Throughout the year, the Powdermill Avian Research Center (PARC) will offer public events that allow visitors to increase their knowledge and appreciation of birds and in some cases to observe PARC staff as they conduct their research.
During Spring and Fall migration, we will offer FREE behind-the-scenes Open Houses for people to see up-close how researchers safely capture and band birds, and learn about the data they gather. Visitors also are able to visit PARC’s flight tunnel and hear about how we’re studying avian perception of glass to provide glass manufacturers and building designers with important information that will help reduce bird-window collisions.
Join us for one of our early morning or evening guided Bird Walks to explore the trails at Powdermill Nature Reserve and learn how to find and identify birds in their native habitats. These walks are friendly to birders of all ages and experience levels. Spare binoculars will be provided on a first come, first served basis.
Age-specific Programs will be offered, with the objective of teaching bird-related topics such as bird morphology, life history, field markings and more. Our Nestling’s Nook and Storybook, geared towards the youngest members of the flock (3-5 years old), includes storytime, a craft and a wee bird walk. PARC’s Introduction to Birding Class, with classroom instruction and a bird walk, will cover essential tools and knowledge needed to enjoy birds in your backyard or out on the trails.
Check this page often or follow us on Facebook to learn more about upcoming events. Events will also be posted on the website of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. An email is required for registration since all of these events are outdoors (weather-dependent) and may be cancelled at any time.
HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION
Masks are currently optional for visitors to Carnegie Museums, including Powdermill Nature Reserve. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and respond to expert guidance, and we stand ready to adjust our policy should that prove necessary.
Masks are available on-site if you request one. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms, or have been exposed to COVID-19, we invite you to explore our virtual offerings.
If you or a family member have not been vaccinated, please consider taking this important step to protect yourselves and others around you!