Hackensack Riverkeeper staffers are available to lead outings for your group
at a date and time of your choice.
Schools, Scout troops, nature clubs and more are welcome.
Bird-walks are guided birding trips to unique habitat
areas within the Hackensack River watershed (and sometimes beyond). They
offer you a chance to gain a more thorough understanding of the birds and
other wildlife that inhabit our region. Bird-Walks are led by an experienced
field naturalist and beginning birders are always welcome!
Depending on the time of year, there are different places that we visit.
Among the places we’ve explored are:
The Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, NJ. Although not in the
Hackensack River Watershed, this is always our most popular Eco-Walk.
This 107-acre municipally-owned nature preserve boasts a bird list of
over 340 species!
The Mill Creek Wetlands Trail in Secaucus, NJ. One of the newest
public-access points in the Meadowlands, this loop trail covers more
than a mile through a restored wetlands ecosystem. Birding is excellent
at Mill Creek, especially in Spring and Fall;
Richard W. DeKorte Park and the Sawmill Creek Wildlife Management Area
in Lyndhurst, NJ. As many people already know, DeKorte is very
productive birding destination because of its varied habitats;
Mehrhof Pond in Little Ferry, NJ. Formed when a clay pit strip mine
flooded in the early 20th Century, this unique place hosts
thousands of roosting waterfowl every Fall and Winter.
Hawk Watch at the State Line Lookout atop the Palisades in Alpine, NJ.
While we don’t do much actual
walking, we do have an opportunity to observe numerous hawks,
falcons and eagles if the winds are right.
At a leisurely pace, a Bird-Walk takes about two hours from start to finish
with plenty of stops along the way for birding (and
botanizing and discussion as well).
Despite the fact that Bird-Walks are WALKS and not HIKES, the trails are
sometimes muddy or a little uneven so please be sure to wear comfortable,
sturdy shoes. Bring sunscreen, bug juice and
don't forget to bring your binoculars
$150 for a Group Bird-Walk up to 2 hours.
$200 for a Group Bird-Walk up to 3 hours.
*Bird-Walks are not recommended for children under the age of 4.
Please contact our Program Director Hugh Carola by phone at
201-968-0808 or via e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon reserving, directions will be sent to you.
Steady rain cancels.
See you on the trail!