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November 2019

ALL DAY ANNUAL WINTER BIRD COUNT AT EBNP

November 27, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The 15th annual Esopus Bend Nature Preserve Winter Bird Count (WBC) will be conducted on Saturday, January 11, 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 and stewardship decisions. The diurnal part of the survey starts at approximately 7:45 a.m. Esopus Bend Nature Preserve is located on the banks of the…

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December 2019

HOLIDAY LUNCH AND BIRDS TOO

December 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Purple Finch

Contact Mark DeDea (forsythnature@aol.com 339-1277) to confirm your participation and for info and directions. Meet Mark at the Hurley Town Hall, Wamsley Place, Hurley, NY 12443 (near intersection by Hurley Mountain Inn, Hurley Post Office, and Stewart’s Shop) for a 9:00 a.m. start time. The party will carpool to a stretch of the Hurley rail trail or two depending on conditions to scout out birdy locations for the following week’s Christmas Bird Count. After a few hours in the field…

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NYML CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

December 14, 2019

Participate in the longest running citizen science effort in the world. Contact Steve Chorvas (246-5900 or schorvas@gmail.com ) for assignment in the Mohonk Lake/Ashokan Reservoir count circle no later than Saturday, November 23. Be prepared for a full day out of doors. Reports from feeder watchers in the count circle are also desired. Please contact Steve regarding details about compilation get together afterward, submission of records, and weather postponement.

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NYUD CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

December 28, 2019

Participate in the longest running citizen science effort in the world. Contact Mark DeDea (339-1277 or forsythnature@aol.com ) for assignment in the Ulster/ Dutchess count circle no later than Saturday, December 21st. Be prepared for a full day out of doors. Reports from feeder watchers in the count circle are also desired. Please contact Mark regarding details about compilation get together afterward, submission of records, and weather postponement.

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January 2020

NYMS CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

January 4

The NYMS (Minnewaska/Shawangunk) Christmas Bird Count takes it’s second 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 assignment no later than Saturday, December 28th. Be prepared for a full day out of doors. Reports from feeder watchers in the count circle are also desired. Please contact Nick regarding details about compilation get together afterward, submission of records, and weather postponement.

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ALL DAY ANNUAL WINTER BIRD COUNT AT EBNP

January 11

The 15th annual Esopus Bend Nature Preserve Winter Bird Count (WBC) will be conducted on Saturday, January 11, 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 and stewardship decisions. The diurnal part of the survey starts at approximately 7:45 a.m. Esopus Bend Nature Preserve is located on the banks of the…

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WALLKILL VALLEY RAPTORS

January 12 @ 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 Watchtower Farms with stops along the Wallkill River and at Shawangunk Grasslands NWR (Galeville), and the Ulster County Fairgrounds. Meet Christine to carpool at the…

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Breeding Bird Atlas Workshop

January 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

It has been 20 years since the last breeding bird atlas in New York State and a lot has changed! The third atlas will take place from 2020-2025 and involve thousands of volunteers from across the state. This workshop will cover the history of the atlas, the importance of atlas data and how you can get involved. We'll also cover using eBird to enter data. Whether you are a beginner or advanced birder, this unique opportunity will strengthen your bird…

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ALL DAY NYSOA WINTER WATERFOWL COUNT

January 18

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 1/19/20

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February 2020

ESOPUS MEADOWS

February 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

We will pay a winter visit to some classic locations in Esopus to see what’s happening along the Hudson in mid-winter. Group will start at Esopus Meadows and work north, with possible stops at High Banks Preserve, along River Road and/or at Sleightsburg Spit. Wear appropriate footwear for conditions and cold temperatures. Meet at Esopus Meadows Preserve/Lighthouse Park. Snowy or icy precipitation cancels. Contact Matt Corsaro for more information or to register: mattcorsaro@yahoo.com

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DOWNLOAD THE REFRIGERATOR READY FIELD TRIP LIST FOR 2020

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.