LINCROFT, NJ - The Monmouth County Audubon Society will sponsor a field trip to Thompson Park on Saturday, March 9 in search of lingering winter birds, waterfowl and early spring migrants.

"With 14 miles of trails, Thompson Park is rich in varied habitat," noted trip leader Rob Fanning. "This field trip will focus on the area behind the visitor's center for passerines, the brushy area near Marlu Lake which is great for a variety of sparrows, and the trails around Marlu Lake." Rob adds, "You never know what surprises or early migrants await you."

MCAS field trip chairman and trip co-leader Lisa Malandrino adds, "Thompson Park is a great place to get up close and personal with ducks and any lingering waterfowl. We will also be sure to try to get great looks at the resident Belted Kingfisher."

Participants will meet at 10:00 am in the Visitor Center parking lot. Thompson Park is located on CR 520 west of Garden State Parkway Exit 109.

The trip is open to both members and non-members of the Monmouth County Audubon Society, and participation is free. Advance registration is not required. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and the possibility of muddy trails. Binoculars are essential, and a field guide is helpful. The trip will last until around 1PM, although exact schedule will depend on recent sightings and conditions.

The Monmouth County Audubon Society, a chapter of the National Audubon Society, is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of nature, wildlife conservation, habitat protection, and education. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month September through May at the Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Road, Fair Haven; guest speakers address a wide variety of nature-related topics, and refreshments are provided. In addition, the group sponsors at least one field trip per month, and members receive The Osprey, the club's bi-monthly newsletter. Further information can be obtained by visiting their Website at http://www.monmouthaudubon.org, or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..