Club and Other 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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Annual Jim Zamos Memorial Hyper Humus Nature WalkSunday, April 25, 2021 • 8:30am (Meeting Location TBA)

The Sussex County Bird Club has held a bird walk at Hyper Humus on the last Sunday of April since 1975, & Jim, who explored, played, & birded in this area from his childhood throughout his entire life, was usually the trip leader. Regardless of who led, or showed up, or weather conditions, Jim went on this walk. He kept a record of sightings for this trip over the last four decades, & was always seeking to add another bird to the “Hyper Humus Trip List.” In April 2014, Jim led his last trip at Hyper Humus & was able to add the Eastern Screech-Owl to the list. In 2019, a Peregrine Falcon perched in a tree was the latest addition to the trip list. What can we add this year…? We’ll spend a few hours traversing Jim’s favorite haunt in search of birds, old & new. Dress for the weather & wear appropriate walking shoes/boots, bring water & snacks if you like, & of course bring binoculars & a scope if you have one—optics cannot be shared. There will be a limit of 8 participants. Pre-registration is required by April 23rd. For more information or to register, please email Marianne at: sussexbirds@centurylink.net.

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World Migratory Bird Day at Stokes & High Point – Saturday, May 8, 2021 • 8:00 am

In 1993, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center created International Migratory Bird Day. This educational campaign focused on the Western Hemisphere. Since 2007, IMBD has been coordinated by Environment for the Americas (EFTA), a non-profit organization that strives to connect people to bird conservation. In 2018, EFTA joined the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) & the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) to create a single, global bird conservation education campaign, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD). WMBC celebrates & brings attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas – bird migration.

This year, WMBD is on May 8th, & we will be hosting a field trip to parts of Stokes State Forest & High Point State Park in recognition. We will meet at 8:00 AM at the dirt parking lot alongside Lake Ocquittunk in Stokes SF; areas we will visit include Lake Ocquittunk & Steam Mill in Stokes SF plus Sawmill Road in High Point SP. Migratory birds follow the Kittatinny ridge as they pass through our county, & resident birds are preparing to breed, so expect to see a nice diversity of bird life during the day. Species we can expect include Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Yellow-throated Vireo, Black-and-White Warbler, Common Raven, and many others. This trip will be weather-dependent & limited to 8 participants &/or 4 vehicles. Pre-registration is required by May 4th. For more information or to register, please email Marianne at: sussexbirds@centurylink.net.

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Spring Migrants Walk in Delaware Water Gap NRASunday, May 9 • 8:00 am

Meet at 8:00 am at the Millbrook Village parking lot in Warren County. We will walk south on Old Mine Road to Watergate Recreation Area. These areas are good for warblers, thrushes, vireos, swallows, and other assorted passerines. The trip will end by mid-afternoon. Bring water and lunch. The trip will be limited to six participants. Pre-registration is required by May 7th. For more information or to register, please call Karyn at: 973-579-7914, or email her at: kdc05@ptd.net.

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Spring Migrants Walk in Hainesville Wildlife Management AreaWednesday, May 12 • 8:00am

We will be searching for spring migrants along the pond, which have habitats for a variety of birds and waterfowl. Walking area may be muddy or wet. It is suggested that you bring water. The trip will be limited to six participants. Pre-registration is required by May 10th. For more information or to register, please call Karyn at: 973-579-7914, or email her at: kdc05@ptd.net.

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Bird & Nature Walk in Dryden Kuser Natural Area & Sawmill RoadSaturday, May 15 • 8:15am

Dryden Kuser Natural Area is a special place in High Point State Park. The walk around the bog is an easy mile & a half, which includes the boardwalk through the bog where sundews can be found growing in the moss. The woods are filled with native rhododendron, American white cedar, mountain laurel, eastern hemlocks, white pine, & spruce, as well as other plants. An option after the walk is to drive along Sawmill Rd. to Deckertown Tpk. & look for spring migrants. The trip will be limited to 6 participants. Pre-registration is required by May 14th. For more information or to register, please call Karyn at: 973-579-7914, or email her at: kdc05@ptd.net.