On Friday and Saturday, May 28-29 the Lacawac Sanctuary will host a birding workshop designed to help beginner and intermediate birders improve their skills and knowledge of birds.  The course will consist of both lecture and field experience and participants have the option to participate in the entire workshop or to select individual sessions.


On Friday and Saturday, May 28-29 the Lacawac Sanctuary will host a birding workshop designed to help beginner and intermediate birders improve their skills and knowledge of birds.  The course will consist of both lecture and field experience and participants have the option to participate in the entire workshop or to select individual sessions.
See handheld birds up close on Friday evening, at 7 p.m., when Dr. Rob Smith and Dr. Meg Hatch demonstrate the use of mist nets and banding birds. They will discuss their research projects and explain how they collect data including weighing, aging and sexing the birds they capture.
After the demonstration Dr. Smith will present a program on bird migration. Following refreshments, take an Owl Prowl with Sanctuary staff to attempt to call in resident great horned and barred owls.
 On Saturday morning at 7 a.m, Peter Wulfhorst will lead a walk to identify birds by field marks, song, behavior and habitats. After the walk we will gather for breakfast in the Sanctuary’s historic Adirondack style lodge. The emphasis of the course will be to improve your birding skills meet other birders and have some fun in the process.
Dr. Smith is an associate professor at the University of Scranton. His research program emphasizes the behavior, ecology and conservation of landbird migrants. To learn more about Dr. Smith visit his website at www.academic.scranton.edu/faculty/smithr9/. Dr. Hatch is an assistant professor at Penn State Worthington Scranton (www.personal.psu.edu/mih10).  Her research focuses on behaviors that affect bird reproductive success and how individuals differ in these behaviors. Currently, in collaboration with Dr. Robert Smith, she is studying age, arrival timing and parental behavior of gray catbirds. They are also beginning to examine variation in immune function and how this relates to arrival, reproductive success and provisioning rates of young. Mr. Wulfhorst is the past president of the Gifford Pinchot Audubon Society. He was introduced to birding by his grandmother and has been an avid birder for over 35 years. Peter is a popular guide who leads many bird walks each year.
The event will take place at the Lacawac Sanctuary, which features a pristine glacial lake, ponds wetlands, woodlands and  ledges overlooking the west shore of Lake Wallenpaupack. The 545 acre nature preserve also includes one mile of shoreline on Lake Wallenpaupack and is one of the few sites nationwide that is federally recognized as both a National Natural Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The cost to attend the entire workshop including lodging in the historic Watres Lodge on Friday night is $45. The entire workshop without lodging is $20.  Session I- Friday night bird banding, lecture and owl prowl costs $10. Session II- Saturday Early Bird Walk and Breakfast costs $12.  Payment and registration are due by Wed., May 26 and enrollment is limited.
Directions: From Hawley, tale Route 590 west past Lakeville; from Hamlin, take Route 590 east. Turn south onto Everly Road. After passing the intersection with Goose Pond Road, turn left onto Lacawac Road. Follow this to the entrance.
For more information or to register call (570)689-9494 or email info@lacawac.org.