Our Next Walk: Super Bird Sunday!

IMG_2114-1 Want to get some exercise, hone your birding skills and win some nifty prizes before settling in to watch the big game on Super Bowl Sunday?

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission is offering a free “Super Bird Sunday II” guided nature walk on Sunday, Feb. 6, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park.

The park is located just minutes from New Meadowlands Stadium, home of the 2014 Super Bowl.

The second annual Super Bird Sunday, sponsored by the NJMC and the Bergen County Audubon Society, features a 90-minute bird walk on DeKorte Park’s scenic trails – with an added incentive.

The first person to see a bird species with the same name as an NFL team – cardinal, raven, falcon, eagle (photographed on Tuesday at DeKorte, above), seahawk (osprey) or “woodpacker” – wins two tickets to a NJMC  pontoon boat cruise of the Hackensack River next summer.

More info follows.

Although seahawks (ospreys) are nearly impossible to find in the Meadowlands this time of year, the other birds are by no means rare.

Cardinals are downright common, and falcons are seen frequently. A few eagles have been spotted recently in DeKorte Park, as well as a downy woodpecker or two. Ravens appear ready to nest again in Secaucus’ Laurel Hill County Park.

Dress for conditions, and check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release for this event. To rsvp, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at greatauk4@aol.com or 201-636-4022.

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