New Jersey Audubon field trips and programs adhere to CDC guidelines; leaders have the right to ask a participant to leave the program if someone is not adhering to these guidelines for the health and safety of all. Leaders and participants must wear face coverings* throughout the program and maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet. Leaders may remove their face covering to be heard by the group while maintaining social distance. Please do not come to a program if you are sick, have a sick family member or have reason to believe you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. There will be no sharing of equipment including binoculars or spotting scopes.

*Face coverings do not include winter scarves or bandanas. Two-layer fabric or surgical-type masks are required. 

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March 2021

Hilltop Reservation Birding Walk

March 13 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Hilltop Reservation, Mountain Ave and Courter Lane
North Caldwell, NJ 07006 United States
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$10.00 - $15.00

With Dave Hall. Take an early spring hike through meadows and woods while looking for spring migrants. As the snow begins to melt and the amount of sunlight increases, migrant birds get the signal to return to New Jersey to fuel up or stay and breed. This reservation offers exceptional forest edge and meadow habitats for spring migrants. The Hilltop Reservation is a nature preserve located on the Second Watchung Mountain. It is composed of lands formerly included in the grounds of the Essex County Hospital Center. The land was designated a Conservation Easement in 2001, by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, permanently dedicating it for conservation and recreation purposes, and thereby protecting it from any future development.

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Celbrate Spring! at Hawk Rise Sanctuary

March 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Hawk Rise Sanctuary, Range Road
Linden, NJ 07036 United States
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Free

Celebrate the Vernal Equinox with fun activities and a story. Today we celebrate the Vernal Equinox – equal day and night – and look forward to warmer weather! Take a deeper look in the woods and discover signs that Spring has sprung! We will identify wildflowers, notice the buds of trees, listen for spring visitors, and look for unique signs of wildlife enjoying the changes of the season. For children and families.

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South Mountain Reservation Birding Walk

March 27 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
$10.00 - $15.00

With Dave Hall. Visit some key locations within one of Essex County’s largest parks to look for spring migrants.South Mountain Reservation offers exceptional views of waterfowl at the reservoir as well as forest and edge habitats along the trails. Join us for a leisurely walk through the reservation looking for spring migrants. South Mountain Reservation covers 2,112 acres in the central section of Essex County, extending through the municipalities of West Orange, Maplewood, and Millburn, bordering South Orange, between the first and second ridges of the Watchung Mountain Range. The presence of the early Lenape Indians lingers in the name given to the Watchung—the "high hills."

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April 2021

Verona Park Birding Walk

April 3 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Verona Park Boathouse, Lakeside Ave
Verona, NJ 07044 United States
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$10.00 - $15.00

With Dave Hall. An easy walk around the pond, grassy fields and edges make for a nice morning looking for signs of early spring migrants. Verona Park is a 54.32-acre park with a lake bordered by Lakeside and Bloomfield Avenues in the southern part of Verona. This is the fifth largest park within the system. Once an old swamp, the lake was first formed in 1814 when Doctor Gone (or Bohn) dammed the Peckman River for a grist mill. Later this lake surrounded by weeping willow trees and winding paths became an ideal location for family activities. Even before it became a county park, the public—including residents outside Verona—flocked there by way of the Bloomfield Avenue trolley, to bathe and picnic and enjoy some commercial amusements. The landscape plans prepared by the Olmsted Brothers were approved the same year Verona Park was acquired. Actual development did not start until several years later due to court proceedings concerning condemnation of some of the land. There was no inconvenience to the public during the delay because the park was already being used for boating, bathing, skating, picnics, and band concerts. We will meet at the Boat House near the paddle rental area.

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Becker Farm Spring Birding Walk

April 8 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Locust Avenue, Locust Avenue
Roseland, NJ United States
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$10.00 - $15.00

With Dave Hall. Enjoy beautiful vistas of the Passaic River Valley. This is the right time to discover spring migrants in full song. Becker Farm dates back to 1880 when it was a farm. Over the years this farm added its famous railroad which entertained families for over 30 years. The now abandoned farm is a great place to spot grassland birds.

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Weequahic Park Spring Birding Walk

April 15 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Weequahic Park, Meeker Avenue
Newark, NJ 07112 United States
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$10.00 - $15.00

With Dave Hall. This Newark park is a fascinating place to view a variety of gulls, ducks, and geese, plus some woodland birds on their northward migration. All can be viewed along an easy trail around the lake. Enter park at Meeker Ave and Empire St, then proceed leftward along park drive to meet at large parking lot beyond the visitor center. This is an easy walk around the lake in Weequahic Park. Weequahic Park is a park located in the south ward of Newark, New Jersey. Designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm, Weequahic Park has the largest lake in Essex County at 80 acres. Enter at Meeker and Empire Streets, Newark. Meet at the large parking area on the south side of the lake.

