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

Middle Creek is a 6,200-acre Wildlife Management Area and 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. Bring binoculars, your lunch and something to drink. We will leave from the Arboretum. Park in the meadow next to the entrance kiosk.

Thursday, March 3 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 3/3/2016 at 7:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $95.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $85.00 ea.

Birding at Duke Farms
Ruth Pfeffer
Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Located on 2,740 acres in Hillsborough, New Jersey, Duke Farms was one of the first sites designated by New Jersey Audubon as an Important Bird Area (IBA). 231 species of birds have been observed at Duke Farms. The property contains grasslands, agricultural lands, woodlands, and flood plain habitat along the Raritan River and open water spread across nine lakes. This mix of habitat types provides an oasis for birds in a highly-developed region of New Jersey. Extensive native meadows and grasslands at Duke Farms support impressive numbers of state-threatened grasshopper sparrows, Savannah sparrows and bobolinks. We hope to see nesting birds and possibly a bald eagle. We also plan to take a tram ride to the Duke Farms orchid greenhouse. 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.

Wednesday, April 27 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 4/27/2016 at 7:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $95.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $85.00 ea.

Birding at Arboretum: Wetlands and Tree Canopy
Keith Russell
Audubon Pennsylvania Program Manager for Urban Conservation

Join Keith 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. 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. 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 Keith there.
Saturday, April 30 8-11 a.m.
Single class scheduled on 4/30/2016 at 8:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Birding at Bowman's Hill
Ruth Pfeffer
Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve has been a hotspot among birders in Bucks County for many years. More than 110 species can be seen over the course of a year, including 31 species of warblers during peak spring and fall migration. We will walk through the preserve stopping at a wide variety of bird habitats. The Visitor Center, with an enormous bank of windows that overlook the forest canopy, provides an unrestricted view of several bird feeders. We plan to drive a short distance to walk along the Delaware Canal to see additional species. 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.

Tuesday, May 10 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/10/2016 at 7:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $80.00 ea.

Early Evening Birding at the Arboretum
Ruth Pfeffer
Expert Birder and Trip Leader

Early evening is a great time to see birds, when most visitors have left for the day and quiet descends on the Arboretum. Birders at any level of experience are welcome. We will visit a variety of habitats that attract birds including the wetlands, meadows, and woodlands. We will also bird in the Arboretum's tree canopy, Out on a Limb. We hope to see birds like bluebirds, tree swallows, and eastern kingbirds. We will also observe migratory song birds such as warblers and sparrows and may see shorebirds that often visit the wetlands at this time of year. Ruth will provide a spotting scope and field guides. Bring binoculars. Park in the meadow next to the entrance kiosk.

Monday, May 16 4-6:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/16/2016 at 4:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Horseshoe Crab and Shore Birds at the Delaware Bay
Tony Croasdale
Birder, Program Planner, Wissahickon Environmental Center

This trip will visit locations along the Delaware Bayshore in Southwestern New Jersey. It is timed for the shorebirds feeding on horseshoe crab eggs as well as the height of breeding season for songbirds. Possible stops include Bevan's WMA, Dividing Creek, Heislerville WMA, Belleplain State Forest and other off-the-beaten-track spots in Cumberland County and into Northern Cape May County. This part of New Jersey feels very much like Virginia or coastal North Carolina. Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Yellow-breasted Chat, Kentucky Warbler, Prothonatary Warbler and Yellow-throated Warblers are all breeders here. We will find huge numbers of shorebirds at Heislerville WMA and Fortesque. 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.

Saturday, May 21 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/21/2016 at 7:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $95.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $85.00 ea.

Birding at Crossways Preserve and Gwynedd Preserve
Margaret Rohde
Naturalist, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association
Keith Russell
Audubon Pennsylvania Program Manager

We will visit two nature preserves in close-by Blue Bell that are great for birding. First we will visit Crossways Preserve and meet with Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association Naturalist, Margaret Rohde, to see bird banding in action! Learn about avian conservation and research techniques, and find out what information can be collected by catching and banding wild birds. After a short drive we will visit Gwynedd Preserve, a 279-acre oasis of meadows, woodlands, and wetlands. After more than a century in agriculture, the preserve's fields are being carefully restored with native plants including warm-season grasses and native wildflowers. Keith Russell will take us on a guided bird walk through the preserve where eastern meadowlark, northern harrier, and bluebirds are some of the species that can be found. Bring your binoculars, lunch, and something to drink. Space is limited. Dress for the weather. We will leave from the Arboretum. Park in the meadow next to the entrance kiosk.

Thursday, June 2 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 6/2/2016 at 7:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $75.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $75.00 ea.

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