Field Trips

American Kestrels, from “Birds of New York” (1914), Cornell University Library

Field Trip Schedule

In January 2009, the Mearns Club adopted the American Birding Association Code of Birding Ethics. Please keep the tenets of the code in mind when participating in Mearns Club field trips.


June 1, Edgar A. Mearns Bird Club 60th anniversary dinner: More information to come.

Summer Break

Yellow-crowned Night Heron. Photo by Bill Fiero.


August 24, Oil City Road: Meet Joyce Depew (978-9952) at the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge platform at 8:00 am. Let’s see what turns up this year—like the Least Bittern did last year.

August 31, Black Dirt: Meet Karen Miller (381-3283) at the former Jolly Onion Restaurant (Pine Island) at 8:00 am to see if we can find some Buff-breasted Sandpipers and Golden Plovers.


September 7, Doodletown: Meet Alan and Della Wells (942-5751) at the 9W pull off south of Bear Mountain State Park at 8:00 am for a rewarding trip to seek out fall migrants at this premier birding spot.

September 14, Black Dirt: Meet Dave Baker (446-4030) at the former Jolly Onion Restaurant (Pine Island) at 8:30 am for another shot at Golden Plovers, Buff-breasted Sandpipers, and so on.

September 18, Wednesday, Hamptonburgh Preserve: Meet Bill Fiero (728-5208) at 8:00 am to see what we can find on our first fall trip here.

September 21, Bashakill Wildlife Management Area: Meet Scott Baldinger (888-2333) at the Deli Fields at 8:30 am. Philadelphia Vireos, Gray-cheeked Thrush, and early Lincoln’s Sparrows are all possible.

September 28, Winding Waters Nature Trail, Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge: Meet Kathy Ashman (294-6140) at the trail parking lot at 8:00 am. Will we find a Connecticut Warbler or a Dickcissel? Perhaps!


If you have any doubts about whether a trip is happening—due to weather for example—don’t hesitate to CALL the leader either the night before or in the morning. A phone number is provided for each leader. You can also keep an eye on the Mearns Yahoo Groups site , the Mearns Facebook page, and the News page of this website for trip cancellations or changes.

Trip leaders are responsible for sending a write up to Jan Fitzpatrick, 1 Keith Place, Campbell Hall, NY 10916 or Include the number of species seen, the number of participants, the weather conditions, and highlights of the trip. If you post the trip online, please send Jan an expanded report fleshing out the details of the online posting.

Pileated Woodpecker. Photo by Karen Miller.