Field Trips

Field trips are free and open to the public.
Novice birders (and non-birders too!) are welcome. Please contact the trip leader at least two days before the trip to sign up. If you find out you can’t attend, call as soon as possible to let the leader know. For all field trips, check the weather forecast and dress for the conditions. Suggested items to bring: binoculars, water, snack, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen. Trip leaders may postpone or cancel trips at their discretion, usually due to bad weather. Please check Facebook and Twitter the evening before and morning of the trip for possible trip changes. If you have suggestions for new locations, trip leaders, or other comments on field trips, contact field trip coordinator Dori Joiner at doripj@msn.com.

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2020 Field Trips

*All March and April events been cancelled in light of COVID-19. We appologize for the inconvenience and hope to reschedule them in the future. We will let you know the status of May events over the next few weeks.*

CANCELLED – Derby Hill Bird Observatory –
Saturday, March 28 and April 25
Bill Purcell 315-382-2871

Join Bill Purcell for a day at Derby Hill, one of North America’s best spring hawk-migration sites. Dress very warmly and bring binoculars. Please contact Bill to sign up.

CANCELLED – Saturday, March28*
This is the peak time for many adult raptors. Besides the usual Turkey Vultures and Red-tailed Hawks, we would expect to see Red-shouldered and Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harrier, and both Bald and Golden Eagles.

CANCELLED – Saturday, April 25*
This second field trip to Derby Hill falls in the peak time for Broad-winged Hawks. In addition, all of the 15 regularly occurring raptor species are possible at this date.

CANCELLED– Birding by Ear: A Beginner’s Guide to Developing Listening Skills
March 24 to May 2
Steve Kinne 315-882-3684

Classroom dates
Tuesday, March 24 and 31; April 7 and 14
Manlius Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Field outings
Locations to be announced
Tuesday evening, April 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Sunday morning, April 26, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday evening, April 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday morning, May 2 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Green Lakes State Park
Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, June 7
Jerry Case 315-687-9599

Saturday, June 20
Paul Richardson 315-488-5022

Annual Wildlife Festival
Saturday, May 2, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm
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 email Montezuma@audubon.org.

Discover Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Saturday, May 9, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 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.

Weekday Bird Walks
Thursday, May 21 and 28
Pleasant Valley Preserve, Cedarvale
Diane Emord 315-492-4258, demord@twcny.rr.com
Join Diane for morning beginner bird walks at the new Pleasant Valley Preserve, a Central New York Land Trust property located on Pleasant Valley Road. Bring binoculars. Diane will explain how to use binoculars correctly and offer tips on how to spot and identify woodland birds. This trip will take two to three hours. Easy walking; no facilities. Please contact Diane to sign up.

Whiskey Hollow and Vicinity
Saturday, May 23,
Joe Brin 315-857-4734
Traditional spring migrants and breeding birds trip to the special gorge which 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, a bird found in only a few places in Region 5. Moderate to difficult terrain due to a few steep, muddy trails. Trip usually lasts until mid-afternoon. Please contact Joe for time and meeting place.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge|
Sunday, May 24
Scott Peterson 315-430-4404, peterssm@lemoyne.edu
Join Scott Peterson on this trip to Montezuma to look for ducks, geese, swans, and other marsh and shorebirds. We will also check out other birding hotspots within the Montezuma complex as time permits. Contact Scott for more details. 

Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area
Saturday, May 30
Joe Brin315-857-4734

Level hike which passes through woods and brushy fields. Good for many warblers and sparrows. There may be both Bald Eagleand Ospreynests. Easy terrain. Please contact Joe for time and meeting place.

Weekday Bird Walks
Thursday, June 4 and 11
Erie Canal Towpath, Chittenango
Steve Kinne 315-882-3684
Steve will lead morning walks along the canal towpath (wide level terrain) looking and listening for warblers, flycatchers, sparrows, and more! Herons, sandpipers, and swallows are also possible along the waterway during this two- to three-hour trip. Bring binoculars. Please contact Steve to sign up.

Great Adirondack Birding Celebration
Friday-Sunday, June 5-7
Paul Smiths, New York
Bernie Carr 315 558-8975, mycocarex@hotmail.com
The 18th annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration–the longest running boreal birding festival in the Northeast–will be held June 5-7 at the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths, New York. 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 on this event.

Labrador Pond
Saturday, June 6
Joe Brin 315-857-4734
Joe will lead a trip to Labrador Pond to look for warblers and other songbirds. Species often seen here include Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, and Alder and Least Flycatchers, to name a few. Depending on recent nearby bird sightings, we may travel to other areas. Call Joe for meeting place and time. 

Green Lakes State Park
Sunday, June 7
Jerry Case 315-687-9599
Join Jerry for another visit to the woodland and grassland habitats of this state park. Late migrants and local nesting species are expected. Please contact Jerry for more details.

Camillus Forest Unique Area
Sunday, June 13
Paul Richardson 315-488-5022
This forest contains some of the tallest and oldest trees in Onondaga County. Although it is a forest, many parts of the hike will be through meadows and along open fields. Location is good for Baltimore Oriole, Scarlet Tanager, and Indigo Bunting, as well as Hooded, Blue-winged, and Mourning Warblers. Trip should last at least three to four hours. Moderate to difficult due to some steep trails. Contact Paul for more details.

