Trail Alert – Dead Crow Bridge Repaired.

by Dave Adams on April 18, 2017

Trail Alert  for the North Country Trail between El Dorado Rd and Rt 268 Trailheads due to a gas pipeline construction project.  Hikers may proceed with caution.  Trail may be closed temporarily when crews are working near the trail.  Also the Dead Crow Bridge has been repaired and open for hiking.

 

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Butler Chapter April 23 Birding Hike

by Dave Adams on April 8, 2017

April 23 – Butler Chapter Birding Hike. Meet 8:30am at parking area on Thompson-Swope Rd near Brimstone Rd. Hike around the gamelands 95 and NCT surrounding the Glades Lake. We would then hike the NCT to the Glades Dam parking area just off route 308. We may hike all the way to the Wick camping area.  Hoping to see some water birds. April should be the peak of migratory waterfowl season at the Glades Dam Lake behind Moniteau High School. I’ve also been keeping tab on our local mating pair of Bald Eagles, which nest in State Game Lands 95. I’ve seen both eagles sitting outside the nest and recently a single eagle. The other may be sitting on the nest, which is visible from Thompson/Swope Road. The Glades is a great attraction for birds year round. Until recently, the currently listed Pennsylvania endangered American Bittern, Least Bittern, and Sedge Wren and the Pennsylvania threatened Upland Sandpiper were common here. All four species require wet meadows and marsh conditions at least some time during their breeding regimen and these vegetative conditions, although greatly diminished, are still present. Furthermore, other breeding wetland species are well documented in recent field surveys: Pied-billed Grebe, Virginia Rail, Sora, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Wilson’s Snipe, Marsh Wren, and Swamp Sparrow. Interior area sensitive forest species known to breed here are Acadian and Least flycatchers, Veery, Wood Thrush, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Hooded Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Northern Parula, and Louisiana Waterthrush. SGL 95 is consistently a birding hotspot for recording unusual species for this part of Butler County, such as Sandhill Crane (spring), American Pipit (spring), Northern Shrike (winter), Northern Mockingbird (resident), Rusty Blackbird (spring and autumn) and the rare Brewer’s Blackbird (autumn). There is suspicion that the Golden-crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Brown Creeper breed in the many evergreen plantations on the site but confirmation is still lacking. Brian Loutzenhiser

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Butler NCT Chapter and BOC combined hike

by Dave Adams on March 13, 2017

March 18 – Join us on a combined hike with the Butler Outdoor Club. Meet 10:00AM under the SR528 bridge and boat launch parking area. Hike 7 miles on the North Country Trail and Mountain Bike Trail hike to Davis Hollow and return (loop) leader – Steve Smith

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Cherry Pie and Washington’s Trail 1753 Hikes

by Dave Adams on January 2, 2017


Saturday February 25, 2017 8:30am – 2:00pm
Jennings Environmental Education Center
Junction of Routes 8 and 528

Pick your favorite winter hike and enjoy free cherry pie.

History hikes start every half hour 9:30 to 12:30.

Guided nature walks start at 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.

North Country Trail 7 mile hike starts at 9:00am under the
528 bridge with optional return shuttles from Jennings.

Event is free, although a $2 per person donation will be
encouraged for participation in the guided hikes/walks.

You must pre-register for all events at the dcnr website
http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/jennings_environmental_education_center/calendar/month/2017/2

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First Day Hike

January 1, 2017

Our January chapter hike will be combined with trail affiliate Butler Outdoor Club and Moraine State Park’s First Day Hike. Sunday, January 1, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Bike Rental Parking Lot, North Shore Moraine State Park – Start the year out right with a hike on the North Country Trail in Moraine State […]

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2016 Year End Review

December 31, 2016

The Butler Chapter continued its mission to maintain and improve the NCT in Butler County in 2016. Our volunteers spent many hours clearing and DR mowing the trails in State Game Lands 95. We build a 30ft wooden bridge across a washed out culvert with SGL95 approval. We hosted a Keystone Trail Care Crew for […]

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September Chapter Hike

September 1, 2016

Our Butler Chapter September Hike will be combined with the Wampum Chapter’s September hike. Sunday 9/18 at 1:00 PM – The Wampum Chapter’s September hike is on the North Country Trail from the Rt. 528 trailhead at the east end of Moraine State Park to Staff Road for a distance of approximately 3.5 miles. We’ll […]

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August Chapter Hike

August 24, 2016

Aug 27 – Butler Outdoor Club and Butler Chapter NCTA hike Meet 10:00 am at the Old Stone House (SR528, SR8 & SR173) 5 Mile hike on the NCT from the Old Stone House to the SR528 trailhead (w/shuttle) led by Steve Smith

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Butler Chapter Trailwork

July 1, 2016

There will be a trail work day on Wednesday –July 6, 2016 ! We will meet at 9:00 AM at the parking lot on Branchton Road. There is a NC Trail signpost on the other side of Branchton Road. We will be doing “trail improvement “ between Branchton Road and Vulture-Bear Rock. Bring pruners and […]

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May 15 Chapter Hike

May 3, 2016

Our May monthly hike will be on Sunday, May 15, at 1:00, where we will pick up where we left off at Kohlmeyer Road, hiking east and south, over the new NCT bridge, through Vulture Rock, past Branchton Road, and ending at the Tamarack camp site where we will check out the overnight campling facility. […]

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