Field Trips

Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles

Field trips are held most Wednesdays and some weekends. Dress for the weather and bring lunch and beverage. All walks are open to the public free of charge. Inclement weather cancels walk. See for last-minute changes.

For questions about Field Trips, see our Contact Us page.

For more information and directions to most of our birding locations, see our Where to Bird page. Additional information on some Field Trip locations is included in the online 3rd edition of Where to Bird in Dutchess County, a 2016 update of the second edition (now out of print).

Field Trip starting times change throughout the year. In general, 8:30am for the month of April, 8:00am for May, 7:30am for June, July and August, 8:00am for September, 8:30am for October, and 9:00am for November through March. Also check this website or the newsletter for occasional changes.

November 2017

Wednesday, November 29, Redwing Park, Rt. 82 Billings  Meet there at 9:00am. At Billings light (Rt.55/82), go north 1/10 mile on Rt. 82, entrance across from Redwing Sand and Gravel for Red Wing Recreation Park.

December 2017

Sunday, December 3, Shawangunk Grassland NWR  Leader: Barbara Michelin. Call 845-242-2301 for time and meeting place if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, December 6, Stony Kill Farm  Meet at the Manor House parking lot, Rt. 9D, Town of Wappingers, at 9:00am.

Saturday, December 9, Vassar Farm  Leader: Barbara Michelin. Call 845-242-2301 for time and directions if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, December 13, Holiday Party (members only)  Meet at the Verbank Methodist Church, Rt.82 & Clove Valley Rd. at  9:00am.  Walk followed by 11:00am lunch. Bring a dish to share. Snow date December 20.

Saturday, December 16, Christmas Bird Count  Join us for an exciting day counting birds throughout Dutchess County on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Our club has proudly participated in this event since the club’s inception in 1958. If you are interested in learning more about the history of the Christmas Bird Count, please see our website at>Records>Christmas Bird Count.  If you are interested in participating in the count, contact Adrienne Popko at 845-264-2015 or one of the leaders listed below.
Barbara Butler: Rockefeller Field Station, Verbank, Tymor Park, Clove Valley
Barry Haydayz/Krista Morris: Moores Mills, James Baird State Park
Barbara Mansell/Liz Martens: Salt Point, Northern Poughkeepsie
Frank Margiotta: Vassar Farm
Barbara Michelin: Town of Wappingers, Town of Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie Cemetery, Locust Grove
Alan Peterson: Hopewell, East Fishkill, Sylvan Lake, Town of Wappingers
Chet Vincent: Pleasant Valley, LaGrange

Sunday, December 17, Sharon/Lakeville CBC  To be held Sunday, December 17th. The count circle includes parts of Amenia and much of Millerton and Northeast, including most of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Anyone interested in helping out can contact Jane Rossman at 518-789-3523.

Wednesday, December 20, James Baird State Park  Meet at the restaurant parking lot or plowed parking lot at 9:00am.

Wednesday, December 27, Poet’s Walk  Meet at parking lot at 9:00am. Take Rt. 199 towards Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. Turn right at traffic light onto River Rd. before bridge; entrance on left.

Wednesday, December 27, Ulster/Dutchess (NYUD) CBC  The 7th Annual NYUD Christmas Bird Count will be held Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Please note that this is part of our Wednesday field trip.  Participate in the longest running citizen science effort in the world. This is a great chance for neighboring clubs to cross-pollinate and share our obsession. Contact co-compiler Mark DeDea (845-339-1277 or for assignment in the Ulster/Dutchess count circle. Be prepared for a full day out of doors but joining a party in the field would be helpful too. Reports from feeder watchers in the count circle are also desired. Also, please contact Mark regarding details about compilation get-together in Kingston afterward, submission of records, and weather postponement.

January 2018

Monday, January  1, Pawling CBC  As always, Pawling (Hidden Valley) CBCers will usher in the New Year with birding at the crack of dawn (or even earlier!) on January 1st. Enjoy traffic-free roads while others nurse hangovers! If you go owling before dawn, you may get a great “first bird of the year”! But even if you start out later with something more humble—a crow, say—you still stand the chance of getting some very good birds throughout the day. After the sun sets, we will have our traditional dinner at a local restaurant in Pawling. If you’d like to give us a hand (even if you can’t join us for dinner), please contact Carena Pooth at

Wednesday, January  3, Dutchess Rail Trail  Meet at larger parking lot on Old Manchester Rd. by Quinlan Gas (Town of Poughkeepsie) at 9:00am.

Wednesday, January 10, Millbrook School  Meet at the Trevor Zoo parking lot on Millbrook School Rd. off Rt. 44, Millbrook, at 9:00am.

Sunday, January 14, Waterfowl Count  Waterfowl Count week begins on Saturday, January 13, and ends on Sunday, January 21, 2018. On Sunday, January 14, several teams will search area ponds and lakes as well as the Hudson River and count waterfowl.  This annual tradition is a part of a statewide effort which monitors waterfowl populations.  See for more information and results from past counts. The snow date for this event will be Monday, January 15, 2018. Contact Adrienne Popko at or call 845-264-2015 by January 7 if you would like to participate.

Wednesday, January 17, Norrie Point  Meet at the Education Center parking lot (Staatsburg) at 9:00am.

Wednesday, January 24, Bowdoin Park  Meet at the upper level parking area, off Sheafe Rd., Town of Wappingers, at 9:00am.

Saturday, January 27, Crow Roost at Shadows Restaurant, Poughkeepsie.  Leader: Chet Vincent. Call 845-452-3716 for time and directions if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, January 31, Mills Mansion  Meet at the Mansion parking lot, Staatsburg, at 9:00am.