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Tulpehaking Nature Center to offer Birding 201 Series in September

Focus will be migratory birds that stop at Abbott Marshlands

Post Date:08/25/2017 2:01 PM

HAMILTON, N.J. — Fledgling birdwatchers get a second chance to build their skills this fall at the Tulpehaking Nature Center to observe migratory bird patterns throughout the Abbott Marshlands. The Birding 201 Series will take place Saturdays, Sept. 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Led by local expert Bill Pitman, this four-part series is designed for beginning and first-time birdwatchers to practice identifying birds by shape, size, behavior and habitat. “By building this solid foundation,” says Pitman, “they’ll be able to experience more of the bird instead of missing out while consulting a field guide.”

The focus will be the many migrating birds that stop to refuel at the Abbott Marshlands. Class members will be on the lookout for enduring birds like the blackpoll warbler, which migrates from Alaska and Northern Canada to South America, including a three-day nonstop flight over the Atlantic Ocean. Rest stops like the Abbott Marshlands become critical feeding sites for birds migrating south to their winter grounds.

This workshop is $5 per person or $15 for the series if paid at the first class. Participants can bring their own binoculars or borrow a pair from the nature center. This series is appropriate for teens and adults. Pre-registration is required; please call (609) 888-3218, email or register online at

The Tulpehaking Nature Center is located at 157 Westcott Ave. in Hamilton. It is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

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


Photo Caption: Migrating birds stop at the Abbott Marshlands as they wing their way to their wintering grounds. (Photo by Mary Anne Borg)

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