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SPRING MIGRATION AND WILDFLOWERS IN SAUGERTIES

The Esopus Creek Conservancy and John Burroughs Natural History Society are co-sponsoring a guided nature walk in woodlands and wetlands in the Town of Saugerties on Sunday, April 28, 2024.  Late April/early May is an exciting time for neotropical migration at this latitude, and early morning is the best time to see and hear recently

ULSTER COUNTY BIG SIT

JBNHS’ 9th annual Big Sit is also our BIG fundraiser for the year (that’s why we do our’s in May) but serves too as a friendly competition between the established sits.  Do you have a birdy back deck or favorite patch and a cause worth birding for?  Why not join the challenge and see how

SPRING MIGRATION AT HIGH BANKS

An early morning visit during spring migration to this Scenic Hudson property in the Town of Esopus should provide a generous selection of neotropical migrants. Please register with trip leader Jess Prockup (procolinos@gmail.com ) .  There is an initial climb of 200 feet on the trail but walking is easy after that and a panoramic view of

WARBLER WALK

Please register with trip leader Gerhard Patsch (gerapa2001@yahoo.com ) to find out meeting location for this enjoyable outing during birder’s “holy week”.  The group will visit environs near New Paltz and travel towards the Mohonk Preserve to search for neotropical migrants. 

SPRING MIGRATION AT BURROUGHS SANCTUARY

Please register with field trip leader Mark DeDea (forsythnature@aol.com) and meet Mark at the Pond Lane/Black Creek entrance of the sanctuary.  This entrance is NORTHWEST of Burroughs Drive.  DO NOT TURN ON TO Burroughs Drive; parking is just off Floyd Ackert Road.  The field party will take the easy to navigate Pond Lane out to

ULSTER COUNTY SPRING CENSUS: BIG DAY COUNT

This is the day we all look forward to….. the holiest day of the year!  Spend the whole day in the field or just a few hours....who knows what may be found.  Refer to your copy of Where to Bird in Ulster County or visit www.jbnhs.org for good birding locations. Submit your report in checklist order to Steve Chorvas (schorvas@gmail.com )

SPRING MIGRATION AT IMMIGRANT’S WAY

Please register with trip leader Mark DeDea (forsythnature@aol.cm ) to participate on this spring migration visit to this now very much formalized addition to the Empire State Trail with hopes of the trailside woods chock full of neotrops. Trail is extremely easy and paved the entirety of the walk north to East Kingston and back

SUNDOWN FOREST OPEN DISCOVERY

Sundown Wild Forest is located in the southern Catskills. We will explore the flora and fauna in this mature second growth forest. Forest succession and regrowth will be discussed. We will walk on trails for the most part, with short forays off-trail. Trail conditions are generally good, with some short steep slopes and occasional downed

DAMSELS AND DRAGONS AT BURROUGHS SANCTUARY

Join local aquatic ecologist and nature photographer Frank Beres (othernaturephoto@gmail.com) at Black Creek Trail parking area on Floyd Ackert Road to explore this fascinating group of insects. Learn about the natural history of one of the most ancient lineages and pick up tips to discover,  identify, and photograph a diverse variety of striking and colorful

JBNHS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

This is the meeting at which new board members and officers are elected, representatives to the NYSOA meeting are chosen, and decisions are made about where JBNHS donations to other deserving organizations go. We will be meeting this year at the pavilion of the Catskills Visitor Center, bird walk at 8 AM, social snacking during

DOWNLOAD THE REFRIGERATOR READY FIELD TRIP LIST FOR 2024

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.

JBNHS FIELD TRIPS ARE BACK!!!

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.