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April at the Abbott Marshlands.


Spring Peepers and Redwings are calling!  The Great Blue Herons are at their nests! The progression of flowering has begun! Seeds are germinating!!

 An excellent turnout for the trash pick up on March 25 yielded 130 bags of trash, numerous tires, keys, etc.  Thanks to everyone for making this such a successful endeavor!  Thanks too to Home Depot for donating bags!   A shout out for Katie Harrison, AmeriCorps Ambassador, who coordinated it.

For April (details follow):

  • Story time – April 7
  • Paddle, clean up – Apr. 19
  • Birding 101 Series – April 1, 8, 15, and 22
  • History Weekend – Apr. 8, 9
  • Wild Flower walk – Apr. 22
  • Bird walk – Apr. 29
  • Exhibit – At The Essence: Wildlife Reliefs. Art exhibit ongoing. Susan Hoenig, sculptural paintings of animals on fabric.
  • Announcement of Abbott Marshlands Wetlands Award

 Tulpehaking Nature Center (TNC) is at 157 Westcott Ave. Hamilton. 609-888-3218.

Story Time

TNC – Friday, Apr 7, 10:30 a.m.  First Friday Story time.  Free, donations welcome. Gather with your little ones while our educators share a story worthy of the Abbott Marshlands, followed by a craft or activity. We’ve chosen the best stories of wildlife and history to enjoy inside or outside if the weather is nice! Donations benefit the Friends for the Abbott Marshlands. Tulpehaking Nature Center, 609-888-3218, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton NJ 08610.


Apr 19 (Wed): On-Water Cleanup at Watson Woods/Abbott Marshlands (Mercer Co).  10am. Meet us at Watson Woods with your kayak or canoeWe’ll launch there to pick up trash floating or caught in the reeds or marsh flats in the Watson Creek area. We may be in and out of our boats on the marsh flats.  Wear boots and bring gloves. Trash bags will be provided. .Bring lunch and beverage.  Rain cancels.  George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or (C)

Birding Series

TNC. Birding 101 Series. Saturday, April 1, 8, 15, and 22. 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Each class $5/person or $15 for the series. In this 4-part series, local expert Bill Pitman will help you develop the basic skills and knowledge essential for becoming a great birdwatcher – no field guide necessary! Most time will be spent outdoors; dress accordingly, bring binoculars or borrow ours. Appropriate for teens and adults. Registration required, please RSVP to 609-888-3218 or Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton NJ 08610


History Weekend Apr. 8 & 9. (Sat. & Sun.)

Apr. 8 (Sat.). Walk along the Delaware and Raritan Canal towpath with historian Michael Skelly. 9:30-11:30 AMMeet at Northbound I-295 Scenic Overlook parking lot (north of Bordentown). Stroll the canal, explore its history, and learn about Bordentown residents’ contributions to history and effect on our lives today. (Contact information: 732-821-8310).

 TNC. Apr. 8. Archaeological Discoveries – Tulpehaking Nature Center Excavation. 2:00-3:30 PM.   Hear archeologist Jim Lee, from the Hunter Research Group, share how construction of the Tulpehaking Nature Center respected this unique, historic site.   Jim will discuss the results of the excavation, explain the origin of the Native American features that were identified, and show images of the artifacts recovered. Tulpehaking Nature Center 151 Westcott Ave., Hamilton. (Contact information: 732-821-8310).

Apr. 9. Watson House. Open house and tours. 12 a.m. – 4 p.m. Built in 1708, this historic structure is newly reopened; Daughters of the American Revolution host tours of this extraordinary pre-Revolutionary building. 151 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ. (Contact information: 732-821-8310).

Apr. 22. Earth Day – Wild Flower walk, 9:30 a.m
. – noon. The woodlands and Crosswicks Creek flood plain have the best diversity of spring flowering plants and ferns in the Abbott Marshlands. Guide: Mary Anne Borge. Meet at Northern Community Park, Bordentown Township, on Groveville Road, between Rts. 130 and 206. (Contact / info: 732-821-8310). (Cosponsors with Friends: Bordentown Township Environmental Commission).

Apr. 29 (Sat). Bird Walk. 8 a.m. Washington Crossing Audubon. Leaders: Andrew Bobe, John Maret, Brad Merritt, . Meet at Spring Lake – Roebling Park, Hamilton, NJ. Take South Broad St. to Sewell Ave., at traffic light turn onto Sewell Ave.; at the end of Sewell, turn left and drive down hill to parking lot.


The 2017 Abbott Marshlands Wetlands Award was won by Sonja Michaluk, a 9th grader from Hopewell Valley HS, whose research involved on Jacobs Creek. Her project title was: “Networked Measurement of Ionic Strength to Monitor Waterway Health: The STONE STream Observation and Networking Equipment”. For abstract, see:

The 2017 award ceremony was canceled due to a snow storm.

Spring Schedule is available; click on the pot at the right.




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