Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society announces fall, winter programs in Back Mountain and beyond

For Dallas Post | August 16th, 2016 1:12 pm

DALLAS — The Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society has announced the following fall and winter programs:

• Hydroponics - 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Irem Road, Dallas. Bill Banta will explain his hydroponic lettuce-growing enterprise, how hydroponics works, and why organic lettuce is healthy. Banta and Amanda Rowlands Banta, owners of Rowlands Pennsylvania Produce, have been operating greenhouses for over 20 years. In 2012 they saw a need and started growing chemical- and pesticide-free lettuce hydroponically. They now grow up to 9,000 heads of organic, hydroponically grown lettuce in their 5,700-square-foot greenhouse. A follow-up field trip to the Rowlands’ greenhouses will take place Saturday, Sep. 24. Meet at the Country Club Shopping Center in Dallas at 9:45 a.m. Call 570-639-5785 to register for the free trip.

• Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area - 8 a.m. Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 27 and Dec. 25. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park boat launch. Lot access is accessed via First Avenue, across the street from the Subaru dealership on Pierce Street, Kingston. For information contact Bob Wasilewski at 570-542-5948.

• The Big Sit! - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 8. Jeff Stratford of Wilkes University will host a Big Sit on the rooftop of the Cohen Science Center with a view of the Susquehanna River and Kirby Park to discover how many bird species can be seen or heard from this urban rooftop. Come for all or part of this annual, international event. Bring warm clothes, food, drink, sun block, and a comfortable chair. Prizes will be awarded. The primary meeting time is 6:45 a.m. Other times to join the event are 9 and 11 a.m., and 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Park anywhere on campus as parking is open on Saturdays. Meet at the Cohen Science Center lobby. Email Jeff at to register with arrival time and phone number. Registration deadline is Oct. 6. Limited to 20 participants.

• Fall Foliage Hike - 10 a.m. Oct. 10. A moderate three-mile hike in Hickory Run State Park. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Gould Trail parking area along Route 534 approximately 3/4 mile west of the Park Office. Call 570-474-5884 to register.

• Gifford Pinchot’s Conservation Legacy - 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Irem Road, Dallas. Learn about America’s first trained forester and conservationist, Gifford Pinchot. As head of the U.S. Forest Service in 1905 and later as two-term governor of Pennsylvania, Pinchot put Pennsylvanians back to work during the Great Depression regenerating forests and planting trees. A field trip to Pinchot’s former home Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford will take place Oct. 22 and include a guided tour of the house and grounds. Meet 8:30 a.m. at the Park and Ride on Route 309 near Blackman Street in Wilkes-Barre. Registration is required by Oct. 20 by calling Diane Madl at 570-474-5740. Bring drinks/snacks/lunch for the day.

• Creating Oils with Herbs - 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Irem Road, Dallas. Charlene Wildes, organic gardener and herb enthusiast for over 40 years, will discuss how to use herbs to create a variety of oils. For information, call Craig Yarrish at 570-479-0400.

• Local Waterfowl - 9 a.m. Dec. 10. Jon Thomas of the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society will lead a hike in search of local waterfowl. This is a great trip for both beginners and experienced birders, and most birding will be done from your auto without much walking. Meet at the Weis Market parking lot on Route 29 in Tunkhannock at 9 a.m. Call 570-586-3702 for more info or to register.

• First Day Hike in Nescopeck State Park - 1 p.m. Jan. 1. During this hectic time of year take a few hours to relax and get some exercise for a two-to-three mile walk through the various habitat zones within this scenic area of Drums. Meet at 1 p.m. at the park’s visitor center. Registration: 570-474-5884.

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