Talk, Tours All Part of ‘Wings Over LBI Day’



Convey BINOCS: A purple sandpiper is a person of numerous species of shorebirds that could be viewed for the duration of the ‘Wings About LBI’ celebration scheduled for Saturday, March 19. (Photograph by Susan Puder)
Soon after a two-yr hiatus thanks to COVID-19, the Southern Ocean Birding Group will host the “Wings More than Very long Seashore Island Day” on Saturday, March 19.
Susan Puder, birding team founder and president, mentioned the day begins with the group’s indoor program titled “Shorebirds of New Jersey” at 10:30 a.m. at the Very long Seashore Township Discipline Station, found at 127 West Osborn Ave. in the Holgate part of Extensive Beach front Township.
“Shorebirds constitute the most significant group of birds in New Jersey, with 37 species found annually, and another 17 rarities that have visited the point out above the a long time,” explained Puder. “Some birders enjoy shorebirds due to the fact they can be a obstacle to determine, when other birders despise shorebirds for the reason that they can be a challenge to detect.”
In this presentation, Greg Prelich, a volunteer naturalist with Ocean County Parks and Recreation, will explain the many species of shorebirds and examine strategies to greater discover them in the area. Thanks to COVID restrictions, mask donning may be essential even though indoors.
At 1 p.m., people today will have a choice of three guided area visits, to Barnegat Lighthouse Point out Park, the Cedar Bonnet Island Trail on Bonnet Island (the most recent device of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge), or the Holgate device of the Forsythe Nationwide Wildlife Refuge.
At the state park, contributors can fulfill outdoors the Barnegat Lighthouse Visitor Heart near the picnic desk for a guided field vacation alongside Barnegat Inlet. Prelich and team member Jeanine Apgar will direct the team to appear for Harlequin ducks, 1 of the most wonderful ducks in North America, to see the flock of 15 to 20 birds that wintertime along the Barnegat Inlet jetty. Other attainable species that are viewable throughout the wintertime months contain, but are not limited to, purple-breasted mergansers, scoters, purple sandpipers, lengthy-tailed ducks, snow buntings, horned larks, Ipswich sparrows, prevalent and king eiders, crimson-throated grebes and even seals.
Individuals likely to the Cedar Bonnet Island Path will meet up with in the parking location on Route 72 East in the vicinity of the entrance. Team customers Chris Thomas and Bob Leifeste will lead the excursion alongside the community obtain trails on the island, which has 1-mile going for walks paths with pedestrian benches, two gazebos with picnic tables and interpretive signals together the paths. The trails have sights of Atlantic Town, the Manahawkin Bay Bridges, Extensive Seashore Island, coastal marshes and Barnegat Bay, and shore-spot wildlife. Probable bird species that may possibly be observed include things like northern harriers, peregrine falcons, Atlantic brant, hooded mergansers, buffleheads, black ducks, and early arrivals of songbirds and sparrows, who could halt off at this migration lure prior to heading north to their breeding grounds.
Those people likely to the Forsythe Holgate device can meet up with at the parking great deal at the southern conclude of Extensive Beach front Boulevard. Group member Marian Jordan will lead the trip alongside the seaside and dunes of Holgate. Achievable fowl species might include things like snow buntings, ocean ducks and loons, longspurs, and maybe a snowy owl.
“This is a a lot more ambitious stroll, covering over a mile every single way, but the achievable birds that may possibly be seen make it worthwhile for the extra skilled birder,” explained Puder.
During the afternoon at Barnegat Lighthouse Condition Park, team users will be stationed alongside the concrete jetty with binoculars and telescopes to support the general public locate and determine birds and to response birding questions.
For a lot more details, take a look at SouthernOceanBirdingGroup.org.  —E.E.

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