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April 2022

BREEDING BIRD ATLAS EBIRD WORKSHOP

April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join regional coordinator Wendy Tocci for a workshop on using eBird and finding your location while in the field. In addition to a walk through of eBird we will also explore how to use Avenza when visiting blocks that do not have cell service. This workshop will be held at the stone house at Hasbrouck Park on Delaware Ave in Kingston. Registration is required to attend. Please contact Wendy Tocci at wtocci@gmail.com if you would like to attend.

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SPRING MINDFULLNESS WALK ON WALLKILL VALLEY RAIL TRAIL

April 24 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

While this walk will include some conventional practice of field identification and a little time for socializing, it will focus on the direct experience of our bodies and senses underneath the labels and comparisons. Leader will offer suggestion s for practices to direct the attention in a particular way. This may include short periods in which we'll refrain from or minimize speaking.  Please contact leader via email (mattcorsaro@yahoo.com )to register or ask questions. Group size will be limited to eight.

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KENNETH WILSON STATE PARK

April 30 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

This park offers a variety of habitats and all are easily accessible, with much of the walk on pavement.  Please register with trip leader Peter Schoenberger (pdsis@yahoo.com) to enjoy the start of the progression of neotropical bird migration, and if we’re quiet, maybe a drumming grouse too!  If time allows we may travel to nearby Yankeetown Pond as well.

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May 2022

SPRING MIGRATION AND WILDFLOWERS IN SAUGERTIES

May 1 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Esopus Creek Conservancy and John Burroughs Natural History Society are co-sponsoring a guided nature walk in woodlands and wetlands in the Town of Saugerties on Sunday, May 1, 2022.  The first week in May is typically the peak migration period for neotropical birds at this latitude, and early morning is the best time to see and hear recently arrived songbirds in their brilliant spring plumage.  We will explore a variety of ecologically rich habitats to experience this annual rite…

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SPRING MIGRATION AT BURROUGHS SANCTUARY

May 5 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

We will explore the sanctuary utilizing the easy walk along Pond Lane in search of neotropical migrants.  These outings will have the birder home in plenty time for lunch, hopefully still in a glow after the morning walk.  Please register with Mark DeDea (forsythnature@aol.com ) to participate.

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ULSTER COUNTY BIG SIT

May 7

JBNHS’ annual Big Sit is also our BIG fundraiser for the year (that’s why we do our’s in May) but serves too as a friendly competition between the established sits.  Do you have a birdy back deck or favorite patch and a cause worth birding for?  Why not join the challenge and see how many species you can identify from a 17’ diameter circle and get friends and family to pledge to your effort.  In the past money has been…

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SPRING MIGRATION AT HIGH BANKS

May 9 @ 6:00 am - 10:00 pm

An early morning visit during spring migration to this Scenic Hudson property in the Town of Esopus should provide a generous selection of neotropical migrants. Please register with trip leader Jess Prockup (procolinos@gmail.com ) .  There is an initial climb of 200 feet on the trail but walking is easy after that and a panoramic view of the mid Hudson Valley can be enjoyed while scanning the treetops for colorful songsters.

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WARBLER WALK

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

Please register with trip leader Gerhard Patsch (gerapa2001@yahoo.com ) to find out meeting location for this enjoyable outing during birder’s “holy week”.  The group will visit environs near New Paltz and travel towards the Mohonk Preserve to search for neotropical migrants.

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ULSTER COUNTY SPRING CENSUS: BIG DAY COUNT

May 14

This is the day we all look forward to….. the holiest day of the year!  Spend the whole day in the field or just a few hours....who knows what may be found.  Refer to your copy of Where to Bird in Ulster County or visit www.jbnhs.org for good birding locations. Submit your report in checklist order to Steve Chorvas (schorvas@gmail.com ) or P.O. Box 214, Saugerties, NY 12477).   This information is combined in a regional report published by the New York State Ornithological Association.

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HIKE TO WINDHAM HIGH PEAK

May 21

Enjoy spring and welcome migrants back to their breeding ground. Windham High Peak rises to 3524 feet. This hike on the Escarpment Trail will be about 6.5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1500 feet. The trail has steep climbs alternating with moderate sections. Depending on the group and how long we linger on the summit (there are several excellent viewpoints), allow 4 to 6 hours.  Given the season, good bird activity is expected. We will observe and…

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DOWNLOAD THE REFRIGERATOR READY FIELD TRIP LIST FOR 2022

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. 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.