Sterling Nature Center
Sunday, June 14
Maryanne Adams 315-626-6368, (goldtailedhermit@aol.com)
Maryanne will lead a beginner’s bird walk at Sterling Nature Center. Bring binoculars. Nesting Great Blue Herons are possible at the heronry, as are many other nesting species. Contact Maryanne to sign up.

Green Lakes State Park
Saturday, June 20
Paul Richardson 315-488-5022
Join Paul for opportunities to see and hear local nesting species. Contact him for more details.

Earlier 2020 Field Trips

January 11 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
January 18 – Creekwalk and Syracuse Inner Harbor – Paul Richardson
February 22 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell

2019 Field Trips

January 12 – Cape Vincent – Michele Neligan
January 19 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
January 26 – Creekwalk and Syracuse Inner Harbor – Paul Richardson
February 9 – Bald Eagles on Onondaga Lake – Paul Richardson
February 23 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
March 23 – Long Branch Park – Jason Luscier
March 30 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Bill Purcell
April 20 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Bill Purcell
March 26 to May 19 – Birding by Ear: A Beginner’s Guide to Developing Listening Skills – Steve Kinne
May 4 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 11 – Discover Derby Day
May 23 – Camillus Erie Canal Park – Diane Emord
May 25 – Whiskey Hollow and Vicinity – Joe Brin
May 30 – Camillus Erie Canal Park – Diane Emord
June 1 – Three Rivers Management Area – Joe Brin
June 2 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
June 6 – Erie Canal Towpath – Steve Kinne
June 8 – South Meadows Nature Area and Labrador Pond – Joe Brin
June 9 – Camillus Forest Unique Area – Paul Richardson
June 13 – Erie Canal Towpath, Chittenango – Steve Kinne
June 15 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
June 16 – Sterling Nature Center – Maryanne Adams
June 22 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 7 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 15 – Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge – Scott Peterson
September 21 – Creekwalk /Onondaga Lake – Paul Richardson
September 22 – Sterling Nature Center – Maryanne Adams
September 28 – Onondaga Lake West Shore Trail – Alison Kocek
October 19 – Long Branch Park and Onondaga Lake North Shore: Using the eBird Smartphone App – Jason Luscier
November 23 – Fair Haven Beach State Park and Environs – Bill Purcell

 

2018 Field Trips

January 20 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
January 27 – Creek Walk and Inner Harbor – Paul Richardson
February 24 – Baldwinsville to Oswego – Bill Purcell
March 24 – Long Branch Park – Jason Luscier
March 27 – May 6 – Birding by Ear: A Beginner’s Guide to Developing Listening Skills – Steve Kinne
March 31 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Bill Purcell
April 7 – Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge – Scott Peterson and Jason Luscier
April 21 – Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Bill Purcell
April 29 – Monteuma National Wildlife Refuge – Scott Peterson
May 5 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 12 – Discover Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Several leaders
May 24 – Clark Reservation State Park – Diane Emord
May 26 – Whiskey Hollow and Vicinity – Joe Brin
May 31 – Clark Reservation State Park – Diane Emord
June 2 – Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area – Joe Brin
June 3 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
June 7 – Erie Canal Towpath – Steve Kinne
June 9 – Dewitt Feeder Canal – Gene Huggins
June 10 – Camillus Forest Unique Area – Paul Richardson
June 14 – Erie Canal Towpath – Steve Kinne
June 16 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
June 17 – Sterling Nature Center – Maryanne Adams
June 23 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
August 25 – Fair Haven Area – Joe Brin
September 8 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 9 – Verona Beach State Park – Joe Brin
September 16 – Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge – Jason Luscier
September 22 – Creekwalk / Onondaga Lake – Paul Richardson
September 29 – Onondaga Lake West Shore Trail – Alison Kocek
October 20 – Long Branch Park and Onondaga Lake North Shore: How To Use the eBird Smartphone App – Jason Luscier
November 17 – Fair Haven Beach State Park, Little Sodus Bay, and Barrier Bar – Gene Huggins

 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
April  4, 11, 18, 25, 30, May 2 and 7 -Birding by Ear: A Beginner’s Guide to Developing Listening Skills – Steve Kinne
May 6 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
May 13 – Discover Derby Hill Bird Observatory – Several leaders
May 27 – Whiskey Hollow – Joe Brin
June 3 – Three Rivers WMA – Joe Brin
June 4 – Green Lakes State Park – Jerry Case
June 10 – South Meadows Nature Area and Labrador Pond – Gene Huggins
June 11 – Camillus Forest Unique Area – Paul Richardson
June 17 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
June 18 – Onondaga Lake West Shore Trail – Alison Kocek
June 25 – Sterling nature Center – Maryanne Adams
August 26 – Great Bear Recreation Area – Joe Brin
September 9 – Green Lakes State Park – Paul Richardson
September 10 – Verona Beach State Park – Joe Brin
September 23 – Creekwalk/
Onondaga Lake – Paul Richardson
October 7 – Onondaga Lake West Shore Trail – Alison Kocek
October 21 – Onondaga Lake East Shore -Restoration Way: How To Use the eBird Smartphone App – Jason Luscier
November 18 – Gene Huggins – Fair Haven Beach State Park, Little Sodus Bay, and Barrier Bar

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