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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Treehugger Tuesday

From mnn.com:

21 reasons why forests are important
Russell McLendon
September 16, 2019

Don't miss the forest for the trees. Here are a few reminders why woodlands are wonderful — and worth protecting.

Forests cover nearly a third of all land on Earth, providing vital organic infrastructure for some of the planet's densest, most diverse collections of life. They support countless species, including our own, yet we often seem oblivious of that. Humans now clear millions of acres from natural forests every year, especially in the tropics, letting deforestation threaten some of Earth's most valuable ecosystems.

We tend to take forests for granted, underestimating how indispensable they still are for everyone on the planet. That would quickly change if they all disappeared, but since humanity might not survive that scenario, the lesson wouldn't be very useful by then. As the Once-ler finally realizes in Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax," a crisis like deforestation depends on indifference. "UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot," Seuss wrote, "nothing is going to get better. It's not."

Indifference, in turn, often depends on ignorance. So to help things get better for woodlands around the world, we'd all be wise to learn more about the benefits of forests — and to share that knowledge with others. That's the goal of events like Arbor Day and the International Day of Forests, a U.N. holiday observed annually on March 21. But forests support us every day of the year, and as deforestation runs rampant around the world, they increasingly need us to return the favor.

In hopes of shedding more light on what forests do for us, and how little we can afford to lose them, here are 21 reasons why forests are so important:

1. They help us breathe.

Forests pump out oxygen we need to live and absorb the carbon dioxide we exhale (or emit). A single mature, leafy tree is estimated to produce a day's supply of oxygen for anywhere from two to 10 people. Phytoplankton in the ocean are more prolific, providing half of Earth's oxygen, but forests are still a key source of quality air.

2. They're more than just trees.

Nearly half of Earth's known species live in forests, including 80% of biodiversity on land. That variety is especially rich in tropical rainforests, but forests teem with life around the planet: Insects and worms work nutrients into soil, bees and birds spread pollen and seeds, and keystone species like wolves and big cats keep hungry herbivores in check. Biodiversity is a big deal, both for ecosystems and human economies, yet it's increasingly threatened around the world by deforestation.

3. People live there, too.

Some 300 million people live in forests worldwide, including an estimated 60 million indigenous people whose survival depends almost entirely on native woodlands. Many millions more live along or near forest fringes, but even just a scattering of urban trees can raise property values and reduce crime, among other benefits.

4. They keep us cool.

By growing a canopy to hog sunlight, trees also create vital oases of shade on the ground. Urban trees help buildings stay cool, reducing the need for electric fans or air conditioners, while large forests can tackle daunting tasks like curbing a city's "heat island" effect or regulating regional temperatures.

5. They keep Earth cool.

Trees also have another way to beat the heat: absorb CO2 that fuels global warming. Plants always need some CO2 for photosynthesis, but Earth's air is now so thick with extra emissions that forests fight global warming just by breathing. CO2 is stored in wood, leaves and soil, often for centuries.

6. They make it rain.

Large forests can influence regional weather patterns and even create their own microclimates. The Amazon rainforest, for example, generates atmospheric conditions that not only promote regular rainfall there and in nearby farmland, but potentially as far away as the Great Plains of North America.

7. They fight flooding.

Tree roots are key allies in heavy rain, especially for low-lying areas like river plains. They help the ground absorb more of a flash flood, reducing soil loss and property damage by slowing the flow.

8. They pay it forward.

On top of flood control, soaking up surface runoff also protects ecosystems downstream. Modern stormwater increasingly carries toxic chemicals, from gasoline and lawn fertilizer to pesticides and pig manure, that accumulate through watersheds and eventually create low-oxygen "dead zones."

9. They refill aquifers.

Forests are like giant sponges, catching runoff rather than letting it roll across the surface, but they can't absorb all of it. Water that gets past their roots trickles down into aquifers, replenishing groundwater supplies that are important for drinking, sanitation and irrigation around the world.

10. They block wind.

Farming near a forest has lots of benefits, like bats and songbirds that eat insects or owls and foxes that eat rats. But groups of trees can also serve as a windbreak, providing a buffer for wind-sensitive crops. And beyond protecting those plants, less wind also makes it easier for bees to pollinate them.

11. They keep dirt in its place.

A forest's root network stabilizes huge amounts of soil, bracing the entire ecosystem's foundation against erosion by wind or water. Not only does deforestation disrupt all that, but the ensuing soil erosion can trigger new, life-threatening problems like landslides and dust storms.

12. They clean up dirty soil.

In addition to holding soil in place, forests may also use phytoremediation to clean out certain pollutants. Trees can either sequester the toxins away or degrade them to be less dangerous. This is a helpful skill, letting trees absorb sewage overflows, roadside spills or contaminated runoff.

