2017 Activities~Workshops~Trips


Off-site Birding Adventures

Each year, we schedule a variety of birding trips for adults. The reports from each will be on our blog page of our web site including some pictures. More details for each can be found on the calendar for that date or by clicking the link where available.

Each year, we schedule a variety of birding trips for adults, no experience needed, we have binoculars to borrow too! Registration/payment due one week in advance for all trips. $15/person for FOSLNC Members; $19/person for Non-members.

Upcoming Birding Field Trips for Adults (unless otherwise noted):

  • NEW!! Family Friendly! May 20th: 7:30-1pm: Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association-Pennington NJ, Hope & Kevin Sauppe: If you are interested in birding but have never done it yet, or if you want to go on our birding trips but can’t commit an entire day, this is the trip for you! Join Hope & Kevin as we explore the Watershed reserve and it’s variety of habitats from meadow and forest, to stream and pond. Meet at SLNC at 7:30am. If you need to borrow binoculars, let us know ahead of time, pack water, and a snack or lunch to enjoy afterwards.
  • July 22nd: Bombay Hook, DE: Rick & Terri Van Kirk: Meet at Silver Lake Nature Center at 7am OR at off-site location at 8:30am. Late July is a great time to study adult shorebirds returning from the breeding grounds of the north, and also to look for southern species such as stilts, avocets, blue grosbeaks, etc. Dinner will be at a local restaurant. Pack lunch, snacks, and bring plenty of water as the weather can be hot.
  • September 30th: Birding Cape May.  This trip MEETS AT and WILL BEGIN AT Higbee Wildlife Management Area (at end of New England Road), at 6:30am. (Goal is to be there before morning light.) Participants can also arrange to meet up with the group later in the morning at the state park (at the pavilion next to the hawk watch at Cape May Point. Bring lunch. Dinner out.
  • October 14th: Palmyra Cove: Doug Filler to lead. Join us as we Bird at the Tacony-Palmyra Nature Cove located in Palymra New Jersey. Palmyra Cove Nature Park (PCNP) is a 250 acre urban oasis along a highly developed area on the Delaware River. Habitats included in PCNP are wetlands, woodlands, meadows, wild creek and river shoreline, and freshwater Tidal Cove. This is a half day trip. We will leave Silver Lake Nature Center at 7:30 and bird till about noon. Hopefully we will see some late warblers and some early winter ducks.
  • NEW!! Family Friendly! October 28th: Fallsington Park: Dawn Denner & son Kavan. If you are interested in birding but have never done it yet, or if you want to go on our birding trips but can’t commit an entire day, this is the trip for you! Join Dawn Denner and son Kavan as we explore Fallsington park. We will meet at the hockey rink parking lot to enjoy beautiful fall foliage, mostly sidewalk walking and a great variety of birds. If you need to borrow binoculars, let us know ahead of time; this trip is open to people of all ages. Please pack water and a snack to enjoy afterwards.
  • November 11th: Birding Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Mary Jane Mannherz, leader. Meet at SLNC at 7:30am OR meet at the Forsythe Visitor’s Center parking lot at 9am; -address- Oceanville, NJ, to discover late migrant and early winter resident birds in this dynamic salt marsh and coastal area. For most of the day, we will bird from our cars as we cruise along their 17 mile refurbished wildlife drive. Pack a lunch & snacks, then join us for dinner at a local restaurant.
  • December 2nd: Conowingo Dam: Doug Filler to lead. Meet at SLNC at 8am to arrive at location by 10am. Take snacks. Late lunch out. Back to Center by 5pm. The Conowingo Dam is located in Maryland about a 2 hour drive south of the nature center.  This birding spot is on the Susquehanna River where there is a nice concentration of Bald Eagles.  The Eagles can easily be seen from Fisherman’s Park.  This location is great for photographers.  We will enjoy the Eagles and also take an easy walk along a trail down the river to look for other birds.

Birding Walks at SLNC

Join us for a walk on Saturday mornings, at 7:30am, from September through November AND March through May. Meet outside of the Visitors’ Building near the parking lot. FREE.

Click here to visit www.eBird.org to view data on the birds seen and/or heard during the Saturday Morning Bird Walks. Please also visit our facebook page for frequent updates by clicking here.


