UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS
Saturday, September 16, 10:00 am
Satuday, October 7,
Saturday, October 14, 10 am
Satuday, November 11, 8 am
Saturday, December 9, 10 am
Saturday, February 10, 10 am
Saturday, March 10, 5:30 pm
Saturday, April 14,
Saturday, May 5,
Visit Tatum Park with Monmouth County Audubon Society September 16
Join the Monmouth County Audubon Society for a late summer butterfly and bird walk at Tatum Park in Middletown. The event will take place on Sunday, Saturday 16, starting at 10:00 am.
Tatum Park has 366 acres of rolling hills, open fields and bird-filled woods, as well as two Activity Centers, a playground and miles of scenic trails, for area residents to enjoy. The park is named for the Tatum family, who donated 73 acres of property to the county in 1973. Walkers, runners, bicyclists and equestrians can watch the colors change each season on winding paths through stands of tulip trees, and red and chestnut oaks. Or, enjoy the quiet landscape on trails through beautiful fields and meadows.
Our group will concentrate on the meadows, where we hope to see migrating Monarch butterflies along with many other butterfly species. Bird migration will be well underway at this time, also, and birds that may be seen include sparrows, warblers, songbirds and raptors.
Anyone interested in participating in the event can meet at 10:00 am in the main parking area off Holland Road.
Join the "Big Sit" with Monmouth County Audubon at Sandy Hook October 7
Join the Monmouth County Audubon Society as they participate in the annual "Big Sit" Saturday, October 7, at Sandy Hook.
The Big Sit! is an annual, international, non-competitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (CT) Bird Club. Every year, bird watchers from around the globe participate in this free event, open to any person and club in any country. There are Big Sit! circles all over the world, including Guatemala, India, the Netherlands, England, Vietnam and New Zealand.
The object of the Big Sit is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours. The real challenge is the second requirement: Find a good spot for bird watching, preferably one with good views of a variety of habitats and lots of birds, and create a circle 17 feet in diameter -- then sit inside that circle for 24 hours, counting all the bird species you see or hear. That’s it. Find a spot, sit in it, have fun, then submit your findings.
There are three ways to "win" this non-competitive event:
Monmouth County Audubon members will be counting birds on Sandy Hook from atop the migration watch platform north of Parking Lot "M," overlooking North Pond. The platform provides views of the pond, the surrounding woods and brushy trails, the beach and part of Sandy Hook Bay.
Participants are allowed to come and go from the circle—especially for the purpose of bringing food back into the circle—and the circle need not be occupied for the entire 24 hours. MCAS members will man their circle from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. The public is welcome to stop by and count birds for as long as they like. Bring binoculars, and bring your own food and beverages, if desired.
Observe autumn migrants at Sandy Hook
Autumn is officially here, and with it comes the annual migration of raptors and songbirds along the Atlantic Flyway. Join the Monmouth County Audubon Society for an autumn bird walk to look for these migrants. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 14, on Sandy Hook. Meet at 10:00 am in the parking lot by the now-closed Visitor Center, 1.8 miles from the park entrance.
The peninsula of Sandy Hook attracts migrating raptors, shorebirds and songbirds due to the abundance of food and areas of suitable habitat. This makes Sandy Hook an excellent place to observe many species of migrating birds in a limited area. The bird “guest list” changes daily at Sandy Hook, depending on weather conditions and food supply.
The trip will be led by members of the Monmouth County Audubon Society who are familiar with Sandy Hook and its birds. Linda Mack, past MCAS president and Sandy Hook trip leader, explains, “The lure of Sandy Hook isn’t just the birds. Sandy Hook is a peaceful, beautiful natural area with a variety of interesting habitats to explore. Early October is a great time of year to witness the spectacle of fall migration, not to mention the gorgeous fall colors of our native plants and trees.”
About our field trips
MCAS field trips are open to both members and non-members of the Monmouth County Audubon Society, and admission is always free. (Some trips occasionally require admission fees to parks, or special fares. These will be noted.) Advance registration is not required. Participants should bring binoculars and field guides and should dress appropriately for the weather, including clothing suitable for rain if the forecast is questionable. Pets are not permitted. Why?
In case of inclement weather...
We try to run our field trips even if there are showers predicted. However, in the event of severe weather that would affect the safety of the group and restrict travel, trips are occasionally postponed or cancelled. The decision on whether or not to hold a field trip will be made by 6:00 pm the night before. In the event of a cancelled or postponed event, we will post a notice on this page as well as our Facebook page. Please check back if there are any questions.
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