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.


Early Spring Nature Walk at Kittatinny Valley State Park

Goodbye winter, hello spring!  The vernal equinox this year is Tuesday, March 20th! Come celebrate the first day of spring with us on the trails and wetlands of Kittatinny Valley State Park.  We will search for resident and early spring migrant birds, swelling buds, the earliest spring wildflowers, awakening amphibians, and other harbingers of spring.  We might hear a chorus of spring peepers or quacking wood frogs, encounter wood ducks or winter wren, or just delight in warm sun shining on young skunk cabbage.

We will meet at 9:00 AM at the Twin Lakes parking lot of Kittatinny Valley State Park which is located on Goodale Road.  To reach this parking area, take Route 206 south for approximately 4.5 miles from the center of Newton.  Turn left onto Goodale Road (the Lakeland First Aid Squad building is on the left), and drive almost a mile – the parking lot will be on your left.

The nature walk will end at noon.  Bring water or other non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, or even a bag lunch if you wish.  Please bring binoculars, and possibly a scope if you do not mind carrying it while hiking.  Dress in layers for the weather, wear hiking boots or shoes, and plan to get muddy feet on wet trails – it is early spring, after all!  This trip will take place rain or shine.  If there is deep snow or ice making the trails unwalkable, the snow/ice date will be Tuesday,  March 27.  All ages are welcome; those 17 or under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you have any questions regarding this trip, please contact trip leaders Merle Tanis (  or Marianne Ofenloch (

Jim Zamos Memorial Hyper Humus Nature Walk – Sunday, April 29, 2018

The club has held a bird walk at Hyper Humus on the last Sunday of April since 1975, and Jim, who explored, played, and birded in this area from his childhood throughout his entire life, was often 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, and was always seeking to add another bird to the “Hyper Humus Trip List”. In April 2014, Jim led his last trip at Hyper Humus and was able to add the screech owl to the list. What can we add this year? Please join us as we continue this annual club trip in his memory! Meet at the Warbasse Junction parking lot at 8:30 am and plan to spend a few hours traversing Jim’s favorite haunt in search of birds, old and new. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate walking shoes/boots, bring water and snacks if you like, and of course bring binoculars and a scope if you have one. For more information, contact Marianne Ofenloch at


Spring Migrants Walk in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Sunday, May 6, 2018


Join leader Karyn Cichocki on Sunday, May 6th 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 Campen’s Brook past Watergate.  These areas are good for warblers, thrushes, vireos, swallows, and other assorted passerines.

The trip will end by mid-afternoon.  Be sure to bring lunch.  For further information, contact Karyn at

Whittingham Wildlife Management Area Ramble

Whittingham Wildlife Management Area Ramble, Sunday, May 13 • 8:00am, Whittingham WMA Parking Lot, County Route 618 (Fredon Springdale Road/Willows Road), Fredon
Led by Karyn Cichocki. This is prime time in a prime location – expect to see many species of warblers and other migrant passerines, as well as a nice array of May wildflowers along the trails that pass through forest, fields undergoing succession, and Big Spring wetland. This field trip was a very popular staple on the club’s spring schedule for many years – it is wonderful to have it again! The trip will end by noon. For further information, contact Karyn at: 973-579-7914 or at

Birding Hike at Tilcon Lake in Allamuchy Mountain State Park

Join us for a half-day birding hike on Saturday, May 20, 2018.  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 or 973 903 6219.