Field Trips

Field trips are free and open to the public.
Novice birders (and non-birders too!) are welcome. If you are planning to join us on a field trip, you should contact the leader at least forty-eight hours before the event. Typically there is contact information with the trip details on this page. Please call at a reasonable hour as most birders turn in early. Carpooling from the meeting place is good for the environment. If your schedule allows you to join a carpool, consider offering the driver help with the cost of gas.

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2017 Field Trips

Birding by Ear: A Beginner’s Guide to Developing
Listening Skills

Tuesday, April 4, 11, and 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Manlius Library
1 Arkie Albanese Ave., Manlius, N.Y.
Plus Field Outings
Steve Kinne 315-882-3684

Have you been amazed by expert birders who can immediately pick out and identify birds from their songs alone? If you’re a novice birder and would like to better develop this skill, join Steve in this course. He will share with you ways to hear and listen to woodland birdsongs, describe characteristics of a particular song, and use these techniques to help guide you to an ID. The emphasis is not on final identification but rather on skills that will lead to identification. Three classroom sessions will present key birdsongs for analysis. Participants will practice listening and describing what they are hearing. Active participation is critical! Following classroom sessions, field trips will allow practice with these new skills.
NOTE: Class size is limited to 10 people, novice birders only. Contact Steve Kinne for more information and to sign up.

Field Outings (number attended optional)
Tues. evening, April 25, Erie Canal
Towpath, Chittenango (6:30-8:00 p.m.)
Sun. morning, April 30, Erie Canal
Towpath, Chittenango (8:00-10:00 a.m.)
Tues. evening, May 2, Erie Canal
Towpath, Chittenango (6:30-8:00 p.m.)
Sun. morning, May 7, Tioughnioga WMA,
New Woodstock (8:00-10:00 a.m.)

Green Lakes State Park

Saturday, May 6
Jerry Case 315-687-9599

Join Jerry (May 6 and June 4) and Paul (June 17) for our popular field trips at Green Lakes State Park. Hike with these experienced birders through woodland and grassland habitats. Good chances for Orchard Oriole, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Bluebird, and other nesting species. Please contact Jerry or Paul for more details. Water and insect repellent are recommended.

Whiskey Hollow & Vicinity

Saturday, May 27
Joe Brin 315-638-8309

Traditional spring migrants and breeding birds trip to the special gorge that is an Important Bird Area and partly protected by the Central New York Land Trust. We’ll look for several vireos; Cerulean, Hooded, and Mourning Warblers; Scarlet Tanager; Barred Owl, which nests there; and Acadian Flycatcher, found in only a few places in the region. Moderate to difficult terrain due to a few steep, muddy trails. Participants will meet Joe at 7:30 a.m. at the Town of Van Buren Transportation Department. Please contact Joe for more details.

11th Annual Wildlife Festival

Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Montezuma Audubon Center

Enjoy live animal shows, family entertainment, crafts, artisans, live music, delicious food, games, and much more!
For more information, call 315-365-3580 or e-mail Montezuma@audubon.org. Additional Audubon Center programs are posted at ny.audubon.org/montezuma

Discover
Derby Hill Bird Observatory

Saturday, May 13, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A day of field walks that celebrate bird migration. Explore the trails and habitats of this premier birding location with experienced leaders. Walks start on every hour.

Great Adirondack Birding Celebration

Friday-Sunday, June 2-4
Paul Smiths, N.Y.
Bernie Carr 315-469-9379

The 15th annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration—the longest-running boreal birding festival in the Northeast—will be held June 2-4 at Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths, N.Y. The festival will feature field trips to boreal birding hot spots, informative lectures, workshops, a raffle, social hours, and more. Please contact Bernie Carr for more details.

Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area

Saturday, June 3
Joe Brin 315-638-8309

Level hike that passes through woods and brushy fields. Good for many warblers and sparrows. There may be both Bald Eagle and Osprey nests. Easy terrain. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the east end of Kellogg Road, where it dead-ends into Sixty Road. Please contact Joe for additional details.

Allegany Nature Pilgrimage

Friday-Sunday, June 2-4
http://www.alleganynaturepilgrimage.com/

Nature topics include trees, flowers, ferns, insects, birds, salamanders, reptiles, tracks and signs, mammals, geology, astronomy, ecology, and more.

Green Lakes State Park

Sunday, June 4
Jerry Case 315-687-9599

South Meadows Nature Area and Labrador Pond

Saturday, June 10
Gene Huggins 315-696-8065
(gwren70@aol.com)

Join Gene on a half-day trip to this 27-acre highland area for late spring migrants. One-hundred and nine species have been recorded from the nature area. Easy to moderate walk on a well-marked trail. South Meadows is under the Save the County Land Trust and is maintained by the Tully Action Group.
Later on the same morning, we will be visiting Labrador Pond. Labrador Pond is a highland glacial kettle reminding visitors of those in the Adirondacks. Alder Flycatcher, Northern Waterthrush, and Canada Warbler are just some of the species we will see or hear. Please contact Gene for time and meeting place.

Camillus Forest Unique Area

Sunday, June 11
Paul Richardson 315-488-5022

This forest contains some of the tallest and oldest trees in Onondaga County. Although the reserve is called a forest, many parts of the hike will be through meadows and along open fields. This location is good for Baltimore Oriole, Scarlet Tanager, and Indigo Bunting, as well as Hooded, Blue-winged, and Mourning Warblers. Trip should be three to four hours, possibly longer depending on which trails we take. Moderate to difficult due to some steep trails. Please contact Paul for more details.

3rd Annual Birdies for Birds Golf Fundraiser

Monday, June 12
Chris Lajewski 315-365-3588
(clajewski@audubon.org)

Benefiting Montezuma Audubon Center and Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps. For more information contact Chris Lajewski.

