Club and Other Field Trips

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.


Meadowlands Boat Trip Date Change-Please Read if you have Registered!

Due to poor weather on Tuesday, the trip was changed to the rain date of Thursday 8/31/17 (tomorrow); it will still leave from Secaucus and will be from 11 am – 1:30 pm.

We have 3 seats open due to the change of dates. If anyone would like to attend, the cost is $22 per person, payable at the dock before the trip.

Please email Marianne at ssusexbirds@centurylink.net BEFORE 8 PM TODAY (WEDS) to register; directions to the site will be sent upon registration.

 

The Meadowlands Boat Trip date has been set:

Please join us on Tuesday, August 29th, as Capt. Hugh Carola and crew, of the Hackensack Riverkeeper, lead us on a boat tour of the Meadowlands in search of the diverse life found in this urban oasis. Herons, shorebirds, waterfowl, and other marsh life make their homes here, and fall migrants stop here to feed. Information on the Riverkeeper can be found at www.hackensackriverkeeper.org. (Rain date Thursday Aug. 31)

The trip begins from Laurel Hill County Park (accessible from the NJ Turnpike) in Secaucus at 11:00 AM and ends at about 1:30 PM. Cost is $22 per person. Trip is limited to 26 participants, age 4 or older. All those 17 or under must be accompanied by an adult. It’s suggested that younger children should be interested enough in birding/wildlife that they will enjoy a 2.5 hour trip.

 

Pre-registration before August 15th is required; please register with Marianne via email at sussexbirds@centurylink.net. More information will be provided upon registration

 


Fall Hawk Watch

Join Scott Rando on Saturday, Sept 23 (rain date Sept 24) on Sunrise Mountain for the 2017 SCBC Hawkwatch.  The peak of the broad-winged hawk migration historically occurs at Sunrise Mountain during this time, and if conditions are favorable, several hundred hawks may pass in streams and kettles.  Meet at the pavilion at 9 AM.   Bring lunch if you plan on staying for the day, and dress for the conditions; it’s usually much windier on the summit than other places.


Winter Eagle Trips

Dr SA. Marie Kuhnen Memorial Field Trip Series Search for Eagles, led by Jack Padalino on the first Sunday of Dec, Jan, Feb, and Mar.  There is no charge.

For more info on this winter’s eagle field trips, click here.


Dr. S. Marie Kuhnen Memorial North Coast Region Trip, Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Dr. S. Marie Kuhnen Memorial Field Trip, NJ North Shore will take place along the New Jersey North Coast Region January 18, 2018. We will rendezvous 7:00 AM at Ross’s Corner Park & Ride at the intersection of Routes 206 & 15 in Augusta, NJ.

On our drive “down the shore,” a New Jersey 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 Sam’s Pond south of Manasquan Inlet, continuing through Point Pleasant Beach, and concluding at either Lake Takanassee or Seven Presidents’ Park in Long Branch.

Jack Padalino, president emeritus of PEEC as well as Brandwein Institute, a partner with the National Park Service, will lead the North Shore birding field trip that will include visiting numerous fresh water ponds, estuaries, inlets, and the ocean front. During a Field Ornithology course in 1967 taught by Dr. Kuhnen at Montclair State University is when Jack first birded the North Shore. 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.

A North Shore field trip in 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 includes 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 a field trip.