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June 10, 2023 @ 6:30 am - 5:00 pm

We will travel to Hardenburgh and hike to Dry Brook Ridge, starting at the Millbrook Road trailhead. The hike will be about 8.5 miles out & back with an elevation gain of 2500′. This will be combined hiking and breeding bird atlasing, so plan for about 8 hours total.  We will meet at 6:30AM at the park & ride near the Kingston traffic circle and car pool from there. Bring lunch
and plenty of water.  The drive will take about an hour.

Some Dry Brook Ridge facts from Dr. Michael Kudish’s book The Catskill Forest: A History. The ridge lacks any spruce or fir (only reaching 3465') but has 3-1/2 miles of first-growth forest, with the trail right through the middle. It also features several bogs, the oldest radiocarbon-dated at 6,980 years old. We will stop for lunch and views at Penguin Rocks, a large 270-foot talus slopes. If lucky we will find three-toothed cinquefoil here, an arctic tundra species seen in only 8 other places in the Catskills. It’s presence that forest never covered this site since the ice age.

Please register with and send any questions to David Hayes (vireo44@gmail.com).


June 10, 2023
6:30 am - 5:00 pm


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.


All participants should be aware of existing guidelines and new field trip protocol listed below:
(Scheduled field trips are listed below the guidelines)

Participant responsibility agreement while attending a JBNHS field trip or outing. Please note that there will be no physical sign-in sheet until further notice. By registering, each participant acknowledges both his/her understanding and acceptance of the Individual’s Responsibilities stated below.

Individual’s Responsibilities are:
1. To stay with the group, follow trip leader’s requests, and do not separate unless you notify trip leader
2. To understand that out-of-doors activities involve hazards and that one participates at one’s own risk
3. To wear with clothing and footwear appropriate to the terrain, and for sun and insect challenges as well
4. To adhere to the ABA Birding Code of Ethics, respect and preserve the flora, fauna, and properties we visit
5. To be mindful and courteous to other participants

Additionally, we will ask that all participants:
1. Fully vaccinated participants are not required to wear a mask for JBNHS field trips
2. Unvaccinated participants are required to wear a mask and when unable to do so, must social distance.
3. Optics may be shared if those involved are comfortable with doing so
4. Carpooling is at the discretion of participants.
5. Preregistration is required for all field trips and participation may be limited.

These guidelines are subject to change if the COVID-19 mutations make more restrictions necessary.

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