Blackbrook Audubon Society will look for migrating songbirds and raptors at Erie Bluffs State Park, 12 miles west of Erie, Pennsylvania on Sunday, October 17. Birders of all skill levels are invited to meet at the main parking lot at 11122 West Lake Road, Lake City, PA at 9:30 a.m. This park is approximately one hour from Mentor.
Sections of Erie Bluffs State Park formerly used for agriculture are undergoing extensive restoration efforts to reclaim the black oak woodland/savanna and sand barren ecosystems of the Great Lakes region. The diversity of landforms found in the park provide habitat for plant species rare or absent in other parts of Pennsylvania — the most unusual being the pumpkin ash and the Shumard oak.
Participants should dress for windy weather and bring a lunch. The field trip coordinators will check with a nearby restaurant, All Aboard Dinor in Lake City, closer to the day of the trip to see if it will be open.
Although Erie County is not part of Pennsylvania’s quarantine area for the spotted lanternfly, travelers into the state should be aware of this invasive insect and take precautions to prevent its spread.
Blackbrook Audubon covers Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake Counties as the local chapter of National Audubon Society. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Blackbrook Audubon Society on Facebook for updates.