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June 2021

EASTERN NABA BUTTERFLY COUNT

June 26

Rain Date: Sunday, June 27 Join a field team to census butterflies in Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, or one of dozens of other local sites as a participant in the annual Eastern Catskills North American Butterfly Association (NABA) “Fourth of July” Butterfly Count on Saturday, June 26, 2021. The Eastern Catskills count circle includes a number of productive butterfly locations in northern Ulster, southeastern Greene, and western Dutchess Counties, including Poet’s Walk Preserve, Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, The Great Vly…

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July 2021

BUTTERFLIES AT THORN PRESERVE

July 10

The Catskill Center’s Thorn Preserve can be bustling with butterflies during this timely visit while the Common Milkweed is in bloom. Please register with Steve Chorvas (schorvas@gmail.com ) who will lead this walk and provides comprehensive knowledge of butterfly life and the plants they are dependent upon. Attendance may be limited.

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BREEDING BIRD ATLAS 3 FIELD TRIP

July 11 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Join regional coordinator Wendy Tocci in the very desirable unclaimed priority block of Saugerties CE. Located in the scenic Hudson Valley, Saugerties CE spans both Ulster and Dutchess Counties and includes the Saugerties lighthouse as well as parts of Tivoli Bays and the Clermont Historic Site. During our field trip here in the beginning of June we mostly recorded "possible" breeding codes. Since we are now in the middle of the breeding season the hope for this field trip is…

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OPEN DISCOVERY AT ESOPUS MEADOWS PRESERVE

July 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

We might often visit this Scenic Hudson Preserve to scan the Hudson for ducks, herons, shorebirds, eagles and other birds near the parking lot, but there are upland and shore-hugging trails to be explored as well. We will take to the trails and see what is up there. It might be hot at this date, so dress for the temperature. Hiking shoes, drinking water, binoculars and magnifiers are recommended, and there might be blackflies, mosquitos and ticks. This trip will…

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MOTH NIGHT AT BURROUGHS SANCTUARY

July 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A fun and unusual outing for our field trip schedule and what better way to celebrate National Moth Week. Bring along a folding chair and snack and a head lamp may come handy too. Please register with Joan Burroughs (jjjburroughs@yahoo.com) to participate and contact trip leader Mathew Rymkiewicz (dendroicist@gmail.com ) with any questions.

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August 2021

SHOREBIRDS AND ICE CREAM

August 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 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 water chestnut harvesting provides landing pad shorebirds 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 at Port Ewen’s Frozen Rainbow. Contact Wendy Tocci (wtocci@gmail.com )to register. Scenic Hudson’s Esopus Meadows Preserve…

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BUTTERFLIES AT JUNIPER FLATS

August 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 9:00 A.M. This Scenic Hudson property can often provide a nice variety of butterflies with a good selection of host plants and flowers to nectar upon. Please contact Steve Chorvas (schorvas@gmail.com )

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September 2021

GREIG FARM BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES

September 5 @ 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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FALL MIGRANTS AT BURROUGHS SANCTUARY

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

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 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…

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ANNUAL FALL MEMBERS’ PICNIC

September 12 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Enjoy friends, food, and the view from the pavilion at beautiful Hasbrouck Park in Kingston. Program to be announced later. Catering by Kingston’s own Stone Soup Food Company, which did such a great job at our last catered picnic in 2019, with a buffet of delicious dishes for all tastes and diets. And don’t forget the raffle! Bring your items to donate and cash to buy raffle tickets. The cost of the lunch will be $20 per person with checks…

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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