HMBC Field Trip reminder- Sat./Sun. June 15-16


Saturday, June 15, LOST VALLEY STATE FOREST (Montgomery County; morning)

Coordinator: David Harrison 908- 892-5495 david.harrison57@...

Lost Valley State Forest, Schoharie Creek Preserve and Butler Rd. in Montgomery County are close together and offer three different habitat types. Lost Valley SF (1000 ft. elev.) in the next year or two should have good Mourning Warbler habitat since it was partially logged about two years ago. Schoharie Creek Preserve has a 1.3 mile loop trail, starting and ending at the preserve parking lot, which passes by a series of waterfalls along Wilsey Creek. The terrain and habitat along Butler Road looks good for Worm-eating Warbler and Acadian Flycatcher, although neither have been detected yet. Participants should be aware that the birding areas have no facilities and should plan accordingly. Please try to arrive on time so we can get to our first birding destination early.

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the NYS Thruway Exit 27 Park ‘N’ Ride on Rt. 30 in Amsterdam.

Sunday, June 16, DYKEN POND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER (Rensselaer County; morning)

Coordinator: Naomi Lloyd 518-596-5964 naomi_kestrel@... 

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is located on the Rensselaer Plateau near Cropseyville. It is elevated wet woodlands with a system of loop trails. This trip will take the group down to the edge of the pond, then through thick woodlands, around the boardwalk at Dustin Swamp and back to the entrance road. Birds such as Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green and Magnolia Warbler, Ovenbird, and Blue-headed Vireo are common, along with Scarlet Tanager, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco. It is a wet environment so proper footwear is advised.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Walmart Plaza on Route 7 (760 Hoosick Road) in Troy, at the plaza entrance directly across the road from Dunkin’ Donuts.

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