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Evening bird walk set for June 9 at Sandy Hook

Eric Sucar
Children of all ages take advantage of the recent snow storm by sledding down the large hill at Glenwood Cemetery in West Long Branch on a sunny afternoon on January 22. Children of all ages took advantage of the fresh snow left over from the year's second major snowstorm.

Join the Monmouth County Audubon Society for a summer evening bird walk to look for nesters and shorebirds on Sandy Hook at 6 p.m. June 9. Meet in the parking lot of the old Sandy Hook Visitor’s Center at the Gateway National Recreation Area on Hartshorne Drive, Highlands.

The free trip, which is open to both members and nonmembers of the Monmouth County Audubon Society, will be led by Society members who are familiar with Sandy Hook and its birds.

“The evening is a great time to explore the quieter areas of Sandy Hook,” said Linda Mack, trip leader and past president of the Monmouth County Audubon Society.

“We never know what we will discover on these summer walks — herons, shorebirds, Ospreys and gulls are all regulars — and we may be able to sneak a peek at Piping Plovers, the endangered shorebirds that nest at Sandy Hook,” she said.

Advance registration is not required. Participants should bring binoculars and field guides and should dress appropriately for the weather, including clothing suitable for rain if the forecast is questionable. Insect repellent is also recommended. The walk will take place light rain or shine. Pets are not permitted.

The Monmouth County Audubon Society, a chapter of the National Audubon Society, is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of nature, wildlife conservation, habitat protection and education. For more information, visit www.monmouthaudubon.org.

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