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.

Twigs and Tweeters

This activity is back by popular demand!  We scan the trees for birds, yet how much do we know about those trees??  Can we identify them when their leaves are off?  Each has its own fascinating story.  Join Merle and Roger Tanis at Swartswood State Park on Saturday,   December 2 for a fun and challenging morning of twigging and birding.  We will use a dichotomous key to identify the trees in their winter condition – by buds, twigs, and bark.  Be sure to bring your binoculars!  Upside down, they will serve as a hand lens to magnify the tiny details of the twigs.  And, they will sure come in handy as we enjoy and tally the birds around us – in the forest and on the lake!

Meet at the Swartswood State Park parking lot by the beach at 9:00 AM.  This is a half day nature walk – we will be done by noon.  Dress for the weather!  Questions?  Email Merle at


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.


For many decades, the Montclair Bird Club has made an annual trek to Cape Ann, Massachusetts to enjoy some winter birding. We are being invited to join this trip, thanks to Donna Traylor, a member of both SCBC and the Montclair Bird Club. The trip will occur over Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 17-19, 2018. Accommodations are at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 35 Clarks Road, Amesbury, Massachusetts; there is a group rate of $99 per night for either a standard or king room. This rate will be held until 1/26/2018. However, if you are calling for a reservation after that date, identify yourself as part of the Montclair Bird Club and request the rate; they will try to honor it after our contract deadline. When you make your reservation, identify yourself as “Montclair Bird Club 2018” and use the group code MONR. The cancellation policy for a booked room is 48 hours in advance of check-in date. Transportation to the Inn is on your own; from I-95 take exit 58B; from I-495, exit 55.

Plan on birding all day Saturday and Sunday, and Monday until noon. Birds that we hope to see include white-winged gulls, snowy, short-eared, and eastern screech owls, all three scoters, common and king eider, northern shrike, winter finches, grebes, and other waterfowl. If you have a scope, bring it. This is winter birding at its best! Be prepared for all types of weather; pack all your layers and hope you will not need them. There is relatively little hiking on this trip; the group usually drives to a location, parks and scans, and then drives to the next spot. Locations will be chosen each day based upon weather and current bird sighting reports. Donna will leave a message at the lobby desk as to meeting time, but it is usually around 8am each day. One day will be spent in Amesbury, Newburyport, Salisbury Beach, and Plum Island (bring your duck stamp for entrance to the NWR there); there is usually a lunch stop at a local restaurant for hot soup. The other day will be spent touring Essex, Ipswich, Gloucester, and Rockport; it’s more difficult finding a quick, warm lunch stop on this route, so it is sometimes just at the local McDonalds. You are free to brown bag it, of course.

Donna will make dinner reservations ahead of time, since it is a holiday weekend, and request separate checks. The Fairfield Inn has a nice breakfast set up and usually works with our relatively early departing time. It is important that you contact the Traylors if you plan on attending in case there is a last minute weather issue and we need to make any changes. Please email Donna and Don Traylor at