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January 2018

WALLKILL VALLEY RAPTORS

January 7 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Contact trip leader Christine Guarino (chrissy.guarino@g.mail.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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ALL DAY NYSOA WINTER WATERFOWL COUNT

January 13
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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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OWL PROWL AT GALEVILLE

January 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Shawangunk Grasslands NWR,
Entrance Rd
Shawangunk, 12566
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shortearedowl

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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February 2018

THORN PRESERVE WINTER BIRD WALK

February 3 @ 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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NYQUIST/HARCOURT WINTER WALK

February 10 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary,
140 Huguenot St
New Paltz, NY 12561 United States
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harcourt

We will walk or snowshoe (depending on snow depth) through the sanctuary, along the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and possibly other areas in and around New Paltz. We will look for winter birds and animal tracks and sign. The walk will not be focused on particular target species, but rather general study and enjoyment of…

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GREAT BACKYARD BIRDCOUNT

February 16 - February 19
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Make sure your birds are counted! Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded. The 21st annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018. For detailed information about participation, go to http://gbbc.birdcount.org/

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WINTER TREE ID AT BURROUGHS SANCTUARY

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
John Burroughs Sanctuary – Burroughs Dr,
103 Burroughs Dr
Highland, 12528
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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) participants can explore Slabsides and learm more about the interesting life of our famous namesake. Contact trip…

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March 2018

EARLY MIGRANTS ON THE RONDOUT

March 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Join Carol Weber (carolorganistin@gmail.com or 914 388-1569) 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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SIGNS OF SPRING IN SAUGERTIES

March 18 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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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 18, 2018.  Depending on available time, conditions, and participant interest, we will visit The Great Vly Wildlife Management…

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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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woodcock_schoenberger

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 2018

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.