Club Field Trips

Normally, there are many field trips held throughout the year. Most trips are free of charge and are open to the public as well as club members. Field trips in 2021 will be limited and subject to guidelines related to the Covid19 pandemic; pre-registration and compliance with applicable guidelines, including wearing of masks and maintaining safe distances from others, are required for all trips. Please read and follow the instructions provided for each listed field trip.

General information for all field trips: Unless specified otherwise, please bring binoculars, as optics cannot be shared; scopes are optional if you have them. Bring water or other non-alcoholic beverages; snacks or a lunch are up to you. Wear hiking boots or shoes; flip-flops are not recommended. Most trips are rain or shine. All ages are welcome, but those age 17 or under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Fall Migration Bird Walk – Saturday, October 9th (Alternate &/or 2nd date Sat, Oct. 16th) Meet at 8:00 AM at the dirt parking lot alongside Lake Ocquittunk in Stokes

The October Big Day is the autumn equivalent of the Global Big Day held in May. This year, the October Big Day is tentatively set for October 9th. We’ll be hosting a field trip to parts of Stokes State Forest & High Point State Park in recognition of October Big Day. Areas we’ll visit include Lake Ocquittunk & Steam Mill in Stokes, & Sawmill Road in High Point. Migratory birds follow the Kittatinny ridge as they pass through our county, & resident birds are preparing for winter. Species we can expect include migrating hawks,warblers, and other songbirds. There’s a limit of 8 participants; please pre-register before Oct. 1st with trip leader Marianne Ofenloch.

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Sunrise Mountain Hawk Watch – Saturday, October 16th, beginning at 9:00 AM

Join leader Scott Rando at the lookout on top of Sunrise Mountain in Stokes State Forest to observe migrating raptors. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to identify hawk species in flight as they soar south over the Appalachian ridges. October will be time for Sharp-shinned & Cooper’s Hawks. Merlin, Red-shouldered Hawk, Osprey, Bald Eagle, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, and Northern Harrier are all possible. Stay for the watch as long as you wish. Bring lunch, snacks, & drinks if you desire.

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SCBC Annual Lakes TourTuesday, November 9th (rain Date Wednesday, November 10th)
Meet at 9:00 AM at the beach parking lot at Swartswood State Park

Please join us as we check the waters & shores of Swartswood & Culver Lakes for waterfowl, passerines, & raptors. We’ll spend about 2 hrs birding Swartswood Lake from various lookouts, then head to Culvers Lake, possibly stopping at Paulinskill Lake.. There’s a limit of 8 participants; please pre-register before Nov. 1st with trip leader Marianne Ofenloch.