To prove that spring must be around the corner, we are pleased to remind you of two upcoming walks — an American Woodcock walk in late afternoon on Saint Patrick’s Day (Monday, March 17) and a Harrier Meadow walk at 10 a.m. on Tuesday March 18. The Woodcock Walk is at Laurel Hill — we’ll look for Common ravens as well.
(To be clear: We will not be taking any woodcocks for a walk on March 17; we’ll be taking a walk to hear them peent and watch their courtship display. We are foolishly hoping the snow and cold weather are gone by then. Last year’s walk was cancelled because of rain, but 2012’s walk was pretty cool.)
Monday, March 17, 6:45 p.m.
Woodcock Walk at Laurel Hill with the NJMC and BCAS
This free hour-long walk features a 30-minute walk around the park, followed by a low-keyed search for American woodcocks in one section of Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus. We will also look for the Laurel Hill ravens, the black-crowned night herons and any other interesting birds we can find. We’ll meet in the ballfields parking lot at Laurel Hill at 6:45 p.m., or you can meet in DeKorte Park’s visitor’s parking lot and follow the NJMC’s Jim Wright — he’ll be leaving DeKorte promptly at 6:15 p.m. Dress for the weather — it can get especially cold and windy along the river! Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year (if you haven’t done so already). To rsvp, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-230-4983.
Tuesday, March 18, 10 a.m. -noon.
Third-Tuesday-of-the-Month Bird Walk with the NJMC and BCAS
Beat the crowd! Celebrate the arrival of spring a day early with this Harrier Meadow spring bird walk in North Arlington. We’ll walk around the 70-acre natural area that is normally closed to the public and look for ospreys, killdeer and other spring arrivals, plus lingering winter waterfowl. The walk starts at 10 a.m. at Harrier Meadow, on Disposal Road near Schuyler Avenue. (Note: There may be construction vehicles on Valley Brook Avenue, so Harrier Meadow may be best reached by Schuyler Avenue). The walk is run by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To rsvp, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at email@example.com or 201-230-4983.