Public Programs

Programs are held on the third Monday of each month

Programs are held at Stainton Hall auditorium at the Pennington School on the 3rd Monday of each month, from September to May. Time: Refreshments served at 7:30 pm; program begins at 8:00 pm. We strive to feature engaging speakers and interesting topics for our lecture series. If you have any recommendations for topics or speakers for one of these programs, please visit our contact page and let us know. All our programs are free and don’t require advance registration!

Stainton Hall, Pennington School
112 West Delaware Avenue
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

FYI:  There is a new entrance to The Pennington School campus off W. Delaware Ave just a few feet to the west of the old one.  It leads to a new parking lot immediately behind Stainton Hall.  For now, one can use both entrances, but parking at the new one is less crowded and conveniently close to the rear entrance near the south side of the building.

Tyler Christensen: Photographing New Jersey’s Bobcats

Monday, March 18, 2019, at 8:00 PM

Bobcats are the only naturally-occurring wild feline in New Jersey and are endangered in the state. Rare, intelligent, and highly elusive, bobcats are notoriously difficult to photograph in the wild. In order to capture up-close images these charismatic cats, Tyler has turned studio-quality camera equipment into motion-activated “camera traps.” The resulting images are used to tell stories of tracking, natural history, and conservation of NJ’s endangered wild cats.

Tyler is a wildlife biologist and photographer from NJ. He has photographed the state’s bobcats and conducted surveys of rare wildlife through his company, Piedmont Ecological Services. He is a founding member and director of the nonprofit Wild Bird Research Group, coordinating ornithological research projects in New Jersey and Costa Rica; a land steward for Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space; and a WCAS board member.

Mark Manning: Reptiles & Amphibians of Mercer County

Monday, April 15, 2019, at 8:00 PM

New Jersey is home to approximately 70 species of reptiles and amphibians, and Mercer County hosts nearly 30 species in its forests, fields and wetlands. In this presentation, Mark will discuss the ecology and natural history of the frogs, salamanders, turtles and snakes native to our area.

Mark is a proud WCAS member and is a volunteer naturalist, avid birder and field herper. He has conducted or assisted in several reptile and amphibian inventories in the State of New Jersey. He has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Chemistry from Rider University, and is a teacher of chemistry and toxicology at Hopewell Valley Central High School. His greatest passion is exploring the outdoors with his family. In May Washington Crossing Audubon will welcome Mark as a member of the board!

Stainton Hall Auditorium

Stainton Hall is on the campus of the Pennington School located on Delaware Avenue between Route 31 and Main Street in Pennington. Enter campus from Delaware Avenue between the brick lamp posts, proceed a short distance and turn right into the parking area. Parking is free. The walkway to Stainton Hall is evident at the end of the parking lot.

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Above: Startled Bobcat in Northern New Jersey caught on a DSLR camera trap
Below: Bobcat photographer Tyler Christensen

Both photos © Tyler Christensen

Reptiles & Amphibians of Mercer County © Mark Manning

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Assunpink Wildlife Management Area 8:30 am
Assunpink Wildlife Management Area @ Assunpink Wildlife Management Area
Mar 9 @ 8:30 am
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,[...]
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Washington Crossing State Park 1:30 pm
Washington Crossing State Park @ Washington Crossing State Park
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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[...]
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Tyler Christensen: Photographing New Jersey’s Bobcats 8:00 pm
Tyler Christensen: Photographing New Jersey’s Bobcats @ Stainton Hall at Pennington School
Mar 18 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tyler Christensen: Photographing New Jersey’s Bobcats @ Stainton Hall at Pennington School | Pennington | New Jersey | United States
Tyler Christensen: Photographing New Jersey’s Bobcats Monday, March 18, 2019, at 8:00 pm Bobcats are the only naturally-occurring wild feline in New Jersey and are endangered in the state. Rare, intelligent, and highly elusive, bobcats are[...]
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