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: The NW Gloucester Bird Count
Saturday, December 15, 2018: Dawn Dusk
Compiler - Ron Kegel
The NW Gloucester Bird Count will take place Saturday, December 15 rain or shine. We will be touring the western portion of the county attempting to see and hear all the birds we can. It is a wonderful opportunity to get outside and see nature at its finest. A great way to learn new birds, socialize with different people, and help a citizens science endeavor.
The 15 mile count radius consists of 13 different areas, each with an area leader and good compliment of assistants. Recently we have had on average around 60 participants and bird species totals range between 75-95, depending upon the year. We owe a lot to those pioneers of the count. They had the vision and the wherewithal to conduct this citizen science endeavor.
Join us for the day if you can. It is a great opportunity to get out and see new territory, meet new people, and bone up on those birding skills. Experience is not necessary and quite frankly we enjoy having folks along that are learning. It makes the day more enjoyable for the old guard who have a tendency to sometimes take sightings for granted (me). Our leaders are a wonderful source of knowledge and experience. Most know their area like the back of their hand and tend to expect to see some species in the same area they were seen during other years!
Prerequisites are: dress warm, goodies to eat during the day, binoculars (if you have a pair), field guide (but not absolutely necessary, others will have no doubt), and an appetite to try something new and/or different! Time spent with your group can be arranged with your leader. Some folks do an entire day, others may opt to do a few hours, again arrange with your leader. Meeting place to canvass the area is usually established by the leader as well. If you are new to the count, have interest, yet not sure where or who you would like to join, the compiler can assist with this.
This year we will be doing the feeder watching again too. If you are located within the count circle and are unable to join a group but want to watch your feeders and tally you observations, I can send forms to you so you might document and aid the count. This is a helpful way of assisting the count. Sometimes some birds are seen by feeder watchers that escape those birders out beating the bushes! Please think about it.
If you have any questions please contact me; my info is below. I will be bringing the map to the December Nature Club meeting should anyone want to see the count area. Other details will likely be shared at the meeting too. The count has always been made up of mostly Gloucester County Nature Club members and friends. We would like to continue and build upon this legacy. Come one, come all! We would love to have you and would cherish the help.
Compiler, Ron Kegel
I can be reached at:
856-881-9262 land line
Contact me if you have any questions!
Events by other organizations
December 1 (Saturday) Batsto River Walk 10:00am 12:00pm Join us on our guided hike of Batsto Village and Wharton State Forest. Batsto Village is a historic site located in the South Central Pinelands and is nationally recognized for its historical significance and beauty. The roots of the Village can be traced back to 1766. We will walk the trail along Batsto Lake, to the top of the lake and back. SJLWT's Program Manager, Michael Hogan will discuss Batsto's fascinating history, as well as identify the flora and fauna on a leisurely hike of this beautiful State Forest. Bring your binoculars and camera for this spectacular walk! Location: Batsto Village & Wharton State Forest, 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037. Meet at the Village Visitor's Center. For more information and maps contact Michael Hogan at 609-476-2086/ firstname.lastname@example.org. Please RSVP. For more info see http://sjlandwater.org.
December 15 (Saturday) Oldmans Creek Preserve Workday - Trailblazing 10:00am 1:00pm at the Oldmans Creek Preserve - 21 Main St, Swedesboro, NJ 08085. Have you ever wanted to be a trailblazer? Well now is your chance to become a literal trail-blazer during our December workday. Join us at Oldmans Creek Preserve where we'll clear two new trails in the area. For more info see .
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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