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Field Trips - Spring/Summer 2015

For more information or notification of cancellation of field trips, call Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964; if the trip is described as co-sponsored with the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association (SB-MWA), advance registration is required. To register for such trips or to get more information on them call SB-MWA at (609) 737-7592. There is no fee for most of our field trips; exceptions are noted in the trip description.


May<May  Jun
Garret Mountain Reservation
Brad MerrittSaturday, May 2, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
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Garret Mountain Reservation, a Passaic County Park, located just south of Paterson, NJ, can be an excellent spot in the spring for the songbird migration.

Directions: Take I-287 to I-80. Go east to exit 56A (Squirrelwood Road). Go to the stop sign and turn right on Rifle Camp Road. Go up the hill about 0.5 miles to Mountain Ave., which comes in from the left. Turn left on Mountain Ave. (look for an army tank and the reservoir on the left) and go 0.3 miles to the entrance to Garret Mountain Reservation. Go right up the hill for a short distance to a large parking area.

The distance from Somerville on I-287 and I-80 to exit 56A is about 40 miles. Bring a lunch. We may also visit Rifle Camp Park, which is adjacent to Garret Mountain. If additional information is needed, call Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964.

 

Hamilton Veteran’s Park
Mark WitmerSunday, May 3, 8:00 AM
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Join us for a trip to a popular recreational park in Hamilton Township. Veteran’s Park has a nice diversity of habitat including a lake, streams, open fields, and woods; these support a diversity of bird life. In the past few years, wood ducks, tree and barn swallows, red-tailed hawks, cedar waxwings, orchard and Baltimore orioles, red-eyed vireos, scarlet tanagers, and indigo buntings are just some of the birds that have been spring and summer residents of the park. While we won’t see all these birds, we should see many, along with some unexpected migrants, as spring migration season will be in full swing. Call Mark Witmer (609) 730-0826 if you have any questions.

Directions: we will meet at the north entrance to the park, which is along Klockner Road, just east of Hamilton Square-White Horse Road, across the street from Steinert High School. As you enter the park drive to the back of the parking area; we will gather there.

 

BIRDATHON 2015 is COMING on May 9 ! ! !
Diane CarlinoSaturday May 9 - All day!Fauna List
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This is the first call for our 2015 Birdathon, to be held on Saturday, May 9! Spring will be here sooner than we know and WCAS Birdathon '15 will take place at the height of spring migration. Our sole fundraiser of the year will bring together people who love birds and the environment for a friendly competition to spot as many species as possible in a day.

We will be asking our members, friends and neighbors for donations, which will all go toward support of local educational outreach, research and conservation efforts. Your generous Birdathon donations fund programs and research that will further our understanding of both our resident and migrating bird species and enable us to share birding insights with you in a variety of community offerings.

Participate! We want to build on last year's team effort. You can join a guided team in heading to hot spots such as Baldpate, The Pole Farm, or the Princeton Institute Woods. More information to come!

We are looking for team leaders-naturalists who will head out into the field and lead a small group of members and friends around your favorite Birdathon location(s.) We'll help coordinate your team and support donation collection. If you would like to volunteer or lead a team, please contact Brad Merritt (balmerritt@aol.com).

Join us in bringing the fun of Birdathon to everyone ... enjoy a day outdoors and tally bird species and help us reach our $7,500 goal for Birdathon '15!

This is the only fund raiser for WCAS. The money collected goes for several of our educational and environmental programs such as:

  • Audubon Adventures for 60 inner-city fourth-grade classrooms
  • Workshops and field trips for families
  • Monthly program meeting with informative speakers
  • Hannah Suthers’ bird banding on Featherbed Lane, Hopewell
  • and much more.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 9th and come join the fun as a participant or as a sponsor.

Sign up and/or donate on this page.

 

Princeton Institute Woods
Brad Merritt and Andrew BobeSaturday, May 16, 8:00 AM
Sunday May 17, 8:00 AM
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The Institute Woods near the Institute for Advanced Study is an excellent place to observe the spring migration of warblers and other songbirds. Two dates are offered so that you can pick the most convenient for you.

Directions: From Princeton take Alexander Street toward Route 1. At the bend before the canal turn right on West Drive. Go a short distance on West Drive and park near the entrance to the Rogers Wildlife Refuge. Contact Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964 if additional information is needed.

