Calendar of Events

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

Monday, January 18, 2021

Birding in Northern Ecuador

Sue Killeen – Former club president

     Northern Ecuador features some of the country’s best-known birding locales. It is possible to see over 400 species in 10 days.  The west slope of the Andes and the lowlands of the northwest encompass part of the Choco Endemic region where many endemics and near endemics are found. You can find over 20 species of hummingbirds in the Mindo and Tandayapa Valleys.  Not to mention the Antpittas.

     In the high Andes paramo region there are several high-altitude species that seem a bit dull because the environment is so barren due to the elevation but no less spectacular.  Then there is the east slope of Andes which has a whole new array of species not found in the west, and an altitudinal transect can produce over 200 species in less than a week.

     From there we will travel to the Amazon lowlands where we can find Macaws and parrots at clay licks as we travel along the Rio Napo and explore flooded plains.  The Napo Wildlife Center is within the Yasuni National Park.  It is claimed to be the most biodiverse place on Earth, spanning nearly 2.5 million acres of lush rainforest. The Ecuadorian Amazon is home to more than 600 bird species. The splendors of the Amazon are unforgettable.

     Come and join Sue on a wonderful adventure through Northern Ecuador

Hoatzin

Hoatzin

 

Note: This is a virtual meeting. Zoom signon will start at 7:15 to enable the meeting to begin at 7:30.

Start: Monday, January 18, 2021 7:30 pm
End: Monday, January 18, 2021 9:30 pm
Venue: Zoom

Sunday, January 17, 2021

The Great Marsh

For: Late Fall migrants and winter residents

Place: 28 Moores Road, Elverson, PA, 8:00 a.m.

Leader: Mike Coulter. If you plan to attend please email the Great Marsh Institute at greatmarshinstitute@gmail.com to let them know to expect you.

Note: Join local birding expert Mike Coulter as he guides us through the Great Marsh, an ancient periglacial marsh and the largest marsh in Southeastern Pennsylvania. This event is hosted by the Great Marsh Institute, a newly established non-profit with the mission of supporting scientific studies and educational opportunities for all! This event is free, but donations of any amount are welcome to support the Institute! For full trip details see here. This will be about a 3 hour walk. Conditions could be muddy and very wet so wear appropriate footwear.

Directions: The marsh is off of Rt. 401 four miles northwest of Rt. 100 at Ludwig’s Corner. Lat/Long = 40.127651, -75.767697 or use 28 Moores Road for GPS directions. Meet at the grassy parking area at the top of the hill near 28 Moores Road. Once you turn off of Rt. 401 on to Moore’s Road proceed 1/4 mile along the gravel road. You will cross a bridge and at the 1/4 mile mark make a right up the hill on the paved part of the drive. This is the first right after the bridge. At the top of the hill you should see other cars parked in the meeting area.

Start: Sunday, January 17, 2021 8:00 am
End: Sunday, January 17, 2021 11:00 am

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Shark River Inlet and North Shore of New Jersey

For: Loons, grebes and other waterfowl

Google MapPlace: Belmar Manutti Marina parking lot in Belmar, NJ, 9:00 a.m.

Leaders:  John Mercer (484-459-2062, mercer1135@aol.com)

Google MapNote: Minimal walking involved. Bring lunch, this is an all day trip.

Directions:   The Belmar Manutti Marina is at: 905 Route 35, Belmar, NJ 07719. Follow Route 35 to 10th Street where you turn left into the Marina.

Carpooling: Due to Covid concerns, check with leader to confirm if a participant limit is in effect and if carpooling is occurring. Meet leader at the King of Prussia North parking lot between Yard House and Modell’s Sporting Goods. Departure 7:30 a.m.

Start: Saturday, January 16, 2021 9:00 am
End: Saturday, January 16, 2021 5:00 pm

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Northern Chester County and Lancaster County, PA

For: Rough-legged Hawks, larks

Google MapPlace: Struble Lake parking lot, 8:00 a.m.

Leaders: Dorothy Bedford (609-658-1894, db@bt9.org) and John Mercer (484-459-2062, mercer1135@aol.com)

Note: Bring lunch and snacks to celebrate the New Year. This is an all-day trip. Due to Covid concerns, check with leader to confirm if a participant limit is in effect and if carpooling is occurring

Directions:  From Downingtown, take Route 322 west for 7 miles and take a slight right onto Chestnut Tree Road (after the Sunoco gas tanks). In about 3 miles bear left at the stop sign onto Morgantown Rd.  The parking area for Struble Lake is 0.5 miles on the left.

