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May 2

Conservancy and the John Burroughs Natural History Society are co-sponsoring a guided nature  walk through woodlands and wetlands in the Town of Saugerties on Sunday, May 02, 2021. The first week in May is  typically the peak migration period for neotropical birds at this latitude, and early morning is the best time to see and  hear recently arrived songbirds in their brilliant spring plumage. We will explore a variety of ecologically rich habitats  to experience this annual rite of spring, identifying birds by sight and sound while pausing along the way to observe a  diversity of wildflowers and animal life.  

 Pre-registration required, group size limited, meet location determined at time of registration. Participants should  expect to use their own vehicle to drive to each location and have the option to stay for the duration or leave whenever  necessary. 

 Bring binoculars, field guides, and spotting scopes if you have them, and be prepared for wet, muddy trails, and  spring weather conditions. Light rain often makes for excellent birding and nature observation, but heavy rain cancels  the walk. Children are welcome and encouraged, but must be pre-registered. Please do not bring pets.  Contact the field trip leader, Steve Chorvas (schorvas@gmail.com) for additional information or to register. This  joint ECC/JBNHS Environmental Education walk is free, but limited to a maximum of ten individuals. For additional  information about upcoming ECC Nature Walks and Paddles, please visit www.esopuscreekconservancy.org.


May 2


Steve Chorvas


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. Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth
2. Socially distance – 6 feet or more apart
3. Do not share optics or other equipment
4. Expect to utilize your own mode of transportation to starting point and for any location change during outing
5. Understand that participation will be limited to ten pre-registered individuals