Make Some Fine Feathered Friends While Bird-Watching This May at Rutgers University in Newark

Make Some Fine Feathered Friends While Bird-Watching This May at Rutgers University in Newark

Media Welcome To Join Free Early-Morning Bird Walks Beginning May 2

Airplanes aren’t
the only air traffic crowding the skies over Newark; more than 100 species of
nature’s frequent fliers also wing it overhead. If
you want to learn about them, come to Rutgers University, Newark, any Thursday
morning in May at 7:45 a.m.

That’s when Dr.
Claus Holzapfel, an ecologist with the Rutgers Department of Biological
Sciences, is once again leading free walks at Rutgers University in
Newark. His mission: to seek out the wild birds who call Newark their transient

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Some of the birds banded and released at Rutgers-Newark

“We are in the middle of an important North American bird migratory route,
the Atlantic flyway, and our little piece of urban nature attracts new avian
surprises almost every morning,” he explains. Every Thursday in May
bird-watchers armed with binoculars can meet Holzapfel at 7:45 a.m. on the
Norman Samuels Plaza in front of Boyden Hall, 195 University Ave., for the
hour-long guided walks. “Most days we will also be able to observe bird banding
demonstrations,” he notes.

Exactly what
brings wild winged creatures to this urban center?

Although the campus
is located in an urban environment where there aren’t many trees, explains
Holzapfel, the campus itself offers many green spots covered with trees, bushes
and shrubs , so the campus stands out to watchful birds. “They see the green
spots, and they zoom in and land here… birds are sneaking around the trees and
shrubs in desperate search of food… that allows a good chance of seeing them here.”

For more
information on the bird-watching walks, please contact Holzapfel at
973/353-5385 or visit the website:
Lab/Main Pages/BirdsOnCampus/Birds on Campus.htm


For directions and


Media Contact: Claus Holzapfel,