Renfrew Institute sponsors off-site birding field trips to Gettysburg

CUTLINE: The iconic red male cardinal is among the many species of birds to be spotted at Gettysburg Battlefield.


Renfrew Institute sponsors off-site birding field trips to Gettysburg

Waynesboro-Renfrew Institute is sponsoring two off-site birding field trips to Gettysburg battlefield on two consecutive Saturdays, June 4 and June 11. The guided bird walk is free and open to the public.
Participants should meet at 7:30am at the Virginia memorial on Confederate Avenue on Gettysburg battlefield. The excursion is expected to last until 10am.
Naturalist Jack Olszewski will lead the trip. Olszewski, a leader on weekly bird walks at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro, has enjoyed a life-long passion for birding. He worked for the Department of Environmental Protection and as a professional wildlife rehabilitator, primarily rehabilitating wild birds, including eagles.
Locally, he has spotted and photographed many birds, especially at Gettysburg battlefield. "I really enjoy taking people out there," Olszewski said. "It is not only beautiful and historical, but is also full of amazing birds."
Some of the species Olszewski has spotted at Gettysburg include the American kestrel, pileated woodpecker, bluebird, meadowlark, indigo bunting, and red-tail hawk, along with robins, orioles, cardinals and others. Early in the morning, Olszewski said, owls may often be seen and heard.
Participants should bring binoculars, bird identification books and cameras, and wear comfortable shoes for walking. Olszewski also suggests bringing water and snacks, or lunch.
This activity is sponsored by the adult/teen education committee of Renfrew Institute with underwriting support provided by Marge Kiersz, by Center Square Real Estate Settlement Services, Inc., and by Today's Horizon Fund contributors, PenMar Development Corp. and Nora Roberts Foundation.
For more information or directions, call Jack Olszewski at 301-241-3846, or Renfrew Institute at 717-762-0373. RSVPs appreciated to plan for number of attendees expected.