Welcome! This site is intended to provide information about the Gloucester County Nature Club. Nature Club meetings are held at 7:00 on the second Thursday of each month (except July and August) at the Wenonah Community Center, unless stated otherwise in the newsletter.
Go to the Programs page to learn about upcoming or recent programs.
Go to the Fieldtrips page to learn about upcoming or recent field trips.
In addition to our own special events (both present and past), we've added a list of nature-related events scheduled by other organizations to the Events page. For those of you who didn't see it in the Gloucester County Times or on our Facebook page, a TIRE CLEANUP was held on Sunday March 18, 2011. See the Tire Cleanup page to view some photos of the event.
BIRD QUEST 2013
To learn more about this exciting event that takes place on Saturday May 4, please check out the Bird Quest 2013 webpage.
BIRD QUEST 2012 was held on Saturday May 5, 2012. See the Bird Quest 2012 Wrap-up Page for a wrap-up.
There are two ways to become a member or renew a membership:
You may sign up and pay your membership dues electronically via PayPal. Click here. You can also download and print the membership form, and return the completed form with your payment to the address provided on the Contact Us page or bring to a regular meeting.
The Gloucester County Nature Club is a private, nonprofit 501c3 organization of people who share a common interest, curiosity and love for the natural world. The Club strives to promote sound conservation practices and to educate others about nature and the environment.
Opportunities for Education and Participation
The Nature Club provides monthly programs, field trips, and newsletters from September through June and special field trips in the Summer months. In addition, the Nature Club holds special events throughout the year. For upcoming programs, field trips, or events you can check out our latest newsletter on the news page.
SAVE MAPLE RIDGE! The effort to save the former Maple Ridge Golf Course property as a natural area continues on. For the latest details on the effort to save the property as well as how you can get involved and help, see the Friends of Maple Ridge webpage at www.friendsofmapleridge.org.
The Nature Club is also on Facebook. To go to our Facebook page please click on the blue Facebook icon to the left. You will need to have a Facebook membership, and new group members will need to be "approved" by the administrator.
Check out our monthly Gloucester County Nature columns on the Gloucester County Times website. A collection of present and past columns can be viewed on the Gloucester County Times website at: http://www.nj.com/gloucester/voices/index.ssf/gloucester_county_nature_club/index.html.
Natural Events for the month of April
Pond turtles emerge from hibernation and bask in the sun. Spring beauty, bloodroot, and trout lily bloom on the floor of deciduous woodlands. Spring peepers and wood frogs begin calling when vernal ponds warm to about 50 degrees F. Shad migrate up the Delaware River to spawn. Ruby-throated hummingbirds, purple martins, and warblers begin to arrive. Most juncos and white-throated sparrows have left by the end of the month. Rose-breasted grosbeaks show up at feeders for a few days before heading north. Prairie warbler, misnamed when it was first found in a barren area in Kentucky, returns late April – mid May. The peak of spring raptor migration is mid- to late-April. Consider a visit to a hawk lookout.Red-winged blackbirds return to marshes.
Past Nature Club Events
Check out more past club events by clicking the "Events" link above or by clicking the following link: Past Nature Club Events.
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