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 2022 may be limited and subject to guidelines related to the Covid19 pandemic; pre-registration and compliance with any 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. Trip leaders reserve the right to cancel a trip for any reason.

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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Bird Walks for Beginners

All trips are easy walking on flat trails. All levels of birders are welcome. Checklists are provided at the end of each walk. Trips will be cancelled if there is snow on the roads. For more info or directions, email trip leader Sandy McPhail via smcphailemt@yahoo.com

BWB Trip #1: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, 8:30 a.m. – Walllkill River NWR’s Wood Duck Trail: Meet at the parking area off CR 565 North just past the intersection with SR 23 in Wantage Township south of Sussex, NJ. Round trip of 3.2 miles on a level trail.

BWB Trip #2: Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – Stokes State Forest: Meet at the office parking lot off US 206 north of Culvers Lake.

BWB Trip #3: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023 – Location & time to be determined

BWB Trip #4: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023 – Location & time to be determined

BWB Trip #5: Saturday, Mar. 11, 2023 – Location & time to be determined 

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Fall Migration Bird Walk – Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022 (alternate date Oct. 15th)

The October Big Day, also called World Migratory Bird Day, is the autumn equivalent of the Global Big Day held in May. We will meet at 8:00 AM at the dirt parking lot alongside Lake Ocquittunk in Stokes State Forest to visit parts of Stokes as well as High Point State Park in recognition of October Big Day. Areas we will visit include Lake Ocquittunk and Steam Mill in Stokes and Sawmill Road in High Point. Migratory birds follow the Kittatinny ridge as they pass through our county, and resident birds are preparing for winter. Species we can expect include migrating hawks, warblers, and other songbirds. Masking & social distancing guidelines will apply. There is a limit of 8 participants; please pre-register before October 6th with trip leader Marianne Ofenloch via the contact page on this website.

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SCBC Annual Lakes Tour – Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022

Please join us as we check the waters and shores of Swartswood and Culvers Lakes for waterfowl, passerines, and raptors. We will meet in Swartswood State Park at the beach parking lot at 9:00 AM and spend about 2 hours birding Swartswood Lake from various lookouts. We will then head to Culvers Lake, possibly stopping at Paulinskill Lake on the way. Masking & social distancing guidelines will apply. There is a limit of 8 participants; please pre-register before Nov. 7th with trip leader Marianne Ofenloch via via the contact page on this website.

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Dr. Marie S. Kuhnen Memorial North Shore Field Trip – Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023

Meet at 7:00 AM at Ross’s Corner Park & Ride at the intersection of US 206 & SR 15 in Augusta, NJ. Jack Padalino, SCBC member & president emeritus of PEEC as well as Brandwein Institute, a partner with the National Park Service, will lead this trip that will include visiting numerous fresh water ponds, estuaries, inlets, and the ocean front.

On our drive “down the shore,” a NJ idiom, we will be looking for Red-tailed Hawks, Black Vultures, and Turkey Vultures as well as other birds. The shore birding will begin at Old Sams Pond south of Manasquan Inlet, Point Pleasant Beach, and conclude at Lake Takanassee or Seven Presidents’ Park in Long Branch. A North Shore field trip is noted for loons, grebes, Northern Gannet, Great Cormorant, geese, ducks including dabblers, divers, and sea ducks, Purple Sandpiper, gulls, and if we’re lucky, alcids. It is also possible to see noteworthy species such as Red-necked Grebe, Eurasian Wigeon, Common and King Eiders, Harlequin Duck, Little, Common, Black-headed, Bonaparte’s, Iceland, Lesser Black-backed, and Glaucous Gulls, & Black-legged Kittiwake. Rare species observed in the past include Eared and Western Grebes, Tufted Duck, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Sooty Tern, Black-tailed Gull, Sabine’s Gull, Dovekie, Common and Thick-billed Murres, Black Guillemot, and Razorbill.

Jack first birded the North Shore during a Field Ornithology course in 1967 taught by Dr. Kuhnen at Montclair State University. Subsequently, Marie and Jack birded the NJ North Shore together for the next 39 years. Many of those trips led by Marie served as opportunities for Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) staff members’ professional development and personal enrichment. 

If you haven’t birded the North Shore in winter, now’s the time! Please pre-register with Jack via email at jackpeec@aol.com or by phone at 845-325-0536.