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March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Photo Courtesy of Joan Collins

As we noted in the latest newsletter, this is an amazing year for crossbills. In fact, there probably won’t be a better year during the Atlas to find crossbills and get them on the map.

If you’ve been wanting to learn more about these mysterious wanderers from the North, now’s the time. Matt Young with the Finch Research Network is coming to talk to us about how to find crossbills (and siskins!) and document them for the Atlas. The training will be followed by regional field trips!

The online training will take place next Monday, 3/14, at 7 pm. Matt will give a short presentation to go over identification of crossbills and conifer trees, talk about crossbill breeding phenology and how it relates to the cone crop, and help us interpret crossbill breeding behavior. Followed by open Q&A. All are welcome. Registration required.

Throughout the rest of March and April, a team of crossbill enthusiasts will lead trips all across the state to help get these birds on the map! Keep an eye on the Atlas calendar and your inbox for dates and locations.

We’re calling it the Crossbill Extravaganza! We hope you’ll join us!




March 14
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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.

All participants should be aware of existing guidelines and new field trip protocol listed below:
(Scheduled field trips are listed below the guidelines)

Participant responsibility agreement while attending a JBNHS field trip or outing. Please note that there will be no physical sign-in sheet until further notice. By registering, each participant acknowledges both his/her understanding and acceptance of the Individual’s Responsibilities stated below.

Individual’s Responsibilities are:
1. To stay with the group, follow trip leader’s requests, and do not separate unless you notify trip leader
2. To understand that out-of-doors activities involve hazards and that one participates at one’s own risk
3. To wear with clothing and footwear appropriate to the terrain, and for sun and insect challenges as well
4. To adhere to the ABA Birding Code of Ethics, respect and preserve the flora, fauna, and properties we visit
5. To be mindful and courteous to other participants

Additionally, we will ask that all participants:
1. Fully vaccinated participants are not required to wear a mask for JBNHS field trips
2. Unvaccinated participants are required to wear a mask and when unable to do so, must social distance.
3. Optics may be shared if those involved are comfortable with doing so
4. Carpooling is at the discretion of participants.
5. Preregistration is required for all field trips and participation may be limited.

These guidelines are subject to change if the COVID-19 mutations make more restrictions necessary.