Winter 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. WEDNESDAYS IN THE WILD – Weekly programs on various natural history topics for adults and interested young people.  Usually from 1-3 p.m. or 7-9 p.m.   Sites Vary. For a complete description     of these programs email Joan Mohr Samuels at  mohrsamuels@comcast.net  or pick up a schedule at Lilly Nature Center in Celery Bog Park.   The new schedule will be out around late December.

Winter 2014

 January 1 Thursday  – Willow Slough-Iroquois Preserves Christmas Bird Count. All day count. Ed Hopkins is the compiler. To participate call him (see p.1) or come to the Dec. 11th meeting.

January 3 Saturday  – Cass County Christmas Bird Count. The second year for this CBC. Landon Neumann is the compiler. To participate email him (see p.1).

January 20 Tuesday  – Special January Program . Hope is the thing with Feathers: Americans and Three Birds. Joel Greenberg, author of ”A Feathered River Across the Sky”. 7:30 p.m. room 216 Purdue Forestry Building (parking in Purdue Garages is free in the evening). This is replacing SS’s usual 2nd Thursday meeting at Lilly Nature Center. Joel is also giving a talk to the Forestry & Natural Resource Department at 3:30 p.m., “The Echoes of their Wings: the life and legacy of the Passenger Pigeon in the Deans Auditorium of Pfendler Hall (the old Entomology Building).

January 20-25  – January Feeder Count. See page 6.

February 7 Saturday -Winter Birds Field Trip. 8:30 a.m. Celery Bog Park gravel parking lot. We’ll carpool to where the interesting birds are being reported—hawks, longspurs, maybe a Snowy Owl. Local Bald Eagles should have started to nest, too. 1/2 day trip.

February 12 Thursday – February Program: Through their Eyes: Female Choice and Male-Male Competition in Peafowl”. Jessica Yorzinski, Purdue postdoctoral research associate. Learn how Peahens choose their mates and peacocks assess their rivals. Jessica’s research uses eye-tracking technology to see what the birds base these decisions on. Lilly Nature Center, Celery Bog Park 7:15 p.m. Free parking and refreshments. REMEMBER: Dinner & Conversation at MCL with the speaker at 6 p.m.

February 13-16 Fri-Monday  – Great Backyard Bird Count. See back cover for more information. Count one day or four, one spot or many and report what you see on line at http://gbbc.birdcount.org

Feb 21 Saturday  – February Work Day at Ross Hills Park. 10 a.m. Weather permitting. Meet at the Ross Biological Reserve (just east of the Park on the left side of the road that runs between the two sections of the Ravine Golf Course. Watch for the small sign). We will work on stacking already cut large honeysuckle and clearing out smaller ones. Email or call Susan Ulrich if you have any questions (see p 7).

Feb 20-25  – February Feeder Count. See page 6.

March 12 Thursday  – March Program: Tentative: BIGBY Birding & Photography. Joel Hess. Lilly Nature Center, Celery Bog Park 7:15 p.m. Free parking and refreshments.

March 28 Saturday – March Workday at Ross Hills Park. 10 a.m. Weather permitting Meet at the Ross Biological Reserve (just east of the Park on the left side of the road that runs between the two sections of the Ravine Golf Course. Watch for the small sign). We will work on stacking already cut large honeysuckle and clearing out smaller ones. Email or call Susan Ulrich if you have any questions (see p. 7).

 

 

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.