Feb 21, 2006
Contact: Gordon Ovenshine 724-738-4854;
WATCH SPRING UNFOLD THROUGH BIRD WALKS
GRADUATE STUDENT TO LEAD FIELD TRIPS;
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –
Josh Lawrey, a parks and recreation/environmental education
graduate student at Slippery Rock University, will lead a series of
weekly bird walks for beginners this spring at Moraine State Park
and other premier birding spots.
Free and open to the public, participants will learn
identification techniques, migration routes and nesting habits of
species. Lawrey, from Redding, will also direct a hawk-watching
trip to Braddock Bay, N.Y. on April 1, as well as two other
will be held every Monday at 4 p.m. and every Wednesday at 8 a.m.
through May. Participants will meet at SRU’s Robert A.
Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research on
Harmony Road, the sponsor. Call 724-738-4050 or show up at the
prescribed time. The walks are one hour.
walks are beginner oriented, geared specifically to spark the
interest of those who might not have much experience birding and
yet, still be fun and educational for those who bird
regularly,” Lawrey said. “Learning something about the
many different bird types helps us come to understand the
interrelationships that birds and other creatures have with their
particular habitats and the role they play in maintaining the
quality of the world in which we live.”
March 25: Waterfowl at Moraine State Park, from 8 a.m. to
April 1: Hawk watching at Braddock Bay, N.Y., from 6 a.m. to
May 6: Color and song of spring migrants, from 7 a.m.
to noon, on campus.
Lawrey is in his final semester as a
graduate student in the park and resource management/environmental
education program. He has spent several years working in the field
of environmental education, recreation and resource
He spent the
better part of the last four years working for nonprofit
organizations such as the Sharon Audubon Center and Shaver’s
Creek Environmental Center as an environmental educator and also,
he worked as a free-lance hawk counter for HawkWatch International,
Braddock Bay Raptor Research, and the Cape May Bird