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Birding the Perkiomen Trail (Tuesday, April 29, 7:30am-2:30pm)
Ruth Pfeffer
Expert Birder and Trip Leader

On this trip we will be birding along the Perkiomen Trail that uses the former rail bed of the Perkiomen Line of the Reading Railroad. The gravel trail, preserved as open space, runs along the Perkiomen Creek in Montgomery County. We will look for spring migrating and resident birds. Along the way we will visit the Perkiomen Valley Park, a scenic spot with a variety of good birding habitats including woodlands, wetlands, and open grass areas. We hope to see herons, kingfishers, waterfowl, ospreys, woodpeckers, hawks, bluebirds, a variety of song birds, and possibly a bald eagle. We plan to stop at Pennypacker Mills, a National Register of Historic Places site. During the Revolutionary War, George Washington used the mansion as a headquarters prior to the Battle of Germantown and also as a field hospital for injured soldiers. Dress for the weather. Bring your binoculars, lunch, and something to drink. Meet at the Arboretum in the meadow next to the entrance kiosk. We will travel by small bus or van.
Tuesday, April 29
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 4/29/2014 at 7:30AM
Attendees: 1 $65.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $70.00 ea.

Horseshoe Crabs and Migrating Shore Birds (Tuesday, May 13, 7:30am-4:30pm)
Ruth Pfeffer
Expert Birder and Trip Leader

In the spring, millions of migratory birds stop to rest and refuel along the shores of the Delaware Bay just as the world's largest population of horseshoe crabs begins laying eggs on the beaches. These eggs provide the critical nutrition that shorebirds like red knots, ruddy turnstones and semipalmated sandpipers need to continue the journey to their arctic breeding grounds in the tundra. Join us on a fascinating adventure visiting various New Jersey beaches including Reeds Beach, Thompson's Beach, and East Point Lighthouse. This shorebird feeding frenzy is a remarkable spectacle you will enjoy seeing. This trip is suitable for the novice or experienced birder. The trip includes bus transportation from the Arboretum. Meet at the Morris Arboretum. Park in the meadow across from the entrance Kiosk. We will travel by small bus. Bring binoculars, lunch, and something to drink.
Tuesday, May 13
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/13/2014 at 7:30AM
Attendees: 1 $90.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $100.00 ea.

Birding Adventure: The Eastern Shore of Maryland (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, May 18-20)
Ruth Pfeffer
Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Join us for a three-day birding adventure to the eastern shore of Maryland. Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, located at the confluence of the Chester River and the Chesapeake Bay is one of our primary destinations. This 2,285-acre island refuge is a major feeding and resting place for migrating and wintering waterfowl. More than 100,000 ducks, geese, and swans seek sanctuary here each year, as do migrating and breeding songbirds and shorebirds. Nesting bald eagles can be found here. We will also visit the 3,300 acre Chesapeake Farms that features many rest areas for birds where we can observe a wide variety of wintering waterfowl including tundra swans and many ducks including pintails, green-wing teals, shovelers, and other species. We will stay in Chestertown, Maryland located on the banks of the Chester River and visit Rock Hall, a quaint fishing town that traces its history to the early 1700s. The trip includes van transportation, hotel, and an expert guide. Meals are not included. We will meet at the Morris Arboretum. Park in the meadow next to the kiosk. A "what to bring" list will be supplied.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday,
May 18, 19, 20
Depart: Sunday 7:45 a.m.
Return: Tuesday: 5 p.m.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 5/18/2014 and ending 5/20/2014 at 7:45AM
Attendees: 1 $315.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $415.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $415.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $495.00 ea.

Birding Aboard the A.J. Meerwald, an Historic Oyster Schooner (Saturday, May 31, 7:15am-4:30pm)
Ruth Pfeffer
Expert Birder and Trip Leader

We will sail on the A. J. Meerwald, an historic oyster schooner, for a morning of birding and history in the Delaware Bay. We hope to see migrating hawks and a variety of waterfowl. Ruth will help us locate birds while the schooner's crew will share stories of the history of the ship, New Jersey's oyster industry, and the natural history of the area. The Meerwald is a unique vessel that evolved to meet the needs of the local oyster fishing industry. Launched in 1928, it was one of hundreds of schooners built along South Jersey's Delaware Bay before the decline of the shipbuilding industry during the Great Depression. In 1998, the A.J. Meerwald was designated New Jersey's official tall ship by the Governor. Meet at the Arboretum. We will drive by bus to Bivalve, New Jersey to meet the schooner. After leaving the ship we will have lunch at a local restaurant and tour the Delaware Bay Museum. Bring binoculars. The cost of lunch is not included.

Saturday, May 31
7:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/31/2014 at 7:15AM
Attendees: 1 $110.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $120.00 ea.

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