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February 2020

ESOPUS MEADOWS

February 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

We will pay a winter visit to some classic locations in Esopus to see what’s happening along the Hudson in mid-winter. Group will start at Esopus Meadows and work north, with possible stops at High Banks Preserve, along River Road and/or at Sleightsburg Spit. Wear appropriate footwear for conditions and cold temperatures. Meet at Esopus Meadows Preserve/Lighthouse Park. Snowy or icy precipitation cancels. Contact Matt Corsaro for more information or to register: mattcorsaro@yahoo.com

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GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

February 14 - February 17

This is an important global citizen scientist bird count. Birdwatchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are. For information on how to participate, go to https://gbbc.birdcount.org/

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KINGSTON POINT BIRDWALK

February 15 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

On Great Backyard Bird Count weekend (BirdCount.org ) we will visit Mark DeDea’s (forsythnature@aol.com ) “backyard” or local patch. The area around the mouth of the Rondout Creek hosts the last of winter’s stragglers and the very first signs of spring arrivals. Please note we will meet at the south end of North Street at improved parking area near trolley tracks/Greenline (close to the Rondout Creek). A spotting scope will come in handy on this outing.

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JBA/JBNHS WINTER TREE ID WALK AT BURROUGHS SANCTUARY

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The first in a series of outings co-sponsored with the John Burroughs Association at the wonderful Burroughs Sanctuary. After two hours spent identifying trees by bark,structure, and bud on the improved trail system (rated as easy to moderate) along the trail to Chodikee Lake participants can explore Slabsides and learm more about the interesting life of our famous namesake. Contact trip leader Tom O’Dowd (tkodowd@gmail.com or 914 213-7079) with any questions regarding the tree walk and meet Tom at Pond…

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March 2020

EARLY MIGRANTS ON THE RONDOUT

March 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Mark DeDea (forsythnature@aol.com ) and celebrate the approach of spring and many fond memories of this longtime JBNHS favorite. Meet at the Rosendale Shopping Center Parking Lot on Rt.32. Party will travel upstream to the High Falls area, noting early harbingers of spring. GREETINGS

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DOWNLOAD THE REFRIGERATOR READY FIELD TRIP LIST FOR 2020

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.