Field Trips

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

Field Trip Schedule

Birders of ALL levels—from beginner to expert—are welcome on Mearns Club field trips. Please join us!

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.

Information, including maps, for the birding locations mentioned in the list of field trips here can found on the pages of the Birding Areas section of this website (see the navigation menu).

COVID-19 Guidelines for Field Trips

If you’ve been vaccinated, you don’t need to wear a mask. If you haven’t been vaccinated, you may need to mask up, depending on the latest guidelines.


Rescheduled to Sunday, May 29 May 28, Saturday, Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge: Meet Jane and Tom (845-443-5440) in the refuge parking lot at 8:00 am 9:00 am. Grassland birds are the specialty, especially Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrows.

Pileated Woodpecker. Photo by Karen Miller.


June 4, Saturday (June 11 rain date), annual club picnic, Winding Hills County Park in Montgomery, New York: Meet at 12 noon at the park, which is located on Route 17K just west of the Village of Montgomery. Follow arrows to the picnic area. The club will provide fried chicken, water, and some sodas. Bring a lawn chair and food to share. If you have any questions call Linda (845-496-3021) or Tracy (845-255-6840). Hope to see you there!


July 2, Saturday, Marshlands Conservancy, Rye, New York: Meet Bob Slechta (845-541-8210) in the conservancy at 8:30 am for terns, egrets, oystercatchers, and shorebirds. Bring a lunch for after the trip if you like.


August 20, Saturday, Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge: Meet Joyce Depew (845-978-9952) at the platform on Oil City Road in Pine Island, New York, at 8 am for coots, gallinules, rails, egrets, and shorebirds.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron. Photo by Bill Fiero.


September 3, Saturday, Black Dirt Region: Meet Bob Slechta (845-541-8210) in the parking lot of The Jolly Onion in Pine Island, New York, at 8:30 am for shorebirds, especially Buff-breasted Sandpiper (if we are lucky).

September 10, Saturday, Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center (formerly Kenridge Farm): Meet Amy Greher (845-774-9399) at the Cornwall Dog Park on Angola Road at 8:30 am and see what we can find at this fabulous birding location as the fall migration heats up.

September 17, Saturday, Winding Waters Trail, Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge: Meet Kathleen Ashman (845-421-5478) in the trail parking lot on Oil City Road in Pine Island, New York, at 8 am for our usual fall trip here as the birds push south. With luck, we’ll find a Connecticut Warbler.

September 24, Saturday, 6 1/2 Station Road Audubon Sanctuary: Meet Dave Baker (845- 446-4030) in Goshen, New York, where the Heritage Trail crosses 6 1/2 Station Road at 8:30 am for our first fall trip here. There are lots of possibilities.

September 28, Wednesday, Stony Kill Farm: Meet Bruce Nott (845-542-0583) at the farm in Fishkill, New York, at 8:30 am. Last year’s trip here was phenomenal; don’t miss out!


The trip leader’s phone number is included so that you can call the night before or the morning of the trip if you have any questions. You can also check the Mearns site for last-minute changes. If you lead a trip, you are responsible for sending a write-up to Richard VanTieghem at