Annual Winter Bird Count

Annual Winter Bird Count

Sunday, January 06, 2019 (All day)

The 14th annual Esopus Bend Nature Preserve Winter Bird Count (WBC) will be conducted on Sunday, January 06, 2019.  Participants will census wintering birds throughout the 160-acre Nature Preserve, recording numbers of individuals and species diversity.  WBC results will become part of the Preserve’s biodiversity database and will help provide future guidance for land management and stewardship decisions.

The diurnal part of the survey starts at approximately 7:45 a.m.  Esopus Bend Nature Preserve is located on the banks of the Esopus Creek in the Village and Town of Saugerties in northern Ulster County.  Previous counts conducted during early January have recorded a cumulative total of 65 species, and a single-year high count of 966 individuals.  Highlights from previous counts include a rare Bohemian Waxwing, and White-winged Crossbill, Gray Catbird, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Winter Wrens, six species of woodpeckers, and double-digit numbers of wintering Hermit Thrushes.

The WBC is a great way for birders and nature enthusiasts to start off the New Year and contribute to our knowledge of the wintering bird population inhabiting Esopus Bend Nature Preserve.  Additional field observers are always welcome, and full day participation is not required, but you should be prepared to invest several hours out in the field under cold winter conditions.  Please contact Steve Chorvas (schorvas@gmail.com or 845-246-5900) to register, or for additional information, no later than 12:00 noon, Friday, January 4th.

For additional information about upcoming ECC Environmental Education Nature Walks and Paddles, please visit www.esopuscreekconservancy.org.