2013-01-30 / Front Page

Audubon Society plans field trip

The Monmouth County Audubon Society will sponsor a field trip to several lakes and ponds along the north shore on Feb. 23.

“This area is dotted with dozens of small ponds and lakes,” said Lisa Malandrino, field trip chairwoman.

Trip leader Linda Mack said, “Many of the ducks that winter here breed in more northerly latitudes, but they migrate to our area for the winter and use our ponds for shelter and food.

“There are quite a number of species of duck that spend the winters on our ponds. We will also visit several overlooks for ocean birds such as loons, and there may be a surprise or two waiting for us between the waves,” Mack said.

Some of the ponds usually included in the group’s itinerary include Wreck Pond (Spring Lake), Shark River (Belmar/Wall Township) and Lake Takanassee (Long Branch), although the exact schedule will depend on recent sightings, hurricane damage and weather conditions.

Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, Route 36, Monmouth Beach.

The trip is open to members and nonmembers of the Monmouth County Audubon Society, and participation is free. Advance registration is not required.

Participants should dress appropriately for cold temperatures and windy conditions, which are common along the coast. Binoculars are essential and a field guide is helpful.

Further information can be obtained by visiting www.monmouthaudubon.org or via email at info@monmouthaudubon.org.

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