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.

Pre-registration and compliance with any applicable guidelines is required.

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: Please bring binoculars, or 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, so dress for the weather. All ages are welcome, those age 17 or under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


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

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023 – Wood Duck Trail – Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge This easy flat trail has diverse habitat. Half day trip. We will meet at the trail parking area at 9:00 am. Dress for weather. Snow on roads cancels trip.

Saturday Jan. 28, 2023 – Bird Walk for Beginners – UPDATED: Owens Station section of the Wallkill National Wildlife refuge. This area has a flat trail with marsh and wooded areas that leads to impoundments that should have ducks. Its a great area. This walk will be about a half day walk.
To get there take Rt 23 into Sussex and turn onto Rt 565 by the Quik Chek and The Franklin Sussex Auto Mall. Continue and make a left onto Lake Wallkill Rd by The Lampost Inn. Continue on about 4 miles to stop sign and turn left onto Owens Station Rd. Parking lot for area will be up on your left. We will meet at 9am this Saturday. Any questions email or call me if you need help in the morning with directions.
I hope to see you there.

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023 – Hidden Ponds Trail – This is the newest trail in The Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge. Easy 1 mile loop trail. We will meet at trail head on Lake Walkill Rd. at 9:00 am. Half day trip. Come see what we can find on this new trail. Snow on roads cancels trip.

Saturday, Mar. 11, 2023 – Paulinskill River Wildlife Management Area – Hyper Humus. This popular area offers diverse habitat and an easy walk. We will meet at parking area on Warbasse Junction Rd in Lafayette or the main parking area on Rt 94 at 9:00 am. Half day trip. Snow on roads cancels trip.


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.

Face coverings and social distancing required

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 or by phone at 845-325-0536.