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Hawk Rise Sanctuary
NJ Audubon Programs

New Jersey Audubon is hosting public programs for all ages at

Hawk Rise Sanctuary.

To register for a program please contact:

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary

Phone: 908.766.5787

Field Trips

HAWK RISE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
Led by Kelly Wenzel, Project Coordinator - Urban Education
and Mike Allan, Research Project Coordinator

Saturday, February 14 - 10:30 a.m. to Noon
This is the weekend of the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) an annual, national citizen-science event sponsored by Cornell University and the National Audubon Society. Hike the forest and wetlands at Hawk Rise and discover who is wintering here and perhaps see some early migrants. After we get some practice we will officially participate in the GBBC and log our data! This program is intended for birders of all ages and ability; loaner binoculars will be available. Dress warmly and be prepared to walk in snow or mud.
Location: Hawk Rise Sanctuary, Range Road, Linden, NJ
Cost: Free

MIGRATION MADNESS
Led by Scott Barnes, Director – All Things Birds
Thursday, April 16 – 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
We will search for spring migrants in the maple-oak forest and spend some time looking at the freshwater and salt marsh habitats for a variety of birds.
Location: Hawk Rise Sanctuary, Range Road, Linden, NJ
Cost: Free

SONGBIRD WOODLAND SEARCH
Led by Scott Barnes, Director – All Things Birds
Wednesday, May 13 – 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Search for thrushes, vireos and warblers in this urban oasis of Maples, Oaks and Sweet Gum.  We will also go to the Rahway River overlook to search for a variety of shorebirds.  Hawk Rise is noted for its Swainson’s Thrushes and warbler varieties.
Location: Hawk Rise Sanctuary, Range Road, Linden, NJ
Cost: Free

Events

HAWK RISE SANCTUARY SPRING CLEAN UP AND PLANTING DAYS
Led by Kelly Wenzel, Project Coordinator – Urban Education
Saturday, April 18; Sunday, April 19; and Sunday, April 26 – 9:30 a.m. to Noon
Help clean up from winter by clearing trails and removing invasive plants.  This is an important step before we plant in May!
Saturday, May 16; and Sunday, May 17 – 9:30 a.m. to Noon
Help us seed cleared areas and plant more native plants inside the deer fence and protect other plants with deer guards.
Gloves and tools for clean ups and plantings will be provided.  A light snack and water will also be provided.  Wear long pants and boots or sneakers. Students and Scouts needing volunteer hours welcome with adult supervision (1 adult to 4 children).  Registration is requested for these events.
Location: Hawk Rise Sanctuary, Range Road, Linden, NJ
Cost: FREE

Workshops

Landscape for Life: Creating Sustainable Habitats at Home

Led by Kelly Wenzel, Project Coordinator – Urban Education
Saturday, May 30, June 6 and June 13 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Get practical advice on how to improve your soil, conserve water and energy, and select the right plants and materials to create a beautiful garden at home that also protects our environment. In this three-part series led by New Jersey Audubon and other local experts, each session builds awareness of recommended horticultural practices and sustainability principles, all in the context of our local conditions and resources. Participants will develop a plan to improve the sustainability of their own yards.  Our second class coincides with our Native Plant Sale – each household receives a $10 voucher to start their own habitat!  You must register for the series.  Class size is limited to 20 households.

Location: Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville
Cost per Household: $100 for members; $145 for non-members