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WASHINGTON CROSSING AUDUBON SOCIETY PUBLIC EVENTS FOR May 2017

Washington Crossing Audubon Society announces events for May 2017:

Field Trips

· May 6, 2017 “Garret Mountain Reservation” a free, public birding trip with Washington Crossing Audubon Society
Join Washington Crossing Audubon Society from 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 6 for a guided walk to observe spring songbird migrants at Garret Mountain Reservation, a Passaic County Park located just south of Paterson, NJ. We may also visit the adjacent Rifle Camp Park. Bring a lunch. Directions: Take I-287 to I-80. Go east to exit 56A (Squirrelwood Road). Go to the stop sign and turn right on Rifle Camp Road. Go up the hill about 0.5 miles to Mountain Ave., which comes in from the left. Turn left on Mountain Ave. (look for an army tank and the reservoir on the left) and go 0.3 miles to the entrance to Garret Mountain Reservation. Go right up the hill for a short distance to a large parking area. Contact Brad Merritt at (609) 921-8964 for additional information or the evening prior in case of inclement weather. See our website (www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org) and follow us on Facebook.

· May 7 & 20, 2017. “Princeton Institute Woods” free, public birding trips with Washington Crossing Audubon Society
Join Washington Crossing Audubon Society at 8 AM on either Sunday, May 7 or Saturday, May 20 for a free, guided walk to observe the spring migration of warblers and other songbirds at the Institute Woods near the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, NJ. Directions: From Princeton take Alexander St. towards Rte. 1. At the bend before the canal turn right on West Dr. Go a short distance on West Dr. and park near the entrance to Rogers Refuge. Contact Brad Merritt at (609) 921-8964 for additional information or the evening prior in case of inclement weather. See our website (www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org) and follow us on Facebook.

· May 21, 2017. “Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain” a free, public birding trip with Washington Crossing Audubon Society
Join Washington Crossing Audubon Society at 8:00 AM on Sunday, May 2 for a free, guided birding trip at the Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain, a Mercer County Park located north of the New Jersey Washington Crossing State Park. Directions: >From Pennington-Washington Crossing Rd. (Rte. 546) go past Washington Crossing State Park to the intersection with Rte. 29. Turn right and go two miles to Fiddler’s Creek Rd. Turn right and go 0.2 miles to a parking lot on the left. Contact Brad Merritt at (609) 921-8964 for additional information or the evening prior in case of inclement weather. See our website (www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org) and follow us on Facebook.

· May 27, 2017. “Negri-Nepote Native Grasslands Preserve” a free, public birding trip with Washington Crossing Audubon Society
Join Washington Crossing Audubon Society at 8 AM on Saturday, May 28 for a free, guided birding trip at the Negri-Nepote Grassland Preserve in Franklin Township, NJ. Directions: >From Rte. 206 at Woods Tavern take Rte. 514 East (Amwell Rd.). Turn left on Rte. 615 South (S. Middlebush Rd.). Turn left on Skillman’s Lane, to the Preserve entrance off the West side (between two 90 degree curves). Contact Brad Merritt at (609) 921-8964 for additional information or the evening prior in case of inclement weather. See our website (www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org) and follow us on Facebook.


Monthly Program

May 15, 2017 (8 PM). Washington Crossing Audubon Society Presents: “How Many Bird Species?” a presentation by Frank Gill.
Major changes in bird taxonomy are driven by the application of evolving species concepts and robust DNA-based phylogenies. The higher classification and sequences of major bird groups will require adjustments and the number of species recognized on major world lists will increase dramatically. Join Frank Gill, author of the text “Ornithology” and co-founder of eBird, for a look into 250 years of bird taxonomy and the revolution that is underway.
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The program will be held in Stainton Hall on the campus of the Pennington School, 112 W. Delaware Ave., Pennington, NJ. Refreshments are served at 7:30 PM and the talk will begin at 8 PM. The public is invited. Additional information can be found at www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org. Follow us on Facebook.


GENERAL INFORMATION ON WASHINGTON CROSSING AUDUBON SOCIETY
Washington Crossing Audubon Society is a local member chapter for central New Jersey of the National Audubon Society. We have approximately 1400 members, mostly from the five counties of central New Jersey. Our monthly lectures and frequent field trips are free and open to the public. More information about WCAS can be found at the Society’s web site: www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org. Follow us on Facebook. 