Green Lakes State Park

Saturday, June 17
Paul Richardson 315-488-5022

Onondaga Lake
West Shore Trail

Sunday, June 18
Alison Kocek (akocek@gmail.com)
602-402-2284

Alison will lead a field trip along Onondaga Lake’s West Shore Trail and to the Honeywell Visitor Center to look for late spring migrants, summer resident songbirds, and the ever-expanding population of water-birds using the newly restored shoreline. The walk is easy on an asphalt trail but may be long (up to four or five miles). This is a good trip for beginner to advanced birders of all ages.

Sterling Nature Center

Sunday, June 25
Maryanne Adams 315-626-6368
(goldtailedhermit@aol.com)

Maryanne will lead a beginner’s bird walk at Sterling Nature Center. Bring binoculars, water, and insect repellant. Nesting Great Blue Heron are possible at the rookery, as are many other nesting species.

Earlier 2017 Field Trips
January 14 – Creek Walk and Syracuse Inner Harbor – Paul Richardson
January 21 – Creek Walk and Syracuse Inner Harbor – Paul Richardson
January 28 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
February 15 – eBird Tutorial Class – Dave Wheeler
April 2 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Dave Wheeler
April 23 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Dave Wheeler

Earlier 2016 Field Trips
January 23 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
January 24 – North Country Winter Raptors – Rose DeNeve and Michele Neligan
April 2 – Derby Hill Area – Gerry Smith
April 30 – Derby Hill Area – Gerry Smith
May 7 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 28 – Whiskey Hollow Area – Joe Brin
June 4 – Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area – Joe Brin
June 11 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
June 18 – Camillus Forest – Paul Richardson
June 19 – Camillus Forest – Paul Richardson
June 25 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
July 9 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
August 27 – Perch River Wildlife Management Area – Gerry Smith
September 10 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 24 – Creek Walk / Onondaga Lake – Paul Richardson
October 9 – West Shore Trail Onondaga Lake – Alison Kopek
October 22 – Derby Hill / Southeast Lake Ontario – Gerry Smith
November 19 – Fair Haven Beach, Little Sodus Bay, and Barrier Bar Park – Gene Huggins
December 4 – Point Peninsula and Jefferson County – Gerry Smith

2015 Field Trips
January 17 – Winter Raptors – Gerry Smith
January 24 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
January 31 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
April 4 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory and Environs – Gerry Smith
May 2 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 23 – Whiskey Hollow – Joe Brin
May 30 – Three Rivers WMA – Joe Brin
June 6 – South Meadows Nature Area and Labrador Pond – Gene Huggins
June 13 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
June 20 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
August 8 – Birding Tug Hill – Gerry Smith
August 15 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 19 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
October 17 – Creekwalk/Onondaga Lake – Paul Richardson
October 24 – Derby Hill / Southeastern Lake Ontario – Gerry Smith
November 21 – Fair Haven Beach S.P., Barrier Bar – Gene Huggins
November 28 – Point Peninsula and Jefferson Co. region – Gerry Smith

2014 Field Trips
January 25 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
March 22 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Gerry Smith
April 19 – Derby Hill – Gerry Smith
April 26 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 17 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 24 – Whiskey Hollow – Joe Brin
June 7 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
June 21 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
June 28 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
August 16 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 6 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 13 – Sylvan Beach – Bill Purcell
September 27 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
October 25 – Derby Hill / Southeastern Lake Ontario – Gerry Smith
November 22 – Fair Haven Beach State Park
November 29 – Point Peninsula and Jefferson County

2013 Field Trips
January 19 – Oswego River and Harbor – Bill Purcell
February 16 – Beaver Lake Nature Center – Gene Huggins
February 24 – Southern Highlands – Bernie Carr
March 30 – Derby Hill – Gerry Smith
April 27 – Derby Hill – Gerry Smith
April 27 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 18 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 25 – Whisky Hollow – Joe Brin
June 1 – Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area – Joe Brin
June 15 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
June 29 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
July 20 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
August 17 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
September 7 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 21 – Sylvan Beach – Bill Purcell
September 28 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
October 26 – Derby Hill or Southeastern Lake Ontario Area – Gerry Smith
November 9 – Point Peninsula and Jefferson County – Gerry Smith
November 23 – Fair Haven Beach State Park – Gene Huggins

2012 Field Trips
January 7 – Oswego River & harbor – Bill Purcell
February 11 – Northwestern Jefferson County – Gerry Smith
February 18 – Beaver Lake Nature Center – Gene Huggins
March 31- Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Gerry Smith
April 28 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Gerry Smith
May 26 – Whisky Hollow – Joe Brin
June 2 – Three River WMA – Joe Brin
June 9 – Camillus Forest – Paul Richardson
August 4 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
August 11 – Green Lakes State Park – Gene Huggins
August 18 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 9 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
November 17 – Fair Haven – Gene Huggins

2011 Field Trips
Oswego River, February 19 led by Bill Purcell
Derby Hill and environs, March 26 led by Gerry Smith
Derby Hill again, April 23 led by Gerry Smith
Camillus Forest Unique Area, May 14 led by Paul Richardson
Whiskey Hollow and vicinity, May 28 led by Joe Brin
Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area, June 4 led by Joe Brin
Green Lakes State Park, July 23 led by Catherine Miles
July 30 led by Paul Richardson
August 6 led by Gene Huggins
August 20 led by Jerry Case
August 27 led by Paul Richardson
Oneida Lake, September 4 led by Tony Shrimpton
Sylvan & Verona Beaches, September 17 led by Bill Purcell
Fair Haven Beach State Park November 19 led by Gene Huggins