Nature programs are presented in the Clarion Free Library on the second Wednesday of the months September through December and March through June. Programs begin at 6:30 p.m. after a few announcements.

 The programs are free and open to the public. Please observe any current CDC precautions for Covid. 


David Yeany II holding an Evening Grosbeak.

Road to Recovery: Continental Conservation of the Evening Grosbeak
with David Yeany II
September 14

     With a 92% population decline since 1970, evening grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) was cited as the steepest declining landbird in the continental United States and Canada by the Partners in Flight 2016 Landbird Conservation Plan.        Since 2017, the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Powdermill Avian Research Center at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History have collaborated on tracking studies of evening grosbeak winter populations in western Pennsylvania. We use cutting edge tracking devices to follow individual evening grosbeaks within the region and through their migratory and irruptive movements.  

     In 2021, the Finch Research Network (FiRN) was added as a collaborator. We expanded our focus beyond just Pennsylvania's wintering evening grosbeaks to the continental population - using newly available satellite tracking tags to follow grosbeaks in near real-time and formed an international evening grosbeak working group. 


     Come and learn more about this exciting project that began in the backyards of Western Pennsylvania and is now working toward conservation for the continental population of the evening grosbeak. 


     David Yeany II is the Avian Ecologist for the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. David joined PNHP in 2011 and has 17 years of professional experience in ornithology and bird conservation. He has an M.S. in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology from Frostburg University. His work includes avian ecology and monitoring; wildlife-habitat relationship studies;  rare and endangered species surveys; conservation projects; and bird tracking studies with new technologies, including evening grosbeaks.  

Winging It!
with Greg Clary
October 12

     Greg Clary is a hobbyist photographer and casual birder who has had a lifelong affinity for the outdoors. At this program, he will highlight a sampling of his "stumbling around with a camera in my hand," from Clarion County, northwestern Pennsylvania, and southern West Virginia.  

     Born and raised in Turkey Creek, WV, he earned degrees in rehabilitation and counseling from Marshall University and a Ph.D. in special education from Kent State University. He retired from Clarion University in 2017 after 36 years of faculty service. 

     His retirement coincided with a new interest in photography, particularly that of wildlife. Proximity to the nearby Piney Tract, Clarion River, northwestern PA forests, and a locally resurgent bald eagle population, served as prompts to pursue this new photography interest. 

     Greg returns often to his cabin on the family home place in West Virginia. The property is adjacent to the Greenbottom Wildlife Management Area, site of West Virginia's largest natural wetlands. Its location along the Ohio River flyway serves as a common resting area for migratory birds of all types and a favorite locale for birders, naturalist, and photographers. 

     Greg's photographs have been published in The Sun Magazine, Looking at Appalachia, Rattle, Hole in the Head Review, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, The Watershed Journal, Dark Horse, Change Seven, Detour Ahead, Bee House Journal, Appalachian Lit, Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, North/South Applachia, The Ear, Bluestone Review, and many other publications. 



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John Fedak holding a Northern Saw-whet Owl.

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Greg Clary

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Grasshopper Sparrow, courtesy of Greg Clary.

Banding Northern Saw-whet Owls
with John Fedak 
November 9

      John attributes his passion for birds to Seneca Rocks Audubon and later the PA Ornithology Society. He's been president of both groups as well as the Allegheny Highlands Bird Club.  

     He retired as a public school science teacher after more than 30 years and now instructs college students as an adjunct professor. He holds numerous conservation awards and volunteers for many citizen science projects. 

     John holds a "special fondness for Northern Saw-whet Owls." 

     He resides in Bradford, "deep in the northern forests of PA."