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January 2017

ALL DAY NYSOA WINTER WATERFOWL COUNT

January 14, 2017
mergansers

An annual statewide count of waterfowl and their allies as well as eagles. Data collected to aid in understanding population 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. Contact Steve Chorvas (schorvas@verizon.net ) for assignment.

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OWL PROWL AT GALEVILLE

January 28, 2017 @ 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 2017

CCC/WLC/JBNHS WINTER BIRD WALK AT THORN PRESERVE

February 4, 2017 @ 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 WILDLIFE SANCTUARY WINTER WALK

February 11, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary,
140 Huguenot St
New Paltz, NY 12561 United States
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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 BIRD COUNT

February 17, 2017 - February 20, 2017

Greetings from the Great Backyard Bird Count team at Audubon, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Bird Studies Canada! We want to remind you to mark your calendars for the 20th GBBC, coming up February 17 through 20, 2017. www.BirdCount.org

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JBA/JBNHS WINTER TREE ID WALK AT BURROUGHS SANCTUARY

February 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
John Burroughs Sanctuary,
261 Floyd Ackert Rd
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 2017

EARLY MIGRANTS ON THE RONDOUT

March 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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 19, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Celebrate the arrival of Spring with the Esopus Creek Conservancy and John Burroughs Natural History Society on a guided nature walk in a variety of ecologically rich habitats in the Town of Saugerties on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Depending on available time, conditions, and participant interest, we will visit The Great Vly Wildlife Management Area,…

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VERNAL EQUINOX WOODCOCK WALK

March 20, 2017 @ 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 National Wildlife Refuge to hear and possibly see male woodcocks perform their courting flights. We should also hear early amphibians and maybe an owl or two. Meet at the refuge entrance on Hoagerburg…

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GENERAL MEETING

March 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Village of New Paltz Town Hall,
25 Plattekill Ave
New Paltz, 12561 United States
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We will meet upstairs at the New Paltz Village Hall, Plattekill Avenue, New Paltz. The Village Hall is located in the same building as the New Paltz Fire Station, near the SUNY campus. Park and enter on the east side of the building. Meet and mingle with new and old JBNHS friends and enjoy an…

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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.