Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is closed through June 30 as part of Penn State’s efforts to maintain public health and safety in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. Many public programs and school visits are also canceled, rescheduled, or reconfigured for virtual delivery. For questions, please contact us at ShaversCreek@psu.edu. For the latest updates and information, visit: virusinfo.psu.edu.

Finding a New Rhythm

As quickly as the rhythm of spring had begun at Shaver’s Creek — with a rush toward planning festivals, school programs, and camp trainings — it just as quickly came to a halt. Suddenly, the Shaver’s Creek team of interns and coworkers were forced to be physically distant. “Fine,” I thought, “it will be okay;…

Golden Days

“Bird, above the snag, a glass up!” Conversations halt as we all concentrate on locating a distant dot against the blue sky. Could it be a falcon? A Bald Eagle? Or perhaps the famed beauty of the Appalachian flyway, a Golden Eagle? The voice of raptor expert Nick Bolgiano punctuates the silence with confidence. “That’s…

Birding Cup 2020: More than a “Virtual” Success!

Joyful? Grateful? Astonished? We’re having trouble finding the perfect adjective for our reaction to the overwhelming response to the 2020 Virtual Birding Cup! We didn’t know what to expect when we decided to put aside the competition and to embrace the camaraderie of the birding community in the face of a global pandemic, but we…

Animythology: Corvids

Species are often depicted in books and movies with the same characteristics. There are the wise old owls, such as Owl from Winnie the Pooh, and the friendly heroic dogs, such as Lassie. But have you ever wondered why we give these specific features to certain animals? Animythology is my attempt to explore this topic…

Exciting News from Animal Care!

The Animal Care Program has exciting news. Susquehanna — Shaver’s Creek’s resident Peregrine Falcon — has laid her first egg on Friday, April 3, and another on Friday, April 10, and they’re beautiful! Eggs take a lot of energy to lay, so we are making sure Susquehanna has plenty to eat. The fact that she…

Create Your Own Mini Ecosystem at Home!

One of the biggest things that has kept me occupied during this crazy pandemic has been gardening. Working outside with your hands while listening to music or a podcast creates relaxing, refreshing experiences — especially when they’re hard to come by. And it’s always exhilarating to see sprouts peeking out of the dirt for the…

Explore nature every day

I spent some time outside yesterday. If you ask any of my friends or family about my connection to nature they would say, “Megan can’t go a day without exploring nature and telling us about it without any prompting!” However, at a time when social distancing and self-quarantining is essential, spending time outside for me…

Shaver’s Creek events canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

We are sad to report that we must cancel the Maple Harvest Festival for 2020. Penn State President Eric. J. Barron and Penn State health and safety officials announced on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, that due to the coronavirus pandemic, Penn State would move to remote learning for all classes beginning Monday, March 16, through…

A View from Inside a Barn Owl Nest Box

Barn owl (Tyto alba) populations in North America have been declining rapidly for the past two decades primarily due to limited accessibility of hollow trees, old barns, silos and suitable grassland habitat. Other reasons for declining barn owl populations include: use of pesticides and rodenticides, predation by great horned owls and suburban expansion. The barn…