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CLUB NEWS: Todd Bird Club

on February 22, 2014 10:44 AM

The eastern meadowlark was the topic of the Todd Bird Club meeting on Feb. 4 at Blue Spruce Lodge.

Wildlife conservation officer Patrick Snickles presented an informative program on the history of this member of the blackbird family.

The eastern meadowlark has been designated as a species of conservation concern by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Jakeb Rising also gave the members an update on the five American kestrel boxes he has constructed for his Eagle Scout project. The boxes have been placed in four county parks: Blue Spruce, Smicksburg, Pine Ridge and Waterworks.

He was assisted in placing the boxes by club members Roger Higbee, Lee Carnahan and Tom Glover.

The boxes will be monitored year-round to document their use by American kestrels during breeding season and as winter roosting sites by eastern screech owls.

Everyone interested in birds and birding is invited to the March 4 meeting, when Pittsburgh native Geoff Malosh will share his photographic adventures across four corners of North America.

Geoff is the editor of “Pennsylvania Birds,” the journal of the Pennsylvania Society of Ornithology, and has become one of the top bird photographers in Pennsylvania.

He’ll share humorous stories and plenty of images of birds he photographed on the shores of Hudson Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Todd Bird Club meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month from September through April at Blue Spruce Lodge, Blue Spruce County Park, near Ernest. Refreshments are provided, so arrive early to socialize.

For more information on meetings or outings, check out the www.toddbirdclub. org or phone (724) 354-3493 or (724) 349-2787.

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