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Birds and Bird Song at Staalesen Preserve, Troy

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Naturalist Series

Part of our Rensselaer Naturalist Series! Although within the city limits of Troy, RLT's Staalesen Preserve has a wonderful diversity of birds. We will look and listen for spring migrating and local resident birds in field, edge, shrub, streamside and marsh habitats.  Suitable for birders of all levels, including beginners. Bring binoculars.

Meet at the parking lot of the Staalesen Preserve on Wynantskill Way in Troy.

Register in advance HERE

Questions? Contact trip leader Jim de Waal Malefyt at

Suggested donation of $5.

Resources for this outing are listed below and can also be found here along with learning goals.

Birds, Bird Songs, and Birding

Field Guides

Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, 2nd Edition
Sibley's Birding Basics: How to Identify Birds, Using the Clues in Feathers, Habitats, Behaviors, and Sounds
The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds
Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America, 6th Edition
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition
National Geographic Birding Essentials: All the Tools, Techniques, and Tips You Need to Begin and Become a Better Birder

Apps to help with Identification

Merlin (free; with photo recognition and sound files)
Audubon Bird Guide (free; with lots of free sound files)
Raptor ID (paid)
Warbler Guide (paid)
Most of the major field guides also come in app form (paid; see the list of field guides below)

Apps to Learn Sounds

LarkWire (paid)
SongSleuth (paid)

Websites to Study Sounds

Macaulay library

Photo and Song Quizzes

Internet Bird Collection

To find places to birdwatch

Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club: covers Rensselaer County and a good way to get connected for birding in our region

Birding the Hudson Valley, by Kathryn J. Schneider. 2018. University of New England Press.

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