April Guided Bird Walk - Migration is on!
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The spring migration is on and the woodlands are alive with song! Birds who have been in their far-away winter grounds are starting to return to their breeding grounds. The lengthening sunlight is a major motivating factor in their trip. Some, like the Broad-wing hawk - pictured above, will have started their journey in the jungles of South America, traveling 4,350 miles at about 69 miles a day. The trip takes about two months and unlike other hawks, it is done in groups called kettles. They prefer to ride the thermals over mountain tops. Because of the numbers traveling together, this gives them the look of a kettle being stirred. Some will fly further north but others will remain in our forest where they like to hunt under the canopy on small mammals. Join us as we look for those birds who are just traveling through and those that will be staying. Regardless of what we see, the woodland's winter quiet is now bursting with song.
To join us does not require a PhD in Ornithology or any experience at all. Just a willingness to explore and learn about our feathered neighbors.
All Ages Welcome
What to bring: Don't have binoculars? We will bring them for you. Bad as using them? We'll help you get pretty good at it. Wear comfortable boots and dress for the weather.
Fee: Donations Accepted
Location: Florida Refuge, the Florida Hill entrance: Park on the shoulder of High Valley Road, where we will met and walk into the Refuge.
Co-sponsored by Ridgefield Park and Recreation