Off-site Birding Adventures
Each year, we schedule a variety of birding trips for adults. The reports from each will be on our blog page of our web site including some pictures. More details for each can be found on the calendar for that date or by clicking the link where available.
Each year, we schedule a variety of birding trips for adults, no experience needed, we have binoculars to borrow too! Registration/payment due one week in advance for all trips. $15/person for FOSLNC Members; $19/person for Non-members.
Upcoming Birding Field Trips for Adults (unless otherwise noted):
- January 21st: Barnegat Light, Mary Jane Mannherz: Meet MaryJane Mannherz at Barnegat Lighthouse where a long, cold walk should provide excellent views of Harlequin Ducks, Red- breasted Mergansers, Long-tailed Ducks and plenty of other rare and common birds. We will lunch in a warm restaurant and then bird the bay.
- February 18th: NJ North Shore, Rick & Terri Van Kirk: It may be cold, but this trip will provide a wonderful chance to see a number of waterfowl up close. Volunteer leaders, Rick and TerriLynn Van Kirk, will guide participants to a number of special locations to view birds. They will let participants know about the meeting location and times the week of the trip. For lunch, we will warm up in a local restaurant. The focus is on waterfowl, big slow moving colorful birds, making this a great trip for beginners and photographers.
- NEW!! Family Friendly! March 11th: 8-10am: Intro to Birding at Core Creek, Dawn Denner & son Kavan: If you are interested in birding but have never done it yet, or if you want to go on our birding trips but can’t commit an entire day, this is the trip for you! Join Dawn and her son Kavan as we explore Core Creek park looking for early migrants. If you need to borrow binoculars, let us know ahead of time; this trip is open to people of all ages. Please pack water and a snack to enjoy afterwards.
- March 25th: John Heinz NWR, Steve Boyle: We will begin the day birding at John Heinz. Finishing there about 11:30 we will break for lunch at the refuge. Please bring food and beverages. After lunch we will continue to Bartram’s Gardens which is a 15 minute drive from John Heinz. Feel free to bird all day or half day. The John Heinz refuge offers healthy and productive expanses of freshwater tidal marsh, open waters, mudflats, and woodlands which support the hundreds of species that breed, rear their young, rest during migration, or call the refuge home year-round. It has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. Bald Eagles are often seen, as they have nested here since 2009. Bartram’s Garden is a National Historic Landmark operated by the John Bartram Association in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Bartram’s Garden is perhaps the best 40 acres of birding in Philly! With river access, fields, woodlands, wetlands, and ornamental plantings, this spot has an amazing diversity of bird-attracting habitat.
- April 15th: 7:30-1pm: Bull’s Island and D & R Canal, Hope & Kevin Sauppe: Join us as we take a scenic ride along the Delaware River to Bull’s Island where we’ll search for migratory birds including Warblers, Thrushes, and Vireos along the Delaware River. Throughout the day, we’ll also explore various areas within the Delaware Canal State Park where Cuckoos, Pileated Woodpeckers, and various Raptors including Bald Eagles may be seen. This trip includes a moderate amount of walking but on easier trails. Pack a picnic lunch and meet at the SLNC at 7:30 AM.
- NEW!! Family Friendly! April 23rd: 8-11am: Core Creek Park: Dawn Denner & son Kavan. If you are interested in birding but have never done it yet, or if you want to go on our birding trips but can’t commit an entire day, this is the trip for you! Join Dawn Denner and son Kavan for a “Sunday, fun-day” as we stroll through the park looking for bird’s, with a gorgeous view of lake Luxembourg, abundant waterfowl , and the possibility of warblers. If you need to borrow binoculars, let us know ahead of time; this trip is open to people of all ages. Please pack water and a snack to enjoy afterwards.
- April 29th: Cape May, NJ, Steve Boyle: Join us as we head to where the birds are– Cape May! By all accounts, Cape May is the destination for migrating birds. There are upland forests, forested wetlands, salt marshes, beaches, maritime forests and grasslands. Combine with the wind and geography and you have a great place for spotting migrating hawks, seabirds, shorebirds, songbirds. Bring a lunch, we will have dinner out at around 5pm.
- NEW!! Family Friendly! May 20th: 7:30-1pm: Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association-Pennington NJ, Hope & Kevin Sauppe: If you are interested in birding but have never done it yet, or if you want to go on our birding trips but can’t commit an entire day, this is the trip for you! Join Hope & Kevin as we explore the Watershed reserve and it’s variety of habitats from meadow and forest, to stream and pond. Meet at SLNC at 7:30am. If you need to borrow binoculars, let us know ahead of time, pack water, and a snack or lunch to enjoy afterwards.
