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Please contact trip leader in advance if you are planning to go on a field trip.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Every Thursday Morning Exton Park, Exton, PA – CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

For: Seasonal birds

Place: Exton Park, 8:30 a.m.

Leader: Various leaders in conjunction with Friends of Exton Park

Note: Formerly known as Church Farm Pond and now a part of Exton Park, this pond and surrounding wetland had been a popular birding spot for years.

Google MapDirections: From the intersection of Routes 30 and 202, drive west along Route 30 and turn right on Valley Creek Blvd. At the end of the road, make a left on Swedesford Road and park in the gravel parking lot on your left where the perimeter trail starts. This is a 1.5 mile walk and will take between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Exton Park

Start: Thursday, May 21, 2020 8:30 am
End: Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:30 am

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Bucktoe Kite and Shorebird Watch, Kennett Square, PA

For: Migrating kites and shorebirds

Place: Bucktoe Preserve parking lot, Kennett Square, PA, 3:00 p.m.

Leader: Larry Lewis – Early Bird Tours (484-340-7672, earlybirdtours@comcast.net)

Note: Join Larry as he searches the skies for migrating kites and shorebirds. The watch goes
every day from May 17 thru June 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The club will join
Larry on May 20. People can come and go as they want and are welcome to join Larry any of
the days he is at the watch.

Directions: From Kennett Square, take Union Street south out of town.  This becomes Kaolin Road.  Make a right onto Hillendale Road.  Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a left.  The entrance is on the left at 432 Sharp Road.  Look for the “BCP” sign.  Upon entering driveway, make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see.  Follow gravel road to the pavilion and parking area.

Bucktoe Preserve

Start: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 3:00 pm
End: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:30 pm

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Stroud Preserve, Chester County, PA – CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

For: Summer residents, butterflies, etc.

Place: Stroud Preserve parking lot, 8:00 a.m.

Google Map

Leaders: Armas Hill (302-529-1876, Armas@focusonnature.com)

Note: Trip is an approximately two- to three-hour walk covering about 2 miles with some moderate hills.

Directions: From West Chester, take Route 162 west for about 2 miles and turn left onto North Creek Road. The parking lot is on the right.

Stroud Preserve

Start: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 8:00 am
End: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 12:00 pm

Saturday, May 16, 2020

E.B. Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR, NJ – CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

For: Shorebirds, herons, nightjars

Place: Forsythe NWR Headquarters, 8:00 a.m. Google Map

Leaders: Bruce Piecukonis (610-354-9471, Pterodroma@comcast.net) and Tony Fernandes (610-647-7868, jets741@verizon.net)

Note: Meet at Forsythe at 8:00 a.m. Minimal walking involved. Bring a lunch, this is an all day trip.

Directions: Call leaders for trip details, carpooling and directions.

Start: Saturday, May 16, 2020 8:00 am
End: Saturday, May 16, 2020 5:00 pm

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Every Thursday Morning Exton Park, Exton, PA – CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

For: Seasonal birds

Place: Exton Park, 8:30 a.m.

Leader: Various leaders in conjunction with Friends of Exton Park

Note: Formerly known as Church Farm Pond and now a part of Exton Park, this pond and surrounding wetland had been a popular birding spot for years.

Google MapDirections: From the intersection of Routes 30 and 202, drive west along Route 30 and turn right on Valley Creek Blvd. At the end of the road, make a left on Swedesford Road and park in the gravel parking lot on your left where the perimeter trail starts. This is a 1.5 mile walk and will take between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Exton Park

Start: Thursday, May 14, 2020 8:30 am
End: Thursday, May 14, 2020 10:30 am

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Coventry Woods, Chester County, PA – CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

For: Spring migrants/possible Gray-cheeked Thush. On second walk: Hooded Warbler and possible Kentucky Warlbler

Place: Fernbrook parking lot, 8:00 a.m. For GPS use 1954 St. Peters Road Pottstown, PA

Leaders: Patty Werth (484-985-8164, pattyww@comcast.net and John Werth 215-859-1148)

Note: Coventry Woods is part of Hopewell Big Woods, and 153 species of birds have been recorded at this site in just the last five years.  The trails are unpaved and some are steep.  This walk of about 3-4 hours will cover 1-2 miles.  If there is interest, there is the possibility of a second walk of similar duration and distance to follow at a different location within the 660-acre park, which usually yields some additional species.  A portable restroom is on site at the Fernbrook parking lot.
Directions: From West Chester, take Route 100 north about 20 miles bear left onto W. Hoffecker Road. Go .5 miles, turn right on Laurelwood road. Go .1 miles, turn left on to Temple Road. Go 1 mile, bear left onto St. Peters Road. In 1.1 mile turn left to stay on St. Peters Road.

Coventry Woods

Start: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 8:00 am
End: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 12:30 pm

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Ramsey Road, Wilmington, DE – CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

For: Migrants and resident birds

Place: Parking lot off of Ramsey Rd., 8:00 a.m.

Leader: Carol Majors (610-399-1509, carolmajors@gmail.com)

Note: A walk along the Brandywine Creek in Delaware. The walk is about 2 miles over fairly even terrain with one stream crossing.

Directions: Route 202 South to Rt. 92 just over the state line. Turn right onto Route 92 then follow it to the left. Take the first right on to Ramsey Rd. Look for the parking area on the right.

Start: Sunday, May 10, 2020 8:00 am
End: Sunday, May 10, 2020 12:00 pm

Saturday, May 9, 2020

White Clay Creek, Newark, DE – CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

For: Migrants and resident birds

Place: Wedgewood Rd. parking lot, 7:45 a.m.

Leader: Bob Murray (610-644-5440, rmurray@murraymicro.com)

Note: The walk will be on an abandoned railroad bed, along the banks of White Clay Creek, which forms a section of the Mason-Dixon trail. We will cover a total distance of about 3 miles. There will be bathroom facilities at the Nature Center, which is at the midpoint of the walk. We will finish up before noon.

Note: The park charges a fee of $8 per vehicle.

Directions: Call leader for directions if not carpooling.

Carpooling: Meet at Painters Crossing, PA, on the northwest corner of US Routes 1 and 202. Departure time 7:00 a.m.

White Clay Creek

Start: Saturday, May 9, 2020 7:45 am
End: Saturday, May 9, 2020 12:00 pm

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Every Thursday Morning Exton Park, Exton, PA – CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

For: Seasonal birds

Place: Exton Park, 8:30 a.m.

Leader: Various leaders in conjunction with Friends of Exton Park

Note: Formerly known as Church Farm Pond and now a part of Exton Park, this pond and surrounding wetland had been a popular birding spot for years.

Google MapDirections: From the intersection of Routes 30 and 202, drive west along Route 30 and turn right on Valley Creek Blvd. At the end of the road, make a left on Swedesford Road and park in the gravel parking lot on your left where the perimeter trail starts. This is a 1.5 mile walk and will take between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Exton Park

Start: Thursday, May 7, 2020 8:30 am
End: Thursday, May 7, 2020 10:30 am

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Stroud Preserve, Chester County, PA – CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

For: Summer residents, butterflies, etc.

Place: Stroud Preserve parking lot, 8:00 a.m.

Google Map

Leaders: Armas Hill (302-529-1876, Armas@focusonnature.com)

Note: Trip is an approximately two- to three-hour walk covering about 2 miles with some moderate hills.

Directions: From West Chester, take Route 162 west for about 2 miles and turn left onto North Creek Road. The parking lot is on the right.

Stroud Preserve

Start: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:00 am
End: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:00 pm
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