OCAS FIELD TRIPS

Southern Orange County Christmas Bird Count
Sat, Dec 28, 2019, All Day (rain date Dec 29)
Various Southern Orange County Locations

Would you like to participate in the 120th Audubon CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT? It is great fun and appropriate for all skill levels and ages. Count volunteers are grouped together and will follow specified routes, counting every bird that they see or hear. The data collected by observers over the past century has allowed Audubon researchers, conservation biologists, and wildlife agencies to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. Come out and join us for this fun Citizen Science activity.

Sign up HERE

INSTRUCTIONS AND MEETING PLACES WILL BE SENT TO PARTICIPANTS AFTER SIGNING UP.
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Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 4:00pm***
Shawangunk Grasslands NWR- A unique environment of open grasslands on an abandoned airfield. The wide open spaces attract a variety of raptors – Northern Harrier, Short-eared Owls, Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks. As the owls come out at dusk, this will be a 4:00 PM start late afternoon trip.

***There will also be an earlier optional side trip to the Weston Road Swamp in Ulster County (a 30-minute drive each way) to look for Redheaded Woodpeckers. Carpool departure at 1:30 PM from the Shawangunk Grasslands parking lot, returning by 4:00 PM. Trip leader: Garret Van Gelder. Email us to register here.

Directions: From Interstate 84 (New York State), take exit #5. Take State Rt. 208 North until you enter Village of Walden. At the stop light, turn right, continuing north on State Rt. 208 to the Hamlet of Wallkill in Ulster County. At the stop sign, turn left on Wallkill Avenue. Travel for 0.2 mile and turn left on Bruyn Turnpike / County Rt. 18 (Post Office on corner). At the stop sign, continue straight on Bruyn Turnpike. Travel for 1.4 miles and turn right on Hoagerburgh Road. Travel for 1.5 miles, passing Blue Chip Farm, and turn right into Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge.

Click here for Google Maps

Questions? Call 845-360-0508 / info@orangecountynyaudubon.org
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Dennings Point State Park and Madam Brett Park
Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 8:30am 
Two small parks on the east side of the Hudson River. Bald Eagles and waterfowl congregate here in the winter along with the usual songbirds. Meet in the Dennings Point State Park parking lot at the end of Denning Ave. Trip Leader: Jim Van Gelder. Email us to register here.

Directions: google maps click here

Questions? Call 845-360-0508 / info@orangecountynyaudubon.org
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American Woodcock Bird Walk
Highland Lakes State Park
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 7:30pm 
Meet at the parking area (directions below) at 7:30 pm. Bring a flashlight for use on the way out. Wear sturdy shoes for a short down hill walk. Sometimes the woodcocks land close enough for photos. Led by Lynn Barber.

Directions: From Middletown (Rt 211E); to left on Goshen Tpk (Rt 101); to right on Scotchtown/Collabar Rd (Rt 47); to a right on Tamms Rd (opposite King Rd). Go up hill on Tamms Rd and the parking lot is on the right side around the curve in the road.  Google Maps link for Highland Lakes State Park Parking Area – click here

Questions? Call 845-360-0508 / info@orangecountynyaudubon.org
Highland Lake State Park map pdf – click here
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Field Trips Led by the Edgar A. Mearns Bird Club

For more, click here.

December 21, Eastern Orange Christmas Bird Count: If you’ve never participated in a Christmas count and want to join the fun, contact Bob Slechta (541-8210) for more information.

January 18, New York State Winter Duck Count: If you would like to participate in the count, contact Bob Slechta (541-8210).

January 25, Eagle Trip I: Meet Gerhard Patsch (255-5840) at the Route 202/6 “Goat Trail” Iona Island overlook at 8:30 AM for this very popular trip. We had 140 Bald Eagles last year!

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OCAS Field Trip Tips

Everyone is welcome on our field trips. You do not have to be an expert, although it will enhance your experience and everyone else’s to act like one.  Follow these tips for all attending to have the best experience:

Do arrive on time so the group can depart together.
Do bring binoculars and field guides, if you have them.
Do wear appropriate shoes and clothes for the weather and the terrain.
Do leave your dogs at home.
Do walk with the group and behind the trip leader.
Do stay on walking paths and keep habitat disturbance to a minimum.
Do keep your talking quiet and to a minimum.
Do mute your cell phone.

 

RECENT OCAS FIELD TRIPS

Hamptonburgh Preserve
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 8:00am-10:00am
The Hamptonburgh Preserve is prime nesting habitat for waterfowl, woodpeckers, bluebirds and other cavity-nesting birds, combining rolling wildflower meadows, farmland and riverine forest along the Wallkill River. The Preserve is located at the intersection of routes 207 and 416 in the Town of Hamptonburgh. Parking entrance is on Rt. 207 just east of the intersection. Led by Bill Fiero. Email us to register.

