Falklands and South Georgia

*Virtual Public Program via Zoom*
Sharyn Magee: The Falklands and South Georgia:
Wildlife of the Southern Ocean and its Islands

Abbott Marshlands

WCAS will lead a field trip to Abbott Marshlands. Limited to 15 people. Registration and social distancing required.
Contact Brad Merritt for details.

Birds of Shark River

WCAS will lead a field trip to Shark River. 
Registration and social distancing required.
Contact Brad Merritt for details.

WCAS offers free Birding Field Trips, Public Programs & Supports Conservation in Central NJ

Reporting Sensitive Species

Birders should take care in reporting sensitive species to eBird or birding forums.

 

Long-eared Owl NJ State Threatened © Sharyn Magee

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.  

e-Bird Guidelines for reporting sensitive species

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 .

Northern Saw-whet Owl © Tyler Christensen

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.

Washington Crossing Audubon Field Trip to Institute Woods, Princeton © Tyler Christensen

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.

Chestnut-sided Warbler © Tyler Christensen

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: 12/20/20 TRENTON: 1/2/21

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REPORT RARE WILDLIFE ALONG PENNEAST TO NJDEP

BALDPATE MOUNTAIN IS A SPECIAL PLACE

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