Watch Learn About Birds At Wings Over LBI

Dated: 03/09/2014

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For anyone wishing to learn more about winter birding, the Southern Ocean Birding Group will host the fifth annual Wings Over Long Beach Island Day on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park visitors center. All are welcome. The indoor-outdoor program is held in partnership with the Friends of the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies and the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. Sue Puder, founder and 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 species including the northern gannet, common and king eiders, harlequin duck and black-legged kittiwake. Other possible 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 will be at the visitors center to welcome participants and outline the day’s activities At 11 a.m., the group will host a bird identification workshop at the Foundation as part of the LBIF’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 show techniques on how to identify birds, using size, shape, colors, patterns and behavior. After the presentation, Puder will sell and sign copies of her book. At 1 p.m. at the visitors center at the lighthouse, Fred Lesser of the Ocean County Parks Department will talk about winter birds of the Barnegat Inlet. 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 the Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton at 7 p.m. The next meeting is March 6. For more information, call Puder at 609-698-2106. —E.E.

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