The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal are pleased to offer a special two-part presentation on bird watching basics on Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Trailside Nature & Science Center in the Watchung Reservation. Adults, ages 18 and older are welcome to join Trailside naturalist Joe Filo for a two-part presentation that will heighten bird-watching skills.
“As a beautiful spring is upon us, Trailside offers a perfect program to encourage us to enjoy the variety of birds that migrate through this area,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The evening lecture and morning bird walk offer knowledge about birds combined with the experience of witnessing these magnificent creatures in a peaceful setting.”
The Friday lecture, “Bird Watching for Beginners,” runs from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Trailside Visitor Center. On the following morning, Saturday, May 19, birders will meet at the Deserted Village parking lot off Glenside Avenue at 7:30 am for a two-hour bird walk. The cost for each program is $10 for Union County residents and $15 for out-of-county participants. Bird watching enthusiasts may take either or both programs. Pre-registration is preferred but walk-ins will be accommodated as space permits.
Beginning birders will appreciate the Friday evening lecture, which offers strategies and tips for identifying our lively avian neighbors as well as how to choose binoculars. Participants will learn the songs and calls of common birds of the Watchung Reservation. The lecture will take place at the Trailside Visitor Center.
The bird-watching walk on Saturday morning convenes at the Deserted Village, one of the best locations for bird watching in all of Union County. Amateurs and experts are invited to explore this unique area and witness the incredible variety of spring migrant birds. Be sure to bring your binoculars and field guide if you have them and wear sturdy walking shoes.
For information on the Birding Basics, or any other upcoming programs and events at Trailside, call 908-789-3670 or visit www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. All are welcome.