September is a good time of year to watch wildlife at Sinnemahoning State Park outside Austin in Cameron County. Programs this week include:
Homeschool Day: Monarch Butterflies
Thursday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Discover the connection between monarch biology and habitat needs. Catch, tag and release monarch butterflies. Open to all students, grades K-12. Pre-registration required. Meet in Wildlife Center Classroom.
Monarch Watch Butterfly Tagging
Friday, Sept. 13, 1-2:30 p.m.. Not a homeschooler but would love to participate in the Monarch Watch program? Join park staff on Friday afternoon to catch, tag and release monarch butterflies. All ages welcome. No pre-registration required. Be prepared to walk in fields. Meet in Wildlife Center classroom. (This program will be repeated on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 2-3:30 p.m.)
Elk in PA: Understanding Elk Behavior
Saturday, Sept. 14, 1-2 p.m. Mid-September through October is elk mating season in Pennsylvania. This year, learn to read elk behavior by understanding herd dynamics, body language and vocalizations. PowerPoint presentation with video and group discussion. Held indoors in the Wildlife Center Classroom.
Saturday, Sept. 14, 5 p.m. until dark. The elk in the park have started bugling. Join park staff and volunteers as we try to spot the bull elk in the fields of Sinnemahoning while learning more about these impressive animals. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Meet at the Stevenson Dam Overlook.
Pontoon Boat Tours
Sunday, Sept. 15, 10:30-11:45 a.m. and noon-1:15 p.m. View herons, kingfishers, turtles, eagles and other wildlife while learning about the aquatic habitats that support them. Program is free, but donations are requested. Group size is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Meet at the boat launch of the Lake Day Use Area.
To pre-register for a program, or for more information, visit the DCNR Calendar of Events http://events.dcnr.pa.gov. If you need assistance with online registration, call the park office 814-647-8401 and dial 0 for the front desk.
If you need an accommodation to participate in State Park activities due to a disability, contact the park you plan to visit. With at least seven days’ notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.