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):

  •  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. Doug Filler will be leading this awesome trip.
  • October 14th – Palmyra Cove: 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.
  • October 28th – Family Friendly Birding at Fallsington Park. 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! 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. Dawn Denner and son, Kavan will lead this trip.
  • November 11th – Birding Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. 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. Mary Jane Mannherz will lead this trip.
  • December 2nd – Conowingo Dam. 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. Doug Filler will lead this trip.

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.

Saturday Nature Series

Join us on most Saturdays, from 1 to 2:30pm, for a different Nature-related class. Please check out our events calendar for a complete list of themes/dates. Cost is $2/person for Members of Friends of Silver Lake or $3/person for Non-members.

These programs are great for families and/or individuals.

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! For info/RSVP, please contact Lee Roach at SLNCNatureBookClub@gmail.com.

Please join the Book Club for the next meeting on September 28. We will be discussing Richard Louv’s

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder.

Nature Book Club in the Earthship Sept-Oct 2017


Citizen Science Opportunities

December 16th – National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count. 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. Contact Kassandra Archer for info at kaarcher@buckscounty.org.

PA Master Naturalist Program

The Silver Lake Nature Center is hosting a PA Master Naturalist program during the Fall of 2017. Contact Kassandra Archer for info at kaarcher@buckscounty.org.

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

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