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Birding at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
Birding at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
Ruth Pfeffer -Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area encompasses 6,200 acres and is a great place for early spring birding. It has been designated as a Globally Significant Important Bird Area because it annually hosts a large percentage of the continent’s population of snow geese and tundra swans, and provides critically important migratory stopover habitat. A 400-acre lake and 70 acres of potholes, ponds, and dikes have been constructed as a marshy habitat for waterfowl. During the winter, abundant rodent populations in the field attract hawks, owls, and eagles. Other species at this site include wood duck, black duck, blue-winged teal, northern shoveler, hooded merganser, bufflehead, ruddy duck, gadwall, coot, and wigeon. Dress for the weather. We will leave from the Arboretum and drive by van. Park in the meadow next to the entrance kiosk. Bring binoculars, your lunch and something to drink.

Thursday, March 1
7:30am - 4:00pm
Thursday, March 01, 2018 at 7:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 90.00 ea.

Discover the Birds and Animals of the Arboretum
Discover the Birds and Animals of the Morris Arboretum Wetland: An Illustrated Lecture
Ruth Pfeffer - Expert Birder

The Morris Arboretum wetland provides great habitat for birds. Native plants with their seeds and berries and the availability of water make it a great place for nesting and migratory species, winter visitors, raptors, and shore birds. Join Ruth Pfeffer as she shows you photos of the birds and other wildlife that you can see there throughout the year. Ruth has been birding regularly in this area since the wetland was created and has taken many wonderful photos. She will cover what birds need to live and how you can provide these essentials in your yard. This lecture is great if you are a seasoned birder who regularly visits the wetlands or if you are a nature lover who wants a new place to explore. We will meet at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center.

Sunday, March 18
1:30 p.m. - 2:30p.m.
Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 1:30 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Birding at Arboretum: A Local Hotspot Session I (Class is Full)
Birding at the Arboretum: A Local Hotspot
Ruth Pfeffer - Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Join Ruth and explore some of the hotspots for birds at the Morris Arboretum. We will visit the Arboretum’s natural areas including wetlands, meadows, and the woodlands along the Wissahickon Creek. These areas provide great habitat for a wide variety of birds year-round. We will see resident birds as well as migrating raptors, sparrows, and warblers. If time permits, we will also have a chance to look for birds on the tree canopy exhibit, Out on a Limb, which provides us with a great vantage
point for viewing birds at treetop level. This session is for beginning or experienced bird watchers. Bring your binoculars. Park in the meadow next to the Arboretum entrance kiosk and meet Ruth there. You may sign up for one or more sessions.

Session 1: Saturday, March 24
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Birding at Sandy Hook: One of NJ's Special Places
New Jersey’s Special Places
Ruth Pfeffer - Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Sandy Hook is a beautiful, undeveloped 1,665-acre barrier peninsula at the northern tip of the New Jersey coast with a great view of the New York City skyline. Originally discovered by the famous sea captain Henry Hudson in the early 1600s, this even-mile stretch of spectacular ocean and bay beaches is now a National Park and one of New Jersey’s best year-round birding locations. A major migration path in both spring and fall, Sandy Hook attracts approximately 340 bird species to its varying habitats that include beach and dunes, mudflats, holly forest, deciduous woods, freshwater ponds, salt marshes, and successional fields. We hope to see ducks like mergansers, buffleheads and scoters, gulls, loons, and raptors, including hawks and possibly eagles. We will also visit the Navesink Twin Lighthouses, a New Jersey State Historic Site. This was the first twin lighthouse ever built, and it has been used as a navigation aid since 1828. Bring your lunch, something to drink, and binoculars. Dress for the weather. We will meet at the Arboretum. Park in the meadow next to the entrance kiosk. We will travel by van.

Wednesday, April 18
7:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7:45 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 90.00 ea.

Birding at Arboretum: A Local Hotspot Session 2
Birding at the Arboretum: A Local Hotspot
Ruth Pfeffer - Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Join Ruth and explore some of the hotspots for birds at the Morris Arboretum. We will visit the Arboretum’s natural areas including wetlands, meadows, and the woodlands along the Wissahickon Creek. These areas provide great habitat for a wide variety of birds year-round. We will see resident birds as well as migrating raptors, sparrows, and warblers. If time permits, we will also have a chance to look for birds on the tree canopy exhibit, Out on a Limb, which provides us with a great vantage
point for viewing birds at treetop level. This session is for beginning or experienced bird watchers. Bring your binoculars. Park in the meadow next to the Arboretum entrance kiosk and meet Ruth there. You may sign up for one or more sessions.

