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Field Trips - Fall 2015

For more information or notification of cancellation of field trips, call Field Trip Chair Brad Merritt 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. Most ending times indicatred are approximate trip may go longer or shorter!


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Edwin Forsythe NWR (Brigantine)
Brad Merritt Saturday, September 12, 9:00 AM
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We start our fall field trip season at the fascinating location of Brigantine, located off Rt. 9 in Oceanville. The Brig offers great viewing access to migrating shore birds, terns, raptors, waterfowl, herons and egrets. The occasional uncommon bird is always a possibility! For more info, call Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964.

Directions: Garden State Parkway south to exit 48. Drive Route 9 S for approximately 5 miles (to Oceanville). Turn left on Great Creek Road (there is a stoplight and a small sign for the refuge) and meet in the Visitor Center parking area at 9am. Pre-registration is recommened because the trip may be cancelled due to bad weather or other reasons.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Allison Jackson,
SB-MWA
Wednesday, September 16, 8:30-9:30 AM
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Start your autumn day off right with a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with SBMWA Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson. Allison's well-trained eye and experience will help you better observe seasonal changes and enjoy all the benefits of being outdoors. Dress appropriately for weather. Binoculars, camera and nature journal are encouraged. Adults only. Free to members of SBMWA; $5 Non-member. All must register by calling the SBMWA Education Dept, 609-737-7592. Co-sponsored by the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.

Palmyra NJ Nature Cove Park
Sharyn Magee and
Charles Brine
Saturday, September 19, 8:00-11:30AM
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Palmyra park is located off Route 73 just under and south of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. The park has been exceptional for various species including warblers and sparrows. The park has a variety of habitats including marsh, deciduous trees, conifers, and bushes/vines. It is located along the Delaware River. If you have questions, call Brad Merritt at 609-921-8964.

Directions: Travel time is about one hour from the Princeton area. Go south on Rt. 295 to Route 73/Palmyra exit (Exit 36). Go five miles west on Route 73 to just before the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. Look for sign to the Palmyra Cove Park.

Bird Banding At Featherbed Lane
Mark Witmer and
Hannah Suthers
Sunday, September 20, 8:00-11:30AM
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bird banding
Processing a bird
at Featherbed Lane in Hopewell.
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To experience the excitement of seeing beautiful birds such as black-throated blue or magnolia warblers in the hand, join us for this unique field trip. This trip will expose you to the ongoing research conducted by Hannah Suthers and her volunteers during fall migration. Hannah has been banding on this site during the nesting season through fall migration for more than 30 consecutive years, and has documented the progression of habitat from fields to forest. In the process, she has learned a tremendous amount about birds and their lives and has published several papers.

You will see the entire process of bird banding, learn what information is obtained from these efforts, and probably learn a few things about common birds you have seen many times. During mid-September, we are likely to see a variety of species, including warblers, thrushes, wrens, and Hannah’s favorite, the catbird. As time permits, we will also explore the wooded habitat along Featherbed Lane for other migrants. You may read more about the Featherbed Lane Banding Station at their web site - hopewell-birds.freehostia.com.

Note: Registration is required, limited to 12 persons. Call Brad Merritt at 609-921-8964 to register.

Directions: Registered participants will meet at Featherbed Lane, just north of Hopewell. From Rt. 518 in Hopewell, turn north on Greenwood Avenue and drive approximately 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Featherbed Lane and go about 0.5 miles to the banding area, and park along the right side of the lane.

Paddle and Walk the Abbott Marshlands on World Rivers Day
Mary Leck and
Charlie Fisher
Sunday, Setember 27, 1:00-4:00PM
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Commemorate World Rivers Day at the Abbott Marshlands and learn more to ensure the health of rivers in the years ahead. Bring your lunch—we will have lunch at Bordentown Beach before starting a 4-mile paddle through the Abbott Marshlands to Roebling Park. Call 609-259-3734 to register and learn of meeting location. (Rentals are not available.) Co-sponsored by Friends for the Abbott Marshlands, Bordentown City Environmental Commission, D&R Greenway Land Trust.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Allison Jackson,
SB-MWA
Wednesday, September 30, 8:30-9:30 AM
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Start your autumn day off right with a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with SBMWA Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson. Allison's well-trained eye and experience will help you better observe seasonal changes and enjoy all the benefits of being outdoors. Dress appropriately for weather. Binoculars, camera and nature journal are encouraged. Adults only. Free to members of SBMWA; $5 Non-member. All must register by calling the SBMWA Education Dept, 609-737-7592. Co-sponsored by the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.

