Join us for whip-poor-will spotting and a "Bring Your Own" picnic at the Myles Standish SF headquarters at 6:00PM if you want to come early.
Learn more about these vocal but elusive birds (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Whip-poor-will/id).
A report from the Albany Pine Bush Preserve says Whip-poor-wills are becoming rare in the Northeast. However Myles Standish State Forest is still a stronghold for this remarkable bird and contains some of their favorite habitat.
The bird walk is scheduled for 6:30. Will drive to the Fire Tower Parking Lot 6 on Bare Hill Road and walk some of the Wildlife Management areas off of Three Cornered Pond Road until sundown (at 8:21). There will be a first quarter moon. You may want to bring a hand lamp or flashlight for after sunset.
We will place ourselves strategically to listen to Hermit Thrushes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9vHS6JdHog) and give way to Whip-poor-wills as the dusk gets deeper.
For those interested, we can try for owls afterwards. One year a "whip" almost landed on my head. I promise not to move if it happens again. Someone get an image, please..........
No dogs at this event please.
For more info on the Friends of Myles Standish, visit our Friends of Myles Standish State Forest website (http://www.friendsmssf.com/)