On Saturday, April 2, members of Stockbridge Audubon Society took a day-long field trip to Salamonie Lake State Park to see the song birds, waterfowl and woodpeckers that live there.
Andrew Wolfe, who led the outing, said that the group has several spring field trips to observe bird migration and see birds in various habitats, such as lakes, ponds and grasslands.
“I see these field trips as science,” Wolfe said.
He records his data in ebird, an app which tracks bird populations worldwide. Wolfe said that in the past 50 years, three billion birds have been lost due to habitat loss and climate change.
“I can think of five habitats that have disappeared in the last five years,” Wolfe said.
The goal of the group is to get people interested in birds so that they’ll become interested in saving habitat, according to Cynthia Powers.
Louise Larsen, who has been a birdwatcher since childhood, said that birding in a group is beneficial.
“You see more than when you’re by yourself,” she said.
Some of the birds seen on the field trip included yellow-bellied sapsuckers, American goldfinches, purple finches, American white pelicans, wood ducks and bald eagles.
Members of the group agreed that the best equipment to have for birdwatching is a pair of binoculars and a field guide or birdwatching app.
To learn more about Stockbridge Audubon Society, visit stockbridgeaudubon.org.