Directions:
for GPS directions use 3 State Highway 416, Campbell Hall, NY 10916
Click here for google maps

General Questions? Call 845-360-0508 or info@orangecountynyaudubon.org

Bruderhof Bellvale Community
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 4:00PM
A late afternoon trip to a beautiful private location. Jarvis Shirky will lead and help us sort out those confusing fall Warblers and Sparrows! We will walk near the lake and up to a small peak (short but steep) for a beautiful view. Anyone who would like to stay for Bellvale’s community dinner is more than welcome to do so. It’s free, but please indicate in your RSVP if you plan to join for supper. RSVP here

Directions:
359 Gibson Hill Rd, Chester, NY 10918 (drive down just past the lake on your left, park at the turnaround.)
Click here for google maps

General Questions? Call 845-360-0508 or info@orangecountynyaudubon.org
Questions on Field Trip Day? Call Jim at (845) 324-0838

Winding Waters Trail
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 8:30am
An easy walk through a variety of habitats along the beautiful Wallkill River. Warblers, sparrows, and shorebirds will all be on the move. Meet at trailhead parking lot. Led by Jim Van Gelder. Sponsored by the Albert Wisner Public Library (see Autumn Bird Identification Program on Sept 18). Please register here. 

Directions:
Click here for google maps

General Questions? Call 845-360-0508 or info@orangecountynyaudubon.org
Questions on Field Trip Day? Call Jim at (845) 324-0838

Nature Walk
6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary

Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 8:30am
Join us for a nature walk – we will look around and see what we can identify. We will be looking for birds, reptiles, amphibians, plants and more.  Call 845-360-0508 or click here to email us to register. Led by Jim Van Gelder and Melissa Peterson

Directions:
Address: 88 6 1/2 Station Rd., Goshen, NY 10924
go to our Sanctuaries page to learn more about the 6 1/2 Station Rd Sanctuary
Click here for google maps

General Questions? Call 845-360-0508 or info@orangecountynyaudubon.org
Questions on Field Trip Day? Call Jim at (845) 324-0838

Goosepond Mountain State Park
Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 8:30am
A mix of woods and open fields. An easy walk down an abandoned road. Resident songbirds of field and forest. Meet at the small parking lot off of 17M, 50 yards East of Craigville Rd/ Rt 51. Led by Jim Van Gelder
Goosepond Mountain State Park

Directions:
lat/long 41.345709, -74.226275 or for the Google Maps link for the meeting location click here
Goosepond Mountain State Park Trail Map click here

General Questions? Call 845-360-0508 or info@orangecountynyaudubon.org
Questions on Field Trip Day? Call Jim at (845) 324-0838

Doodletown
Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 8:30am
An abandoned village in northern Rockland County. Diverse habitats – woods, streams, overgrown fields and a pond. There will be plenty of migrating songbirds – warblers, vireos, thrushes and more! Meet at Doodletown trailhead parking area (a small lot on the East side of Rt. 9W/202, south of Bear Mtn Bridge). The trail has a moderate uphill grade. Led by Jim Van Gelder

Directions:
lat/long 41.30033, -73.98600 or for the Google Maps link for the meeting location click here

General Questions? Call 845-360-0508 or info@orangecountynyaudubon.org
Questions on Field Trip Day? Call Jim at (845) 324-0838

Stewart State Forest
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8:30am
Mix of old fields, woods and wetlands. Migrating songbirds and waterfowl. Meet at the Ridge Road entrance parking area located on the north side of Stewart State Forest. Led by Jim Van Gelder

Directions:
Lat/long 41.512946, -74.157880 or for the Google Maps link for meeting location click here
Stewart State Forest Trail Map click here

General Questions? Call 845-360-0508 or info@orangecountynyaudubon.org
Questions on Field Trip Day? Call Jim at (845) 324-0838

American Woodcock Bird Walk
Highland Lakes State Park
Friday, March 29, 2019 at 7:00pm 
Meet at the parking area (directions below) at 7:00 pm. Bring a flash light for use on the way out. Wear sturdy shoes for a short down hill walk. Sometimes the woodcocks land close enough for photos. Led by Lynn Barber. Part of Audubon in the Parks.

Directions: From Middletown (Rt 211E); to left on Goshen Tpk (Rt 101); to right on Scotchtown/Collabar Rd (Rt 47); to a right on Tamms Rd (opposite King Rd). Go up hill on Tamms Rd and the parking lot is on the right side around the curve in the road.  Google Maps link for Highland Lakes State Park Parking Area – click here

Questions? Call 845-360-0508 / info@orangecountynyaudubon.org
Highland Lake State Park map pdf – click here

Sat, Jan 19, 2019, 8:30-10:30am, Hudson River Waterfront Birding Field Trip: Kowanese Unique Area at Plum Point, 90 Plum Point Ln, New Windsor 12553

We will be looking for eagles, ducks and gulls.  From here we can also check out other areas on the Hudson. Dress Warm!!  Meet in the large parking area on Plum Point Lane. Click here for map/directions.
Led by Jim Van Gelder (845) 324-0838.
Call if you need help with directions.

Sat, Dec 29, 2018, All Day, Various Orange County Locations:  The 119th CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

The Southern Orange County circle, compiled by Terryanne Gmelch.
INSTRUCTIONS AND MEETING PLACES SENT TO PARTICIPANTS.

Sun, Nov 4, 7:30-9:30am, Bashakill Birding Field Trip:
We will be looking for migrant songbirds and waterfowl at the beautiful and unique Bashakill Wildlife Management Area. There is also a good chance for eagles and osprey. Meet at the South Road “Nature Trail” parking area. Click here for map/directions.
Led by Jim Van Gelder (845) 324-3229. Call if you need help with directions or click here.