A few quick views from one of my favorite local vistas.
Photographer taking a shot of NYC in the distance. Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch, September 2017, photo by Dave Blinder.
The Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area Hawk Watch also serves as an unofficial community center for nature observation and study.
International Hawk Week banner. Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch, September 2017, photo by Dave Blinder.
A great service to the public has been provided by Bill Gallagher and more recent NJ Fish&Wildlife Volunteers. Bill will be missed.
Volunteer Frank Bundy tallies passing raptors. Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch, September 2017, photo by Dave Blinder.
These giving folks greet newcomers to the hawkwatch and provide birdwatching knowledge and tips to all.
Visitors come to discuss migration. Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch, September 2017, photo by Dave Blinder.
The volunteers also provide raptor migration data sheets to NJF&W and other wildlife monitoring organizations.
Visitors take in the panoramic view. Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch, September 2017, photo by Dave Blinder.
Visit the Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch this Fall. Parking is available at the far end of Upper Hibernia Road in Rockaway Twp NJ. Ascend the gravel road on foot 6/10 of a mile before turning for Hawk Watch access. Bring binoculars, water, and a snack.
Visit the WCR Enhancement Website for more detailed visitor information.
Wells Mills County Park in Waretown NJ can make for a great quick visit or even a lengthy nature hike.
Included are a few quick cell photos from today in Ocean County.
Only my 3rd visit, not sure why I haven’t been here more. Outstanding scenery in boggy and upland habitats. Also noteworthy that the park offers canoe rentals for $3 for 30 minutes which is a nice price.
We saw a few friendly people picnicking and barbecuing which are also good activities to enjoy at Wells Mills.
Visitor info here – http://www.oceancountyparks.org/ContentPage.aspx?ID=41fee2db-374d-49a2-a7ae-f17b5acc6c92