Bird Quest Training Sessions

These 12 free, friendly 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 7th 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 (Monday) 6 PM to Dusk
Birding Basics
Alcyon Lake Park — 100 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 19 (Tuesday) 5:30 – 7:30 PM
South Jersey Technology Park — 107 Gilbreth Parkway, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
The large field on this 6.68 acre site is bordered by woodlands and a farm. The open area is great for woodland and grass-nesting birds – and keeping an eye out for raptors! The terrain is fairly level on trails throughout the grassy field. The total walk covers 1 – 1.5 miles.

Directions: The Park is located near the intersection of Rt. 322 and Rt. 55 in Mullica Hill, NJ and across from the new Inspira Hospital. Meet at the parking lot on the right side of the main building.

Leaders: Marilyn Henry, Barb Bassett & Jayne Rhynard

April 20 (Wednesday) 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Tall Pines State Preserve — Bark Bridge Rd. and Indian Trail, Wenonah, NJ 08090
Gloucester County’s only state park, this former golf course has ponds, marsh and wetlands, and patches of eastern hardwood forest. At least 145 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 21 (Thursday) 7:30 9:30 AM
George Eldridge Trail— 212 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. Look and listen for spring migrants.

Directions: From E. Mantua Ave, head south on S. Princeton Ave. to E. Pine St. Meet in front of 212 East Pine.

Leaders: Brian & Paula Hayes

April 23 (Saturday) 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Washington Lake Park626 Hurffville-Crosskeys Rd, Sewell, NJ 08080
This is the largest municipal park in New Jersey and in spring it comes alive with songbird and raptor migrants adding to the year-round residents. Red-winged blackbirds and Canada geese are nesting around the lakes. Many migrants begin nesting in the woods, especially near the streams, and the bluebirds are active around their boxes.

Directions: Meet at the parking lot by the amphitheater, accessible from either entrance.

Leaders: Marilyn Henry and Jayne Rhynard

April 26 (Tuesday) 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Wheelabrator Refuge600 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

May 1 (Sunday) 7:00 – 9:00 AM
Ron & Linda’s 4 Lakes Tour
Scotland Run Park — 980 East Academy St., Clayton, NJ 08312
Join the Caravan to check out 4 lakes in the eastern half of the county! Starting at Wilson Lake at Scotland Run Park, travel to Franklinville Lake, Iona Lake, and Lake Garrison looking for waterfowl (including lingering species), Bald Eagle, Great Blue Heron and other wading birds, and “Tweety” birds that frequent waters edge and surrounding areas.

Directions: Meet at the Wilson Lake side of the Scotland Run parking lot. We will carpool/caravan from there.

Leaders: Ron & Linda Kegel with Alison Derenberger

May 2 (Monday) 7:30 – 9:30 AM
Tranquility Trails
301 High Hill Rd., Woolwich Twp., NJ 08085
Tranquility Trail, with its wooded areas, open fields, and several spots to see Raccoon Creek is a diamond in the rough. The opening of the trail is just the start of Woolwich’s Open Space and Recreation Plan. The Township plans to preserve the grassland habitat, providing a space for grassland birds.

Directions: Meet in the parking lot.

Leaders: Marilyn Henry & Lloyd Shaw

May 4 (Wednesday) 6:00 – 8:00 AM
Glassboro Woods WMA245 East Stanger Ave., Glassboro, NJ 08028
This wildlife management area, which is a 2,337 acre forest accompanied by swamps and open fields boasts chances to see a vast variety of warblers and other bird species including worm-eating warbler, barred owl, LA waterthrush, prothonotary warbler, BH vireo, and broad-wing hawk.

Directions: From Glassboro, take Route 47 (Delsea Drive) south 1.2 miles past Route 322. Turn left onto East Stanger Avenue. Proceed 0.4 miles to the end of the paved road in front of 245 East Stanger Avenue. Note that “245 Stanger Avenue” may take you to an incorrect location.

Leaders: Dan & Danny Ceravolo

May 5 (Thursday) 8:00 – 9:30 AM
Scotland Run Park980 E Academy St, Clayton, NJ 08312
Scotland Run Park, the largest of the county parks, spans over 1,000 acres and includes the 80 acre Wilson Lake. More than 136 species of birds have been recorded here, including 21 species of warblers. This is a great place and the right time to enjoy the spring migration!

Directions: Meet in the Nature Center parking lot (across Academy Street from the lake).

Leaders: Marilyn Henry and Marie Hageman


May 5 (Thursday) 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Riverwinds Park (Evening) — 1075 RiverWinds Drive, West Deptford, 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. Go past the Community Center, then stay left. Meet at the parking lot just before the Riverwinds Restaurant entrance.

Leaders: Gary Lizzi & Lloyd Shaw

May 6 (Friday) 6:00 – 7:30 AM
Riverwinds Park (As Different as Night and Day??) — West Deptford Nature Trail, West Deptford, NJ 08086
Yes, we had a training session here last evening, but here is a chance to compare what you might find at the same spot, but at a different time of day! Look for scarlet tanager, magnolia warbler, blackburnian warbler, ovenbird, black- throated green warbler and many other migrants.

Directions: Turn onto RiverWinds Drive. Go approx. 1000 ft. (past Sandpiper Lane on your left) and turn right to meet in the Riverwinds Nature Trail parking lot. This meeting place is different than the May 5th Riverwinds training session.

Leaders: Dan & Danny Ceravolo

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Bird Quest is sponsored by the Gloucester County Nature Club, a private, non-profit organization of people who share a common interest, curiosity, and love of the natural world.