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Outings & Trips

 

 

The Montclair Bird Club conducts a full program of field excursions, including both trips with a designated leader and "meet-up" outings arranged to take advantage of seasonal happenings at local hotspots. All of our activities are open to all members, friends, and visitors. For further information, please make contact with the listed leader or write to Beni at MBCOutings@gmail.com.

All participants are required to read and abide by our

Field Trips Policy.  

For more information about any of our trips and outings, email mbcoutings@gmail.com.

 

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Join Fred Pfeifer each Wednesday morning at 8:00 for a walk around Garret Mountain Reservation or another nearby park to enjoy the avian treasures of the season. Text or call Fred at 973 809-7674 to register and to find out the meeting location.

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Teaneck Creek Conservancy

Monday, June 17, 2024

rain date June 24

A birder's meetup

Meet in the parking lot at 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, New Jersey.

 

Teaneck Creek Conservancy is a 46-acre park with short looping trails through a newly remediated wetland. Native plants and trees have been preserved while other restoration projects continue. Yellow warblers and Baltimore orioles are nesters here, and raptors are frequent visitors; the park is also good dragonfly habitat. Art installations provide historical and community context for a space that has undergone a wide variety of land uses.  

Our walk will cover less than two miles on level, generally dry trails. To reach the meeting site, take the Teaneck exit from Interstate 80 and Interstate 95, which leads to Degraw Avenue near its intersection with Teaneck Road (North). Puffin Way is a dead end off Teaneck Road; there is an Enrite gas station on the corner.

 

A map and other information are available at teaneckcreek.org/maps-and-directions. Write to Beni at mbcoutings@gmail.com for further details.

 

There are no restrooms here. The nearest restrooms are five minutes away, at the Overpeck Park kayak launch, off Degraw Avenue (keep right at the circle and look for kayaks). 

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Richard W. DeKorte Park

Saturday, July 13, 2024

A birder's meetup

Meet in the parking lot by the Meadowlands Environmental Center. 

 

DeKorte Park features 3.5 miles of level walking paths through the Hackensack Meadowlands, leading to a variety of herons, ducks, shorebirds, gulls, terns, and passerines. We’ll walk taround the Shorebird Pool and from Lyndhurst Nature Reserve to Saw Mill Flats. If time allows, we’ll drive to the Amvets Carillon to scan the Teal Pool and surrounding area. Some of the birds we hope to see are the black skimmer, least tern,

black-crowned night heron, least and semipalmated sandpipers, and bald eagle.

 

Bring binoculars and a scope, if you have one, as well as water and a snack. It is likely to be hot and sunny, so a sunhat, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended. There is a porta-san in the parking lot where we will meet.

 

A map and brochure are available here. From the Montclair area, take Route 3 east to the Polito Avenue/Orient Way exit. Continue straight onto Polito Avenue. At the stop sign, turn left onto Valley Brook Avenue. Follow Valley Brook approximately 1.5 miles to its end. Cross the railroad tracks and enter the park on your left. Bear right into the parking lot at the guard house.

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Mill Creek Marsh, Secaucus

Saturday, July 27, 2024

 

* Please text Alex at 973 202-7977 to register and to confirm the starting time, which may change

Meet in the parking lot at 3 Mill Creek Marsh Drive, Secaucus.

 

Less than a month after the last northbound semipalmated sandpipers have left us, the first returning birds appear. Their numbers slowly increase through July, then explode in the last days of the month, when many thousands of adult semipalmateds gather at high tide on the ancient cedar stumps of Mill Creek Marsh. Presenting the most impressive wildlife spectacle in our area, these birds are often joined by numbers of least sandpipers, greater and lesser yellowlegs, solitary sandpipers, and short-billed dowitchers, and there is always the possibility of a surprise rarity. 

 

Meet in the parking lot at Bob’s Discount Furniture, Secaucus, at 1:00 pm; *this time may change if the weather is adverse. We will walk a leisurely mile on wide, level trails. The shorebirds are often very close to the path on the rising tide, but binoculars or a spotting scope will give you the best views. Dress for what may well be hot and humid weather; a broad-brimmed hat and sunscreen are advised. Insects are rarely a problem here, though there may be a mosquito or two if the day is unusually calm. Bring plenty of water and a snack; restrooms are available in the adjacent strip mall. 

 

Driving directions to Mill Creek Marsh Trail, 3 Mill Creek Drive, Secaucus, are here

Saturday, July 27, at 1:00 pm*

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Walkill River NWR: Moth Night

Saturday, July 27, 2024

 

Meet at 136 Owens Station Road, Sussex, NJ.

 

Montclair Bird Club joins the Friends of Wallkill River for a moth night, led by MBC’s own Don Traylor, to discover the many species that live in the woods and fields of Wallkill River NWR. An indoor talk will be followed by an outdoor viewing, with special lights used to attract the moths. The indoor program will take place even if the weather is adverse. 

 

Long sleeves and pants are recommended.  Bring a flashlight and a camera if you have one.  

 

For more information, visit friendsofwallkillriver.org or call or text 973 702-7255 ext. 15.  

Saturday, July 27, at 7:30 pm

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