WCAS offers free Birding Field Trips, Public Programs & Supports Conservation in Central NJ
Would you like to assist in a WCAS-supported research project by dissecting Long-eared Owl pellets?
\WCAS and Wild Bird Research Group have put together an at-home citizen science activity for families trying to stay busy and engaged indoors. Participants would join our ongoing research of Long-eared Owl diets by dissecting pellets, identifying the prey inside, and sending the bones and your data back to us.
The pellets were collected from the winter roosts of wild Long-eared Owls in central New Jersey, and were heat-sterilized prior to packaging. Pellet dissection is a fun hands-on discovery and identification activity. We will be mailing packages containing pellets, instructions, data sheets, a simplified identification resource, and a pre-paid return envelope.
IMPORTANT: All the bones and data from your pellet dissections are needed for our research, so once you’re finished, all you have to do is put the materials into the return envelope and put them in your mailbox. We would be grateful for a donation of $5 with the return envelope to cover shipping expenses. Recommended for ages 8+.
If you would like to participate, send an email stating your interest to Wild Bird Research Group at [email protected]
See Carolina Biological Supply Company’s pellet dissection guidelines for important safety information:
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Unique Opportunity to see Upland Sandpipers and other rare grassland birds at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
Two trips will be held on Wednesday, June 10 and Wednesday, June 17 with rain date the following days. Preference will initially be given to Washington Crossing Audubon Society and Princeton University Bird Club members who would be first time visitors. Beginning in April the trip will be opened up to the entire birding community. Space is limited. Please contact Vincent Nichnadowicz (click on name at left to launch an email) for more information and to sign up. Because of security reasons YOU MUST BE A U.S. CITIZEN TO ATTEND THIS TRIP.
Reporting Sensitive Species
BIRDERS SHOULD TAKE CARE IN REPORTING SENSITIVE SPECIES TO EBIRD OR BIRDING FORUMS.
Roosting owls are particularly vulnerable to disturbance. Nesting eagles should not be approached too closely. The exact location of any nest of a threatened, or endangered species or a species of conservation concern should not be given. However records of these birds are critical in conservation efforts.
WCAS and eBird developed a protocol for reporting sensitive species after roosting Long-eared Owls were harassed at the Pole Farm. The protocol suggests that the exact location not be reported and that the entry be delayed or hidden. Unfortunately, this protocol has broken down with the use of the eBird app. People report sightings in real time at the exact location. These sightings end up on eBird alerts. A delay of a week would keep the records off the eBird alerts.
WCAS enters roosting owls after April 1. The records are then available for conservation purposes but the owls have moved on. WCAS prefers not to hide records because WCAS relies on eBird records for conservation support and hidden records are not available for conservation. The best approach is to delay reporting to eBird using a general location but immediately report the exact location of the sighting to the NJ Fish and Wildlife Commission using the Rare Wildlife Sightings Form https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/ensp/rprtform.htm .
Washington Crossing Audubon Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enjoyment and protection of birds, wildlife, and the environment through education, research, and conservation.
Experienced birders from Washington Crossing Audubon lead regular birding field trips in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, visiting some of the region’s top birding hotspots.
Washington Crossing Audubon supports several active research projects, including funding two bird monitoring sites here in central New Jersey and in the Central American country of Costa Rica.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT PRINCETON: 12/15/19 TRENTON: 12/28/19