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August 2022


August 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

August may be hot and humid but “fall” migration is underway and the Esopus Meadows can often harbor large concentrations of waders like Great Egrets. and, if the water chestnut harvesting machine heaps up piles that they can stand on, shorebirds which are not always easy to locate in county. After a tough evening of scanning the river for peeps we recommend you try to recuperate over a soft serve cone post outing but unfortunately Port Ewen’s Frozen Rainbow has…

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August 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary offers a wealth of plant biodiversity to be enjoyed. Join Lynn Bowdery for a leisurely examination of the ferns we find along some of the trails. Bring your fern guide and a magnifier if you have them, and binoculars are useful, too. You might want to stay and visit Slabsides, John Burroughs’ cabin, which is open noon to 4pm on 2nd and 4th Saturdays in the summer. Contact Lynn Bowdery (lynn.bowdery@gmail.com) to register for this…

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September 2022


September 4 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Please contact Steve Chorvas (schorvas@gmail.com or 246-5900) to register and learn meet up details. The property owner has graciously allowed birders (and b-fliers) to explore this open agricultural habitat for fall shorebirds, grassland sparrows, and good late season butterflies.

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September 10 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

This is a co-sponsored bird walk with the John Burroughs Association at the wonderful Burroughs Sanctuary. We will bird the improved trail system (rated as easy to moderate) searching for transient passerines. Contact trip leader Mark DeDea (forsythnature@aol.com ) to register. Follow the “Path through History” signs at the intersection of Floyd Ackert Road and Rt. 9W in West Park and turn west onto Floyd Ackert Road (at End Cut restaurant) and continue for about a mile, past Burroughs Drive…

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September 11 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us at Hasbrouck Park in Kingston at the Pavillion. Stone Soup will again be catering a delicious and varied banquet for us while we get together to socialize and enjoy hearing Scott Lenhart, Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, tell us about the great things happening in our favorite local NWR, the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge. And don’t forget our famous raffle! Bring items for the raffle and cash to buy raffle tickets. To participate, please send a check…

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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.