Kirkland Bird Club offers several May field trips

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The Kirkland Bird Club is offering a variety of birding field trips throughout the month of May. If any of the hikes are canceled due to weather, there are no alternative dates:

Tuesday, May 1: Nelson Robinson will lead a trip to the Pitch Pine Bog on West Thomas Street. This is an easy, flat hike through the eastern part of the Rome Sand Plains.

The group will meet at the McDonalds on Erie Boulevard West at 10 a.m.

Please bring bug spray or towellets, bottle of water, binoculars, and shoes/boots for hiking through some mucky sections. It will take about 3-4 hours to do the loop.

For those who want to drive directly there, a map is available online at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/46625.html . The Pitch Pine Bog is #1 by the “IWL” (Issac Walton League).

Wednesday, May 2: Carol Adams, with assistance fm Nelson Robinson, will lead a trip to Delta Lake State Park. This is our first time birding this area.

The group will meet in the parking lot next to the beach house and start birding at
8:30 a.m.

Bring the usual items that are used four birding.

• Tuesday, May 8: Nelson Robinson will lead a trip starting at the parking lot of the Rome Sports Hall of Fame, 5790 Rome-New London Road, near the former Erie Canal Village.

The group will head out at 10 a.m., returning around noon. The path was once used by horses that pulled canal boats before motors were invented. It is an “ideal walking” path.

Tuesday, May 22: Nelson Robinson will lead a trip to Wood Creek Trail on Hogsback Road. This is in the western part of the Rome Sand Plains.

The group will meet at the McDonalds on Erie Boulevard West at 10 a.m.

Please bring bug spray or towellets, bottle of water, binoculars, and shoes/boots for hiking. It will take about 2 hours to do the hike.

For those who want to drive directly there, a map is available online at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/46625.html . The site is #3 on the map.

As an added attraction at the completion of the hike, the group will offer another hike in a different direction to see if the wild lupines are in flower.

This is one of only a few places in North America where conditions are just right for it to grow. And it attracts the very rare elphin blue butterfly.

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