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Our upcoming bird counts and other birding programs

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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.

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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
Tuedays, Apri 3 - May 29, 8 - 10 am

Join us Tuedays on a walk around the Middle Run 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 Middle Run Birding Team

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

No pre-registration required, just show up!
04/03/2018 - 05/29/2018
at:
age: Adult
Birding, Free, Visitation
V18603MR
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
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
Thursdays, May 5 - June 7, 8:30 am

Join us Thursdays on a walk around the Abbotts Mill 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.

Meets at Abbotts Mill Nature Center

No pre-registration required, just show up!
05/05/2018 - 06/07/2018
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Birding, Free, Visitation
V18603AM
Kayak Dragon Run and discover the many layers of wildlife found there! Ducks, herons, woodpeckers, beavers and turtles are common in this Delaware City waterway. Celebrate the day (Cinco de Mayo) by stopping at a popular Mexican restaurant for lunch and a cerveza (beer)! For Adults 18+. Bring money for lunch. Led by Tim Dorsey

Saturday, May 5, 9am - 2pm
Members: $30, Others: $40
Meets at Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707 (302) 239-2334
05/05/2018 - 05/05/2018
9:00AM - 2:00PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult 18+
Kayaking/Canoeing, Water, Birding, Animals
U18002AS
Saturday, May 12, 6am - 6pm

A "Big Day" at Bucktoe! Search out the amazing diversity of birdlife found here - including spring warblers! Join expert birdwatchers and spend as much time as you like. Bring or borrow binoculars. Meets at Bucktoe Creek Preserve 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311 Led by Larry Lewis

No pre-registration required. Just show up!

Meets at Bucktoe Creek Preserve 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311
05/12/2018 - 05/12/2018
at: Bucktoe Creek Preserve
age: Adult
Birding, Free
V18605BK
Daily, May 17 to June 6, 3:30pm to dark
Free! Just show up.

Shorebirds along the Delaware Bay have fattened up on Horseshoe Crab eggs and are ready to fly thousands of miles to the arctic to nest. Watch the skies at Bucktoe Creek Preserve in the evening to witness impressive flights of plovers, sandpipers, Whimbrel, Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstones and other species flying north in huge flocks. This is also the time of year to see the rare Mississippi Kite, and the rarer Swallow-tailed Kite, beautiful raptors of the southern US, rarely seen in our region. Bring your favorite beverage, picnic dinner, and get ready for beautiful scenery, and exciting birding. Lots of laughs and new friends await. Led by Larry Lewis

Meets at Bucktoe Creek Preserve 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311

05/17/2018 - 06/06/2018
3:30PM - 8:00PM
at: Bucktoe Creek Preserve
age: Adult
Birding, Free
V18604BK
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.
Get into that relaxing Memorial Day weekend mood a few days early! Enjoy a lovely session of Yoga on Wilmington's riverfront and wrap up the evening with a walk to Constitution Yards Beer Garden.

Wednesday, May 23, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Members: $10, Others: $15
Meets at Dupont Environmental Education Center, 1400 Delmarva Lane, Wilmington DE
05/23/2018 - 05/23/2018
5:30PM - 8:30PM
at: DuPont Environmental Education Center
age: Adult 21+
Birding, Cooking, Hiking, Hunting/Fishing, Kayaking/Canoeing, Outdoor Skills, Water
U18006AS

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