Session 2: Tuesday, April 24
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 8:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Birding in the Forests and Beaches of New Jersey
Birding in the Forests and Beaches of New Jersey
Ruth Pfeffer - Expert Birder and Trip Leader

On this New Jersey trip we will look for birds in forests and on beaches. Our first stop is Belleplain State Forest, a real treat for spring birding. It has some of the best and most easily accessed birding habitat in southern New Jersey. At over 20,000 acres, Belleplain is a great place to see nesting birds. Diverse habitats, including pine, maple, oak, and Atlantic white cedar forests, and Lake Nummy make it possible to see nesting warblers, vireos, tanagers, orioles, and other songbirds. Elements of
both southern and northern nesting bird communities can be found here. We will also visit Reed’s Beach, a beautiful spot that has a rich diversity of birds and other wildlife. From the end of the jetty, you can see the length of the coastline from East Point to North Cape May. Our last stop, Kimbles Beach, another great New Jersey birding spot, has an interesting mix of upland fields, mature forest, tidal wetlands, and beach habitats all in proximity to one another. Bring your lunch, something to drink, and binoculars. Dress for the weather. We will meet at the Arboretum. Park in the meadow next to the entrance kiosk. We will travel by van.

Tuesday, May 8
7:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Tuesday, May 08, 2018 at 7:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 90.00 ea.

Birding at Arboretum: A Local Hotspot Session 3
Birding at the Arboretum: A Local Hotspot
Ruth Pfeffer - Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Join Ruth and explore some of the hotspots for birds at the Morris Arboretum. We will visit the Arboretum’s natural areas including wetlands, meadows, and the woodlands along the Wissahickon Creek. These areas provide great habitat for a wide variety of birds year-round. We will see resident birds as well as migrating raptors, sparrows, and warblers. If time permits, we will also have a chance to look for birds on the tree canopy exhibit, Out on a Limb, which provides us with a great vantage
point for viewing birds at treetop level. This session is for beginning or experienced bird watchers. Bring your binoculars. Park in the meadow next to the Arboretum entrance kiosk and meet Ruth there. You may sign up for one or more sessions.

Session 3: Evening Birding, Monday, May 14
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Birding at the Stroud Preserve (Class is Full)
Birding at the Stroud Preserve
Ruth Pfeffer - Expert Birder and Trip Leader

The Stroud Preserve features creeks and ponds, fields and meadows, and woodlands as far as the eye can see. Over 120 bird species have been observed at Stroud. Special birds that we hope to see are bobolinks and meadowlarks. Others that
we are likely to see are bluebirds, towhees, belted kingfishers, woodpeckers, various warblers, and other spring migrants. Located in Chester County, near West Chester, this 574-acre preserve is used for research, education, and wildlife preservation.
This rolling mosaic of once-pastured grasslands, working farmlands, and woodlands has nearly nine miles of unpaved trails. It also serves as a unique site for research by the Stroud Water Research Center, one of the premier stream research labs in
North America. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars, your lunch, and something to drink. We will leave from the Arboretum. Park in the meadow next to the entrance kiosk. We will travel by van.

Thursday, May 17
7:30a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 65.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 70.00 ea.

Birding at Arboretum: A Local Hotspot Session 4
Birding at the Arboretum: A Local Hotspot
Ruth Pfeffer - Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Join Ruth and explore some of the hotspots for birds at the Morris Arboretum. We will visit the Arboretum’s natural areas including wetlands, meadows, and the woodlands along the Wissahickon Creek. These areas provide great habitat for a wide variety of birds year-round. We will see resident birds as well as migrating raptors, sparrows, and warblers. If time permits, we will also have a chance to look for birds on the tree canopy exhibit, Out on a Limb, which provides us with a great vantage
point for viewing birds at treetop level. This session is for beginning or experienced bird watchers. Bring your binoculars. Park in the meadow next to the Arboretum entrance kiosk and meet Ruth there. You may sign up for one or more sessions.

Session 4: Tuesday, June 5
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 at 8:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

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