RENOVO - Kettle Creek State Park will celebrate the spring migration with a birding festival from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 in the day-use area.
Shaver's Creek Environmental Center will bring live raptors representing species that may be found in the area. Programs focusing on raptor identification and adaptations will be held at 10 a.m. and noon at the Pine Grove Picnic Area.
Pontoon boat tours will be held at 9 and 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m. The boat will load at the dock by the boat launch. Space is limited and will be first come, first served.
The tours will focus on habitat features in and around the lake that attract waterfowl and other species of birds to the Kettle Creek Reservoir.
Participants can create peanut butter bird feeders or build a bluebird house throughout the day at stations adjacent to the day-use parking lot. Another station will focus on teaching the proper use of binoculars and basic bird identification.
An early bird walk will begin at 8 a.m. It will cover several habitat types in the season for migrating songbirds, waterfowl and raptors, as well as year-round resident species.
IN THE PARKS
Bald Eagle State Park, Howard
April 25 - Earth Day Eve Paddle, 6-8 p.m. Fee applies. Register by April 24.
April 26 - Cleanup Day, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Projects include litter pickup and trash removal with gloves and gear provided. Meet at environmental learning center. Call to register.
Cherry Springs State Park, Galeton
Office: Call Lyman Run park at 814-435-5010
May 3 - Introduction to Spring Constellations, 9 p.m.
Visitor Center, Benezette
April 26 - The Land Down Under, 1-2 p.m. World traveler Robert Bolt shares stories of Australia and New Zealand.
Kettle Creek State Park, Renovo
April 26 - Bugs of the Underworld, 6 p.m., nature center at lower campground.
Little Pine State Park,
Office: 570-753-6005/6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
May 3 - Girl Scout Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn map and compass skills, introduction to GPS and geocaching, and introduction to orienteering. Designed for Cadette and/or Senior Girl Scouts. No fee, but registration is required as an individual or as a troop. Registration opens at 8 a.m. April 15 by calling John Kaercher at the numbers above or emailing LittlePineEE@pa.gov.
Ole Bull State Park,
April 25 - Birding 101, 10 a.m., amphitheater. Afterward, learn how to make your own bird journal.
R.B. Winter State Park,
April 24 - Students Environmental Service Day, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Space is limited. Call to register.
April 26 - Volunteer Spring Cleanup, 9 a.m.-noon. Activities include raking leaves in the campground, litter and brush cleanups, trail maintenance, tidying the park's butterfly and wildflower gardens and other projects. Call to register.
Parking will be in the day-use parking lot at the boat launch, and an information table will be set up near the boat launch.
Come dressed for the weather, bring a lunch and, if you have binoculars, journals, field guides or birding related material, feel free to bring them.
The festival will go on rain or shine.