- July 22nd: Bombay Hook, DE: Rick & Terri Van Kirk: Meet at Silver Lake Nature Center at 7am OR at off-site location at 8:30am. Late July is a great time to study adult shorebirds returning from the breeding grounds of the north, and also to look for southern species such as stilts, avocets, blue grosbeaks, etc. Dinner will be at a local restaurant. Pack lunch, snacks, and bring plenty of water as the weather can be hot.
- September 30th: Birding Cape May. This trip MEETS AT and WILL BEGIN AT Higbee Wildlife Management Area (at end of New England Road), at 6:30am. (Goal is to be there before morning light.) Participants can also arrange to meet up with the group later in the morning at the state park (at the pavilion next to the hawk watch at Cape May Point. Bring lunch. Dinner out.
- October 14th: Palmyra Cove: Doug Filler to lead. Join us as we Bird at the Tacony-Palmyra Nature Cove located in Palymra New Jersey. Palmyra Cove Nature Park (PCNP) is a 250 acre urban oasis along a highly developed area on the Delaware River. Habitats included in PCNP are wetlands, woodlands, meadows, wild creek and river shoreline, and freshwater Tidal Cove. This is a half day trip. We will leave Silver Lake Nature Center at 7:30 and bird till about noon. Hopefully we will see some late warblers and some early winter ducks.
- NEW!! Family Friendly! October 28th: Fallsington Park: Dawn Denner & son Kavan. If you are interested in birding but have never done it yet, or if you want to go on our birding trips but can’t commit an entire day, this is the trip for you! Join Dawn Denner and son Kavan as we explore Fallsington park. We will meet at the hockey rink parking lot to enjoy beautiful fall foliage, mostly sidewalk walking and a great variety of birds. If you need to borrow binoculars, let us know ahead of time; this trip is open to people of all ages. Please pack water and a snack to enjoy afterwards.
- November 11th: Birding Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Mary Jane Mannherz, leader. Meet at SLNC at 7:30am OR meet at the Forsythe Visitor’s Center parking lot at 9am; -address- Oceanville, NJ, to discover late migrant and early winter resident birds in this dynamic salt marsh and coastal area. For most of the day, we will bird from our cars as we cruise along their 17 mile refurbished wildlife drive. Pack a lunch & snacks, then join us for dinner at a local restaurant.
- December 2nd: Conowingo Dam: Doug Filler to lead. Meet at SLNC at 8am to arrive at location by 10am. Take snacks. Late lunch out. Back to Center by 5pm. The Conowingo Dam is located in Maryland about a 2 hour drive south of the nature center. This birding spot is on the Susquehanna River where there is a nice concentration of Bald Eagles. The Eagles can easily be seen from Fisherman’s Park. This location is great for photographers. We will enjoy the Eagles and also take an easy walk along a trail down the river to look for other birds.
Birding Walks at SLNC
Join us for a walk on Saturday mornings, at 7:30am, from September through November AND March through May. Meet outside of the Visitors’ Building near the parking lot. FREE. New birders welcomed!
NEW!! Saturday Nature Series
Join us on most Saturdays, from 1 to 3pm for a different Nature-related class. Please check out our events calendar for a complete list of themes/dates.
$8/person for Members of Friends of Silver Lake or $10/person for Non-members.
NEW “Symbiont” Group Meeting at SLNC ~ Nature Book Club in the Earthship!
Join us on the last Thursday of each month (at 6pm) for this fun, new club! Please click here for more info. FREE.
Citizen Science Opportunities
Migratory Bird Count: May 13th from 5:30am to 6:30pm: Even if you have never had a chance to go birding before, it is a great experience to learn while being actively involved in important citizen science national bird census (and we have binoculars for you to borrow if needed, just let us know). You do not need to commit to the entire day or have any birding experience! You can meet us at Silver Lake Nature Center at 5:30am, 7:30am or 10am, or join us later at 1pm to move on to Neshaminy State Park; join for part of the day to be a part of this very special event!
Butterfly Count: June 17th from 10am until 4pm: Join us in taking a census of the butterflies in the preserve for the North American Butterfly Association’s annual count, no experience necessary!
