Birding Events/Field Trips in (or near) Pennsylvania

We are open to ideas for field trips, suggestions and helpers. If you or your group you belong to are having outings or trips, please consider joining with PSO to make more opportunities for our members and non-members alike.

Contact Chad Kauffman with your ideas or trips.

Event info and signups are available on the PSO facebook page found at

September 15-17th
PSO Annual Meeting Weekend

PSO Annual Meeting in Carlisle, Cumberland County. The field trips at the annual meeting will include trips in Cumberland, Perry, Dauphin, Adams, and Franklin Counties. Highlighted will be trips to both the ridges along the Michaux and Tuscarora State Forests which are hot spots for fall warbler migration. You will also have the opportunity to visit Waggoner’s Gap Hawk Watch which is one of the best places in PA to catch fall raptor migration at what is normally the height of Broad-winged Hawk numbers.

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Oct 7-8
The Big Sit


The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. Every team that observes the year’s “Golden Bird” has a chance to win $500. Every year, bird watchers from around the globe unite on this special day by participating in this free event, open to any person and club in any country! The Big Sit! is sponsored by Swarovski Optik. The Big Sit! is like a Big Day or a bird-a-thon in that the object is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours. The difference lies in the area limitation from which you may observe. Some people have called it a “tailgate party for birders.” Find a good spot for bird watching—preferably one with good views of a variety of habitats and lots of birds. Next, create a real or imaginary circle 17 feet in diameter and sit inside the circle for 24 hours, counting all the bird species you see or hear. That’s it. Find a spot, sit in it, have fun. Then submit your findings. Participants are allowed to come and go from the circle—especially for the purpose of bringing food back into the circle—and the circle need not be be occupied for the entire 24 hours.

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November 4-5
Allegheny Front Hawkwatch trip

Chad Kauffman

A return to Allegheny Front for a hawk watch trip in the hopes of being there for the peak of the Golden Eagles and other large raptors. This location is a wonderful spot that you can almost literally bird from your vehicle or not have to walk far from the vehicle. The walking is level, there is a nice picnic table, portipotty and some available seating, but we would suggest to bring some layers, a nice comfy chair, some warm beverages and await for the winds to bring the birds by us close. Check out the link on facebook for more and updated information.

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