OhiopylebirdlearnyourlandAs I approach the serviceberry tree with a jar in hand, a cedar waxwing greets me with a little dance.  I harvest just enough of these tasty fruits for a snack, leaving plenty behind for my new friend.

Later on, as I’m walking through a forested trail, I hear a familiar call: weet weet weet weet tsee tsee.

At first I cannot see the singer of this song, though as I narrow my gaze, I wonder how I ever overlooked the striking appearance of this yellow warbler.

Surely, it’s springtime in Pennsylvania!

Of course, I’m not the only one who fervently enjoys the sights and sounds of birds in Pennsylvania.

Barbara Wallace, an environmental education specialist at Ohiopyle State Park in Southwestern Pennsylvania, is another admirer of birds.  Additionally, she is an expert in the field who is well known in Pennsylvania for her craft.  (I’ve asked around… Barbara’s name kept coming up.)

I recently had the pleasure of attending one of her guided bird hikes at Ohiopyle State Park in the Laurel Highlands.  This particular hike took place on International Migratory Bird Day, a day that celebrates the migration of birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

After the program, I asked her a few questions regarding her experiences with birding.  Today, I’m excited to be sharing this video with you!