Beginner Bird Walk

Sunday, February 23 at Veteran’s Park

Birds of Northern Central America

Monday, February 17, 2020, at 8:00 PM

Great Backyard Bird Count

Four days Friday, February 14 –  Monday, February 17

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

Use “Click Here” button on Home Page Slider (above), or click the event in WCAS Calendar page, to find WCAS’ Field Trip & Public Programs meeting locations.

Even have Google Maps give you live driving directions on your smart phone!

For more info see Navigating with Google Maps

Check out WCAS Birding Hot Spots page!
We have links to maps and descriptive info for many popular birding locations. Go to top menu > “Where to Bird” > Birding Hot Spots  Scroll down to see map at the bottom. The map has pins for most of our field trip locations.

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.

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: 12/15/19 TRENTON: 12/28/19

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