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Field Trips - Spring 2016

For more information or notification of cancellation of field trips, call Field Trip Chair Brad Merrit at (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.

June<May  July>
Delaware Water Gap, North Jersey
Sharyn Magee, Brad Merritt
and Charles Brine
Saturday, June 4,
leave the Princeton area at 7:00 AM
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A field trip for warblers to an area around Stokes State Forest. We plan to leave the Princeton area at 7:00 AM.

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.


Washington Crossing State Park
Wayne Henderek and Franta BroulikSaturday, June 11, 8:30 AM
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 Fauna List
Fauna List

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
John Maret, Brad Merrit
and Andrew Bobe
Saturday, June 18, 8:30-11:30 AM
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Fauna List
Fauna List

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.


Mercer Meadows (Pole Farm)
Sharyn MageeSaturday, June 25, 8:00-11:30 AM
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Fauna List
Fauna List

This new 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.


Butterfly House Tours at the Watershed Reserve
SB-MWA StaffMondays, June 23, through August 18,
10:00 - 11:00 AM
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Join one of the staff naturalists for an insider's view of what's happening in the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House. Learn about host plants for butterfly larva, mating strategies for different butterflies, caterpillar predators and parasites, native New Jersey butterfly lifecycles and much more. This program is co-sponsored by the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. Please pre-register for this free program by calling (609) 737-7592 — directions will be provided.


Dragonflies and Damselflies of Roebling Park
Rick, Jack &.Rick Dutko; and Charlie LeckSunday, June 15, 10:00 AM
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Roebling Park is a Mercer County park adjacent to the Hamilton/Trenton marsh. We plan to follow trails in this rejuvenated park and look for dragonflies and damselflies. This trip is cosponsored by Friends of the Marsh

Directions: Coming from Trenton on South Broad St., turn right into Sewell Avenue shortly after the Lalor St. intersection. Proceed to the end of Sewell Ave. (watch out for stop signs) and follow the dirt road to the left down the hill to parking area.


Butterfly Identification Field Trip (Pole Farm)
Jim SpringerSunday June 15 9:30 AM to 12 noonFauna List
Butterfly Counts

Beginners are welcome. Close-focusing binoculars will be useful if you have them. Meet at the Pole Farm parking lot just inside the southeast entrance to the park near the intersection of Cold Soil Road and Keefe Road. The Pole Farm is one of the best places to see a wide diversity of butterflies within Mercer County because of the extensive fields with great nectar sources. The hairstreaks, the warblers of the butterfly world, should be at their peak. Coral, Banded, Juniper, Striped, Red-banded and Gray Hairstreaks have been found here in previous years at this time of year. In addition, a wide variety of butterflies from other families should also been seen. This trip will be great preparation for the Mercer Butterfly Count, one of over 400 taking place throughout North America, which will be held on Sunday, July 8. Beginners are welcome. Close-focusing binoculars will be useful if you have them. Meet at the parking lot just inside the southeast entrance to the park near the intersection of Cold Soil Road and Keefe Road. Trip will be led by Jim Springer, Vice-President of the North American Butterfly Association.

For further information, please contact Jim Springer, springer@naba.org, 732-764-9506.


August<Jun  Aug
Whitesbog Village
Brad MerrittSaturday, August 13, 9:00 AM to Noon
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This is a new trip this year that will afford us an opportunity to explore part of the Pine Barrens. Whitesbog, in Burlington County, is an old village with cranberry bogs that are accessed by a drivable dike system that allows easy study of wildlife and habitat. Shorebirds, Gull-billed terns and passerines should be the highlight for this time of year. Call Brad Merritt 609-921-8964 for more information.

Directions: Directions: From Trenton area, take Rt. 206 south for 15 miles to the Red Lion circle and go east on Rt. 70 for approx 12 miles. Turn left on CR570 and look for entrance to Whitesbog Village entrance on right.


Johnson Farms
Charles Brine and Brad MerrittSaturday, August 20, 8:30 to 11:30 AM
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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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