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Winter Bird Walk 12/7 9:00 am
Winter Bird Walk 12/7 @ The Watershed Institute
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am
Winter Bird Walk 12/7 @ The Watershed Institute | Pennington | New Jersey | United States
A field walk on Saturday, December 7, at 9:00 AM led by The Watershed Institute’s education director, Jeff Hoagland Join Jeff on this annual hike of the Watershed Reserve in search of wintering birds. We[...]
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Beginner Bird Walk at Veteran’s Park, Hamilton 8:30 am
Beginner Bird Walk at Veteran’s Park, Hamilton @ Veteran's Park West
Dec 8 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Beginner Bird Walk at Veteran’s Park, Hamilton @ Veteran's Park West | Hamilton Township | New Jersey | United States
***NEW! Beginner Bird Walk on Sunday, December 8 from 8:30 until 11:00 AM at Veteran’s Park, Hamilton*** led by Mark Manning.  Join WCAS member Mark Manning for a beginner bird walk at Veteran’s Park in Hamilton, NJ. Veteran’s[...]
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Edwin Forsythe NWR (Brigantine) @ Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, Visitor Center
Sep 7 @ 9:00 am
Edwin Forsythe NWR (Brigantine) @ Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, Visitor Center | Galloway | New Jersey | United States

A field trip on Saturday, September 7, at 9:00 am, led by Jim Myers and Brad Merritt.

We start our fall field trip season at the fascinating location of Brigantine, located off Rt. 9 in Oceanville. The Brig offers great viewing access to migrating shore birds, terns, raptors, waterfowl, herons and egrets. The occasional uncommon bird is always a possibility! For more info, call Brad Merritt, 609-921-8964.

Directions: Garden State Parkway south to exit 48, Rte. 9 south for approx. 5 miles. Look for Forsythe NWR sign at light. Turn left onto Great Creek Road and meet in the Visitor Center parking area.

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Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve @ Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am
Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve @ Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve | Franklin Township | New Jersey | United States

A field trip on Saturday, September 28 at 8:00 am led by Sharyn Magee and Brad Merritt.

The Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve, 164 acres of grasslands and woodlands in Somerset Co., is home to sensitive species, including the Grasshopper Sparrow, Cooper’s Hawk, American Kestrel (NJ State threatened species), and Eastern Meadowlark (NJ State special concern species). With a variety of bird houses located throughout, we have opportunities to view American Kestrels, Wood Ducks, Bluebirds and Purple Martins.

Directions: From 206 at Woods Tavern take 514 East (Amwell Road). From South Middlebush Road, turn onto Skillmans Lane. Entrance on west side of Skillmans Lane, between the two 90-degree curves.

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Birds of Mercer County Park Central @ Mercer County Park
Oct 5 @ 8:00 am
Birds of Mercer County Park Central @ Mercer County Park | West Windsor Township | New Jersey | United States

A field trip on Saturday, October 5 at 8:00 am led by Mark Witmer and Brad Merritt.

Mercer County Park Central is a 2,500-acre public park with fields, forests, and a 300-acre freshwater lake. We will walk for two to three hours along Lake Mercer. Bring binoculars and a field guide, and dress for the weather.

Directions: Enter park from Hughes Drive or Old Trenton Road (Route 535). Meet at the boathouse parking lot. For more information, contact Brad Merritt at 609-921-8964.

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Fiddler’s Creek Preserve at Baldpate Mountain @ Fiddler's Creek Parking Lot for Baldpate
Oct 12 @ 8:00 am
Fiddler’s Creek Preserve at Baldpate Mountain @ Fiddler's Creek Parking Lot for Baldpate | Hopewell Township | New Jersey | United States

Fiddler’s Creek Preserve at Baldpate Mountain A field trip on Saturday, October 12 at 8:00 AM led by Sharyn Magee and Tyler Christensen.

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.

Directions: From Pennington, go west on Pennington- Titusville Rd and turn right on Bear Tavern Road (Route 579.) Take the first left onto Church Road; then turn right onto Fiddler’s Creek Road. Continue 1.3 miles to the main Baldpate Mountain Preserve parking lot on your right. We will meet here and walk across the road to the Fiddler’s Creek Preserve.

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Mt. Rose Preserve @ Mt. Rose Preserve
Oct 19 @ 8:00 am
Mt. Rose Preserve @ Mt. Rose Preserve | Princeton | New Jersey | United States

A field trip on Saturday, October 19 at 8:00 am led by Sharyn Magee and Jim Myers.

