napkins . If you forget to make or buy something, come for dinner anyway. There’s always plenty of good food.

Saturday, September 20th – Workday at Ross Hills Park.  Meet at Ross Hills Park at 9:30, goes to noon. Tools and gloves available or bring your own (note: people with chainsaws will be very useful!). Rain date Sunday from 1:30-4 p.m.

Spring 2014

Welcome to the latest issue of the Warbler!  Below you will find a listing of our activities.  Please see the Warbler for the complete Wednesdays in the Wild schedule.  The PDF version of the Warbler and Wednesdays in the Wild schedule can be found here:

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Programs are held on the 2nd Thursday at 7:15 PM in the Lilly Nature Center in West Lafayette. People are invited to come beforehand for “Dinner and Conversation” at 6:00 PM at the MCL Cafeteria (West Lafayette) .

Please also remember that Barny’s popular Early Bird Hikes begin again at Celery Bog Thursday, March 27th.
Meet at the gravel parking area at 8 a.m. for an hour (or so) of birding before work, classes, or other activities. The walks are held every Thursday morning through the spring migration season.

April 4-6 (Fri-Sun) – Bake & Plant Sale West Lafayette Public Library. Donations and cashiers needed. See p. 2 for details.  Contact Susan Ulrich (see page 7) to help or if you have any questions. 6:30-9 p.m. Fri, 10-5 Sat, 1-5 Sun.

Thursday, April 10 – Program: Birding Puerto Rico. Rick Read, SAS board member. Rick and Debbie went to Puerto Rico on a 6-day bird trip arranged by the Indiana Audubon Society. The focus of the trip was to see the 17 endemic bird species of Puerto Rico plus other regional specialties. In all 114 species of birds were seen. Rick will tell about the trip and show his many photos which include 12 of the endemics. 7:15 p.m. Lilly Nature Center, Celery Bog Park, West Lafayette. Free parking and refreshments.

Saturday, April 12 – Birds & Flowers Walk Susan Ulrich, leader. Half day trip. Meet at the first parking area in Ross Hills Park in Western Tippecanoe County at 8 a.m. We will look for early wildflowers and birds and also see some of the areas that have been cleared of honeysuckle.

Tuesday, April 22 – Earth Day Special Afternoon. A hands-on celebration of Earth Day. Meet at the first parking area at Ross Hills Park for this big mustard-honeysuckle work day organized by NICHES, Purdue, INPAWS, and SAS. Hours are 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 26 – Garden Expo Plant Sale. Put on by the Tippecanoe County Master Gardeners. SAS is looking for donations of plants and items to sell. See p.2. Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds off Teal Road, Lafayette, 9:30-3 p.m.

Saturday, May 3 – May Count Review Trip  Barny Dunning, leader. Bird identification a bit rusty? Join leader Barny Dunning and others to brush up on your birding skills before the May 10th Big Day Count. Learn or relearn songs, and I.D. clues. 8 a.m. Martell Forest main entrance on east side of Tippecanoe County road 725W.

Thursday, May 8 – Program: Computers & Chickadees. Dr. Pat Zollner, Ass. Professor of Quantitative Ecology, Purdue. Computer models and simulations can help form wildlife management and conservation policy decisions. A specific case study from Fort Harrison State Park near Indianapolis will highlight this strategy. 7:15 p.m. Lilly Nature Center, Celery Bog Park, West Lafayette. Free parking and refreshments.

Saturday, May 10 – Big Day in May Count. An exciting all–day bird count using county boundaries. Any help is appreciated—trying to find all the species in a county is a big job. More on page 1. A compilation party for the Tippecanoe Participants or interested individuals will be at 8 p.m. at Joe & Temple Pearson’s’ house, 700 Ross St, WL.

Saturday, May 17 – Mind BOGgling Event Wetlands Celebration. Don’t miss this exciting and informative event for families and individuals at Celery Bog Park in West Lafayette. Lots of activities for kids, plus music, nature walks, talks and stage presentations, live animals, and the Emergency Muncie Truck, too. Hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See p 2.

Saturday, June 14 – Birds of Prophetstown. 7:30 a.m. SAS is leading this tour for our members as well as members of the Indiana Audubon Society. Our local state park has a lot of great habitat, especially for grassland birds which are in decline nationally. There are also wetland, brush, and woodland birds. Come out not only to see the birds but also to meet other birders from around the state. A state park pass or an entry fee may be needed or you can carpool from Celery Bog Park at 7:00.

