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ONE WITH NATURE
and the most convenient was to drive up to Pymatuning,
where they had the visitor’s center with a spotting scope. You
could look across miles into the distance and see this speck
with a white head and that was the bald eagle. Now you
drive 30 minutes east to Beaver Run Reservoir, and you’re
almost guaranteed to see a bald eagle every time you go. I’ve
even been out cutting my grass and looked up in the sky and
saw one flying over on two different occasions.”
Anyone who wants to know more about bird-watching
would do best to get in touch with one of the local clubs,
Byers said, and take a few trips along with the people who
know where to go and what to look for.
Local libraries should have a copy of “Natural Areas In and
Around Westmoreland County,” or copies can be purchased
for $40. Those interested should email Byers at otusasio@
lhtot.com. The otus asio is the scientific name for Byers’
favorite bird, the eastern screech owl.
With that book, a pair of binoculars and a field guide, either
in book form or as one of many apps available for smart
phones, the natural world awaits in Westmoreland County.
“It’s really an area that’s rich in bird life, plant life and
natural settings,” Matuza said. “There are plenty of places
for people to go that are tranquil and relaxing. The Japanese
have a word for it where you immerse yourself in the outdoors,
and I buy into it. It’s a great idea, and I’m an advocate
of people getting out there and exposing themselves to these