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Our upcoming bird counts and other birding programs

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Whooo lives in the forests of Coverdale? Join Jim White, for a winter hike and search for Screech, Saw Whet and Great Horned Owls! Listen for their haunting hoots as dusk falls and discover why these birds are so impressive. After your hike, warm up over a hearty dinner prepared in Coverdale’s Kitchen! Led by Jim White.

Wednesday, Feb28, 5:30 - 8 pm
Members: $20, Others: $25
Meets at Coverdale Farm Preserve, 543 Way Road Greenville, DE 19807 (302) 239-2334
02/28/2018 - 02/28/2018
5:30PM - 8:00PM
at: Coverdale Farm
age: Adult
Birding, Animals
W18108CF

Series of classes March - September

Whether you are just beginning your interest in nature, or wish to gain greater depth of understanding of local ecosystems, take advantage of this spring through fall course! Learn about the ecology of the Piedmont region and the flora and fauna that reside here during eight lectures and field trips led by experts. Each participant will complete a field and classroom notebook to become a certified naturalist.School teachers can receive 60 hours of in-service credit.

View the Class Schedule

Members: $200, Others: $255
Meets at Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707 (unless otherwise noted)

03/14/2018 - 09/29/2018
7:00PM - 9:00PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Animals, Birding, Botany, Conservation, Insects, Series
W18008AS
Are you an active 20 or 30 something looking to explore your adventurous side? Meet other young adults as we hike, paddle, explore, and enjoy happy hours! Our club runs monthly trips for people of all skill levels.
Join us for the Outsiders Club Kick Off. Hike some of our favorite hidden trails and learn about club activities. End the evening warming up around a campfire with happy hour drinks and s'mores.

Thursday, March 22, 6pm - 8pm
Members: $8, Others: $10
Meets at Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707 (302) 239-2334
03/22/2018 - 03/22/2018
6:00PM - 8:00PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult 21+
Birding, Cooking, Hiking, Hunting/Fishing, Kayaking/Canoeing, Outdoor Skills, Water
W18017AS
Dusk invites these harbingers of Spring out of their secret daytime retreats. Join Judy as she takes you to known Woodcock display grounds to seek and observe these unique creatures. Seek out calling amphibians like Spring Peepers and Wood Frogs that are emerging after winter with Jim. Bring a bag dinner. Led by Judy Montgomery and Jim White

Wednesday, March 28, 5:30 - 8 pm
Members: $15, Others: $20
Meets at Coverdale Farm Preserve (Way Rd Entrance):543 Way Road Greenville, DE 19807 (302) 239-2334
03/28/2018 - 03/28/2018
5:30PM - 8:00PM
at: Coverdale Farm
age: Adult
Animals, Birding
W18105CF
Wednesday, March 28, 6 - 7:30 pm

Learn what beneficial creatures you can support in your urban garden. Be a good water steward while keeping your plants, pollinators and wildlife happy. Led by Lori Athey and Laura Miller.

Members: $12, Others: $15
Meets at DuPont Environmental Education Center: 1400 Delmarva Lane Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 656-1490
03/28/2018 - 03/28/2018
6:00PM - 7:30PM
at: DuPont Environmental Education Center
age: Adult
Birding, Botany, Gardening/Farming, Insects, Water
W18202DC
Tuesdays, April 3 thru May 29, 8 - 10 am

Join a guided walk at this top birding hotspot. Songbirds concentrate here to feast on the food provided by native vegetation planted through our 25-year reforestation project. Meets at the end of Middle Run driveway off of Possum Hollow Road. Sponsored by New Castle County. Led by Middle Run Birding Team

Meets at Middle Run Natural Area. No Pre-Registration required. Just show up!
04/03/2018 - 05/29/2018
8:00AM - 10:00AM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Birding, Free, Visitation
V18602AS
Thursdays, Apri 5 - May 31, 8 - 10 am

Join us Thursdays on a walk around the Ashland Nature Center property for a look at the birds through the season. Search for birds in old growth forest, meadows, and thickets during spring migration. Led by the Ashland Birding Team

