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Moosic Mountain in Lackawanna County: Birds and more…

Date(s) - Sat May 19, 2018 - Sun May 20, 2018
All Day

Dick and Nancy Eales Nature Preserve


This is an overnight trip to explore The Nature Conservancy’s Dick and Nancy Eales Nature Preserve, as well as State Game Lands 300, located near Dunmore, Pa (just east of Scranton, Pa). Make your reservation at the Quality Inn, 1226 Harry P. O’Neill Highway, Dunmore, PA 18512. Rates are around $70 – $85. Call 570-348-6101 to book with the hotel – but it may be cheaper to book through an online service. David Trently, who lives in the area and is a professional international birding guide, will guide us at the TNC’s preserve. Driving time from Altoona to Dunmore is about 3 ½ hours. Contact Trip Leaders Mike and Laura Jackson ( or call 814-652-9268) no later than May 4, if you plan to attend. We will leave Altoona at 8:00 am on May 19 and will return the evening of May 20.

Moosic Mountain runs the length of SGL #300, located in Lackawanna and Wayne Counties. SGL #300 provides protection for a globally rare ridgetop ecosystem that known in only a few places in Pennsylvania. This rare habitat is called the Moosic Mountain Barrens. Moosic Mountain is also an important habitat for raptors, songbirds, waterfowl, game birds, bats, butterflies, and rare moths.

We will welcome the spring bird migration and explore a unique forest with bogs, and spring wildflowers at the Eales Preserve. The top photo shows the top half of Bruised Ego Trail in the Preserve. We also hope to see the Rhodora when it blooms, a striking species of Rhododendron, shown below.