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.


Sunrise Mountain Hawk Watch  –  Saturday, September 21

September brings us cooler, shorter days, the autumnal equinox, the first hints of changing leaves, and… migrating hawks!  Join SCBC members and friends as we gather on Sunrise Mountain to search for and tally raptors passing through from parts north.

Raptor experts Jack Padalino and Scott Rando will be there to help with bird ID.  Come and be a part of this official count that goes on throughout the fall.

Meet at the Sunrise Mountain overlook – on the bare rocks next to the pavilion – at 8:30 AM on Saturday, September 21 (rain date September 22).  Stay for the morning… or as long as you wish!  To reach the overlook, head north on US-206 N… just past Culver Lake, turn right onto Upper North Shore Rd, then continue on to the end of Sunrise Mountain Rd.  Park in the Sunrise Mt parking lot and walk south on the Appalachian Trail for a short distance until you get to the pavilion.

Jack will be at the club meeting on Friday evening, September 20th, with Hawk Watch hand-outs compliments of the Brandwein Institute.  He also reports that there is a free App called Raptor ID. It’s all one needs to see and know about North American raptors.

For further information, email Jack at or Scott at


Fall Birding at Wallkill River National Wildlife –  Sunday, October 20th

Join leader Ken Witkowski on Sunday, October 20th for a morning of autumn birding at Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge. This species rich area never disappoints!  Ken will take the group to Liberty Loop for waterfowl, and to Winding Rivers for sparrows, keeping watch for raptors at all locations.

Meet at the refuge headquarters at 8:30 AM.  Plan to car pool unless you cannot stay for the entire time.  The field trip will end at 1:00 PM.    You may wish to bring snacks or lunch and water with you.  For further information, email Ken at


Northwest Waterfowl Watch – Wednesday, November 20th

Join leaders Marianne Ofenloch and Merle and Roger Tanis on Wednesday, November 20th as we search the lakes in northwestern Sussex County for migrant and resident waterfowl species.   In our quest for anything avian, we will scan the open waters and forested and grassy shorelines of Swartswood Lake, Little Swartswood Lake, Culvers Lake, and others as time permits.

Come enjoy a late fall day in the field – dress warmly in layers, bring binocs and scope (if you have one), and lunch.  We will meet in the large parking lot by the beach at Swartswood State Park at 9:00 AM.  Inclement weather date:  Thursday, November 21st.

For further information, contact Merle at