DVOC Main Page > Field Trips > Field Trip Report

DVOC Field Trip Report
by Tony Croasdale

April 21, 2013 (Sunday)
Franklin Parker Preserve, New Jersey

We did this trip a little later in the year than usual. We had a lovely time however the bird diversity seemed to suffer as the wintering birds had left and the breeders weren't in yet. However it hardly matter as the place itself is the real attraction. Franklin Parker Preserve's unique combination of pine barrens, wetlands, and cranberry bogs undergoing ecological restoration always makes for an interesting visit. Emille Devito from New Jersey Conservation Foundation hosts this trip every year and as always was a fantastic and entertaining host. He gives a no-holds-barred crash course in conservation politics. The birds were good and included a dozen kestrels, bald eagle on the nest, bluebirds and pine warblers.