Return of the Raven

Talk by Rick Radis, Monday, January 20

Abbott Marshlands

A field trip in search of marsh & water fowl on Saturday, January 11

Winter Ducks and Birds at Barnegat Light

A field trip on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at 9:00 AM

Welcome to our new website and stay abreast of our initiatives!

Use the above “Click Here” button to find your Field Trip meeting location & launch Google Maps Directions on your smart phone!

Computer: Click on the above home page slider “Click Here” button to launch the calendar event’s details page. Then click or hover over the map to show a green box with a magnifying glass and a + sign in lower right corner. Click the+ sign to enlarge map to full page view. This opens Google Maps so you can map and print directions from your own home.

*Smart Phone Driving Directions *
If you have a a smart phone, tap the green magnifying glass with + sign (details page on the left). Google Maps will launch to give you play-by-play voice driving directions to your WCAS event destinations!

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

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.

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.

e-Bird Guidelines for reporting sensitive species

I enter roosting owls after April 1.  The records are then available for conservation purposes but the owls have moved on. I prefer not to hide records because I rely 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 .

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT PRINCETON: 12/15/19 TRENTON: 12/28/19

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REPORT RARE WILDLIFE ALONG PENNEAST TO NJDEP

BALDPATE MOUNTAIN IS A SPECIAL PLACE

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