All Events Calendar
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Peace Valley Prowl 9:00 am
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.
A field trip on Saturday, March 9, at 8:30 am, led by John Maret and Andrew Bobe.
We will seek wintering waterfowl, raptors and land birds. Other bird sightings may include a snipe, rusty blackbird, a variety of ducks and sparrows, and early arrivals. This is also the time to start looking for migrating waterfowl and other northern-bound birds in this productive local wildlife management area.
Directions: East on I-195 to exit 11, Imlaystown. North on Imlaystown Road 2.6 miles to parking area at Lake Assunpink. For more information, contact Brad Merritt at 609-921-8964.
A field trip on Sunday, March 17, at 1:30 PM led by Wayne Henderek and Franta Broulik. We will walk trails looking for spring migrants and resident birds in wooded areas and adjacent fields. Directions: Located off of Washington Crossing–Pennington Road in Titusville, enter the park and follow signs to the Nature Center. Park at the Nature Center parking lot. For more information, contact Brad Merritt at 609-921-8964.
A field trip on Saturday, April 1, at 8:00 am, led by Sharyn Magee and Jim Meyers.
Join us for a fascinating walk around the Pole Farm of Mercer Meadows. We will be on alert for raptors, woodpeckers, migration fly-overs, early migrating songbirds and have hopes of spotting a bald eagle.
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 located at the intersection of Keefe and Cold Soil Roads.
For additional information, call Brad Merritt at 609-921-8964.
A field trip on Sunday, April 8, at 9:00 am, led by Franta Broulik and Margery Rutbell.
We’ll walk the trails in this Bucks County Park looking for waterfowl, raptors, and early migrating warblers.
Directions: Route 202 South toward Doylestown. Right onto Route 313, proceed west for 4 miles. Left on New Galena Road, then first left onto Chapman Road. Go to the parking lot across from the Nature Center. For more info, call Brad Merritt at 609-921-8964.