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.

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.


 

Saturday, May 4, at 8:30 AM (rain date Sunday, May 26) – Spring Migrant Walk at the NJ School of Conservation in Stokes State Forest

Please join trip leader Erin Keller for a Spring Migrant Walk on Saturday, May 4th. The walk will follow an abandoned road from the School of Conservation to the crossing of the Flatbrook near the Steam Mill camping area and will return along the same road. This is an easy 2-mile round trip through hemlock and mixed hardwood forest. The group will meet at the entrance to the School of Conservation at 8:30 am, light rain or shine. Close-toed shoes or hiking boots, bug spray, and water bottles are suggested; dress in layers for the weather. The School of Conservation is located in Stokes State Forest and can be accessed via Flatbrook Road off Route 206, past the Lake Ocquittunk camping area. Most GPS applications will recognize the address as 1 Wapalanne Road, Sandyston, NJ. For any questions, please email Erin at erinlarkinkeller@gmail.com.


Sunday, May 5 – Spring Migrants Walk in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (Warren County)

Join trip leader Karyn Cichocki to search for May migrants. Meet at 8:00 AM at the Millbrook Village parking lot at the intersection of Old Mine Road and Millbrook Road in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area. From there we will walk several of the trails in the area and also the trail along Van Campens Brook past Watergate. These areas are good for warblers, thrushes, vireos, swallows, and other assorted passerines. The trip will end by mid-afternoon. Bring lunch. For more information, contact Karyn at 973-579-7914 or at kdc05@ptd.net.


Saturday, May 11 – Deer Park Pond Section of Allamuchy Mountain State Park (Warren County

Join trip leader Karyn Cichocki to search for May migrants. Meet at 8:00 at the parking lot on Deer Park Road, 0.7 miles east of County Route 517. The trip will end by mid-afternoon.  Bring lunch.  For more information, contact Karyn at 973-579-7914 or at kdc05@ptd.net.

Directions: If coming from Route 80, take exit 19 (County Route 517 Hackettstown/Andover/Allamuchy). At the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto Route 517 south. Travel 3 miles and turn left onto Deer Park Road (first left after Mattar’s Restaurant). Go about 0.7 miles to a large parking area with a state park outhouse. If coming from Newton, take Route 206 south and turn right on Route 517 in Andover Boro, then proceed 6.5 miles to the intersection with Route 80 and follow the above directions from the Route 80 ramp.


Saturday, May 18 – Birding Hike at Tilcon Lake in Allamuchy Mountain State Park (Warren County)

Join us for a half-day birding hike on Saturday, May 18, 2019.  We will meet at 9:00 AM at the Sussex Branch Trail parking lot off Waterloo Road near the intersection with Continental Drive, then carpool to the Tilcon Lake access.

Tilcon Lake was part of an active quarry in the past, but is now part of Allamuchy Mountain State Park. The trails in this area are mostly flat and even, though there are some areas with gravel or small rocks. Some portions of the trails are quite close to the Musconetcong River, allowing good viewing of the water. Many species of birds, including waterfowl, swallows, bald eagle, belted kingfisher, and warblers, have been seen in this area. Bank swallows have been known to nest here; with scopes, we should be able to view the swallows without disturbing them. We will also check an area where great blue herons have their rookery. May is such a fantastic birding month, and the nesting season will be well in progress, so we may be treated to the unexpected!

Please bring binoculars and a scope if you have one. 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. Dress in layers for the weather; this trip is rain or shine. All ages welcome; those 17 or under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you have any questions regarding this trip, please contact leader Michael Livesey at mrlivesey@verizon.net or 973-903-6219.