Do you aspire to take to the sky, but feel overwhelmed when identifying a bird out in the field? The Tulpehaking Nature Center offers a beginner birdwatching series that will help you hone your skills while studying in the Abbott Marshlands. The Birding 101 Series will take place on Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 8am to 10am.
In this four-part series, local expert Bill “Birdman” Pitman will help you develop the basic skills and knowledge essential for becoming a great birdwatcher. With Bill’s guidance, participants will practice using binoculars and identifying birds by shape, size, behavior and habitat. By building this solid foundation, you will be able to experience more of the bird instead of missing out while consulting your field guide.
Designated as an Important Bird and Birding Area by the New Jersey Audubon Society, the Abbott Marshlands stands out for its diverse and high-quality habitats for birds. Most time will be spent outdoors in the field; please dress accordingly. The Park Commission will have binoculars available to borrow, or you may bring your own.
This workshop is $5 per session or $15 for the series if paid in full on the first day of class. This series is appropriate for teens and adults. Pre-registration is required; please call (609) 888-3218 or follow the link https://goo.gl/forms/.
The Tulpehaking Nature Center is located at 157 Westcott Ave. in Hamilton. It is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, and Sundays from noon to 4pm.
The nature center provides programs and exhibits that encourage visitors to explore and discover the many cultural, historic and natural resources of the Abbott Marshlands. It is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission. For more information about the nature center, programs and schedule of events, go to www.mercercountyparks.org.