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Round Valley Reservoir 8:30 am
A field trip on Saturday, September 30, 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.
Birds of Mercer County Park Central A field trip on Saturday, October 6, 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.
Fiddler’s Creek Preserve at Baldpate Mountain A field trip on Saturday, October 13, 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.
A field trip on Saturday, October 28, at 8:00 am led by Sharyn Magee, Jim Myers, and Beth Craighead.
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
Co-sponsored by Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space
Sandy Hook National Park A field trip on Saturday, November 10, at 9:00 AM, led 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.
A field walk on Saturday, December 8, 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 will encounter a variety of common birds, examining their preparations for winter. Expect an unusual bird along the way. Bring binoculars and dress for muddy, winter weather conditions. Meet at The Watershed Institute 15yo+. Register by calling the TWI Education Dept, 609-737-7592.
Co-sponsored with The Watershed Institute
UPDATE: Event RESCHEDULED for Sunday, January 6th due to inclement weather forecast for Saturday, January 5th
A field trip on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at 9:00 AM led by Brad Merritt. Barnegat Light, located at the north end of Long Beach Island, is a great site for wintering birds. The inlet, beach, and jetties are well known for unusual visitors, including at times the beautiful Harlequin Duck. Bring lunch and beverage, and dress warmly. Call Brad at (609) 921-8964 in the evening one or two days prior to the trip for date, time, and directions.
A field trip on Saturday, January 12, at 9:00 AM, led Brad Merritt, Mary Leck, Andrew Bobe. Roebling Park is a Mercer County park adjacent to the Hamilton/Trenton marsh. We plan to follow the trails and see how the marsh and its wildlife adjust to the cold weather. In case of inclement weather, contact Brad Merritt at 609-921-8964.
Directions: Take South Broad St. to Sewell Ave. turn onto Sewell at traffic light; at road’s end, turn left and continue downhill to parking lot. Please see the Friends for the Abbott Marshlands website (www.marsh-friends.org) for listings of additional outings that complement those of WCAS. Cosponsor: The Friends for the Abbott Marshlands.
Birds of Shark River: A field trip on Saturday, January 26 at 9:00 AM, led by Brad Merritt and Andrew Bobe. The Shark River area allows us to visit a number of interesting habitats along the bay, ocean, and fresh water ponds.
Directions: Take I-295 to I-195 to Route 35 in Belmar. Meet at Marina in Belmar. Bring lunch and beverage, dress for the weather. For more information and confirmation of trip location, contact Brad Merritt at (609) 921-8964.
A field trip on Saturday, February 2, at 8:30 am – noon, led by Mark Witmer and Brad Merritt.
This reservoir in northern Hunterdon County covers over 4,000 acres, is more than 180 feet deep, and is a popular recreational site year-round. Winter is a good time to search for bald eagles, various waterfowl, and gulls. Depending on weather conditions, we will combine this with a tour of the adjacent Cushetunk Mountain Nature Preserve or nearby Spruce Run Recreation Area. For further information, or notice of trip cancellation due to weather, call Mark Witmer at (609) 730-0826.