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December 2020

HOLIDAY LUNCH AND BIRDS TOO

December 13, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Contact Mark DeDea (forsythnature@aol.com ) to confirm your participation and for info and directions. The party will bird a stretch of the Hurley rail trail or two depending on conditions to scout out locations for the following week’s Christmas Bird Count. After a few hours in the field participants will return to meeting place with lunch at the Hurley Mountain Inn as an option.

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NYML CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

December 19, 2020
Snow Bunting

Contact Steve Chorvas (246-5900 or schorvas@gmail.com ) for possible assignment in the Mohonk Lake/Ashokan Reservoir count circle no later than Saturday, December 5th. Reports from feeder watchers in the count circle are also desired.

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NYUD CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

December 26, 2020

Contact Mark DeDea ( forsythnature@aol.com ) for possible assignment in the Ulster/ Dutchess count circle no later than Saturday, December 19th. Reports from feeder watchers in the count circle are also desired.

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January 2021

NYMS CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

January 2
Purple Finch

The NYMS (Minnewaska/Shawangunk) Christmas Bird Count takes it’s third voyage and is sure to be exciting with lots of our favorite winter birding spots within the circle. Contact Nick Martin (255-0752 or Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov ) for possible assignment no later than Saturday, December 28th. Reports from feeder watchers in the count circle are also desired.

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ALL DAY ANNUAL WINTER BIRD COUNT AT EBNP

January 9

The 16th annual Esopus Bend Nature Preserve Winter Bird Count (WBC) will be conducted on Saturday, January 09, 2021. Participants will census wintering birds throughout the 160-acre Nature 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. Esopus Bend Nature Preserve is located on the banks of the Esopus Creek in the Village and Town of Saugerties in northern…

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WALLKILL VALLEY RAPTOUR

January 10 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Contact trip leader Christine Guarino (chrissy.guarino@gmail.com) to register for this outing and find out meeting time and location. Carpooling (which is typical on this outing) will be limited to family units or social pods. Start the New Year right and get outdoors on this popular roadside trip between New Paltz and Wallkill. Wintering raptors, congregating waterfowl and gulls as well as half hardies will be the focus on this outing. Possible drive through of Blue Chip and Watchtower Farms with…

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ALL DAY NYSOA WINTER WATERFOWL COUNT

January 16

This annual statewide count includes waterfowl and their allies as well as eagles. Data collected will aid in understanding population trends and conservation practices of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl. The survey will include open bodies of water, especially along the Hudson, Esopus, Wallkill, and Rondout Rivers and possibly the Ashokan Reservoir as well as open agricultural areas where geese may graze. Contact Steve Chorvas (schorvas@gmail.com or 845-246-5900) for assignment. NOTE: snow/rain date on Sunday 1/17/21

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NY STATE BREEDING BIRD ATLAS III UPDATE ON ZOOM

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Regional Coordinator Wendy Tocci for an update on the progress of the first year as well as to find out how you can get involved for the upcoming breeding season. Contact Wendy at (845)750-5409 or by email at wtocci@gmail.com if you have any questions or need some pre-event technical support. Zoom Meeting Information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82677060481?pwd=U0tQd0RqZkpCdUxuQkhxSU1pTjVzdz09 Meeting ID: 826 7706 0481 Passcode: 792513 If you are participating by phone dial +1 646 876 9923. When prompted use the meeting id and passcode…

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February 2021

KINGSTON POINT BIRDWALK

February 13 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Snow Bunting

On Great Backyard Bird Count weekend (BirdCount.org ) we will visit Mark DeDea’s (forsythnature@aol.com ) “backyard” or local patch. Register with Mark to find out meeting time and location. The area around the mouth of the Rondout Creek hosts the last of winter’s stragglers and the very first signs of spring arrivals. A spotting scope will come in handy on this outing and remember no shared optics.

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JBA/JBNHS WINTER TREE ID WALK AT BURROUGHS SANCTUARY

February 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The first in a series of outings co-sponsored with the John Burroughs Association at the wonderful Burroughs Sanctuary. Contact trip leader Tom O’Dowd (tkodowd@gmail.com or 914 213-7079) to register for this outing. Enjoy a brisk, late winter walk, identifying trees by bark, structure, and bud on the improved trail system (rated as easy to moderate)

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DOWNLOAD THE REFRIGERATOR READY FIELD TRIP LIST FOR 2021

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.

JBNHS FIELD TRIPS ARE BACK!!!
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. Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth
2. Socially distance – 6 feet or more apart
3. Do not share optics or other equipment
4. Expect to utilize your own mode of transportation to starting point and for any location change during outing
5. Understand that participation will be limited to ten pre-registered individuals