 

New! Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve
Sharyn Magee, Brad Merritt
and Charles Brine
Saturday, May 23, 8:00 AM
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The Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve is a 164 acre property between Skillmans Lane to the east, Bennetts Lane to the north, and the Six-mile Run Reservoir site to the west and south. There are 111 acres of grassland and 53 acres of woodland.

Sensitive species found on this site include the Grasshopper Sparrow and Cooper’s Hawk (both New Jersey state threatened species), and the Eastern Meadowlark and American Kestrel (both New Jersey special concern species). The American Kestrel remained at this location throughout the breeding season. With different bird houses located throughout this site, opportunities to view nesting American Kestrels, Wood Ducks, Bluebirds and Purple Martins may be present in any given year.

Directions: From 206 at Woods Tavern take 514 East (Amwell Road). Turn right on 615 South (South Middlebush Road). Turn left on Skillmans Lane. Entrance off west side of Skillmans Lane, between the two 90 degree curves on Skillmans Lane. Contact Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964 if additional information is needed.

Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain
Pat Sziber and Franta BroulikSunday, May 24, 8:30 AM
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We plan to visit this Mercer County Park located north of the New Jersey Washington Crossing State Park. We plan to have the gate open so that you can drive to the top of the mountain and have time to explore this interesting area.

Directions: From Pennington-Washington Crossing Road (Route 546) go past Washington Crossing State Park to the intersection with Route 29. Turn right and go two miles to Fiddler's Creek Road. Turn right and go 0.2 miles to a parking area on the left. You can also take Church Road from Bear Tavern Road (Route 579). Follow Church Road and make your first right onto Fiddler’s Creek Road. Follow Fiddler's Creek Road 1.4 miles and watch for the parking area on your right hand side. Contact Pat Sziber at (609) 737-1189 for more information.

 

Delaware Water Gap, North Jersey
Sharyn Magee, Brad Merritt
and Charles Brine
Saturday, May 30,
leave the Princeton area at 7:00 AM
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This trip involves driving to numerous stops after we reach the Stokes State Forest area, so we would like to car pool to minimize the number of cars. The trip route is straight up Route 206 from Princeton about 60 miles to a meeting place/rest stop at Stokes Forest Office about one mile north of Culvers Lake. Please register with Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964 prior to the trip.

 

June<May  Aug>
Mercer Meadows (Pole Farm)
Brad MerrittSaturday, June 6, 8:00 AM
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This park was known for years as the AT&T Overseas Transmission Station, or more familiarly as "The Pole Farm." It is adjacent to Rosedale Park, which is now part of the new Northwest Park. Come with us as we walk the paths and compare the flora and fauna to that of Rosedale.

Directions: From the traffic light at Manors Corner shopping center on Pennington-Lawrenceville Road take Keefe Road toward Princeton for 1.1 miles to the bend where it meets Cold Soil Road. At that bend, the entrance is on the left through a chain link gate. There is a white barn on the left inside the gate. Go straight on the macadam road to the parking area. If starting in Princeton take Cold Soil Road, go 1.1 miles past Blackwell Road to bend, look for entrance on right.

 

Washington Crossing State Park
Wayne Hendrick and Fronta BroulikSaturday, June 13, 8:30 AM
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We will walk a few of the many trails in the park looking for spring migrants and resident birds in wooded areas and adjacent fields.

Directions: Washington Crossing State Park is located off of Washington Crossing - Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ. Enter the park and follow signs to the Nature Center. Park at Nature Center parking lot. If additional information is needed, call Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964.

 

Assunpink Wildlife Management Area
Brad Merrit, John Maret and Andrew BobeSaturday, June 20, 8:00 AM
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We will be looking for resident birds such as blue grosbeaks, orchard orioles, and cedar waxwings. We also will be looking for butterflies.

Directions: East on I-195 to exit 11, Imlaystown. North on Imlaystown Road 2.6 miles to parking area at Lake Assunpink. Contact Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964 if additional information is needed.

 

August<Jun  Aug
Johnson (Sod) Farms
Charles Brine
Brad Merritt
Saturday, August 22

Join us as we look for migrating shorebirds at the Johnson Farms (no longer called/signed Sod Farm). We hope to see such shorebirds as Baird's, Pectoral, Upland and Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Golden and Black-bellied Plovers, in addition to sparrows and Horned Larks. The sod fields are located off Rte. 77, at the border of Salem/Cumberland Counties. Since this is a long trip, we will meet at Princeton Shopping Center at 7 AM, to allow participants to carpool. Please contact Brad Merritt 609-921-8964 or Charles Brine 609-924-3819 to register.

 

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