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ANNUAL WINTER BIRDCOUNT AT EBNP
January 7, 2017
Rain Date: Sunday, January 8, 2017
The eleventh annual Esopus Bend Nature Preserve Winter Bird Count (WBC) is scheduled for Saturday, January 7, 2017. Participants will census the winter bird community inhabiting the 160-acre Preserve, recording numbers of individuals and species diversity. WBC results will become part of the Preserve’s biodiversity database, and will help provide future guidance for land management and stewardship decisions.
Meet at the Shady Lane main entrance parking lot at 5:30 a.m. for pre-dawn owling, or later at approximately 7:00 a.m. for the diurnal part of the survey. Esopus Bend Nature Preserve is located on the banks of the Esopus Creek in the Village and Town of Saugerties, in northern Ulster County. Previous counts conducted during early January have recorded a cumulative total of 55 species, and a single year high count of 966 individuals. Previous highlights include Bohemian Waxwing, White-winged Crossbill, Gray Catbird, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Winter Wrens, six species of woodpeckers, and double-digit numbers of Hermit Thrushes.
The WBC is a great way for birders and naturalists to start off the New Year and contribute to our knowledge of the wintering bird population inhabiting Esopus Bend Nature Preserve. Additional field observers are always welcome, and full day participation is not required, but you should be prepared to invest several hours out in the field under cold winter conditions. Please contact Steve Chorvas (firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-246-5900) to register, or for additional information, no later than 12:00 noon, Friday, January 6th.
For information about additional upcoming ECC Environmental Education Nature Walks and Paddles, please visit www.esopuscreekconservancy.org.
The field trips of JBNHS are oriented to nature study. They are free and open to the public. We do, however, sometimes visit sites that charge admission fees, which are the responsibility of the participants. Children are very welcome on field trips, but pets are not. Although there is a brief courtesy waiting period for latecomers, the meeting times are important: please arrive in time to sign up with the leader.