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Junior Ornithologists 2018

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Duke Farms

1112 Dukes Pkwy W

Hillsborough, NJ 08844

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Join a Duke Farms Educator one Sunday morning a month to learn why Duke Farms is for the birds! During this series, Junior Ornithologists will gain an understanding of what makes birds so unique and fascinating. Through games and classroom activities we will explore the life histories of birds and delve into topics such as bird biology and adaptations for flight, bird behavior, diets and habitats. We will learn to use binoculars and field guides and will go outside to see what our feathered friends are up to throughout the year.

These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each family of children during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to watch and identify birds in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather! Bring a refillable water bottle.


April 29: Tweets Twitters/Bird Communication
May is the time when birds become very vocal and even noisy as they establish territories and search for mates. We will explore bird communication as well as mating and nesting. Put your cell phones away as we listen for the live tweets, twitters and songs of the birds of spring.

May 20: Bluebirds Abound
Did you know that eastern bluebirds actually begin their courtship in late winter? Or that bluebirds often raise two broods in one season? We’ll check on active bluebird nest boxes as we learn all about the life history of these “birds of happiness”.

June 24: Habitats Are For the Birds
Birds have adaptations that make them well suited to live in some habitats, but not all habitats. Let’s explore the meadows, lakes and woodlands of Duke Farms and learn about the different kinds of birds that call these places home.


July 29: Hummingbirds
It’s almost impossible to believe that a bird that weighs less than a penny can migrate all the way to Central America and back every year. We will take an in depth look at the life and times of this tiny miracle on the wing. We’ll also learn about gardening for hummingbirds and participants will take home seeds of a plant that is a hummingbird favorite.

September 16: Fall Migration - 8:00am start time for bird banding!

Every fall, many species of birds prepare for fall migration. We’ll talk about some of the birds that fly elsewhere for the winter and how banding birds helps scientists study bird migration. No promises, but we hope to have a hands on bird banding session with an experienced scientist!


October 14: Owls Rule the Night
Owls are fascinating nocturnal birds of prey with adaptations that make them incredible hunters. Let’s take a close look at our NJ owls and find out who is whooing in the dark!

November 18: Let’s Talk Turkey
As Thanksgiving approaches, we can’t help but think and wonder about this iconic bird. Come learn all about where they live, what they eat, and how they raise their families. We’ll make our own turkey calls and even learn to talk turkey!

December 16 : Winter Birds
Not all birds migrate to warmer places in winter. We’ll take a look at the birds that stick around in the coldest months and discover how they survive in the worst conditions. We’ll also explore the topic of feeding birds and see who is visiting our bird feeders here at Duke Farms.

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1112 Dukes Pkwy W

Hillsborough, NJ 08844

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