13. They clean up dirty air.

We herald houseplants for purifying the air, but don't forget forests. They can clean up air pollution on a much larger scale, and not just CO2. Trees absorb a wide range of airborne pollutants, including carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. In the U.S. alone, urban trees are estimated to save 850 lives per year and $6.8 billion in total health care costs just by removing pollutants from the air.

14. They muffle noise pollution.

Sound fades in forests, making trees a popular natural noise barrier. The muffling effect is largely due to rustling leaves — plus other woodland white noise, like bird songs — and just a few well-placed trees can cut background sound by 5 to 10 decibels, or about 50% as heard by human ears.

15. They feed us.

Not only do trees produce fruits, nuts, seeds and sap, but they also enable a cornucopia near the forest floor, from edible mushrooms, berries and beetles to larger game like deer, turkeys, rabbits and fish.

16. They heal us.

Forests give us many natural medications, and increasingly inspire synthetic spin-offs. The asthma drug theophylline comes from cacao trees, for one, while a compound in eastern red cedar needles fights drug-resistant bacteria. About 70% of known plants with cancer-fighting properties occur only in rainforests, yet fewer than 1% of tropical rainforest plants have been tested for medicinal effects. Even just walking in the woods can offer health benefits, too, including stress relief, reduced blood pressure and a stronger immune system. The latter may be partly due to trees releasing airborne compounds called phytoncides, which prompt our bodies to boost the natural killer (NK) cells that attack infections and guard against tumors.

17. They help us make things.

Where would humans be without timber and resin? We've long used these renewable resources to make everything from paper and furniture to homes and clothing, but we also have a history of getting carried away, leading to overuse and deforestation. Thanks to the growth of tree farming and sustainable forestry, though, it's becoming easier to find responsibly sourced tree products.

18. They create jobs.

More than 1.6 billion people rely on forests to some extent for their livelihoods, according to the U.N., and 10 million are directly employed in forest management or conservation. Forests contribute about 1% of the global gross domestic product through timber production and non-timber products, the latter of which alone support up to 80% of the population in many developing countries.

19. They create majesty.

Natural beauty may be the most obvious and yet least tangible benefit a forest offers. The abstract blend of shade, greenery, activity and tranquility can yield concrete advantages for people, however, like convincing us to appreciate and preserve old-growth forests for future generations.

20. They help us explore and relax.

Our innate attraction to forests, part of a phenomenon known as biophilia, is still in the relatively early stages of scientific explanation. We know biophilia draws us to woods and other natural scenery, though, encouraging us to rejuvenate ourselves by exploring, wandering or just unwinding in the wilderness. They give us a sense of mystery and wonder, evoking the kinds of wild frontiers that molded our distant ancestors. And thanks to our growing awareness that spending time in forests is good for our health, many people now seek out those benefits with the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, commonly translated to English as "forest bathing."

21. They're pillars of their communities.

Like the famous rug in "The Big Lebowski," forests really tie everything together — and we often don't appreciate them until they're gone. Beyond all their specific ecological perks (which can't even fit in a list this long), they've reigned for eons as Earth's most successful setting for life on land. Our species probably couldn't live without them, but it's up to us to make sure we never have to try. The more we enjoy and understand forests, the less likely we are to miss them for the trees.
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Monday, September 16, 2019

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming birding and nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, September 21, 2019 to Sunday, September 22, 2019:

Bedford Audubon Society
August 25, 2019 through November 25, 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm
Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch
Arthur Butler Sanctuary, Bedford, NY
Spectacular flocks of Broad-winged Hawks pass through our area in mid-September, but Accipiters such as Sharp-shinned + Cooper’s Hawks provide the most consistent flight throughout the fall hawk-watching season.

Join us for Science in Action: Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch to experience the miracle of raptor migration. Our data is combined with other Hawkwatch sites to create population and migration analyses that help us better protect raptors and their habitats.

Registration not necessary.
See more details

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 7:30am - 11:00am
Prospect Park Saturday Fall Migration Walk
Meet 7:30 am at the “Pergola” entrance on Ocean and Parkside Avenues (NOTE NEW TIME!)
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
No registration necessary.
Note: Nearest train stops Prospect Park (B express) and Parkside Avenues (local) Q trains

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Prospect Park: Birdwatching for Beginners
Leader: Cyrus Baty
Birdwatching for Beginners meets at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at The Boathouse at 12 noon. Bring binoculars if you have them; otherwise, binoculars are available for loan.

