Evening bird walk slated at Sandy Hook

The Monmouth County Audubon Society will lead an evening bird walk to look for nesters and shorebirds at the Sandy Hook unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area in northern Monmouth County on Aug. 13. Participants should meet at 6 p.m. at the parking lot of the now-closed visitor center at 128 S. Hartshorne Drive, Highlands.

“The evening is a great time to explore the quieter areas of Sandy Hook,” said Linda Mack, the trip leader, in a press release. “We never know what we will discover on these summer walks — in August, the fall shorebird migration is already underway — and we may be able to sneak a peek at piping plovers, the endangered shorebirds that nest at Sandy Hook.”

The trip is free and open to members and non-members of the Monmouth County Audubon Society. Advance registration is not required. Participants should bring binoculars and field guides and dress appropriately for the weather. The trip will take place light rain or shine and involve walking on sand for about one-third of a mile along Fisherman’s Trail at the northern tip of Sandy Hook. Pets are not permitted. For more information, visit the website at www.monmouthaudubon.org.