NJ North Coast Region Field Trip
in Memory of Dr. S. Marie Kuhnen
Saturday, March 5, 2016
The tour begins at 7:00 AM from Ross’s Corner parking area (carpool) in Sussex County. We will travel south on Route 206 to Old Sam’s Pond south of Manasquan Inlet, and be at Point Pleasant Beach, Jenkinsons at about 10:00 AM, and conclude at Seven Presidents’ Park in Monmouth County. Dress warm and in layers. Bring lunch.
Jack Padalino, President Emeritus of PEEC as well as Brandwein Institute, a partner with the National Park Service, will lead the North Shore Tour that includes visiting numerous fresh water ponds, estuaries, inlets, and the ocean-front. Sussex County Bird Club members and friends are invited to participate. Jack first birded the North Shore during a Field Ornithology course taught by Dr. Kuhnen in1967 at Montclair State University. 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. On our way “down the shore,” a New Jersey idiom, we will be looking for Red-tailed Hawks as well as other birds. We should arrive at the South Jetty, Manasquan Inlet by 9:30 AM give or take 15 minutes.
A New Jersey North Shore tour, 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 you’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 include 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 the tour.