Christmas Bird Count: December 16th from 6:30am to 5:30pm: Even if you have never had a chance to go birding before, it is a great experience to learn while being actively involved in important citizen science national bird census (and we have binoculars for you to borrow if needed, just let us know). You do not need to commit to the entire day or have any birding experience! You can meet us at Neshaminy State Park at 6:45am, or you can meet us later at Silver Lake Nature Center at 10 am or later at 1pm and join for part of the day to be a part of this very special event!
Water Monitoring Group: Participate in important citizen science by chemically and biologically testing our local watershed for pollutants! If interested click here.
NEW!! Naturalist Skills Classes & Trips
For people who wish to further their natural history knowledge in a fun and hands-on learning environment! Specific dates and topics coming soon…$8 FOSLNC Members/$10 non-members, pre-registration required. Meet at the Nature Center at 1306 Bath Road, Bristol PA, 19007. Please pre-register and dress for the weather, pack water, and bring your own snack and/or lunch!
April 8th, 10am-12pm: Five Mile Woods, John Lloyd: Join John Lloyd as he explores Five Mile Woods to take a look at Spring wildflowers and what lives in vernal pools, as well as the various habitats plant communities, and signs of forest succession. This trip is open to people of all ages.
April 20th, 5-6:30pm: Earthship to Artwork, Gail Bracegirdle & Marty Shively: Join Gail and Marty, members of the Artists of Bristol, for a unique nature art experience and go home with your own creation! Held at the Earthship.
June 3rd, 3-5pm: Beekeeping for Families, Lee Roach: Join Lee (and her bees) to learn more about the wonderful world of beekeeping!
June 24th, 1-3pm: Butterfly Lifestyles, Mary Anne Borge: Learn about the lifestyles of some of the common and uncommon butterfly species that make their home in the Delaware Valley. We’ll look at several butterfly species that may be seen in our area, and what they need in order to support their reproduction, caterpillar offspring, and their survival through the winter. 2 hours, indoor presentation followed by outside walk to look for butterflies.
August 19th, 1-3pm: Late Summer Highlights, Mary Anne Borge: Explore the preserve in the height of summer when you see life in full bloom everywhere you look! Find out what thrives in summer throughout our habitats and get a close up look at what is buzzing in August!
October 14th, 1-3pm: Tree Identification, Mary Anne Borge: Learn about the various trees that call the Coastal Plain their home! Learn how to identify trees based on the characteristics we can see in fall (colorful leaves, bark, buds, fruit) as well as some fun facts about their interaction with animals and even people, all while enjoying the crisp fall air.
Naturalist Aide Training
Silver Lake Nature Center is offering a FREE training program for people who can assist us with our environmental education programs!
If you have a few hours a week, can make a commitment to attend BOTH training sessions, and would like to be a part of a fun and diverse group, please contact us.
Please click here to register.
Program is held on 2 Fridays, 10am to 3pm: March 24th & March 31st.
Contact: PattiAnn Cutter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 267-880-5022
PA Master Naturalist Program
The Silver Lake Nature Center is hosting a PA Master Naturalist program during the Fall of 2017.
Registration Deadline is May 15, 2017.
Applications and more information are available at pamasternaturalist.org.
Tuition: $325, includes mandatory background check fee.
Please contact Ellyn Nolt, the Program Coordinator (email@example.com)
Training Schedule: 9 classroom sessions starting Tuesday September 12 and running through until November 14 (skipping Halloween), all from 5:30-8:30pm and 4 all day Saturday field trips on Sept 23, Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4.
Applications are accepted based on interest in volunteerism, enthusiasm for the subject, experience in natural resource conservation and availability.
Information: Michele Richards, PA Master Naturalist President
197 Montour Rd
Elysburg, PA 17824
Baby & Me Nature Walks
If you are interested, please contact Jenn Bilger at 267.880.5024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baby & Me Nature Walks
Who: Parent(s) and/or caregiver(s) with their child(ren)
What: Nature discovery and exercise walk on our trails–see what lives in our various habitats and what they do during the different seasons. After the walk, we gather for a “BYOS” (Bring your own Snack) in our Welcome area inside or our covered picnic pavilion with access to our natural outdoor Kids Play Area
Where: Meet in Nature Center building, 1306 Bath Road Bristol PA 19007
When: The first Wednesday of every month from 2 to 3 pm
For information, please contact Jenn Bilger at 267-880-5024 or email@example.com.