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 social distancing (at least 6’ of separation). Leaders may remove their face covering in order to be heard by the group while maintaining social distance. Please do not come to a program if you are sick or have a sick family member. People coming from other states should follow New Jersey’s Travel Advisories for COVID -19 before attending a New Jersey Audubon program including 14-day self-quarantine.  For a list of states go to  There will be no sharing of equipment including binoculars or spotting scopes.


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New Jersey Audubon

December 2020

Raritan Bay Waterfront Park

December 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Raritan Bay Waterfront Park, 201 John T O'Leary Boulevard
South Amboy, NJ 08879 United States

Search for waterfowl, loons, and other waterbirds. Gulls and raptors may also be in evidence at this productive park. Early December can be a good time to see a diversity of ducks, loons, and grebes. This is also a good place for many species of gulls, and we might luck into some raptors including Bald Eagle, Peregrine, and more. Led by Scott Barnes and Hank Burk.

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Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

December 5 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, 208 Broadway
Barnegat Light, NJ 08006 United States

Early winter birding for Harlequins and other sea ducks in the shadow of the lighthouse.Harlequin Ducks and other seafowl should highlight this trip; it may also be a good time for gulls, Purple Sandpipers, and perhaps Horned Larks and Snow Buntings. Led by Carole Hughes and Linda Mack

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Fisherman’s Cove/Manasquan Inlet

December 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
NJ United States

“Surf & Turf” with ducks and seabirds at the inlet, plus a perusal of some field, thickets, and marsh for land birds. Scoters, loons, and gannets may be around the inlet or winging their way south, while the thickets, fields, and marshes may host sparrows and raptors. Led by Scott Barnes and Hank Burk.

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NJ Young Birders Club–Forsythe NWR

December 12 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
NJ United States

Early winter birding for eagles and raptors, plus there should be a good variety of ducks. Large numbers and variety of waterfowl should highlight this trip; also good for eagles and other raptors, plus late shorebirds and waders. Trip open strictly to youth ages 11-17 (plus parent/guardian) who are interested in birds. Led by Scott Barnes and Linda Mack

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Island Beach State Park

December 13 @ 8:45 am - 1:30 pm
NJ United States

Sea ducks, loons, gannets, and other waterbirds should highlight this trip. We might find Snow Buntings or a longspur if we're lucky. Island Beach is an excellent place to seawatch, and December is often a good month for rarer seabirds like alcids, Red-necked Grebe, or Black-legged Kittiwake. We'll also look for some landbirds and keep our eyes and ears open for any northern finches. Led by Scott Barnes and associate naturalist.

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