WASHINGTON CROSSING AUDUBON SOCIETY PUBLIC EVENTS FOR April 2017

Field Trips

· April 1, 2017. “Mercer Meadows Pole Farm” a free, public birding trip with Washington Crossing Audubon Society
Join Washington Crossing Audubon Society at 8:00 AM on Saturday, April 1 for a walk led by Sharyn Magee to observe the flora and fauna of the Mercer County Park known for years as the AT&T Overseas Transmission Station, and more familiarly called “The Pole Farm.” Directions: From Manors Corner shopping center on Pennington-Lawrenceville Road take Keefe Road toward Princeton for 1.1 miles to the bend where it meets Cold Soil Road. At that bend, the entrance is on the left near the white barn. Contact Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964 for additional information, or for cancellation updates the evening prior in case of inclement weather. See our website (www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org) and follow us on Facebook.

· April 9, 2017. “Peace Valley Prowl,” a free, public birding trip with Washington Crossing Audubon Society
Join Washington Crossing Audubon Society at 9:00 AM on Sunday, April 9 for a free birding trip led by Brad Merritt and Margie Rutbell at Peace Valley in PA. We will walk the trails in this Bucks County Park looking for waterfowl, raptors, and early migrating warblers. Directions: Route 202 South toward Doylestown. Right onto route 313, proceed west for 4 miles. Left on New Galena Road, then first left onto Chapman Road. Go to the parking lot across from the Nature Center. Contact Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964 for additional information, or for cancellation updates the evening prior in case of inclement weather. See our website (www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org) and follow us on Facebook.

· April 29, 2017. “Abbott Marshlands” a free, public birding trip with Washington Crossing Audubon Society
Join Washington Crossing Audubon Society at 8 AM on Saturday, April 29 for a free birding trip led by Brad Merritt, Mary Leck, Andrew Bobe and John Maret at Roebling Park, a Mercer County Park adjacent to the Abbott Marshlands in Trenton. We will see how the marsh and its wildlife adjust to the cold weather. Directions: Coming from Trenton on South Broad St., turn right onto Sewell Avenue at traffic light; at road’s end, turn left and continue downhill to parking lot. Contact Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964 for additional information, or for cancellation updates the evening prior in case of inclement weather. See our website (www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org) and follow us on Facebook. Cosponsor: The Friends for the Abbott Marshlands (www.marsh-friends.org).

· April 30, 2017. “Mt. Rose Preserve” a free, public birding trip with Washington Crossing Audubon Society
Join Washington Crossing Audubon Society at 7 AM on Sunday, April 30 for a free birding trip led by Sharyn Magee and Juanita Hummel at the Mt. Rose Preserve in Hopewell Township. This can be an excellent spot in the spring for songbirds. Directions: The Preserve is located off Carter Road, south of the Cherry Valley Road intersection. Entrance is found on the west side of Carter Road. Contact Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964 for additional information, or for cancellation updates the evening prior in case of inclement weather. See our website (www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org) and follow us on Facebook. Cosponsor: The Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space.


Monthly Program

April 17, 2017 (8 PM). Washington Crossing Audubon Society Presents: “PA”ssages: Nature in the far corner of Pennsylvania, a presentation by Jeffrey Hall.
Washington Crossing Audubon Society will host a free, public presentation at 8 PM on Monday, April 17 by Jeffrey Hall, a former President of WCAS, retired biology teacher at the Pennington School, and now resident of Franklin, PA. Northwestern Pennsylvania doesn’t have the well-known cities of other parts of the Commonwealth, lacks the cachet of the Chautauqua and Finger Lakes regions to the north, and for birders, is overshadowed by Magee Marsh and the Ohio lakeshore to the west. But there is much to appreciate in the ‘far corner’ of Pennsylvania: Forested hills that are home to warblers, thrushes, and tanagers; rivers and creeks occupied by mergansers and otters; lakes and marshes that attract water birds; even reclaimed strip mines that now provide habitat for grassland species. This program will introduce some of the best natural features of this often-overlooked region.
The program will be held in Stainton Hall on the campus of the Pennington School, 112 W. Delaware Ave., Pennington, NJ. Refreshments are served at 7:30 PM and the talk will begin at 8 PM. The public is invited. Additional information can be found at www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org. Follow us on Facebook.


GENERAL INFORMATION ON WASHINGTON CROSSING AUDUBON SOCIETY
Washington Crossing Audubon Society is a local member chapter for central New Jersey of the National Audubon Society. We have approximately 1600 members, mostly from the five counties of central New Jersey. Our monthly lectures and frequent field trips are free and open to the public. More information about WCAS can be found at the Society’s web site: www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org. Follow us on Facebook.