MOUNT ROSE BIOBLITZ - SATURDAY, MAY 20

Join experts at the Mount Rose Preserve in Hopewell Township as they identify as many plant and animal species as possible!
Each hike offered throughout the day will focus on a different group - birds, insects, plants, reptiles, amphibians, and more! See a full schedule at www.njconservation.org/MountRosePreserveBioblitz.htm Be sure to dress appropriately and wear proper footwear for hiking. Bring a picnic lunch and join us at our table for snacks and lively discussion!

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 SPECIAL PINELANDS PLANT COURSE - ADVANCED - TUESDAY, MARCH 14

Each participant will study a site at the Franklin Parker Preserve . The objective of the course is for each student to create a comprehensive, specimen-based list of every vascular plant species present on his/her site. The course is geared for professionals and advanced amateurs. Course work includes:

-Attendance at scheduled monthly workshops
-Field study at your site at least once a month, March through October
-Record-keeping in a field notebook for all pertinent field observations
-Creation of herbarium-quality plant specimens (at least one per species encountered)
-Creation of a comprehensive list of vascular plants on the site

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OWL CALLING - FRIDAY, APRIL 7

Early spring is a great time to listen and call for breeding owls, as courtship and nesting has already begun! Walking along woodland edges, you will call for Screech Owls to fly in and perch aloft. We may hear Great Horned Owls singing their courtship duets, and if the weather is mild, perhaps even see courtship flights of the American Woodcock! Dr. Emile DeVito, New Jersey Conservation Foundation staff biologist, will lead this moonlight walk through Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center in Morris County.

The evening's festivities will commence with a live owl courtesy of The Raptor Trust, plus delicious coffee donated by Black River Roasters!

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WILDER FOR A DAY - SATURDAY, APRIL 8

This program, for kids ages 10 and up, takes our autumn Wild for a Day to the next level! It's a bit more challenging - we'll spend six full hours in the woods sharpening our survival skills while constructing shelters, foraging for wild edibles, making a fire, and more! We'll hike from the parking area to a spot deep in the woods and set up a realistic survival camp, so be sure to dress for the weather! You'll need a day pack with your lunch, drinks, and snacks. You'll also need a basic survival kit: insect repellent, a poncho, some cordage or twine, a canteen (or water bottle), compass, and water purification tablets (if you can't find them we'll have extra). Parents are encouraged to drop their kids off for the day and pick them up at 4pm. Look forward to a fun and educational day at the Franklin Parker Preserve, in the heart of the beautiful Pine Barrens!

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SPRING MIGRATION BIRD WALK - MEADOWS & EDGES - WEDNESDAY, MAY 3

Naturalist Bill Lynch will lead us through the meadows and forest edges of Bamboo Brook as we search for both spring migrants and breeding birds. Songbirds love the transition between forest and field, and use the treetops to sing their hearts out to potential mates.

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SPRING MIGRATION BIRD WALK - FOREST INTERIOR - WEDNESDAY, MAY 10

Spring migration continues as we venture into the forest to search for migrants and breeding birds. We hope to see Scarlet Tanagers, Ovenbirds, woodpeckers, and other species that prefer the taller trees and denser vegetation of mature woodland.

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SPECIAL PINELANDS PLANT COURSE - FUNDAMENTALS - THURSDAY, MAY 11

This year, we'll focus on the natural relationships and modern classification of plants, using the Pine Barrens of New Jersey as our outdoor classroom. By investigating, especially, plant families, and the characteristics that systematists use in trying to delineate them, we'll reinforce our understanding of plant morphology, which will greatly enhance our field botany skills. This course will be geared for beginners, though seasoned field botanists may also enjoy the tour of plant families and the careful study of the intriguing variety of flower morphology. We'll study live and pressed specimens during the ten evening workshops, and make nine weekend field trips. 

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SPRING MIGRATION BIRD WALK - BIRDING BY EAR - WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

As more and more leaves cover the trees and understory of the forest, it becomes increasingly difficult to see birds and other wildlife - but there are other ways to appreciate the biodiversity of The Garden State! We will stop and listen for the vocalizations of Wood Thrush, Hooded Warbler, and the other birds of Bamboo Brook.

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