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  • Prime Hook birding field trip set for Jan. 23

  • The first birding field trip of the 2014 season at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge will be Jan. 23 at 8 a.m., leaving from the Refuge Headquarters office, 11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton.
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  • The first birding field trip of the 2014 season at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge will be Jan. 23 at 8 a.m., leaving from the Refuge Headquarters office, 11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton.
    The trips generally run for about three hours. Two or three leaders will be on hand, all of whom are familiar with the birds found on the refuge at various times of the year. Locations visited will vary depending on what species are present on the date of the trip. Since 85 percent of the bird species found on the refuge are migrants, every month of the year brings the opportunity for difference species of birds to be observed.
    Participants should bring binoculars, a field guide and spotting scope. The refuge has a few pairs of loaner binoculars if needed. Participants should be prepared to walk up to a mile and should dress appropriately for the weather. In some of the more open locations, wind chill can be a factor in the cooler months. In case of light rain, a trip will still occur, but will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain.
    The trips are free and open to the public. For more information, call (302) 684-8419 or visit http://primehook.fws.gov.
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