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Golden-winged Warbler Weekend


Fri Apr 10, 2015 - Sat Apr 11, 2015    
All Day


Penn State Altoona
3000 Ivyside Park, Altoona, PA, 16601

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The Golden-winged Warbler has been identified as one of the most critically threatened non-federally listed vertebrate species in eastern North America. Attend the Golden-winged Warbler Weekend sponsored by Juniata Valley Audubon Society, Audubon Pennsylvania, and Penn State Altoona to find out how you can help this beautiful bird in its breeding habitat in Pennsylvania, as well as in its wintering range in Honduras.

Friday, April 10 Fireside Lounge in the Slep Student Center

12 Noon:  Free Lunch (Sorry – no vegan option.)

12:00 – 12:50 PM:  Ruth Bennett, Cornell University – Presentation and Discussion
“Creating A Conservation Plan for Golden-winged Warblers in Central and northern South America” Part I

2:00 – 2:50 PM:  D.J. McNeil, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania – Presentation and Discussion
“Golden-winged Warblers in the Appalachians: Response to Large-scale Habitat Management Efforts on Private Lands”

3:30 – 5:00 PM:  Visit the Thoreau Cabin and Hike in the Seminar Forest, Penn State-Altoona
Led by Dr. Mark Bonta and Environmental Studies students Ian McGregor and Sean Fettrow

6:00 PM – Golden-winged Warbler Dinner Party at Marzoni’s in Pinecroft, 1830 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd, Altoona. Dinner includes entrées, including a vegan option, salad, bread, & beverage.
Reservation and payment must be mailed by Tuesday, March 31 – see registration form below.

Saturday, April 11  Room 254 Hawthorn 10 AM – 4 PM

10:00 AM:  Introductions

10:15 AM:  D.J. McNeil, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania – Presentation
“Adult Survival, Nest Success, and Post-fledging Habitat Use of the Golden-winged Warbler in Habitats Managed by NRCS Conservation Practices”

10:45 AM:  Emily Bellush, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania-Research Institute – Presentation
“The Importance of Private Lands in the Golden-winged Warbler Young Forest Initiative”

11:15 AM:  Ruth Bennett, Cornell University – Presentation
“Creating A Conservation Plan for Golden-winged Warblers in Central and northern South America” Part II

11:45 – 12 Noon: Break

12:00 Noon: Intro to Group Discussions – Dr. Mark Bonta

12:15 – 2:00 PM:  Working Lunch during Group Discussions (Free Lunch, sorry, no vegan option)

2:00 – 3:00 PM:  Group Reports

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Discussion and Wrap-up

Registration: Mail Registration and Dinner Payment (Dinner is optional) by Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Download the Golden-winged Warbler Weekend registration form [PDF]
Print out and mail to: Laura Jackson 8621 Black Valley Road Everett, PA 15537
Phone: 814-652-9268 Email: [email protected]

DIRECTIONS to Penn State Altoona Campus
From Pittsburgh and west: Rt. 22 E to Rt. 220/I-99N to 17th St. exit.
From Harrisburg and Philadelphia: PA Turnpike to Bedford (Exit 11) to Route 220/I-99 N to 17th St. exit.
From Points Northeast: Route 80 W to Milesburg exit, take Route 220/I-99 S to 17th St. exit.

From 17th Street Exit: Follow 17th Street into downtown Altoona for approximately 2 miles and turn right onto 12th Avenue. Remain in the left-hand lane. Continue straight (12th Avenue becomes Chestnut Avenue) until you reach Juniata Gap Road (just after passing Martin’s Food Store on left). Turn left onto Juniata Gap Road.

FRIDAY: Park in the Ivy Lot (Main entrance): Follow Juniata Gap Road through 2 stoplights. At the third stoplight, turn right into the main entrance to campus. Follow the road as it curves to the left into the Ivy Lot.

SATURDAY: Park in the Misciagna Lot: Follow Juniata Gap Road to 25th Avenue (Sheetz on right). Turn right. Turn left onto Ivyside Drive. Continue straight until you have entered campus. At the stop sign, turn right. At the next stop sign, turn left into the Misciagna lot. NOTE: Although the lot is gated, it is designated for visitor use. If the gate is closed, use the keypad to call University Police (x5222).