Fall Schedule of Events at Lehigh Gap Nature Center

38689_114832301899192_1332052_nThe Osprey House acts as the starting point for many of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center‘s events and activities. View local wildlife and greenery (like the Swamp Milkweed below) from this picturesque location.
(Photos provided by LGNC’s Facebook page.)

Submitted by Lehigh Gap Nature Center

August 15—December 1: Bake Oven Knob Hawk Count
Join us on the lookout to help with the 53rd Annual Bake Oven Knob Autumn Hawk Count. We always need help spotting the hawks and being there is the best way to learn how to ID migrating raptors. Someone is there daily, weather permitting, seven days a week.

September 14: Second Saturday Bird Walk
9 a.m.
Leader Ron Kline guides this field trip to Bake Oven Knob to observe raptor migration. Registration required via email or call 610-760-8889.

September 15: Habitat Gardening Group Session
12-2:45 p.m.
Contact Linda Frederick at adnil@ptd.net to attend.

September 15: Speaker Series, Dr. Daniel Klem, Jr.
Bird Kills at Windows: The Second Largest Human Source of Avian Mortality on Earth
3 p.m.
Dr. Klem is Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology at Muhlenberg College and the world’s leading expert on bird/window collisions. Because of Dr. Klem’s research, we know that windows are the largest source of human-caused mortality among birds. He will speak about the issue and what is being done to solve it.

September 26—October 31: NEW! Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor Class
6-8 p.m.
Six Thursday evening sessions. Kay Stauffer teaches the course. Cost is $40 for all six sessions. Please send your check to Lehigh Gap Nature Center, P.O. Box 198, Slatington, Pa. 18080, to reserve your space, as class size is limited. For info about the class, call 610-762-7979.

September 28: Migration Fest269124_201068166608938_7931595_n
All activities start at Osprey House.
7 a.m. Warbler walk.
8:30 a.m. Hawk ID Workshop and field trip to Bake Oven Knob.
10 a.m. Monarch Magic (tagging Monarch Butterflies).
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Live Herps.
11 a.m. Garden/Pollinator Tour.
1 p.m. Monarch Magic (tagging Monarch Butterflies).
2 p.m. Garden/Pollinator Tour.
3 p.m. Bird walk for beginners.
7 p.m. Keynote Speaker—Keith Bildstein, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary—
History of Raptor Protection.

October 5: Lehigh Gap Nature Center (More or Less) 10K Trail Run and Two-Mile Scamper
9 a.m. Scamper.
9:30 a.m. Run.
See www.lgnc10k.com for more information and the course map.

October 6: Speaker Series, Dave Cundall, Ph.D.
Tied to Water: Amphibians Life at LGNC
3:00 p.m.
Dr. Cundall is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University who specializes in herps, amphibians and reptiles. He will talk about the amphibians of Lehigh Gap and our region.

October 9 and 16: Papermaking and Plant Fibers
6-8 p.m.
$10 supply fee required at registration.
Week 1: Learn how to make paper from plants found in nature. The first class includes a brief history of papermaking, its origins and uses. Participants will also learn how to make the pulp and pull several sheets of paper.
Week 2: Now that you have all this paper, what can you do with it? Learn how to create a variety of small books using handmade paper.
Register by contacting hamburgerdeborah@yahoo.com. 

October 12: Second Saturday Bird Walk
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Field trip to Bake Oven Knob to observe migrating raptors. Meet at the Osprey House. Led by Kathie Romano. 

October 19: LGNC and Allentown Hiking Club Autumn Refuge Hike
6 a.m.-1 p.m.
A hike through our restoration area and along the Chestnut Oak Trail. Six-mile hike with 600-foot elevation gain and loss with some short steep sections. Wear good hiking shoes and bring water.

October 24: Speaker Series, Matt Macconnell
Water Quality and Trout in the Lehigh River
7:30 p.m.
Matt is the President of the Lehigh River Stocking Association and will discuss the role of the association in conservation of the Lehigh River and the current status of trout populations in the river.

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