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Saturday Field Trips

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Saturday boat trip out of Atlantic Highlands

Get on board Monmouth University’s 50’ R/V Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe for a tour of the lower Hudson-Raritan Estuary and waters around Sandy Hook. We’ll leave the dock 1pm and be out for about 3h. Limited to 20 passengers.

Hands-on living shoreline restoration

Join the Littoral Society and other volunteers in planting 15,000 culms along our newest living shoreline centrally located at 411 S. Riverside Drive in Neptune NJ. This community-driven restoration project will help to protect the local area from storm erosion, coastal flooding and other climate-driven impacts while also providing crucial habitat for living organisms.  This is a sill, marsh, beach, and berm restoration site,  but only planting the berm for now. We will supply gloves and dibbles but attendees should dress to get dirty. We also hope to see the fiddler crabs emerge from their winter burrows!  Read more about this project here:

When: 1-3 pm Saturday March 25th

Where: 411 S. Riverside Drive in Neptune NJ.

Cost: Cash donations to the Littoral Society will be encouraged.

Sandy Hook Tours: bird hike & JJ Howard Marine Lab

Nature and bird tour hike at Gateway National Recreation Area Sandy Hook Unit with American Littoral Society, plus tour of NOAA's finfish research facility - the JJ Howard Marine Lab.

When: 3-5:30 pm Thursday March 23rd

Where: we will transport in vans from Monmouth to Sandy Hook or people can meet us there.  Vans will be back in time to attend the welcome social and keynote address

Cost: Cash donations to the Littoral Society will be encouraged.

About our guide: Join “bird nerd” and Director of Development, Membership and Outreach for the American Littoral Society Lindsay McNamara for a private bird walk. She has been birding since she was nine years old when she saw her first Great Blue Heron along the Raritan River. She’s worked as a communications and fundraising specialist in the environmental nonprofit and higher education sectors for a decade. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Delaware and an M.A. in Public and Organizational Relations from Montclair State University.

Lindsay has led bird walks for Raritan Headwaters Association, Bergen County Audubon Society, New Jersey Emerging Conservation Professionals, and her former coworkers at National Audubon Society both in New York City and throughout New Jersey. She’s taught virtual birding classes and has even led a virtual bird-based book club through Hog Island Audubon Camp called “Tern the Page.” She is always looking to engage new birders in her lifelong passion and her favorite bird is the one she’s looking at. 

Thank you to our field trip sponsors!

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