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January 2019

NYMS CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

January 5

The brand new NYMS (Minnewaska/Shawangunk) Christmas Bird Count 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 assignment no later than Saturday, January 5th. Be prepared for a full day out of doors. Reports from feeder watchers in the count…

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ALL DAY ANNUAL WINTER BIRD COUNT AT EBNP

January 6

The 14th annual Esopus Bend Nature Preserve Winter Bird Count (WBC) will be conducted on Sunday, January 06, 2019. 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…

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ALL DAY NYSOA WINTER WATERFOWL COUNT

January 12

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…

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WALLKILL VALLEY RAPTORS

January 13 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Contact trip leader Christine Guarino (chrissy.guarino@gmail.com ) to register for this outing. 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. We will drive through Blue Chip and…

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February 2019

THORN PRESERVE WINTER BIRD WALK

February 2 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thorn Preserve,
55 John Joy Road
Woodstock, 12498 United States
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Meet trip leader Mark DeDea (forsythnature@aol.com ) at 8:00 a.m. at the Thorn Preserve, a Catskill Center for Conservation property operated in partnership with the Woodstock Land Conservancy located at 55 John Joy Road in the Town of Woodstock. This small parcel has open fields and wet meadows that may attract wintering raptors, a wooded…

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OWL PROWL AT GALEVILLE

February 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Shawangunk Grasslands NWR,
Entrance Rd
Shawangunk, 12566
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Shawangunk Grassland NWR (Galeville) is known for wintering raptors like Short-eared Owl, Rough-legged Hawk, and Northern Harrier and all should be present on our visit. Dress warmly for conditions on exposed, open habitat nearing sunset. Meet trip leader Mark DeDea (forsythnature@aol.com or 339-1277) at the refuge parking lot east of the main entrance on Hoagerburg…

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WINTER TREE ID AT BURROUGHS SANCTUARY

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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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…

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March 2019

EARLY MIGRANTS ON THE RONDOUT

March 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Join Mark DeDea (forsythnature@aol.com) and celebrate the approach of spring and many fond memories of this 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.

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JBNHS Meeting

March 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hudson River Maritime Museum,
50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, 12401 United States

Highlights of cultural and biological experiences of three weeks in Northern Tanzania and Zanzibar Join us as JBNHS trustee and Captain Coffee, Dixon Onderdonk presents on a once in a lifetime experience.  Please stay after the presentation for our March meeting with important discussions and plans for 2019.  Program starts at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday,…

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VERNAL EQUINOX WOODCOCK WALK

March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Shawangunk Grasslands NWR,
Entrance Rd
Shawangunk, 12566
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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),…

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DOWNLOAD THE REFRIGERATOR READY FIELD TRIP LIST FOR 2019

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.