Struble Lake

Start: Saturday, January 2, 2021 8:00 am
End: Saturday, January 2, 2021 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Western Chester County Christmas Bird Count

For: Winter residents

Place: Assigned territories, any time from midnight to midnight.

Coordinator: Larry Lewis, (484-340-7672 earlybirdtours@comcast.net)

Note: Contact coordinator for questions or to let him know of your interest so that sector assignments and leaders can be identified.


Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Valley Forge Christmas Bird Count

For: Winter residents

Place: Assigned territories, midnight to midnight.

Coordinator: Vincent Smith (484-410-1157, nyctea34@aol.com)

Note: This annual event includes teams of birders surveying eleven sections within a prescribed 15 mile diameter circle, the center of which is the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove.  Beginning and experienced birders are welcome.  Section leaders will notify past participants. New volunteers please register by Dec. 17 to be assigned to a team.

Date: Saturday, December 26, 2020

Elverson Christmas Bird Count

For: Winter residents

Place: Assigned territories, midnight to midnight.

Coordinators: Jim Cook (610-587-7545, escjim@windstream.net)

Note: Contact coordinator early for questions or to let him know of your interest so that sector assignments and leaders can be identified.

Date: Saturday, December 26, 2020

Saturday, December 19, 2020

West Chester Christmas Bird Count

For: Winter Residents

Place: Assigned territories, any time from midnight to midnight.

Coordinators: Barry Blust (610-458-5616, BarryBlust@comcast.net) and
Tony Fernandes (610-647-7868, jets741@verizon.net)

Note: Contact coordinator early for questions or to let him know of your interest so that sector assignments and leaders can be identified.

There will be no meeting after the count for a tally or dinner.

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020

Sunday, December 13, 2020

The Great Marsh

For: Late Fall migrants and winter residents

Place: 28 Moores Road, Elverson, PA, 8:00 a.m.

Leader: Mike Coulter. If you plan to attend please email the Great Marsh Institute at greatmarshinstitute@gmail.com to let them know to expect you.

Note: Join local birding expert Mike Coulter as he guides us through the Great Marsh, an ancient periglacial marsh and the largest marsh in Southeastern Pennsylvania. This event is hosted by the Great Marsh Institute, a newly established non-profit with the mission of supporting scientific studies and educational opportunities for all! This event is free, but donations of any amount are welcome to support the Institute! For full trip details see here. This will be about a 3 hour walk. Conditions could be muddy and very wet so wear appropriate footwear.

Directions: The marsh is off of Rt. 401 four miles northwest of Rt. 100 at Ludwig’s Corner. Lat/Long = 40.127651, -75.767697 or use 28 Moores Road for GPS directions. Meet at the grassy parking area at the top of the hill near 28 Moores Road. Once you turn off of Rt. 401 on to Moore’s Road proceed 1/4 mile along the gravel road. You will cross a bridge and at the 1/4 mile mark make a right up the hill on the paved part of the drive. This is the first right after the bridge. At the top of the hill you should see other cars parked in the meeting area.

Start: Sunday, December 13, 2020 8:00 am
End: Sunday, December 13, 2020 11:00 am

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Barnegat Light and E.B. Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR, NJ – Note date change

For: Harlequins, eiders, loons and other waterfowl

Google MapPlace: Barnegat Light State Park. Meet at Barngegat Light Borough Hall, 8:15 a.m.

Leader: Dorothy Bedford (609-658-1894, db@bt9.org)

Google MapNote: There will be a walk of about 1.5 miles between the dunes to get to the end of the jetty.  Brigantine is a fee area (per car); bring your National Park Service “Eagle Pass”. Bring  lunch, this is an all-day trip.

Directions: Meet at Barnegat Light Borough Hall, 10 E 7th St, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006. Follow NJ Route 72 onto Long Beach Island.  Turn left onto Long Beach Island Blvd. Go about 7 miles to 7th Street on right. Please make a rest-stop at Wawa, 370 NJ Rt 72, Manahawkin (approach from East Bay Ave. Plan 30 minutes to Barnegat Light from Wawa).  Forsythe NWR Visitor Center address: you MUST use 800 Great Creek Rd, Galloway NJ or Google will steer you 30 miles wrong.

Carpooling: Due to Covid concerns, check with leader to confirm if carpooling is occurring.  If so, meet at Gateway Shopping Center, 125 Swedesford Road, Wayne (junction of 202 and 252). Departure time is 5:45 a.m. (Estimated return no later than 5 p.m.)

Barnegat Light

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Start: Saturday, December 12, 2020 8:15 am
End: Saturday, December 12, 2020 5:00 pm
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