 

Winter 2013

Welcome to the latest issue of the Sycamore Warbler!  We hope that you are having a wonderful holiday season.

Thursday, Jan 2. – Willow Slough-Iroquois Preserves CBC.  Ed Hopkins, compiler.  This count covers Willow Slough in Indiana and the Iroquois Preserves in Illinois.  Contact Ed (see p. 1) to get information on where to meet and what area to cover.  Maps, instructions, bird forms provided.

Thursday, Jan 9.  –  PROGRAM:  Humans and Birds:  Can’t We All Just Get Along?  Judy Loven.  As state director of USDA Wildlife Services in Indiana, Judy has the task of bringing disparate stakeholders together to create shared solutions to conflicts involving the interests of humans, birds, and other wildlife.  She will discuss past and current highlights impacting our great state’s avifauna, and how Wildlife Services works to better the lives of citizens and critters alike.  7:15 p.m. Lilly Nature Center, Celery Bog Park, WL.  Free parking and refreshments.

Saturday, Jan 25. –  Winter Birds.  For several years we haven’t had a January field trip because they kept getting snowed out.  Throwing caution to the wind (squalls?), we are planning a winter bird foray this year.  Meet at 8:30 a.m at the gravel parking lot at Celery Bog.  We will drive around the area looking for longspurs, Snow Buntings, Rough-legged Hawks and whatever else is being reported.  Half day trip.

Thursday, Feb 13.  – PROGRAM:  Birds and Other Wildlife in a Forested Landscape.  Andrew Meier of Purdue’s Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE).  This is a century long project in Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood State Forests with multiple objectives:  one is to understand the impact of forest management on populations and diversity of plans and animals.  Andrew will discuss the background and impetus for HEE, the forest management context, and wildlife responses to that management.  Although a number of wildlife communities wil be discussed, the focus will be on changes in breeding bird dynamics.  7:15 p.m. Lilly Nature Center, Celery Bog Park, WL.  Free parking and refreshments.

Saturday, Feb 22.  –  Waterfowl and Eagles.  This trip is scheduled to intercept the first of the migrating waterfowl in the region, plus look for Bald Eagles along the Wabash River.  The local breeding eagle pairs should be on eggs already.  Meet at 8 a.m. at the gravel parking lot, Celery Bog Park, to caravan.

Sunday, March 9.  –  Woodcock Display.  Meet at 6 p.m. at the Purdue Wildlife Area on Route 26 in the western part of the county to listen and look for displaying American Woodcock.  If you don’t know where the Purdue Wildlife Area is, meet at 5:45 p.m at the gravel parking lot, Celery Bog Park, to caravan.

Thursday, March 13.  –  PROGRAM:  Update on Local Youth in Nature.  Zonda Bryant, SAS board member.  Did you know our community has a Junior Nature Club?  Or that soon it will be home to an incredibly exciting and innovative outdoor space known as a Children’s Forest?  See story page 1, picture p.2.  Zonda will tell us all about these and remind us how special and important it is to connect with nature whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart.  7:15 p.m Lilly Nature Center, Celery Bog Park, WL.  Free parking and refreshments.

Saturday, March 29.  –  Lakeshore Trip.  A trip to the Lake Michigan shore to visit Dunes State Park and the National Lakeshore looking for migrating waterfowl, gulls, loons and other species that are hard to see in the West Lafayette area.  Meet at 6:30 a.m in the gravel parking lot at Celery Bog Park to carpool.

Sycamore Warbler Fall 2013!

Hello and welcome!  Fall is going to be a busy time for the Sycamore Audubon, and hopefully you can make it to some of our outings!  Latest issue here ->  Fall 2013

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September 4 and each Thursday – Early Bird Hikes – Celery Bog Nature Park, WL.  8 am, first gravel parking lot.  A chance to get out and see what’s new and old before heading to work.

October 2 WEDNESDAYS  IN  THE WILD – 1-3 .  Dying for Fall Colors.  At Brief Nature Center, Battle Ground.  Lynn Layden, master gardener and Sally Weeks, dendrologist, dye samples of fabrics using natural plants such as goldenrod, black walnut and pokeberry.

October 5-6 Feast of the Hunter’s Moon!  See page 1 of the latest issue.

October 9 – WEDNESDAYS IN THE WILD 1-3.   Fall Waterfowl and More.  Susan Ulrich, SAS.  Fall migrant ID show followed by a walk at LNC Celery Bog.

