Appalachian Trail Conservancy Partners with Audubon Pennsylvania, Appalachian Trail Clubs and Lehigh Gap Nature Center for Bird the Ridge

Date Published: May 21, 2014

Boiling Springs, PA (May 21, 2014) – The Kittatinny Coalition, led by Audubon Pennsylvania and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), and in partnership with Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Clubs and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, is pleased to present an exciting series of hikes for its 2014 Bird the Ridge. Participants in each event will experience the beauty of the Kittatinny Ridge in Pennsylvania and will learn about how their bird observations can further the Coalition’s knowledge of the Ridge’s bird life.

“Bird the Ridge hikes are a great way to learn more about the unique bird life on the Appalachian Trail along the Kittatinny Ridge,” said Karen Lutz, ATC regional director. “The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is happy to offer these events in cooperation with our partners.”

This year’s Bird the Ridge series features six hikes over the course of a week beginning Saturday, May 31 and continuing through Sunday, June 8. Each hike will spotlight a different portion of the Kittatinny Ridge spanning Cumberland, Perry, Dauphin, Schuylkill, Berks and Monroe counties.

Bird the Ridge Hike Series Overview:

Second Mountain Hawk Watch to Swatara Gap with Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club (5 miles, moderate)
Date: Saturday, May 31
Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meeting place: Memorial Lake State Park, Granville, PA

Darlington Trail to the Appalachian Trail with the Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club (4.5 miles, moderately strenuous)
Date: Saturday, June 7
Time: 8 to 11 a.m.
Meeting place: Sherwood Drive, Appalachian Trail parking area

Waggoner’s Gap and the Tuscarora Trail with the York Audubon Society (3-5 miles, easy)
Date:  Saturday, June 7
Time:  8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Meeting Place:  Hawk Watch parking lot at Waggoner’s Gap

Appalachian Trail – Wolf Rocks and Cherry Valley Overlook with Batona Hiking Club and Appalachian Mountain Club Delaware Valley Chapter (5 miles, moderate)
Date: Saturday, June 7
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meeting place: Trailhead on the west side of PA-191

Whip-poor-will Hike with Allentown Hiking Club & Lehigh Gap Nature Center (6 miles, moderate)
Date: Saturday, June 7
Time: 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Meeting place: The Osprey House at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center

Appalachian Trail – Route 501 to Round Head with Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club (6 miles, moderate)
Date: Sunday, June 8
Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Meeting place: Parking area on Route 501, near the intersection of the Appalachian Trail

Funding for the Kittatinny Ridge project is provided by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources through a Community Conservation Partnerships Program grant. For more information about the Bird the Ridge hikes, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/events.                       

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.

Contact: Javier Folgar                                                                    
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]
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Web: www.appalachiantrail.org





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