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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2018 Field Trips

Baldwinsville to Oswego

Saturday, January 20

Bill Purcell 315-382-2871, 
wpurcell@twcny.rr.com
Join Bill on a trip to look for waterfowl and gulls along the rivers from Baldwinsville to Oswego. Please contact Bill for more details.

Creekwalk and 
Inner Harbor

Saturday, January 27

Paul Richardson 315-488-5022
Paul Richardson will lead a hike along the Creekwalk to the Onondaga Lake shoreline, where wintering Bald Eagles roost. He will also head to the Syracuse Inner Harbor to look for waterfowl and wintering gulls. Please dress warmly and contact Paul for additional information.
Note: More trips to view the eagles in February may be announced, 
depending on weather conditions and ice on the lake.

Baldwinsville to Oswego

Saturday, February 24

Bill Purcell 315-382-2871
wpurcell@twcny.rr.com
Join Bill on a trip to look for waterfowl and gulls along the rivers from Baldwinsville to Oswego. Please contact Bill for more details.

Long Branch Park
Saturday, March 24
Jason Luscier 479-871-9199 lusciejd@lemoyne.edu
Join Jason Luscier to look for waterfowl, gulls, and other late winter birds. Please contact Jason for more details.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Saturday, March 31 and April 21
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; bring binoculars. Please contact Bill to sign up.

Saturday March 31
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 Roughlegged Hawks, Northern Harrier, and both Bald and Golden Eagles.

Saturday April 21
This second field trip to Derby Hill falls in the peak time for Broad-winged Hawks, and all of the 15 regularly occurring raptor species are possible at this date.

Birding by Ear: A Beginner’s Guide to Developing Listening Skills
March 27 – May 6
Steve Kinne 315-882-3684
For a second year, Steve will share his skills for listening to, and describing, woodland birdsongs. If you’re a novice in identifying birdsongs and would like to better develop this skill, join Steve in this concentrated course. He will share with you ways to both “hear” and “listen to” woodland birdsongs, to describe characteristics of particular songs/calls, and use these to help guide you to an ID. The emphasis is on developing your auditory skills— identification is icing on the cake! Four evening classroom sessions will present key birdsongs/calls for analysis and identification (lots of repetition!), and homework assignments will then expand your repertoire by comparing classroom knowns with similar-sounding unknowns. Following classroom sessions, four field trips will allow hands-on practice with these new skills. NOTE: Class size is limited to 10 people, novice birdsongers only. Contact Steve Kinne (315-882-3684) for more details.

Classroom dates
Tuesday, March 27, April 3, 10, and 17 6:30-8:30 p.m., Manlius Library

Field outings
Erie Canal Towpath, Chittenango (number attended optional):
Tuesday evening, April 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Saturday morning, April 28, 8:00- 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday evening, May 1, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Sunday morning, May 6, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 29
Scott Peterson 315-430-4404 peterssm@lemoyne.edu and Jason Luscier

Saturday, April 7
Join Scott Peterson and Jason Luscier on this trip to Montezuma to look for ducks, geese, swans, and other marsh birds. We will also check out other birding hotspots within the Montezuma complex as time permits. Contact Scott for more details.

Sunday, April 29
Join Scott Peterson for a second trip to Montezuma. Waterfowl will continue to be in abundance this time of year along Wildlife Drive. We also expect to see returning shorebirds and other early spring arrivals. Contact Scott for more details.

Green Lakes State Park
Saturday, May 5
Jerry Case 315-687-9599
Paul Richardson 315-488-5022
Join Jerry (May 5 and June 3) and Paul (June 16 and 23) 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.

12th Annual Wildlife Festival
Saturday, May 5, 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 12, 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.

Weekday Bird Walks
Thursday, May 24 and 31
Clark Reservation State Park Diane Emord 315-492-4258 demord@twcny.rr.com
Join Diane for morning beginner bird walks at Clark Reservation. Bring binoculars. Diane will give instruction on how to use binoculars correctly and give tips on how to spot and identify woodland birds. The trip will take two to three hours, be easy walking, and stay on the west side of the park in the wooded section. Please contact Diane to sign up.

Whiskey Hollow and Vicinity
Saturday, May 26
Joe Brin 315-857-4734
Traditional spring migrants and breeding birds trip to the special gorge that is an Important Bird Area and partly protected by 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 Region 5. 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. Trip usually lasts until mid-afternoon. Please contact Joe for additional details.

Great Adirondack Birding Celebration
Friday-Sunday, June 1-3 Paul Smiths, New York
Bernie Carr 315-469-9379
The 16th annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration—the longest-running boreal birding festival in the Northeast—will be held June 1-3 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.

Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area
Saturday, June 2
Joe Brin 315-857-4734
A 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.

Green Lakes State Park
Sunday, June 3
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.

Weekday Bird Walks
Thursday, June 7 and 14
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, water, a snack, insect repellent, and a hat. Please contact Steve to sign up and for meeting time and place.

Dewitt Feeder Canal
Saturday, June 9
Gene Huggins 315-696-8065
Gene Huggins will lead this trip along the Dewitt feeder canal to look for Red-tailed Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Carolina Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Cedar Waxwing, and Yellow Warbler. Gene will also point out the native and introduced plants in the area. Easy walking on level ground. Please bring insect repellent, a hat, and comfortable walking shoes. Contact Gene for meeting time and place.

Camillus Forest Unique Area
Sunday, June 10
Paul Richardson 315-488-5022
This forest contains some of the tallest and oldest trees in Onondaga County. Although much of the hike will be in woodlands, some parts will be through meadows and along open fields. Location is good for Baltimore Oriole, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, and Hooded, Blue-winged, and Mourning Warblers. Trip should be three to four hours, possibly longer depending on what trails we take. Moderate to difficult due to some steep trails. Please contact Paul for more details.

Green Lakes State Park
Saturday, June 16 and June 23
Paul Richardson 315-488-5022

Sterling Nature Center
Sunday, June 17
Maryanne Adams 315-626-6368 goldtailedhermit@aol.com
Maryanne will lead a beginner’s bird walk at Sterling Nature Center. Bring binoculars. Great Blue Herons are possible at the heronry, as are many other nesting species. Contact Maryanne to sign up.

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

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