There are many field trips held throughout the year.These are also open to the public and anyone is welcome to join.
Sometimes the leader will request that you get in contact with them before the trip so that they can get a head count.Please read the details provided for each individual trip.
General information for all field trips:
Unless specified otherwise, please bring binoculars; 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 welcome; those 17 or under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Search for Eagles Field Trips – Winter 2020
This winter Jack Padalino is once again leading the “Search for Eagles” in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Upper Delaware Scenic River. Full day field trips will be held on the first Sundays of each month: December 1, January 5, February 2, and March 1. Half-day Sunday trips will take place on the second Sundays of each month: December 8, January 12, February 9, and March 8.
Field trip participants will travel by car caravan. For full day trips, meet at 8:00 AM at the Pocono Environmental Education Center OR at 10:00 AM in the parking area at the North entrance to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on Route 209 just south of the Milford Bridge. For half day trips, meet at this same parking lot at 12:00 Noon.
John (Jack) Padalino serves as President Emeritus of the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Paul F. Brandwein Institute, partner with the National Park Service Delaware Water Gap NRA. The “Search for Eagles” series is offered each year to honor the memory of Dr. S. Marie Kuhnen, professor, birder, botanist, naturalist, and conservationist extraordinaire, who taught and inspired Jack and countless others who continue to carry on her legacy and “pass the torch” to many, including younger generations.
All trips will be held WEATHER PERMITTING. Dress warmly, bring binoculars, field guides, and a lunch. The search for eagles will conclude along the Lackawaxen River at approximately 4:00 PM.
Dr. S. Marie Kuhnen, NJ North Coast Region 2020 Memorial Field Trip
The Dr. S. Marie Kuhnen Memorial Field Trip at the NJ North Shore will take place along the New Jersey North Coast Region on Sunday, January 26, 2020. The tour begins at Manasquan Inlet’s south jetty Point Pleasant Beach, at 9:30 a.m., and concludes at Lake Takanassee.
The 7:00 a.m. start, at Ross’ Corner, will enable participants to car pool. Additional participants may join us en route “down the shore,” a New Jersey idiom. We will be looking for Red-tailed Hawks and other birds en route.
Jack Padalino, president emeritus of PEEC as well as the Brandwein Institute, a partner with the National Park Service, will orchestrate this North Shore tour that includes visiting numerous fresh water ponds, estuaries, inlets, and oceanfront. Members of the Sussex County Bird Club are welcome and invited to participate. Participants will need to dress warmly and bring lunch.
A New Jersey North Shore tour, November through March, 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 sighted in the past such as Red-necked Grebe, Eurasian Widgeon, Common and King Eiders, Harlequin Duck, Little, Common Black-headed, Bonaparte’s, Iceland, Lesser Black-backed, and Glaucous Gulls, as well as Black-legged Kittiwake. A list of 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, an impressive list of “target species” for the tour.
Jack first birded the NJ North Shore during a Field Ornithology course in 1967 at Montclair State taught by Dr. S, Marie Kuhnen. Subsequently, Marie and Jack birded the region together for the next 40 years. Many of those trips led by Marie served as opportunities for Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) staff members’ professional development and personal enrichment.
Please contact Jack Padalino at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with questions or if you plan to participate in the January 19th trip.