Field Trips

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Field Trips to local birding “Hot Spots” and beyond

Experienced birders from WCAS lead regular birding field trip to some of the region’s top birding hotspots in Central New Jersey, the Delaware Water Gap, Delaware Bay, the New Jersey shore, and eastern Pennsylvania. Field trips are free, open to the public, and most require no advance registration. Participants of all experience levels are welcome. If there are field trips you would like to see added to WCAS field trip offerings, please feel free to contact us.

For more field trip information, contact our Field Trip Chair, Brad Merritt, 609-921-8964. If the trip is co-sponsored, please note the registration request in the trip description. In case of inclement weather, please check this website or contact Brad for field trip cancellation updates by 10:00 p.m. the night before.

Check our Event Calendar below for details and contact information

  • Round Valley Reservoir  A field trip on Saturday, February 3, at 8:30AM-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.
  • Pryde’s Point Trail A NEW field trip on Saturday, February 10, at 9:00 AM led by Mary Penney and Brad Merritt. This Conservation easement area is adjacent to the Alexauken Creek Wildlife Management Area. It has a wonderful wooded area with vistas of Hunterdon County. The terrain is steep in spots but allows for a leisurely walk to experience a remote area of West Amwell.  Directions: park on 23 Gulick Rd., Ringoes, NJ:  https://goo.gl/maps/D3jcGqNVTSP2     GPS: 40.407954, -74.870407    Do NOT Park at the WMA entrance for Pond Trail on Rocktown-Lambertville Rd.
    Pryde’s Point Trail map on NJ Trails website:
     http://njtrails.org/trail/prydes-point-alexauken-creek/
    For more information, contact Brad Merritt at 609-921-8964.

  • Assunpink Wildlife Management Area  A field trip on Saturday, March 10, at 8:30 AM  led by John Maret and Andrew Bobe. This is 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.

  • Abbott Marshlands: Beaver Walk  A field trip on Friday, March 16, 6:30-8:00 PM. Search for beavers and other wildlife that come out only at night. Bring a flashlight. 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. See the Friends for the Abbott Marshlands website, www.abbottmarshlands.org, for additional outings that complement those of WCAS. Co-sponsors: Friends for the Abbott Marshlands, D&R Greenway Trust, Mercer County Park Commission

  • Washington Crossing State Park  A field trip on Sunday, March 18, 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.

  • Cumberland County  A field trip on Saturday, March 24, 2018, led by Brad Merritt. We leave at 7:30 AM from the Rite-Aid in the Princeton Shopping Center. This trip to Cumberland County in South Jersey for early spring migrants involves driving to numerous stops. We would like to carpool to minimize the number of cars. The first stop in Cumberland County is about 1½ hours from Princeton. Please register with Brad Merritt, 609-921-8964, prior to the trip for carpooling instructions.

  • Mercer Meadows Pole Farm  A field trip on Saturday, March 31, at 8:00 AM, led by Sharyn Magee. Come with us as we walk the paths and compare the flora and fauna to that of Rosedale. Park Known for years as the AT&T Overseas Transmission Station, it is more familiarly called The Pole Farm. Directions to Mercer Meadows: Take Keefe Rd to end at Cold Soil Rd. The entrance is on the left, park behind the red barn. For additional information, call Brad Merritt at 609-921-8964.

Click on calendar entries below for field trip locations. Clicking on the field trip you wish to join will bring open up the trip’s details including a Google Map and GPS coordinates. You may also visit our birding “Hot Spots” page for a map of local hot spots.

 

Field trip leader Brad Merritt (middle) © Tyler Christensen
Check our event calendar below for individual program details. If there are field trips you would like to see added to WCAS field trip offerings, please feel free to contact us. All photos © Tyler Christensen except lower right © Diana Hayes.
Geese on ice © Tyler Christensen
Birding Baldpate Summit © Diana Hayes

More outings in 2018

Sun, April 8, 9:00 AM | Peace Valley Prowl, PA

Sat, April 21, 8:00 AM | Fireman’s Eddy  @ D&R Canal State Park—NEW trip!

Sun, April 22, at 7:00 AM | Mt. Rose Preserve

Sat, April 28, at 8:00AM | Abbott Marshlands

Sat, May 5, at 7:30 AM–2:00 PM | Garret Mt.

ReservationSun, May 6, at 8:00 AM | Princeton Institute Woods

Sat, May 19, 8 AM | Princeton Institute Woods

Sun, May 20, 8 AM | Baldpate Mountain

Sat, May 26, 8 AM | Negri-Nepote Grasslands

Sat, Jun 2, 7 AM | Delaware Water Gap

Sat, Jun 9, 8:30 AM | Washington Crossing SP

Sat, Jun 16, 8 AM | Assunpink WMA

Sat, Jun 23, 8 AM | Mercer Meadows Pole Farm Sat, Aug 25, 9 AM | Allentown Sod Farms

 

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Round Valley Reservoir 8:30 am
Round Valley Reservoir @ Round Valley Boat Launch
Feb 3 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
A field trip on Saturday, February 3, 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,[...]
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Pryde’s Point Trail  9:00 am
Pryde’s Point Trail  @ Pryde's Point
Feb 10 @ 9:00 am
Pryde’s Point Trail A NEW field trip on Saturday, February 10, at 9:00 AM led by Mary Penney and Brad Merritt. This Conservation easement area is adjacent to the Alexauken Creek Wildlife Management Area. It has a wonderful[...]
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Sharyn Magee: Birds of Papua New Guinea and New Britain 8:00 pm
Sharyn Magee: Birds of Papua New Guinea and New Britain @ Stainton Hall at Pennington School
Feb 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sharyn Magee: Birds of Papua New Guinea and New Britain @ Stainton Hall at Pennington School | Pennington | New Jersey | United States
New Guinea and the adjacent island of New Britain were formed when after 20 million years of isolation as the leading edge of the Australian plate collided with the Pacific plate. The resulting geological complexity and the temporal[...]
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Pole Farm at Mercer Meadows at corner of Cold Soil and Keefe Rds.

Known now as the “Red Barn” entrance at Cold Soil & Keefe Rds. Most birders enter Pole Farm from both this corner or Federal City Rd. entrance aka Reed/Bryan Farm. Can also park at Maidenhead Trail entrance on Keefe Rd. or at Blackwell Rd. entrance.
GPS: 40.312911, -74.737523

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deer management in winter

Baldpate Mountain, Fiddler's Creek Entrance

Fiddler’s Creek Entrance Parking lot for birding the Summit Trail (blue) and driveway on the left
Mercer County Website lists address as 327 Fiddlers Creek Road, Titusville, NJ 08560
Baldpate formerly known as Kuser Mountain
GPS: 40.317418, -74.889530

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check for Deer Management closing dates in winter

Abbott Marshlands

Abbott Marshlands formerly Hamilton- Trenton – Bordentown Marsh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use Sewell Avenue entrance to Roebling Park section of the Abbott Marshlands and park by Spring Lake. Be mindful that this natural area is located in an urban setting. Use caution when visiting. Don’t leave your camera or valuables lying about. Report any suspicious behavior to the Hamilton (609-581-4000) or Bordentown Township (609- 298-2800) Police. In an emergency, call 911.

GPS Coordinates: N40 11.714 W74 43.923  

Baldpate Mtn., Pleasant Valley Rd. entrance

Pleasant Valley Rd. entrance to Ted Stiles Perserve at Baldpate Mountain formerly known as Kuser Mountain
40.330450, -74.871657

Rogers Wildllife Refuge next to Institute Woods

Charles Rogers Wildlife Refuge entrance to Institute Woods, Princeton

Directions: From Princeton take Alexander Street toward Route 1. At the bend before the canal turn right on West Drive. Go a short distance on West Drive and park near the entrance to Rogers Wildlife Refuge.

GPS:
40°19’38.5″N 74°39’33.6″W
40.327353, -74.659342

Pole Farm Federal City Rd./Reed Bryan entrance

Reed Bryan section of the Pole Farm at Mercer Meadows also known as Federal City entrance with gray barn and “Last pole standing.”
GPS: 40.316586,-74.758068

St. Michaels Preserve

St. Michaels Preserve, Princeton Ave. aka Carter Road entrance.

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

GPS:
40°21’06.3″N 74°46’21.3″W
40.351751, -74.772571

Mercer County Park

West Windsor

Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve

Caution: Hunting in Fall

Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center

Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center
355 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd, Titusville, NJ 08560, USA

GPS:
40°18’49.5″N 74°51’46.6″W
40.3137529, 
-74.86295740000003

Assunpink Wildlife Management Area

Assunpink Wildlife Management Area Boat Launch parking lot
Intersection of Imlaystown-Hightstown Rd & Clarksburg-Robbinsville Rd, Millstone, NJ 08535, USA
Directions: East on I-195 to exit 11, Imlaystown. North on Imlaystown Road 2.6 miles to parking area at Lake Assunpink.

GPS:
40°12’54.9″N 74°31’00.7″W
40.215254, -74.516866

Cumberland County Heislerville WMA

Heislerville Wildlife Management Area in Maurice River Twp., Cumberland County, NJ
Dikes on Matts Landing Rd, Leesburg, NJ 08327, USA

GPS:
39°14’02.9″N 75°01’34.5″W
39.234133, -75.026264

Peace Valley Nature Center

Peace Valley Nature Center
42-64 N Chapman Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901, USA

GPS:
40°20’23.8″N 75°10’16.2″W
40.339942, -75.171179

Mt. Rose Preserve

Mount Rose Preserve, Carter Rd., Hopewell Township, NJ 08540, USA
Please confirm parking on west or east side of Carter Rd.

GPS:
40°21’41.4″N 74°44’15.4″W
40.361489, -74.737621

Garret Mountain Reservation

Garret Mountain Reservation
2 Mountain Ave, Woodland Park, NJ 07424, USA  (near Patterson)

Directions: Take I-287 to I-80. Go east to exit 56A (Squirrelwood Road). Go to the stop sign and turn right on Rifle Camp Road. Go up the hill about 0.5 miles to Mountain Ave., which comes in from the left. Turn left on Mountain Ave. (look for army tank and reservoir on the left) and go 0.3 miles to the entrance to Garret Mountain Reservation. Go right up the hill for a short distance to a large parking area. The distance from Somerville on I-287 and I-80 to exit 56A is 40 miles.

GPS:
40°54’08.5″N 74°10’54.5″W
40.902367, -74.181791

Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch

Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch
County Rd 629, Lebanon, NJ 08833, USA

GPS:
40°37’54.9″N 74°50’57.5″W
40.631908, -74.849302

Pryde's Point Trail

Pryde’s Point Trail Conservation easement area is adjacent to the Alexauken Creek Wildlife Management Area. It has a wonderful wooded area with vistas of Hunterdon County. The terrain is steep in spots but allows for a leisurely walk to experience a remote area of West Amwell.

Park on 23 Gulick Rd., Ringoes, NJ:
https://goo.gl/maps/D3jcGqNVTSP2

GPS: 40.407954, -74.870407

Don’t park at the WMA entrance for Pond Trail on Rocktown-Lambertville Rd. Pryde’s Point Trail map on NJ Trails website: http://njtrails.org/trail/prydes-point-alexauken-creek/