‘Wings Over LBI’ Program on March 18

Mar 08, 2017
Photo by: Ryan Morrill Northern gannet

To learn more about winter birding, the Southern Ocean Birding Group will host the seventh annual Wings Over Long Beach Island Day on Saturday, March 18, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park visitors center. Newcomers are welcome.

The indoor-outdoor program is held in partnership with the Friends of the Barnegat Lighthouse, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences and the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce.

Sue Puder, founder/president of the birding group, said that according to William J. Boyle, author of A Guide to Bird Finding in New Jersey, Barnegat Inlet is one of the best places to look for such species as the northern gannet, common and king eiders, harlequin duck and the black-legged kittiwake. Other species that can be viewed are the red-breasted merganser, scoter, purple sandpiper, long-tailed duck, snow bunting, horned lark, Ipswich sparrow, red-throated grebe and common goldeneye.

Puder said that at 10 a.m., she would be at the visitors center to welcome participants and outline the day’s activities.

At 11 a.m., the birding group will host “Raptors of New Jersey” at the Foundation as part of the Loveladies organization’s Science Saturday program. There is a $5 fee for Foundation nonmembers. Puder, who is author of New Jersey Birds and Beyond, will be joined by Linda Gangi, master naturalist and birding group vice president. They will talk about various falcons, accipiters, buteos and kites that can be seen in New Jersey.

At 1 p.m. at the visitors center, Alex Majewski will discuss winter birds of Barnegat Inlet and the Atlantic Flyway. He has been birding and fishing around Barnegat Bay for more than 35 years. He is a science teacher at Barnegat High School and is faculty supervisor of the high school’s environmental club.

Throughout the day at the park, birding group members will be stationed along the concrete jetty with binoculars and scopes to help people locate birds and be on hand to answer questions.

In addition, bird viewing will be available on the elevated platform at the Foundation, which overlooks some of the last natural marshes remaining on Long Beach Island.

The birding group meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Hunting Shanty at Tuckerton Seaport at 7 p.m. The next meeting will be April 6.

For more information, call Puder at 609-698-2106.  —E.E.

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