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Home News Transcript News Transcript News Audubon Society plans Allaire State Park field trip for May 4

Audubon Society plans Allaire State Park field trip for May 4

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Audubon Society plans Allaire State Park field trip for May 4
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What is “warbler neck?” The answer to that question and many others will be revealed when the Monmouth County Audubon Society hosts its annual field trip to Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Ave, Wall Township, on May 4.

“At this time of year, bird plumage is at its brightest and songs are loudest,” said Lisa Ann Fanning, trip leader. “To hear birdsong echoing through the woods is a delight. Anyone interested in learning how to identify spring migrants by song is in for a real treat. We are never disappointed at Allaire. And yes, you will definitely find out what ‘warbler neck’ is.”

The migration season brings a great variety of birds through the area and Allaire State Park is what birders refer to as a “migrant trap,” an oasis of woodland habitat surrounded by suburbs, according to a press release from the Audubon Society. This acts as a magnet for birds passing through, which are drawn to the plentiful food (mostly insects) and native plant cover.

The diversity of the habitat and the rich feeding grounds are especially attractive to wood-warblers. Anyone interested in participating in the event can meet at 8:15 a.m. in the main parking lot by the historic village. The walk through the park will end before noon.

The trip is open to members and non-members of the Monmouth County Audubon Society and participation is free. 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. The walk will take place light rain or shine. If the weather is doubtful participants can check www.monmouthaudubon.org for any last-minute changes. Pets are not permitted.

In other Audubon Society news, Bob Henschel, a past Monmouth County Audubon Society president and former ambassador of the Monmouth County Park System, will quiz guests on their knowledge about Monmouth County at the Monmouth County Audubon Society meeting at 8 p.m. May 8. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free. The meeting will be held at Tower Hill Church, 255 Harding Road, Red Bank.

“We will set this up as a group participation event,” Henschel said. “Whether you know a little or a lot about Monmouth County, its animals and its plants, come for the fun. You just might learn something!”

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, according to a press release.

Further information is available at http://www.monmouthaudubon.org or via email at info@monmouthaudubon.org