Mount Rose Preserve consists of 387 acres of meadows, shrub land, and forest. On this walk we will be looking for a variety of late fall migrants. With the diversity of habitat, this should be a naturalist’s treat.

Directions: From Rosedale Road, turn right on Carter Road and continue approx. 3/4 mile. Entrance to preserve is on the left (west side.) Drive back to parking lot. For more information, contact Brad Merritt at 609-921-8964.

 

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Mercer Meadows Pole Farm @ Mercer Meadows Pole Farm
Oct 26 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mercer Meadows Pole Farm @ Mercer Meadows Pole Farm

NEW for the Fall:  A field trip on Saturday, October 26 at 8:00 am, led by David Dorini with Sharyn Magee and Jim Myers. Join us for a fascinating walk around the Pole Farm of Mercer Meadows. We will be on alert for Sparrows, late Fall migrants and Northern Harriers in the Pole Farm’s native grasslands.

Directions to Mercer Meadows: From the traffic light at Manors Corner shopping center on Pennington-Lawrenceville Rd, take Keefe Rd toward Princeton for 1.1 miles to the bend where it meets Cold Soil Rd. We will meet at the entrance on the left at the intersection of Keefe and Cold Soil Roads.

For additional information, call Brad Merritt at 609-921-8964.

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Mercer Meadows, Reed Bryan side of Pole Farm @ Mercer Meadows Pole Farm, Reed Bryan Farm
Nov 2 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mercer Meadows, Reed Bryan side of Pole Farm @ Mercer Meadows Pole Farm, Reed Bryan Farm

NEW for the Fall:  A field trip on Saturday, November 2 at 8:00 am, led by Jim Myers. Join us for a fascinating walk around the Pole Farm of Mercer Meadows. We will be on alert for Sparrows, late Fall migrants and Northern Harriers in the Pole Farm’s native grasslands. A Vesper Sparrow was seen here last November.

***Meet at the Reed Bryan Farm entrance on Federal City Rd., Hopewell Twp.***  Don’t park at the other Pole Farm lots—the Mercer Meadows Miler 10K/5K and Fun Runs starting in Rosedale Park will be using some of the Pole Farm trails in the morning. 

Directions to Mercer Meadows: From Rt. 206 just north of I-295 in Lawrence Twp: take Lawrenceville-Pennington Rd towards Pennington. Continue straight through traffic light at Keefe Rd. Turn right at the light at Federal City Rd. The Reed Bryan parking lot is on the right.

For additional information, call Brad Merritt at 609-921-8964.

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Sandy Hook National Park @ Sandy Hook Parking Lot B
Nov 9 @ 9:00 am
Sandy Hook National Park @ Sandy Hook Parking Lot B | Highlands | New Jersey | United States

Sandy Hook National Park A field trip on Saturday, November 10, at 9:00 AMled by Brad Merritt and Andrew Bobe.

Sandy Hook is a prime spot for birding and a great way to learn more about shore birds. Opportunities to see raptors, marsh birds, and migrating songbirds along the Jersey shore. Directions: Meet at Parking Lot B on Sandy Hook. For more information, contact Brad Merritt at 609-921-8964.

Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Presentation  @ Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed
Nov 9 @ 6:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Presentation  @ Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed | Pennington | New Jersey | United States

Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Presentation at The Watershed Institute, an event on Saturday, November 9.

Three sessions at 6:15 PM, 7:30 PM, or 8:45 PM

Learn about Northern Saw-whet Owls and what local researchers are doing to study and conserve these tiny predators. Tyler Christensen, an ornithologist with the Wild Bird Research Group, captures, measures, and bands the owls. Join us to learn about their autumn migration. Space is very limited. Children, ages 8 and up, must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must be comfortable walking on uneven ground at night.

A fee of $15 will be charged. In partnership with the Wild Bird Research Group. Register at The Watershed Institute, www.thewatershed.org .

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington

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Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Presentation  @ Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed
Nov 16 @ 6:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Presentation  @ Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed | Pennington | New Jersey | United States

Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Presentation at The Watershed Institute, an event on Saturday, November 16.

Three sessions at 6:15 PM, 7:30 PM, or 8:45 PM

Learn about Northern Saw-whet Owls and what local researchers are doing to study and conserve these tiny predators. Tyler Christensen, an ornithologist with the Wild Bird Research Group, captures, measures, and bands the owls. Join us to learn about their autumn migration. Space is very limited. Children, ages 8 and up, must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must be comfortable walking on uneven ground at night.

A fee of $15 will be charged. In partnership with the Wild Bird Research Group. Register at The Watershed Institute, www.thewatershed.org .

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington