A cerulean warbler weighs as much as a paper clip. Lately, the tiny yet mighty warblers have been flying more than 4,000 miles from the Andes Mountains, destined for the Pocono forests.
On Saturday, May 18, Brodhead Watershed Association will host a guided hike to show interested bird lovers where to welcome the springtime arrivals. In a large Special Management Area in Delaware State Forest, the trees are managed for the benefit of cerulean and other warblers. Dr. Jeff Larkin, an expert on forest bird ecology, will lead a hike through the area and explain why the birds call this place their summer home.
On one side of the trail, the woods are tall and dense with saplings and older trees. Far below, beavers have dammed an unnamed creek to form a gleaming pond. On the other side, the woods are open and sunlit. There is a scattering of mature trees and a rich new undergrowth of blackberry and shrubby regrowth sprouting from the stumps of felled oaks, against the backdrop of high rock bluff. Perfect warbler habitat. And perfect for a springtime Saturday morning hike.
This event is FREE, but registration in advance is required. Full directions will be given upon registration. This hike takes place during spring gobbler/turkey season. Wear orange.
To register, call 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727; email email@example.com. For information about this and other hikes in the free Get Outdoors Poconos series, go to brodheadwatershed.org/gopoconos. The hike series is administered by Brodhead Watershed Association and supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.