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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 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.

April 21
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 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 (Class is Full)
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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