NEW!! Saturday Nature Series ~ Naturalist Skills Classes

For people who wish to further their natural history knowledge in a fun and hands-on learning environment! Specific dates and topics coming soon…$8 FOSLNC Members/$10 non-members

Join us on most Saturdays, from 1 to 3pm for a different Nature-related class. Please check out our events calendar for a complete list of themes/dates.

$8/person for Members of Friends of Silver Lake or $10/person for Non-members.

June 24th, 1-3pm: Butterfly Lifestyles, Mary Anne Borge: Learn about the lifestyles of some of the common and uncommon butterfly species that make their home in the Delaware Valley. We’ll look at several butterfly species that may be seen in our area, and what they need in order to support their reproduction, caterpillar offspring, and their survival through the winter. 2 hours, indoor presentation followed by outside walk to look for butterflies.

October 14th, 1-3pm: Tree Identification, Mary Anne Borge: Learn about the various trees that call the Coastal Plain their home! Learn how to identify trees based on the characteristics we can see in fall (colorful leaves, bark, buds, fruit) as well as some fun facts about their interaction with animals and even people, all while enjoying the crisp fall air.


NEW “Symbiont” Group Meeting at SLNC ~ Nature Book Club in the Earthship!

Join us on the last Thursday of each month (at 6pm) for this fun, new club! Please click here for more info. FREE.

 


 

Citizen Science Opportunities

Migratory Bird Count: May 13th from 5:30am to 6:30pm: Even if you have never had a chance to go birding before, it is a great experience to learn while being actively involved in important citizen science national bird census (and we have binoculars for you to borrow if needed, just let us know).  You do not need to commit to the entire day or have any birding experience! You can meet us at Silver Lake Nature Center at 5:30am, 7:30am or 10am, or join us later at 1pm to move on to Neshaminy State Park; join for part of the day to be a part of this very special event!

Butterfly Count: June 17th from 10am until 4pm: Join us in taking a census of the butterflies in the preserve for the North American Butterfly Association’s annual count, no experience necessary!

Christmas Bird Count: December 16th from 6:30am to 5:30pm: Even if you have never had a chance to go birding before, it is a great experience to learn while being actively involved in important citizen science national bird census (and we have binoculars for you to borrow if needed, just let us know).  You do not need to commit to the entire day or have any birding experience! You can meet us at Neshaminy State Park at 6:45am, or you can meet us later at Silver Lake Nature Center at 10 am or later at 1pm and join for part of the day to be a part of this very special event!

Water Monitoring Group: Participate in important citizen science by chemically and biologically testing our local watershed for pollutants! If interested click here.


PA Master Naturalist Program

The Silver Lake Nature Center is hosting a PA Master Naturalist program during the Fall of 2017.

Registration Deadline is May 15, 2017.

Applications and more information are available at pamasternaturalist.org.

Tuition: $325, includes mandatory background check fee.

Please contact Ellyn Nolt, the Program Coordinator (enolt@pamasternaturalist.org)

Training Schedule: 9 classroom sessions starting Tuesday September 12 and running through until November 14 (skipping Halloween), all from 5:30-8:30pm and 4 all day Saturday field trips on Sept 23, Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4.

Application Details
Applications are accepted based on interest in volunteerism, enthusiasm for the subject, experience in natural resource conservation and availability.

Information: Michele Richards, PA Master Naturalist President
197 Montour Rd
Elysburg, PA 17824
(570) 441-3364
michele@pamasternaturalist.org


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Baby & Me Nature Walks

If you are interested, please contact Arden Williams at awilliams@buckscounty.org or 215-785-1177.

Baby & Me Nature Walks

Who: Parent(s) and/or caregiver(s) with their child(ren)

What: Nature discovery and exercise walk on our trails–see what lives in our various habitats and what they do during the different seasons. After the walk, we gather for a “BYOS” (Bring your own Snack) in our Welcome area inside or our covered picnic pavilion with access to our natural outdoor Kids Play Area

Where: Meet in Nature Center building, 1306 Bath Road Bristol PA 19007

Cost: FREE

When: The first Wednesday of every month from 2 to 3 pm