The Nature Club holds regularly scheduled events like the Environmental Commission Conference throughout each year. Some years on the first Saturday in March, we hold the East Coast Vulture Festival in conjunction with the Wenonah Environmental Commission. On the first Saturday in May, we hold Gloucester County Bird Quest. Also in May, we hold our annual plant sale at the regular May club meeting. In the summer we offer a series of special fieldtrips and every winter we hold the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. For more information on each of these events you can look to our most recent newsletter or check here again in the next few weeks for updates to this page.
Upcoming Nature Club Events
Field Trip – Riverwinds Scenic Traile
Tuesday, March 20 at 6:00pm
Trip Leaders - Paula Hayes and Maria Keefe 609-315-4759 MariaMK19@comcast.net
Come take a walk with us to welcome spring on the vernal equinox, at the West Deptford Scenic Park, West Deptford. Today the sun crosses the celestial equator as the Earth’s tilt shifts so the northern hemisphere is towards the sun and the days become longer than the nights. We will look for signs of new life, budding trees, singing birds, and buzzing insects as we take a leisurely stroll in this pretty part of Gloucester County. All ages are welcome. Dress in layers according to the weather. Bring your sense of adventure and join us for an evening outdoors.
Directions: From Exit 21 on I-295, take Delaware Avenue west. In about 0.4 mile, cross Grove Street. Continue for another 0.3 mile, on what is then called Riverwinds Drive. Watch for a sign to the trail, on the right. Meet in the parking lot.
Events by other organizations
The following events take place at the Scotland Run Nature Center in Clayton. For details and to register, call the center at (856) 881-0845. All events are free.
Annual Optics Sale: This event actually takes place in April, however, we wanted to provide enough advance for people to set the date aside, as well as start saving money for that new pair of binoculars or spotting scope.
- Bird Walk: Saturday 3/3 at 9:00am - Join other bird watchers for a brisk morning walk to discover the beautiful birds of Scotland Run Park.
- Nature Tots: Tuesdays at 9:00am
- 3/6 – Windy
- 3/13 – Green Walk
- 3/20 – Could it be Spring?
- 3/27 – Eggs
- Scout Saturday: Saturday 3/10 at 10:00am
From the Cape May Bird Observatory:
“We will contact you again soon with more specific info on some of the great deals we’ll have, but for now we just want you to mark your calendar. If you would share these dates with your members we would be most appreciative!
New Jersey Audubon’s, Cape May Bird Observatory
23rd Annual Optics Sale
April 14 & 15, 2018
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
We look forward to getting the best optics into your hands, whether it is your first binocular or scope, or an upgrade to your dream optics. Hope to see you then!”
Past Nature Club Events
The 2016 NW Gloucester County Christmas Bird Count was held on December 16, 2016. See the CBC Wrap-Up page for details.
MAD HATTER'S TREE PARTY 2015 was held on Sunday October 25, 2015, and was a big success!
BIRD QUEST 2015 was held on Saturday May 2, 2015. See the Bird Quest 2015 Wrap-up Page for a wrap-up.
A TIRE CLEANUP was held on Sunday March 18, 2011. See the Tire Cleanup photo page to view some photos of the event.
THE MAD HATTER'S TREE PARTY was held on Saturday October 23, 2010, and was a great success. 169 people participated (including many families and children), and another 106 people had to be added to a waiting list and unfortunately turned away. See the Mad Hatter's photo page to see some photos of the event.
The EAST COAST VULTURE FESTIVAL was held on March 3, 2012. Go to www.eastcoastvulturefestival.org for details about the Vulture Festival.
BIRD QUEST 2009 was held on Saturday May 2, 2009.
The event marked the 10th anniversary of the Gloucester County Bird Quest. We had many special events to help celebrate this year. Thank you all for coming in the less than favorable weather. The response from the people who participated was – This Year was the best EVER! Our winning team saw 76 species while for the day we had 128 species seen by all groups. We had 285 people registered and amazingly despite the weather almost all of them showed up back at the park. For some pictures from the event, click on the following link: Bird Quest 2009 Photos.
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