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Of: State College, Pennsylvania, USA
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Language: English

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State College, Pennsylvania, USA

Available: weekends
Language: English

Hello! I am an avid birder who loves to share my knowledge with others. I have worked as an interpretive naturalist at the Cape May, NJ Hawk Watch for two fall seasons, was the counter/interpreter for the Montclair, NJ Hawk Watch, and have worked field jobs involving both songbirds and raptors. I have been actively birding the ridge and valley landscape surrounding State College, Pennsylvania for about 4 years now, and am always finding new favorite places to bird. From ducks in the winter, warblers and shorebirds during migration, and breeding warblers in the summer, this region has it all! Winter is always exciting with waterfowl that either spend the season here or simply stop over for a few days. Early spring gets pretty exciting in the first two weeks of March when Golden Eagles migrate past the Tussey Mountain Hawkwatch. It is possible to see as many as 50+ Goldens pass overhead on a peak day during this time period, along with up to 15 other species of raptors. Spring comes slowly in the ridge-and-valley region of PA, bringing shorebirds and finally warblers to the area. Scotia Barrens is a unique ecosystem that is locally famous for how attractive it is to warblers and other songbirds. Breeding warblers in the summer are such a treat, especially for birders who usually must wait until spring or fall migration to enjoy these flashes of color. Let's not forget fall migration as well! Included areas are Centre County, PA and northern Huntingdon County, PA

Area and hotspots
Black Moshannon State Park (IBA), Scotia Barrens (IBA), Bald Eagle State Park, Bear Meadows Natural Area, Tussey Mountain Hawkwatch (limited season) and many other local birding spots.

Local birds
Golden Eagles, Goldens, raptors, warblers, songbirds
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