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The purposes of The Montclair Bird Club are to stimulate and increase the appreciation of nature and an understanding of birds and their natural environment, and to encourage conservation practices through support and education.

Until further notice, we will have only virtual meetings. Invitations to virtual meetings are emailed the day before each meeting. To be added to our list of friends and receive invitations to our meetings, email




Red-tailed hawk at the Montclair Hawkwatch, Sandy Sorkin


September 19, 2021

Field Trip

8:00–10:30 am: Birding Hilltop Reservation

September 19, 2021

Field Trip

6:00–7:30 pm: Swifts at Buzz Aldrin School

September 25, 2021

8:00 am: Allendale Celery Farm

monthly meet-up outing

September 25, 2021

Identifying and Photographing Migrating Birds of Prey

with Wayne Greenstone and Phil Witt


Join Wayne Greenstone and the award-winning nature photographer Phil Witt at New Jersey Audubon's Montclair Hawk Lookout between 2:00 and 4:00 pm for an in-person workshop on identifying and photographing birds of prey. This special event  is limited to 15 participants. For information, registration, and directions, visit our Field Trips page


Phil Witt has been photographing nature since the late 1970s. An avid birder, Phil is a member of New Jersey Audubon’s Board of Directors and has been co-leading NJA's photograph workshops for more than a decade. Past president of the Camera Naturalist Photo Club, New Jersey's only nature-only photography club, Phil judges photography competitions and presents instructional programs to photography clubs throughout the state.In 2017, he was awarded the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs citation for service to photography.   Phil’s guide to photographing birds in flight can be viewed here


October 13, 2021

Zoom Membership Meeting

October 21, 2021

Virtual Field Trip

7:30 pm: Who Was That Masked Bird?

November 10, 2021


with Rick Wright

November 13, 2021

9:00 am: Sandy Hook

monthly meet-up outing

December 11, 2021

9:00 am: Shark River and Shark River Inlet

monthly meet-up outing












Visit our LINKS page to learn about events here and around the country. 

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Essex County

New Jersey

Please visit our new Friends page.


MBC Bird Quizzes are distributed weekly. To be added to our list, email us at .

Birding Meet-Up Groups

One Saturday a month,  members and friends get together as a “birding meet-up group” to explore NJ parks and reserves. Schedules and more details are here. The same rules for Covid safety apply to these trips as to trips with a leader.

NEW BOOKS for the local birder! Click here for the latest titles in the Custom Bird Guides series by Rick Wright and Sandy Sorkin. 




Click on the photo to see the results of the Garret Mountain Bioblitz 2021!

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