Members: Free, Others: Entry Trail Fee
Meets at Ashland Nature Center

No pre-registration required, just show up!
04/05/2018 - 05/31/2018
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Birding, Free
V18603AS
Monday, April 9 - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Join us on a tour of Maryland's Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay. Visit the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the "Everglades of Delmarva", to look for migratory waterfowl, and the range-restricted Delmarva Fox Squirrel. Learn about the area's heritage at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park before heading to historic Easton's downtown district for the night. Take a walk on the town, enjoy a nice dinner before you turn in. In the morning after breakfast, head to Tighlman Island to catch a boat out to Poplar Island. Truly one of modern engineering's wonders, Poplar Island is being re-built using dredge spoils to create a wildlife paradise. Tour the island by bus and see how island restoration can be done safely, benefitting birds, including several endangered species. Breakfast and dinner are Dutch-treat. Led by Matt Babbitt and Joe Sebastiani.
Cost: $210 dbl occupancy; single supp. $75
04/09/2018 - 04/10/2018
5:30AM - 6:00PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Eco-Travel, Birding
T18806AS
Are you an active 20 or 30 something looking to explore your adventurous side? Meet other young adults as we hike, paddle, explore, and enjoy happy hours! Our club runs monthly trips for people of all skill levels.
Hike through one of Delaware Nature Society's pristine preserves and end at the kitchen where we will be cooking up some delicious pizzas.

Sunday, April 22, 1 pm - 4 pm
Members: $15, Others: $20
Meets at Coverdale Farm, 543 Way Road, Greenville DE
04/22/2018 - 04/22/2018
1:00PM - 4:00PM
at: Coverdale Farm
age: Adult 21+
Birding, Cooking, Hiking, Hunting/Fishing, Kayaking/Canoeing, Outdoor Skills, Water
W18018AS
Would you like to learn how to check in on nesting birds? Join Joe Sebastiani to find out how you can safely monitor birds’ progress and contribute that data to science. We’ll take a walk to visit several occupied nest boxes around the property, and come back inside to share our observations with Cornell’s NestWatch. Led by Joe Sebastiani

Tuesday, April 24, 6 - 8 pm
Members: $10, Others: $15
Meets at Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707 (302) 239-2334
04/24/2018 - 04/24/2018
5:30PM - 7:30PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Birding
W18014AS

All local annual bird counts

Great Backyard Bird Count

2nd weekend in February
A four day count you can do in your backyard or anywhere on earth.
Location: Anywhere on earth

Spring Roundup

2nd Saturday in May
One-day count of birds in Delaware. Throughout the state, with regional leaders in charge of various state sections.
Location: Anywhere in DE
Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society

Fort Delaware Wading Bird Count

Monthly, spring – early summer
Stationary count of herons and egrets flying to and from Pea Patch Island conducted from the Delaware City Waterfront.
Location: Delaware City Waterfront
Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society

Bird-a-thon

Early May
Fundraiser for the Delmarva Ornithology to provide money for shorebird habitat acquisition in Delaware.
Location: Statewide
Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society

June Challenge

Entire month of June
Individual contest to see the most birds in a county.
Location: anywhere in DE
Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society

Big Sit

2nd weekend in Oct
A competition to see or hear the most bird species from one spot.
Location: DNS runs big sits at DEEC, Ashland, and Bucktoe. Another one occurs at Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Join in: Join our Big Sit (posted on this page late summer) or find more Big Sit bird counts

Sea Watch

Monthly, October – March
Stationary count of migrating seabirds
Location: Indian River Inlet
Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society

Hawk Watch

Daily, September – November
Stationary count sites established to count migrating raptors
Location: Ashland Nature Center and Cape Henlopen State Park
Join in: visit our Hawk Watch or find more hawk watches

Christmas Bird Counts

Mid-December – early January
Bird surveys within several 15-mile diameter circles within Delaware.
Location: Wilmington, Middletown, Bombay Hook, Milford, Seaford, Cape Henlopen, and Rehoboth in DE Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society