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 2018 Calendar
 Meetings and Field Trips

We are currently in the process of finalizing our 2108 season.
Check back later for details when the schedule is confirmed.

Please join us for the upcoming meetings and field trips. 
For field trips, please dress appropriately, and bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and bug spray.  We usually eat out after the trip, but you may bring lunch.  For trips where carpooling is available, there is a $5 fee per person to reimburse the driver for gas and tolls.
 
Please contact us at fieldtripsobg@yahoo.com to sign up for trips in advance, or to confirm date, time, and meeting place.  This allows us to contact participants if trips are cancelled due to inclement weather. There is also a nominal fee of $5 for non-members to participate in our field trips.
All Dates and Programs are Subject to Change

January 4, 2018
Monthly Meeting
(meeting was cancelled due to snowstorm)
January 21, 2018Field Trip
To Edwin B. Forsythe NWR, Oceanville for winter ducks and seasonal specialties
Meet in the Visitor's Center parking lot at 9AM.
February 1, 2018Monthly Meeting
Video:  Attendee's choice of either of three video options (Saving Songbirds, Journey of the Broad-winged Hawk, or Plight of the Grassland Birds)
Hunting Shanty, Tuckerton Seaport, Rt. 9
Doors open at 6:30 for social time; meeting starts at 7PM
February 17, 2018Great Backyard Bird Count
We will meet at the Chamber of Commerce parking lot, on the Rt. 72 Causeway, past CVS, both on the left, at 9:00 AM.  We will carpool to various spots on LBI to count what birds we see.
March 1, 2018
Monthly Meeting
Woodpeckers Program
Presented by Pete Bacinski

Hunting Shanty, Tuckerton Seaport, Rt. 9, 6:30 p.m.
March 3, 2018Field Trip
Monmouth County North Shore Ponds
details TBA
March 17, 20189th Annual Wings Over LBI
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park 10 AM - 4 PM
April 5, 2018Monthly Meeting (TBA)
Hunting Shanty, Tuckerton Seaport, Rt. 9
Doors open at 6:30 for social time; meeting starts at 7PM
April 7, 2018Special Event
Annual Great Bay Boulevard Clean-up  9AM - noon
meet at Jacques Cousteau Center, Great Bay Blvd, Tuckerton, NJ   9AM
In the event of inclement weather, the clean-up will be re-scheduled in autumn
Contact
SOBG at soceanbirds@yahoo.com if there are questions
April 21, 2018Field Trip
Belleplain State Forest  for early season migrants
details TBA
May 3, 2018

Monthly Meeting

Protecting NJ Grasslands

Presented by Meghan Kolk
Hunting Shanty, Tuckerton Seaport, Rt. 9
Doors open at 6:30 for social time; meeting starts at 7PM

May 12, 2018Field Trip
Estel Manor County Park for spring migrants including Yellow-throated Warblers and Prothonotary Warbler
details TBA
May 19, 2018Field Trip
Heislerville WMA for spring shorebird migrants
details TBA
June 6 or 13, 2018Field Trip
Lakehurst Naval Air Station
Main targets: Upland Sandpiper, Grasshopper Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark
June 7, 2018Monthly Meeting
Cape May Raptor Banding Project
Hunting Shanty, Tuckerton Seaport, Rt. 9
Doors open at 6:30 for social time; meeting starts at 7PM
July 14, 2018Members BBQ
Nancy Lynch's house
August 2, 2018

Monthly Meeting

Finding Rare Birds

Presented by Alex Majewski
Hunting Shanty, Tuckerton Seaport, Rt. 9
Doors open at 6:30 for social time; meeting starts at 7PM

August 18, 2018Field Trip
Edwin B. Forsythe NWR for fall migrants, especially shorebirds
details TBA
Sept. 6, 2018Monthly Meeting (TBA)
Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St.,(Rte 9) Manahawkin, NJ
Doors open at 6:30 for social time; meeting starts at 7PM
Sept. __, 2018Special Event: Joint Meeting with Atlantic Audubon (TBA)
Jacques Cousteau Coastal Education Center
130 Great Bay Blvd.
Tuckerton NJ

Doors open at 6:00 PM for social time; meeting starts at 6:30 PM
Sept. 24-28, 2018Cape May Lakeside Lodge house rental
West Lake Drive, Cape May
Oct. 4, 2018Monthly Meeting (TBA)
Stafford Library, 129 N. Main St.,(Rte 9) Manahawkin, NJ
Doors open at 6:30 for social time; meeting starts at 7PM
Oct. 27, 2018Cape May Hawk Watch and Avalon Seawatch
details TBA
Nov. 1, 2018Monthly Meeting (TBA)
Hunting Shanty, Tuckerton Seaport, Rt. 9
Doors open at 6:30 for social time; meeting starts at 7PM
Nov. 3, 2018Field Trip
Thompson Park and Huber Woods, Monmouth County
Details TBA
Dec. 6, 2018Holiday Party
The Lighthouse Building, in Tuckerton Seaport, Rt. 9, 6-9 p.m.
Dec. 15, 2018Tuckerton CBC
All Day
Countdown dinner: Hunting Shanty, Tuckerton Seaport, Rt. 9, 5 p.m.