NJ Audubon: Wildcat Ridge Field Trip
Led by Dave Oster, NJ Audubon Associate Naturalist. Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area, located off Green Pond Road in northern Morris County, preserves almost 6,000 acres of forest and wooded ridgeline. The area is surprisingly rugged and supports populations of bear, beaver, porcupine, and bobcat. We will begin with a walk of approximately 20 minutes to Wildcat Ridge Hawkwatch, which overlooks Rockaway Valley and should offer superb views of autumn foliage. The trail is well maintained and there is an excellent chance of encountering pileated woodpecker along the way. We may observe a number of raptor species at the hawkwatch, and ravens are usually present–flying close past the ridge or soaring with hawks and vultures. We will look for any other migrants and should encounter some very friendly local chickadees. After leaving the hawkwatch we will visit a nearby beaver pond where wood duck and other species may be present.
We will meet at the Enholm Field parking lot at 714 Green Pond Road (County Rt 513) in Rockaway Township, and carpool to the trailhead.
Cost & Registration: $20 members; $25 non-members.
Please call 908-396-6386 to register by October 20, 2017