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.
Beginners' Guide to Mushroom Foraging
with Esperanzo (Espo) Wilcox
March 8, 2023
Esperanzo (Espo) Wilcox is the founder of PA Mushroom Company, which is a spore to store gourmet and medicinal mushroom cultivation
operation based in Clarion, PA.
Prior to cultivating mushrooms, Espo acquired a Wild Mushroom Safety Certification and foraged commercially.
During the "Beginners Guide to Foraging" program, Espo will share information about when, where, and how to forage for wild mushrooms. Key highlights of the program will include notable literature, preparation and foraging tools, tree identification, and collection and preservation techniques.
This program is an essential building block for beginners and experienced foragers alike.
The Beloved and Charismatic Bluebird
Charlie (Charmaine) Borza and Steve Szuch
April 12, 2023
Charlie and Steve have been landowners in Clarion County since 1998. They started with one bluebird house and now they monitor 50!
Charlie and Steve will share their personal experiences, both good and bad. They'll also show several models of bluebird houses and predator guards.
They'll bring an example of a weekly monitor sheet and copies of the quarterly newsletter "Bluebird Trails and Tales" for the audience. Charlie says that despite her experience, she always learns something new from this newsletter of the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania.
Female and male bluebirds. Photo by Claudine Lamothe.
Charlie Borza selfie with one of her bluebird houses.
Amazing Facts about Common Birds
Dave and Lori Kwasnick
May 10, 2023
Dave and Lori Kwasnick are owners of The Birdwatchers Store in Slippery Rock, PA.
More details to come!
Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird
with Katie Fallon
June 14, 2023
Katie Fallon is the author of Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird (2020) and Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird (2011).
Her essays and articles have been published widely in journals, magazines, anthologies, and collections. She writes the column WINGBEATS for the Bird Watcher's Digest.
She has also co-authored two children's books -- Look, See the Bird! (2017) and Look, See the Farm!
Katie co-founded and is now the Executive Director of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving wild birds through research, education, and rehabilitation.
More information about Katie's involvements and her many accomplishments can be found on her website katiefallon.com.
This program will not be held at the Clarion Free Library as usual. Its location will be announced later.
Katie Fallon, one of the founders of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia. Photo from her website katiefallon.com.