October <Sep Nov>
Fiddler's Creek Preserve at Baldpate Mountain
Sharyn Magee Saturday, October 3, 8:00 AM
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The Fiddler's Creek Preserve is the old Hollystone Farm across Fiddler's Creek Road from Baldpate. The main field and hedge rows support numerous species of sparrows during fall migration, making the reserve a hot spot.

Directions: From Pennington, go west on Pennington Titusville Rd and turn right on Bear Tavern Road (Route 579.) Take the first left onto Church Road; then turn right onto Fiddler's Creek Road. Continue 1.3 miles to the main Baldpate Mountain Preserve parking lot on your right. We will meet here and walk across the road to the Fiddler's Creek Preserve.

Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve
Brad Merritt, Charles
Brine and Andrew Bobe
Saturday, October 10, 8:00-11:30AM
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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.

Birds of Mercer County Park Central
Mark Witmer and
Andrew Bobe
Saturday, October 17, 8:00-11:30AM
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Mercer County Park central is a 2500 acre public park with fields, forests, and a 300 acre freshwater lake. We will walk for two to three hours along Lake Mercer. Bring binoculars and a field guide, and dress for the weather.

Directions: Enter the park from Hughes Drive or Old Trenton Road (Route 535). Meet at the parking lot for the boat house. For more information contact Mark Witmer at (609) 730-0826.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Allison Jackson,
SB-MWA
Wednesday, October 21, 8:30-9:30 AM
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Start your autumn day off right with a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with SBMWA Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson. Allison's well-trained eye and experience will help you better observe seasonal changes and enjoy all the benefits of being outdoors. Dress appropriately for weather. Binoculars, camera and nature journal are encouraged. Adults only. Free to members of SBMWA; $5 Non-member. All must register by calling the SBMWA Education Dept, 609-737-7592. Co-sponsored by the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.

Cold Brook Reserve
Charles Brine and
Brad Merritt
Saturday, October 25, 8:30-11:30AM
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Cold Brook Reserve is comprised of 180 acres of Hunterdon County parkland and is a great place to observe fall migrants, especially sparrows and other grassland birds. From Interstate 78 east to exit 24, Oldwick/Whitehouse. Proceed north from this exit on Route 523 towards Oldwick. Continue straight on Route 517 when Route 523 turns to the right. After passing through the center of Oldwick, the park entrance will be on the left. A gravel parking lot is located on the right side of the driveway. For more information, contact Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964.

November <Oct Dec>
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Allison Jackson,
SB-MWA
Wednesday, November 4, 8:30-9:30 AM
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Start your autumn day off right with a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with SBMWA Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson. Allison's well-trained eye and experience will help you better observe seasonal changes and enjoy all the benefits of being outdoors. Dress appropriately for weather. Binoculars, camera and nature journal are encouraged. Adults only. Free to members of SBMWA; $5 Non-member. All must register by calling the SBMWA Education Dept, 609-737-7592. Co-sponsored by the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.

Birds of Shark River
Mary Doscher and
Brad Merritt
Saturday, November 14, at 9:00 AM - 12: 00 Noon.
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Migratory birds from northern climates more frigid than New Jersey’s head our way to spend the winter in the warmer, open, and fish-filled waters they find here. Mary Doscher helps us see these winter arrivals as they add beauty and interest to the fresh, brackish, and salt waters along the Jersey shore.

Directions: Meet at Marina, Route 35 in Belmar. Bring lunch and beverage, dress for the weather. For more information, contact Brad Merritt at 609-921-8964.

Upcoming Trips

Nov 14, 2015, 9 AM Abbott Marsh CleanUp
Dec 5, 2015, 1:30 PM Abbott Marshlands
Dec 13, 2015 Princeton CBC
Jan 2, 2016 Trenton CBC
Jan 9, 2016, 9AM Barnegat Light
Jan 16, 2016, 10 AM Abbott Marshlands
Jan 30, 2016, 9 AM Shark River
Feb 6, 2016, 8:30 AM Round Valley
Mar 12, 2016, 8:30 AM Assunpink
Mar 20, 2016, 1:30 PM Washington Crossing
Mar 26, 2016, 7:30 AM Cumberland County
Apr 2, 2016, 8 AM Mercer Meadows Pole Farm
Apr 10, 2016, 9 AM Peace Valley PA
Apr 30, 2016, 8 AM Abbott Marshlands
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