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KGA ACTIVITIES AND OTHER EVENTS


CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 7:30 AM - 5 PM

The Kingston segment of this year's Audubon Christmas Bird Count begins at 7:30 AM at the Locktender's House in Kingston and goes until noon. After a break for lunch at Palace of Asia, we will continue with the count in the afternoon. You can join us for morning, afternoon, or both. Experienced birders and novices are equally welcome to participate. Dress warmly, and bring binoculars if you have them.

If you are interested, give Karen Linder a call (609-683-0483) or an email (karen.e.linder@gmail.com) for more information and to register.


Photo of "Savannah sparrow balancing act" courtesy of tamstuart.com

About the Christmas Bird Count: Prior to the turn of the century, people engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas "Side Hunt." They would choose sides and go afield with their guns; whoever brought in the biggest pile of feathered (and furred) quarry won.Conservation was in its beginning stages around the turn of the 20th century, and many observers and scientists were becoming concerned about declining bird populations. Beginning on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman, an early officer in the then budding Audubon Society, proposed a new holiday tradition--a "Christmas Bird Census"--that would count birds in the holidays, rather than hunt them. So began the Christmas Bird Count.

These days, more than 50,000 observers participate in the Annual Christmas Bird Count each year. The results of these efforts are compiled into the longest-running database in ornithology, representing over a century of data on trends of early-winter bird populations across the Americas.



RECENT EVENTS

"A WALK THROUGH KINGSTON'S RAILROAD HISTORY"
Sunday, October 22, 2017

This year's walk, co-sponsored by the Kingston Historical Society and led by railroad historian John Kilbride, did not go quite as we planned! We headed out along the former Camden & Amboy Railroad right-of-way toward Railroad Avenue, crossed Ridge Road onto the Rail Trail, and walked as far as the turn to the Cook bridge. Shortly thereafter, our guide experienced a spell which resulted in his being whisked away in an ambulance!

We are grateful to trustee Karen Linder for grabbing the baton to finish with a more traditional nature walk. A good number of participants carried on, roughly following the former Kingston Branch/Rocky Hill Railroad right-of-way to end at the Kingston Lock-tenderís House, where model builder Paul Kayne talked about and demonstrated his models of the Kingston lock and the "A" frame bridge (once at Kingston).

The good news is that John Kilbride had fully recovered by the next day, and to finish what he started, recorded this virtual tour with illustrations, lasting about sixteen minutes. A Walk through Kingston's Railroad History

KGA ANNUAL MEETING AND PROGRAM--
"SPRING ACTIVITIES OF THE LENNI LENAPE AND THEIR VILLAGES IN KINGSTON, NEW JERSEY"


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum, discussed the significance and importance of the Indian way of life during the spring season, when these people welcomed the return of their food supply--from the waters, from the soil, and from the skies.

Please click on this link to read some highlights of Jim's presentation: Jim Wade Talk



Spearpoints from Lawrenceville, collection of Jim Wade



Grinding stones, axeheads, celts, and hoe blade from the collection of Jim Wade



EARTH DAY CLEANUP
Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 2017

Two crews tidied up Kingston on Earth Day weekend on both the Franklin and South Brunswick sides. A six person team concentrated on Laurel Avenue and the environs of Rockingham, while twenty-seven volunteers cleaned up the areas along Railroad and Greenwood Avenues, Ridge Road, and Divison Street. We are grateful to all these good folks for giving their time and energy to make the environment safer and more beautiful for all!

Rockingham Crew:





South Brunswick Crew:









And a big thank you to Scott of The Sentinel, who turned out on a Sunday to document our activities. His "action shots" may be viewed here: Photos by Scott of The Sentinel

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
December 18, 2016

Karen Linder led the count, and made this report:

"We were light on counters this year so only managed to cover part of the territory that we usually do, but all in all, it was a fun day, and a fairly productive one. All told, we recorded 40 species, and 1364 birds - the usual suspects, with no new species recorded for the territory. Surprisingly, we had absolutely no yellow-rumped warblers, a bird that is normally pretty prevalent in our count, and relatively few white-throated sparrows. The fish crows were a single mob. American crows were really light this year. The eagle was a lone adult, flying close to and towards its nest. Glad to see that our pair are back for another year."

"Highlights of the count included a flurry of robins gorging on the bright red berries of bush honeysuckle, the very noisy mob of fish crows, a soggy but very prominently perched Coopers hawk, and a small flock of bluebirds, glistening turquoise in the morning sun. Later in the week, two KGA members had a lovely sighting of a Great Horned Owl. They heard it calling, went outside and as they watched, it flew from the denser trees to perch on a branch where it was beautifully silhouetted. It preened, stretched and looked around for about 15 minutes before it took off to catch supper."

Thank you to those who participated in this annual event!



NATURE GALLERY

Does a tree grow in Kingston that you would like to honor? Now you can nominate it to KGA's brand new Kingston Tree Registry.

Tree Nomination Form