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. 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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Saturday, January 15, 2022, 9:30 a.m. – Winter Bird Walk for Beginners

Meet at the Sussex Branch Trail parking area on Rt 206 in Andover Borough (next to the NJ Forest Fire Headquarters). Come enjoy a walk and learn our winter birds. We will take our time and walk an easy, flat trail, concentrating on learning the birds by habitat, sight, and sound. All are welcome. This will be a fun, half-day trip and, hopefully, you will learn some new birds. Dress for the weather & bring snacks or lunch. Snow on roads cancels the trip. Contact trip leader Sandy McPhail via email at smcphailemt@yahoo.com for more info or to register.

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Sunday, January 16, 2022 – Dr. S. Marie Kuhnen Memorial Field Trip to the NJ North Shore

Join leader Jack Padalino, SCBC member & President Emeritus of the Pocono Env. Education Ctr (PEEC) & the Paul F. Brandwein Institute, in a car caravan to the North Shore of NJ.

Participants will meet Jack at 7:00 a.m. at the Ross’s Corner Park & Ride lot at the intersection of Routes 206 & 15 in Augusta, NJ.

Dress warmly! Bring binoculars &/or a spotting scope, field guides, lunch, & non-alcoholic beverages. Face coverings and social distancing required.

The shore birding will begin at Old Sams Pond (aka Lake of the Lilies) south of Manasquan Inlet & Point Pleasant Beach and conclude at Lake Takanassee or Seven Presidents’ Park in Long Branch. Numerous fresh water ponds, estuaries, inlets, and the ocean front will be birded. Shore birding in winter is noted for loons, grebes, gulls, Northern Gannet, Great Cormorant, geese, ducks including dabblers, divers, and sea ducks, Purple Sandpiper, gulls, and possibly Alcids. Noteworthy species that could be seen include Red-necked Grebe, Eurasian Wigeon, 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.

Please register via email at jackpeec@aol.com

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Saturday, February 19, 2022, 9:30 a.m. – Winter Bird Walk for Beginners

Meet in Kittatinny Valley State Park at the main parking area between Lake Aeroflex and Limecrest Rd. in Andover Township. We will spend a half-day walking the trails and see what winter birds we can find. All are welcome. Dress for the weather. Snow on roads cancels the trip. Bring snacks or lunch. Contact trip leader Sandy McPhail via email at smcphailemt@yahoo.com for more info or to register.