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Winter Bird Walk 12/8 9:00 am
A field trip on Saturday, August 25, at 9:00 am led by Brad Merritt.
Join us as we look for migrating shorebirds.. We hope to see shorebirds, such as Baird’s, Pectoral, Upland and Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Golden and Black-bellied Plovers, in addition to sparrows and Horned Larks.
Directions: Take I-195 exit 8, head north on CR 539, Old York Rd. Turn right on Herbert Rd, then right on Sharon Station Rd. Parking lot is on left in Union transportation Trail lot. May also visit Mercer Corporate Park nearby so no end time. Please contact Brad Merritt 609-921-8964 to register.
A field trip on Saturday, September 8, 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 Brig Forsythe NWR sign at light. Turn left onto Great Creek Road and meet in the Visitor Center parking area.
A field trip on Sunday, September 16, at 8:00 am led by Mark Witmer and Hannah Suthers. Registration is required and limited to 12 persons. Contact Brad Merritt, 609-921-8964.
To experience the excitement of seeing beautiful birds, such as Black-throated Blue or Magnolia Warblers, in the hand, join us for this unique field trip. This trip will expose you to the ongoing research conducted by Hannah Suthers and her volunteers during fall migration. For over 40 years, Hannah has been banding on this site during the nesting season through fall migration and has documented the progression of habitat from fields to forest. You’ll see the entire process of bird banding, learn about the data collected, and find out more about the common birds you see daily. As time permits, we will also explore the wooded habitat for other migrants.
Directions: Registered participants will receive information regarding meeting location.
A field trip on Saturday, September 22, at 8:00 AM, led by Sharyn Magee, Juanita Hummel and Brad Merritt.
Join us in exploring the St. Michael’s Farm Preserve for fall migrants such as sparrows, raptors and other passerines associated with open space. This is an excellent place and time for a fall nature walk. For more info, call Brad Merritt, 609-921-8964.
Directions: From Rosedale Road, turn right on Carter Road and continue four miles to find parking lot on the right just before entering Hopewell Borough. From 206, go west on Route 518, continue six miles to Princeton Avenue in Hopewell Borough. Turn left onto Princeton Ave. and continue .5 mile east; the main parking lot is on the left.
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