In these early days of spring, birdwatchers are easy to find due to the trees being in pre-stage leaf-out. You can find them in all habitats – marshy river riparian zones, pond and lake shores, fields and forests, and even in backyards. They can be easily identified by their habit of constantly looking up (they might also have some scrapes and bruises since they didn’t see that rock or root as their attention is focused only on the movements of our now returning, avian friends), and by their binoculars, field guides, electronic birding apps and maybe a camera or a spotting scope. You can also find them driving slowly or stopped along the roadside shoulder (when one exists), looking to identify those little grey specs out in a field or a pond.
Want to learn about what these folks are doing? Come along on a field walk this Spring – we promise you a great day in the field with experienced and knowledgeable leaders with a love of birding and sharing their passion with others!
This spring, the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will be leading a number of birdwatching field trips (and a wildflower walk too) throughout the Spring. Birders of all levels are welcome to attend. Visit the DOAS Website at http://doas.us/events/list/ for complete details about each of the following programs!
Saturday, April 22 – Earth Festival Morning Bird Walk, 9am-11am (carpool from Milford Central School at 9am) with DOAS Board Director, Bob Donnelly.
Saturday, May 6 – Susquehanna Greenway Walk, 8am-10am with DOAS Board Director & Treasurer, Charles Scheim and DOAS Bird Sightings Author, Sandy Bright.
Saturday, May 6 – I Love My Park Day Bird Walk, 7:30am-9am at Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park with DOAS Co-President, Becky Gretton.
Sunday, May 7 – DOAS Sanctuary Walk, 8am-10am with DOAS Co-President, Andy Mason.
Saturday, May 13 – Introduction to Birding at Mine Kill State Park First Annual Birding Festival (11am-3pm) with DOAS Co-President, Andy Mason.
Saturday, May 13 – Morning Birding at Mohican Farm, 7am-9am with DOAS Co-President, Becky Gretton.
Friday, May 19 – Canajoharie Bird Walk, 8am-10am, carpool from Arkell Museum to Wintergreen Park, with DOAS C0-President, Becky Gretton.
Saturday, May 20 – DOAS Big Day Bird Count, (an all-day challenge to find and count bird species in our area), coordinated by DOAS Board Director, Bob Donnelly.
Wednesday, May 24 – Jean Miller Memorial Wildflower Walk at Gilbert Lake State Park, 10am-noon with DOAS Board Director, Julia Gregory.
We hope you can join us on one of these walks. Before you know it, you may find yourself among the ranks of our birdwatching friends – easily identified by your love of birding! To learn more about Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, please visit our website at http://doas.us. Be sure to sign up for our ENews messages for monthly reminders and other announcements.
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