October 10 – Thursday – Program:  Ecological Ethics Forum.  Barny Dunning, Bob Easter, Michael Homoya, Michael Jenkins, Derek Luchik, and Gus Nyberg.  A lively discussion among some of Indiana’s most prominent and up and coming conservationists.  Join moderator Wes Homoya as he asks the panel to share their person land ethics, and spark debate on best management practices for conservation in the 21st century and beyond.  7:15 pm Lilly Nature Center, Celery Bog Park, WL.

October 12 – Saturday – Waterfowl Field Trip.  Meet at the gravel parking lot at Celery Bog at 8 am.  We will check the Bog, Pine Creek, and other local sites for migrating waterfowl.  Half-day trip with a return timed to avoid football traffic.

October 16 – WEDNESDAYS IN THE WILD – 1-3.   Fall Colors of Clegg Gardens.  Jim Peterson, manager and Sally Weeks, dendrologist, will lead a hike and talk about the history of the site and the plants encountered.  Meet at Clegg Gardens.

October 18-20 – Friday-Sunday – Bake and Plant Sale.  Friday night through Sunday.  Funds are going to several local conservation causes including SAS’s Swift Tower Fund.  See details on page 2.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.

October 23 – WEDNESDAYS IN THE WILD – 1-3.  Effects of Recreational Disturbance on Karner Blue Butterflies.  LNC.  Vanessa Quinn, Assistant Professor of Biology discusses results of her field study on this federally endangered butterfly found in the Indiana Dunes.

October 30 – WEDNESDAYS IN THE WILD – 1-3.  The Science of Weather Forecasting.  Chad Evans, WLFI meteorologist.  Indoor, LNC.  Factors that are involved with predicting weather and how slight changes can affect the forecast.

November 6 – WEDNESDAYS IN THE WILD – 1-3.  A Virtual Tour of the Natural History of Glacier National Park.  Dan Shepardson, Professor in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.  Indoor, LNC.  Explore this iconic wilderness landscape through pictures and words.

November 10 – Sunday – Honeysuckle Removal at Ross Hills Park.  This is at 1 pm at Ross Hills Park, first road to left.  Help with the assault on honeysuckles invading Tippecanoe County’s largest park.  Bring gloves and cutting tools if possible, but extras will be available.  Email Susan Ulrich (page 7) for info.

November 13 – WEDNESDAYS IN THE WILD – 1-3.  Overview of NICHES Properties.  Guy Nyberg, Executive Director.  Indoor, LNC.  A visual tour of NICHES’ numerous properties and what you can find in them.

November 14 – Thursday – Program:  Kestrels and You:  The American Kestrel Project.  Jeff Canada.  Indiana Audubon Society.  There will be a live kestrel at the presentation.  This treat accompanies an informative talk on an exciting new citizen science program that seeks to better understand and reverse the current decline of North America’s smallest and most colorful falcon.  7:15 at the Lilly Nature Center, Celery Bog Park, WL.  Free parking and refreshments.

November 16 – Saturday.  Annual Lake Michigan trip.  Meet at 6:30 am to carpool up to the lakeshore.  We will spend the day looking for loons, grebes, gulls, late fall migrants and other birds more commonly found at the lakeshore than here in the Lafayette area.  This is a full day trip which we usually end with a stop at the Jasper-Pulaski State Wildlife Management Area to see Sandhill Cranes.

November 20 – WEDNESDAYS IN THE WILD – 1-3.  Let’s Talk Turkey.  Wildlife Biologist Mick Weeks discusses the biology of wild turkeys and demonstrates their calls while master gardener and cook, Lynn Layden, describes the development of the domestic bird and its preparation, and then serves fresh-from-the-oven roast turkey for all to taste.  Indoors, Brier Nature Center, Battle Ground.

December 12 – Thursday – Program:  Birds and Bombs on the Base:  A Citizen’s Tour in Iraq.  Dr. Carl Voglewede will present the work he did with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on the Joint Base Balad in Iraq where he worked to solve human/wildlife conflicts with their Flight Safety Program.  This is the talk he was unable to give last December because of illness in the family.  7:15 at the Lilly Nature Center, Celery Bog Park, WL.  Free parking and refreshments.

December 14 – Sunday – Lafayette Christmas Bird Count (CBC).  Day-long bird count.  Help is always needed and appreciated.  More in the next newsletter, but mark your calendar now so you are free to participate.

December ?? – January 1 – Cass Count CBC.  Contact Landon Neumann.  Potential new count, no date yet though.  See page 2.  Willow Slough-Iroquiois Preserves CBC.  Ed Hopkins, compiler.  More in next newsletter.