Woodcocks at Moonrise

Saturday, March 31, 7:30 PM
Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area
Cornwall Hill Road in Patterson

Drawing of an American woodcock sitting on an oak leaf

For a natural history enthusiast, nothing beats the thrill of witnessing the bizarre, intricate and impressive mating flight of the American woodcock. Join Kent Conservation Advisory Committee naturalists for a gentle walk to the singing grounds of this small game bird while the full Grass (and Blue) Moon rise over the meadows.

Come learn about the woodcocks’ extraordinary behavior, how to identify the sounds of this amazing bird, and to help map its locations in the town of Kent. Spend twilight on a spring evening overlooking Pine Island and the Great Swamp at the Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area on Cornwall Hill Road in Patterson. (See map.) Call Beth at (845) 228-5635 to register.

Wear warm clothes and good hiking shoes. Very cold weather or snow would postpone the walk because the woodcock don’t fly when it’s too cold. If this happens, we’ll post a message to the CAC website and an email alert to CAC hikes subscribers (click here to subscribe) by 4 PM the day of the hike. Or, if in doubt, call (845) 228-5635.