mcps cedar waxwingsMIDDLETOWN, NJ — Not an expert but think birding might be fun?  Then join the Monmouth County Park System for The Casual Birder.  Held at 9 a.m. on select Thursdays, this free nature program invites ages 8 and up to join a Park System Naturalist and meander through the parks looking for birds.  The schedule is as follows:

·         January 7 at the Henry Hudson Trail.  Meet in the Popamora Point parking lot in Highlands.

·         January 21 at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell.  Meet at the Visitor Center’s Bait Shop.

·         February 4 at Hartshorne Woods Park. Meet in the Claypit Creek parking lot in Locust.

·         February 18 at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch.  Meet at the Activity Center.

Participants are invited to bring their binoculars.  A limited number will be available to borrow if needed.   For more information about The Casual Birder or the Monmouth County Park System, please visit  or call 732-842-4000.  For persons with hearing impairment, the Park System TTY/TDD number is 711.  The Monmouth County Park System, created by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks, and Recreation agency.