Newsletter & Events

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Upcoming Events

Please check back often for new events and weather-related updates. To join the APAS bulletins email list, send an email with a request to join to

For those do not use email, we have included the phone numbers of the people responsible for these events. Phone lists are tough for us to facilitate, so please refer to the bulletins list or website first for updates and details.

Unfortunately, in nature, weather is important to the success of the event and dates set in stone can change and events be postponed. We will attempt to make announcements of these changes on our website and send APAS Bulletin emails to those subscribed. For information and questions about outings contact Tom and Sally Dick: 814-754-5727

August 15 - December 15, 2017 - Fall Migration Count at the Allegheny Front Hawk Watch
Join our official counters from approx 9:00-4:00 each day as we conduct our Fall Raptor Migration count at the hawk watch. The Allegheny Front Hawk Watch provides incredible views of the migrating raptors and is one of the most important ridges for Golden Eagle. East winds are usually the best days, but you can never tell what will be flying! Always check the weather before visiting. If it is raining, the birds are not flying. If the blue gate at the entrance of the hawk watch is closed, the watch is not open.

August 15 - December 15 (during our Fall migration count) - Junior Hawkwatcher Program
Kids of all ages can learn about hawkwatching by working through the nation’s first Junior Hawk Watcher program. Participants earn an official certificate of completion, a sticker and/or a patch. Bring your kids to the hawk watch during our Fall Migration Count and have them ask the counter to become a Junior Hawkwatcher

Saturday Nights thru September & October - Saturday Nature & Science Presentations at the Hawk Watch
Join us each Saturday night at dusk for a presentation at the hawkwatch. Each week, the presentation title, the presenter’s name, and the time of the presentation will benposted on both our twitter site and on the front page of our website under News Feed. If there is no posting, then there is no presentation, and the gate will be closed. Always check the site before coming out in case plans have changed be cause of weather or other factors. Also, pack a chair and a blanket. If the weather permits, marshmallows and s’mores will be roasted over the fire.

August & September TBA - Moth Lighting
Moth Lighting is another way to appreciate biodiversity. Setups will be at various locations. Past events were highly successful, but are dependent on the weather. Check the News Feed and Events Calendar on our chapter website ( for exact times, dates, and cancellations.

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - Annual Hawk Watch Fall Picnic & Fall Chapter meeting
We will be holding our annual fall picnic at the Allegheny Front Hawk Watch on Sunday, 10/8/17. Open to the public, we will be sharing food and fellowship just as our golden eagle migration heats up. Bring a chair, a favorite beverage and a covered dish to share if you can. We will set up for food at Noon. Watch the News Feed on our website for details and any changes in plan due to weather. The fall meeting will coincide with the Audubon Picnic. A short meeting will be held at the hawk watch after lunch at 1:30 p.m. If needed, the meeting will be moved indoors, depending on the weather and our need for audio/visual equipment. If you have something for the agenda, please email

October to early November TBA - Owl Banding at the Allegheny Front Hawk Watch
Dave Darney, the official bander of the APAS, will be banding Saw-whet Owls on designated evenings when conditions are favorable. We try to post Thursday nights the possible weekend schedule for banding on the websites News Feed. Please check the News Feed before you leave to be sure the banding is still on. This activity depends on just the right weather conditions so we will try to keep the News Feed updated to prevent anyone making an unnecessary trip out. (Please do not go to the hawk watch at night unless the sessions are scheduled.) All are welcome to observe. Dress warm, bring a folding chair, blanket, camera and a flashlight. Enjoy your nocturnal experience! Park along Lambert Mountain Road and walk in the lane. Banding starts at dark and will continue into the early morning as conditions permit.

Sunday, December 17,2016 - Christmas Bird Count
The APAS’s annual Christmas Bird Count will be here sooner than you think! Our 15-mile diameter “Johnstown-circle” extends from Somerset Lake, north to above Quemahoning Reservoir. Team members will scour one (or more) of the eight sectors,counting all the birds encountered during that day. Most sectors already have a leader, but a few sectors remain unfilled. New members can be paired with experience folks, so anyone interested is encouraged to participate. We meet after dark at a local Somerset restaurant for food and to compile the count. This event is filled with birds, comradery, and food. Contact Jeff Payne at by the beginning of December if you can participate.

Allegheny Front Junior Hawkwatcher Program

We are proud to announce that Allegheny Front Hawk Watch now has a Junior Hawkwatcher Program. Printed copies will be available at the hawkwatch, but copies can be downloaded here: Allegheny Front Junior Hawkwatcher Program

Participants that complete this program will receive a certificate of achievement and a special Allegheny Front Junior Hawkwatcher sticker.

Please refer to the latest newsletter for upcoming events. Always check the News Feed on the Home page to see if the scheduled event is on, has been canceled, or that gives special instructions.


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The 2017 Summer Newsletter

The 2017 Winter Newsletter

The 2016 Fall Newsletter

The 2016 Summer Newsletter

The 2015 Spring/Summer Newsletter

The 2014 Spring/Summer Newsletter

The 2013 Spring/Fall Newsletter

The 2012 Newsletter and outing list

The Fall 2011/ Spring 2012 Newsletter and Outing List

The Spring & Summer 2011 Newsletter and Outings List

The Spring & Summer 2010 Newsletter and Outings Listing

The October 2009 edition of the "Chickadee Chatter"     
(Spotted Knapweed, Reminder of Hawk Watch Rules, Members' News, Update on Programs & Outings, Spring 2009 Hawk Watch Count Results, The New Blind a the Wetlands, Reminder of Dues for 09-10)

The June 2009 edition of the "Chickadee Chatter"  
(The 2009 Migratory Bird Count Results, The calendar of events for the Summer & Fall, A review of a book about Roger Tory Peterson, an article about the Autumn Olive, & the invasion of Pine Siskins)

The March 2009 edition of the "Chickadee Chatter"
(The Christmas Bird Count results, 2008 Fall Hawk Watch Count Results, Spring 2009 Hawk Watch, Kudos to Chris, Spring 2009 Calendar of Events, The Jeweled Net of Indra, APAS Website News, Shade-Grown Coffee, Rusty Blackbirds)

The September 2008 edition of the "Chickadee Chatter" 
(Sensible Winds Solutions Update, North American Butterfly Count Local Results, Spring Hawk Watch Count Summary, List of Winter APAS Meetings & Activities, Global Warming Legislation, Celebrating Urban Birds Programs, and a Reminder About Membership Renewals)

The May 2008 edition of the "Chickadee Chatter"  
(Hawk Watch Records,  Report on Earth Day Outing, Spring Waterfowl Migration Counts, Lee's Cucumber & Onions Recipe, Report of the World Series of Birding)

The February 2008 edition of the "Chickadee Chatter"
(Shaffer Mountain Wind Development Update, Fall Hawk Watch, 2007 Christmas Bird Count Results)

The October 2007 edition of the "Chickadee Chatter"
(Shaffer Mountain Wind Development Update, Birds of South East Asia, Our Annual Picnic)

The July 2007 edition of the "Chickadee Chatter"
(2007 World Series of Birding, Spring Hawk Watch 2007, The APAS at Work)

The April 2007 edition of the "Chickadee Chatter"  
(Green Energy & Wind Turbines, Recent Outings Revisited, The Golden Eagle Project, Lee's Everything Cookies Recipe)

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