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

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February 2020

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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VERNAL EQUINOX WOODCOCK WALK

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Celebrate the Vernal Equinox with one of the year’s great events. Join Christine Guarino (chrissy.guarino@gmail.com ) for an evening stroll in the Shawangunk Grasslands to hear and possibly see male woodcocks perform their courting flights. We should hear early amphibians and maybe an owl or two also. Meet at the refuge entrance on Hoagerburg Road (Ulster Cty. Rt. 18), field party will make the short walk to the east (and the main refuge parking lot).

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SIGNS OF SPRING NATURE WALK

March 22 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Esopus Creek Conservancy and John Burroughs Natural History Society are co-sponsoring a guided nature walk to observe early signs of spring in a variety of ecologically rich habitats in the Town of Saugerties on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Depending on available time, conditions, and participant interest, we will visit The Great Vly Wildlife Management Area, Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, Falling Waters Preserve, and/or the Saugerties Lighthouse peninsula on the Hudson River. Meet 8:00 a.m. in the Saugerties Village Beach…

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TIVOLI BAYS BIRDING – CANCELED

March 28 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

THIS FIELD TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELED We will explore the tidal marshes and upland habitat of this DEC property. Bald Eagles, waterfowl, and other early migrants (like Rusty Blackbird) are reasonable expectations on this walk. Meet trip leader Jess Prockup (procolinos@gmail.com ) at the Bard College parking lot on Gatehouse Drive just north of sharp turn on Dutchess County Rt.103 and Cruger Island Road. Field party will walk down Cruger Island road to the bays and the causeway and trails…

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April 2020

SPRING IN ROSENDALE – CANCELED

April 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

THIS FIELD TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELED We will ascend all or part of Joppenburgh Mountain to look for early migrant birds, spring wildflowers and other signs of spring. Group will likely also visit nearby areas including the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and possibly Snyder Field. Meet at the Willow Kiln parking area, at base of Joppenburgh, behind  Rosendale Theatre. Heavy rain or a late snow cancels. Contact Matt Corsaro for more information or to register: mattcorsaro@yahoo.com

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SPRING BIRDING WILDCARD – CANCELED

April 11 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

THIS FIELD TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELED Please register with trip leader Peter Schoenberger (pdsis@yahoo.com ) so we can make arrangements for our party’s travel and destination plans. The location for this outing will be determined that morning based on rare or unusual sightings somewhere in the Hudson Valley.

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OPEN DISCOVERY AT MILL BROOK PRESERVE – CANCELED

April 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

THIS FIELD TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELED Explore this new Preserve, the hidden gem in the heart of New Paltz, with Lynn Bowdery. We will look at and discuss whatever catches our attention as we explore the paths and waterways. At this time of year, there is a good chance of hearing and seeing American Toads and Spring Peepers calling in the beaver impoundments. Early wildflowers, birds, and insects will also be present. The footpaths might be muddy, so appropriate footwear…

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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.