WCAS leads free Field Trips, Public Programs & Conservation in Central New Jersey

Fiddlers Creek Preserve

Saturday, October 16 Field Trip

What Moore's Station Quarry at Baldpate could be…

Holden Grant Applications due Friday October 15 

Applications due October 15

Washington Crossing Audubon Society received a generous bequest from the late Polly Holden to be used for conservation and environmental education. Our objective for providing grants from the Holden Fund is to assist individuals and organizations in advancing conservation and environmental education through initiatives broadly related to birdlife. A total of approximately $20,000 per year is available from the fund. Individual grants will be capped at $5,000. Click button below to go to our Holden Grants page for grant guidelines and application instructions.

Applications are due by October 15.

Field Trips

Saturday, Oct. 16 8 AM | Fiddler’s Creek Preserve

Field trip to Fiddler’s Creek Preserve in Hopewell led by Sharyn Magee.

Fiddler’s Creek Preserve is the old Hollystone Farm across Fiddler’s Creek Road from Baldpate Mountain. The main field and hedgerows support numerous species of sparrows during fall migration, making the reserve a hot spot.

The trip is free, but space is limited due to ongoing Covid concerns and pre-registration is required.  Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/fallfieldtrips  and receive a confirmation email with directions and details on where to meet.  Masks are optional for those who are fully vaccinated unless state guidelines change. 

Tyler Christensen | Mon. Oct. 18 @ 8 PM via Zoom

Unraveling Mysteries of New Jersey Long-Eared Owls

Eight species of owls are residents or regular visitors to the northeast, but none are as elusive or mysterious as the Long-eared Owl.  Their strictly nocturnal activity, superb camouflage, and furtive behavior make many aspects of their life histories unknown and difficult to study.

This presentation will introduce research being conducted by the Wild Bird Research Group, Inc., to chip away at some of the mysteries surrounding North America’s least-known owl.  Join WBRG Director Tyler Christensen to discuss recent discoveries about the winter ecology and migration of New Jersey’s Long-eared Owls revealed by banding, thermal imaging, and radio and GPS telemetry. 

Tyler Christensen is an ecologist, ornithologist, and environmental educator.  He directs the New Jersey-based Wild Bird Research Group, coordinating bird research from New Jersey to Costa Rica.  He is also known for his work photographing New Jersey’s endangered bobcats and radio-tracking venomous eastern copperheads.  He is a former board member of the Washington Crossing Audubon Society, and a current PhD student of Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers University where he studies wildlife space use and resource selection.

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PennEast Pipeline cancels project on Sept. 27!

PennEast will stop developing its proposed Pennsylvania-New Jersey natural gas pipeline despite a court ruling bolstering the project this summer. 



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.











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