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Hawk Rise Spring Migration Walk

April 22 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Hawk Rise Sanctuary, Range Road
Linden, NJ 07036 United States
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Free

With Scott Barnes. Explore the various habitats at Hawk Rise Sanctuary to look for spring migrants. We will search for spring migrants in the maple-oak forest and spend some time looking at the freshwater and salt marsh habitats for a variety of birds.

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Troy Meadows Birding Walk

April 24 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Troy Meadows Wetlands, Troy Meadows Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054 United States
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$10.00 - $15.00

With Dave Hall. Explore both fields and forested wetlands in one of the largest well-preserved swamps in northern New Jersey. This is the right time to discover spring migrants in all their glory, including warblers in full song. Troy Meadows is a large, diverse freshwater marsh located in East Hanover, Hanover, and Parsippany-Troy Hills, in Morris County, New Jersey. It is located within the Whippany River Watershed in the Passaic River Basin. It is 3,100 acres, located downstream of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and the Black Meadows, upstream of the Great Piece Meadows Preserve, and about 25 miles west of New York City. It is located along the Atlantic flyway and serves as a staging area for migratory waterfowl. Troy Meadows is designated as a "National Natural Landmark," by the National Park Service, a "New Jersey Natural Area" and also a "Natural Heritage Priority site" by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP).Footing can be wet and/or slippery if frozen. Drive to the end of Troy Meadows Road and you will see a parking area to your left or park along the road on the left.

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Branch Brook Park Birding Walk

April 29 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Branchbrook Park
Newark, NJ 07104 United States
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$10.00 - $15.00

Explore an iconic urban park. This is the right time to enjoy cherry trees in bloom and to discover early spring migrants in all their glory, including warblers in full song. Branch Brook Park is distinguished by being the first county park to be opened for public use in the United States. It has been placed on both the New Jersey (1980) and National (1981) Registers of Historic Places. Named for a branch brook that flowed through the valley into the Passaic River, the stream that remains, and much of the surrounding landscape, still retain a natural appearance. More than 4,000 cherry trees that blossom during April are greater both in variety and number than the famed Washington, D.C., display—the result of a 1927 gift from Mrs. Felix Fuld family. At its height the Cherry Blossom Festival attracts over 10,000 people a day.

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May 2021

Hawk Rise Songbird Search

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Hawk Rise Sanctuary, Range Road
Linden, NJ 07036 United States
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Free

Led by Scott Barnes. Search for thrushes, vireos and warblers in this urban oasis of Maples, Oaks and Sweet Gum. We will also go to the Rahway River overlook to search for a variety of shorebirds. Hawk Rise is noted for its Swainson’s Thrushes and warbler varieties.

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Hatfield Swamp Spring Birding Walk

May 13 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Stop & Shop, 875 Bloomfield Avenue, #West
West Caldwell, NJ 07006 United States
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$10.00 - $15.00

With Dave Hall. Exploring varied habitats for spring migrants such as warblers and raptors along with views of late-departing waterfowl will make this an exciting trip! Footing may be wet. The majority of the Hatfield Swamp consists of forested wetlands with areas of scrub-shrub habitat and emergent wetland within the flood plain of the Passaic River. The site encompasses the Great Piece Meadows Natural Heritage Priority Site. Wintering Sharp-shinned Hawks, Long-eared Owls and Northern Saw-whet Owls are common. Meet at the Stop and Shop parking lot on Bloomfield Ave in West Caldwell.

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Hilltop Reservation Birding Walk

May 20 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Hilltop Reservation, Mountain Ave and Courter Lane
North Caldwell, NJ 07006 United States
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$10.00 - $15.00

With Dave Hall. Walk along the ridge to find a variety of warblers, thrushes, and raptors. We will explore the forest edge as well as meadows which will be in early bloom. The Hilltop Reservation is a nature preserve located on the Second Watchung Mountain. It is composed of lands formerly included in the grounds of the Essex County Hospital Center. The land was designated a Conservation Easement in 2001, by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, permanently dedicating it for conservation and recreation purposes, and thereby protecting it from any future development.

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Kip’s Castle Park Birding Walk

May 22 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Kip’s Castle, 22 Crestmont Road
Montclair, NJ 07042 United States
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$10.00 - $15.00

With Dave Hall. Join us for late spring songbird migration with spectacular valley views from First Mountain in Verona. This is a great place to view warblers and other woodland birds. This walk is generally easy mostly on paved walkways. Kip’s Castle is a magnificent 9,000 square foot mansion that replicates a medieval Norman castle. The estate spans eleven acres of land on the ridge of First Mountain, resting in both Montclair and Verona townships, and provides spectacular views of New York City. The exteriors of both the castle and the 6,000 square foot, two story carriage house are constructed of local trap rock trimmed with sandstone. Kip’s Castle, originally known as “Kypsburg,” was constructed over a three-year period from 1902 through 1905 by Frederic Ellsworth Kip and his wife, Charlotte Bishop Williams Kip. Frederic was a wealthy textile inventor and industrialist who also published several books related to United States tariff laws. Charlotte is credited for the design of the “Kypsburg” building and grounds, cultivating a renowned octagonal rose garden in the southwest corner of the property.

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