Bird Quest Training Sessions
These sessions are intended to help you improve your birding skills, and to introduce you to a variety of bird habitats around Gloucester County. You are welcome to attend regardless of whether you are participating in the main May 1st event. We encourage you to sign up on Meetup.com (see the link on each session) so the trip leaders know how many people to expect.
April 11 (Sunday) 6 PM to Dusk
Alcyon Lake Park — Track Ave. Pitman, NJ 08071 (off W. Holly Avenue)
Learn the basics of good birding and the tools of the trade. Discover the world of birding from bird guides to binoculars, birding etiquette to bird song and, of course, bird identification. Any level of interest is welcome. Questions are encouraged. A walk around the park will let you use your newfound — or refreshed — skills.
Directions: Drive past sports fields; meet at the pavilion
Leaders: Rich Dilks & Karen Kravchuck
April 15 (Thursday) 8 – 9:30 AM
Tall Pines State Preserve — Bark Bridge Rd., Sewell, NJ 08080
Gloucester County’s only start park, this former golf course has ponds, marsh and wetlands, and patches of eastern hardwood forest. More than seventy species of birds, including the Bald Eagle and eleven species of warblers, have been identified here.
Directions: From Rt. 553 (Woodbury-Glassboro Rd) turn west at the light onto Bark Bridge Rd. Park in the lot on the left. Please do not park at Hutchinson Cabinets.
Leaders: Rich Dilks and Erik Mollenhauer
April 20 (Tuesday) 5:30 PM to Dusk
Scotland Run Park — 980 E Academy St, Clayton, NJ 08312
Scotland Run Park is the largest of the county parks, spanning over 1,000 acres including the eighty acre Wilson Lake. Migrant warblers and other songbirds are abundant. Look for Prairie Warbler, Ovenbird, Eastern Bluebird, Field Sparrow, Orchard Oriole, and Louisiana Waterthrush, among others.
Directions: Meet at the Wilson Lake side of the Scotland Run parking lot.
Leaders: Marilyn Henry and Jayne Rhynard
Please note that there are 2 Training Sessions on April 21
AM and PM
April 21 (Wednesday) 7:30 — 9 AM
George Eldridge Trail— E. Pine St, Wenonah, NJ 08090
Eldridge Trail is part of the Wenonah Conservation Area, a ring of green that extends nearly the entire circumference of the town. This is good spot for thrushes, warblers, maybe even a Pileated Woodpecker. 7:30 – 9AM
Directions: From E. Mantua Ave, head south on S. Clinton Ave. to E. Pine St. Meet in front of 212 East Pine.
Leader: Dan Ceravolo
April 21 (Wednesday) 6 PM to dusk
Wenonah Lake — Maple St. & N. Jefferson Ave., Wenonah, NJ 08090
Follow the Wenonah Lake Trail that begins just north of the parking lot and follows the perimeter of the lake. It crosses several footbridges and ends at the dam on Maple Street. It is a good trail for observing waterfowl and song- birds. Be on the look out for Spring migrants!
Directions: Meet in the parking lot.
Leaders: Paula & Brian Hayes
April 24 (Saturday) 7:30 – 9 AM
Wheelabrator Refuge — 600 Crown Point Rd, Westville, 08093
At the intersection of the Delaware River and Big Timber Creek, the wide-open space behind the Wheelabrator plant is great habitat for swamp, meadow and river birds. Trails and old roads make access easy. Bob White may be heard here.
Directions: Access from Rt. 130 (Crown Point Rd,) opposite Hazel Ave in Westville, just south of Big Timber Creek. Meet at the pavilion in the parking lot.
Leaders: Kris Mollenhauer & Gale Cannon
April 29 (Thursday) 6:00 PM to Dusk
RiverWinds Park — 1000 RiverWinds Drive, Thorofare, NJ 08086
Riverside shrubs and forested areas along the Delaware River make for great birding here. Look for migrating warblers, scarlet tanagers, hawks and maybe a bald eagle!
Directions; Turn onto RiverWinds Drive. Meet at the parking lot past the Community Center and before the restaurant (Stay to the right of the Community Center.)
Leaders: Gary Lizzi & Lloyd Shaw