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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Saturday, May 21, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – Birding Hike at Tilcon Lake

 Join us for a half-day birding hike on Saturday, May 21st. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the main parking lot of Waterloo Village off County Rt 604/Waterloo Road. Tilcon Lake is within an old quarry that’s now part of Allamuchy Mountain State Park. Many species of waterfowl, swallows, and warblers have been seen in this area. Bald Eagles, Great Blue Heron, and Belted Kingfisher have also been reported. May is such a great birding month and the nesting season will be well in progress, so we may be treated to the unexpected. The trails are mostly flat with some sections quite close to the river, allowing good views. Among the many swallows reported are Bank Swallows that have been known to nest there. With scopes, we should be able to get a view of the nesting sites. If there’s time, we can walk through the village; we have seen Chimney Swift there in the past. Please contact trip leader Mike Livesey via email at M.livesey2019@outlook.com if you have any questions regarding this trip or to register.

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Sunday, May 22, 2022, 8:00 a.m. – Sparta Mountain Wildlife Mgmt. Area

Meet at the Ryker Lake parking lot at 8:00 a.m. for a short walk (about a mile round-trip) to Ryker Lake. The road to the parking lot is an unmarked dirt road off Edison Road, a few hundred feet from its junction with Glen Road. Then we will head to the Edison Monument parking area to do a loop of
about 3 miles. This will include a section of power lines, so besides the usual woodland birds, we should also have a number of field/brushy area specialists. It’s a moderate walk with mild ups & downs. Most of Sparta Mountain trails are old logging roads, so there is rough footing and loose rocks in
places. Wear appropriate shoes/boots & bring water & snacks. For questions or to register for the trip, contact trip leader Matt Skalla via email at matt.skalla@gmail.com.