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February 2018

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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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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JBNHS MARCH MEETING

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hudson River Maritime Museum,
50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, 12401 United States
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At the Hudson River Maritime Museum Riverport Boat School meeting room. Meet and mingle with new and old JBNHS friends and enjoy the program: a showing of the award-winning documentary, "The Messenger," by Su Rynard. The 90 minute film, premiered in 2015, has been described as a "visually thrilling" presentation of the songbirds of America,…

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TIVOLI BAYS BIRDING

March 24 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
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We will explore the tidal marshes and upland habitat of this DEC property.  Careful, respectful observations of Bald Eagle family life will highlight the walk but waterfowl and other early migrants can be expected.  Meet trip leader Jess Prockup procolinos@gmail.com ) to carpool at informal Park and Ride on Rt. 32, just west of the…

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April 2018

EARLY AFTERNOON RONDOUT SERIES: ROSENDALE TO HIGH FALLS

April 7 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
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This field trip explores the Rondout Valley region.  Meet at the Rosendale municipal parking lot (Hardenburgh Lane near Willow Kiln Park) at the base of Joppenbergh Mountain. We will explore this part of the valley and surrounding uplands, observing migrant birds and emerging vegetation.  Contact trip leader Matt Corsaro (mattcorsaro@yahoo.com ) for details a week or…

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SPRING BIRDING WILDCARD

April 14 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Please register with trip leader Peter Schoenberger (pdsis@yahoo.com ) so we can make arrangements for our party’s travel and destination plans.  The location for this outing will be determined that morning based on rare or unusual sightings somewhere in the Hudson Valley.

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OPEN DISCOVERY AT JOPPENBERGH MOUNTAIN

April 15 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Joppenbergh Mountain,
Hardenburgh Lane
Rosendale, NY 12472 United States
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Join Lynn Bowdery on a walk up to the lookout point on Joppenbergh Mountain and search for spring ephemerals, early migrants and soaring raptors, emerging plant life, and all that points to spring’s arrival.  Of course, we can examine and discuss anything else that catches out attention.  The path to the lookout rises a modest…

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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.