Upcoming HMBC field trips reminder


Nutten Hook- (Columbia Co.) Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

Coordinator: Kathy Schneider 248-8665 falline@... 

Nutten Hook is part of Stockport Flats, a Hudson River Estuarine Research Reserve site in Colombia County. The area includes the remains of the largest ice house on the Hudson as well as a loop trail that borders the river for a quarter mile. The return path cuts inland through oak woods, abandoned farmland, and tidal marshes. Bald Eagles and early fall migrants are expected. 
Meet at 8:00 AM in the parking area by the pavilion, which is west of the railroad tracks, and the buildings on Ice House Rd. Ice House Rd. is off Route 9J in Stuyvesant. 

Woodlawn Preserve- (Schenectady Co.) Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 8:00am - 12:00pm 
Coordinator: Bill Lee 374-3426 bileej@...
The Woodlawn Preserve is located in the Southeast corner of Schenectady County abutting the western edge of the Pine Bush. The area contains a flood control pond, forested sand dunes and general wetland habitat. Trips in prior years have seen migrating warblers and sparrows. The pond may attract various waterfowl. 
Meet at 8:00 a.m. in front of Petsmart in Mohawk Commons at the corner of State Street and Balltown Road (Balltown Rd. side) in Schenectady. We will carpool the short distance to the Preserve. 

Five Rivers Environmental Education Center- (Albany Co.) Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Coordinator: John Kent 424-2234 jwkent@...
We’ll walk about 2 miles over generally flat terrain with some small hills, passing through a variety of habitats. Migrating sparrows are often abundant at this time of the year, with a good chance of Lincoln’s and White-crowned as well as more common species. Both species of kinglet may be present, as well as Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler and Blue-headed Vireo. A late Nashville, Black-throated Green, Blackpoll or Magnolia Warbler might be found. Wood Duck and other waterfowl are possible, as well as Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks and Merlin. Wet grass and muddy spots may be encountered, so waterproof footwear is recommended.
Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center on Game Farm Road in Delmar.

Collins Lake- (Schenectady Co.) Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Coordinator: Bill Lee 374-3426 bileej@...
We will visit Collins Lake in Scotia to view late migrating waterfowl from the beach and the east side of the lake. We will also take a walk east along the north side of the Mohawk River for fall sparrows. Fox Sparrows have been seen in previous years. Foliage will be off of the trees to make finding LBJ’s (Little Brown Jobs) a bit easier.
Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the western end of the Gateway Bridge at Jumpin’ Jacks in Scotia. Bring a scope if you have one.

Tom Williams 
HMBC Field Trip Chair

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