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Gateway National Park
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10:00am — 11:00am
Birding for Beginners
Day(s): Every week on Saturday until September 28, 2019
View Details

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 10:00am — 11:30am
Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Day(s): Every week on Sunday until September 29, 2019
View Details

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Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8:00am
Robert Moses Hawk Watch and Jones Beach WE
Leader(s): Ken Thompson (631-612-8028) John Gluth (631-827-0120)
Meet at Robert Moses State Park parking at field #5 northeast corner. May require parking fee.

(Nature walks will be cancelled if it is raining or snowing.)

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, September 22, 2019, 6:30 am - 8:00 am
Birding in Peace
Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful Sunday morning walking tours to discover the birds that make Green-Wood their home – at least temporarily.

By September, offspring of these nesting birds will be on their own. Returning warblers will be in their less flamboyant fall plumage. Large numbers of blackbirds, flycatchers, sparrows, vireos, and swallows will also be passing through. By October, waterfowl are returning, and we’ll look for raptors heading south. November will bring back our overwintering feathered denizens from the north.

All walks are at a slow pace on easy to moderate terrain, but proper, close toed footwear is suggested.
$10 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $15 for non-members
Click here for our inclement weather policy.


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Hudson River Audubon Society
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10:00am
Lenoir Nature Preserve Hawk Watch
We will search the skies for hawks making their journey South
http://www.hras.org/wtobird/lenoir.html

Sunday, September 22, 2019
State Line Lookout, NJ
Meet us at 8:30am for a bird walk OR 10am for a Hawk Watch
Stateline Lookout is across from Lenoir on top of the Palisades. The hawk watch is only a few steps away from the parking lot. Hawks migrate sometimes at eye level, giving a different point of view from most other hawk watches. Bathrooms and concession stand nearby.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Green-Wood Cemetery
Leader: Rob Jett
Registrar: Barbara Saunders — bsaunders002@nyc.rr.com or 646-872-4029
Registration opens: Monday, September 9
Public transportation

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Prospect Park
Leader: Tom Stephenson
Registrar: Alice Deutsch — ad@scopescreen.com or 917-991-9364
Registration opens: Monday, September 9
Public transportation

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Littoral Society of New York
("Good Times with Gordon" formerly "Fun Times with Mikey Cohen")
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Explore the shore and more at Fort Tilden
Building 1 at Fort Tilden
The leaves are starting to fall, the beachgoers few and far between, and Fort Tilden is there just waiting to be explored. Walk the shore and explore the woods with American Littoral Society naturalist Gordon Lam and NYC Botanist, Zihao Wang to search for critters on the beach, migrating songbirds in the trees, and the fabulous historic fortifications from World War II.

DIRECTIONS TO FORT TILDEN
• Subway and bus: Take the #2 or #5 train to Flatbush Ave. / Brooklyn College and then the Q-35 bus past Floyd Bennett Field and just over the Gil Hodges memorial Bridge.  Ask the driver to let you off at Ft. Tilden. Check Saturday/Sunday train schedules ahead of time.
• By car: From exit 11s on the Belt Parkway, head south and over the Marine Parkway Bridge (Gil Hodges Memorial). Stay on right and take the right ramp toward Breezy Point. Make a quick left into Fort Tilden at the first light. Go to end and park by Bldg. One or at the nearby Post Chapel.

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New York City Audubon
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
Saturdays, September 7-November 23, 9-10:30am
Guides: NYC Audubon with the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance
Meet at the southeast corner of the Mosholu Avenue park entrance. The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
An Afternoon Bird Walk in Central Park
Guides: Jeff Ward
Search for fall migrants on a leisurely afternoon walk through Central Park's best birding spots. Limited to 15 per walk. $36 (25) per walk
Click here to register

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Pelham Bay Park Bird Walks
Sundays, September 8-December 8, 9-10:30am
Guide: NYC Audubon with Pelham Bay Park
September 8: Meets at Rodman’s Neck Parking Lot
September 15-December 8: Meet at Orchard Beach Parking Lot
Join us to explore some of the best birding NYC has to offer. Come discover Pelham Bay Park's diverse habitat that attracts a variety of fall migrants. No registration necessary. No limit. Free


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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturdays -- 11:00 a.m.
Debbie Becker leads a free bird walk at the Garden every Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm beginning at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Included in All-Garden Pass
Get Tickets

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New York City WILD!
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10:00am
NYC Wild! Essentials: Shirley Chisholm State Park

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 12:00pm
NYC Wild! Essentials: Queens: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

For the FULL INFORMATION ABOUT EACH WALK click HERE to take you to the Eventbrite Profile page where you will find all details (scroll down to the thumbnails) for each of the outings and how to SIGN UP

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North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8am – 12pm
Valley Stream State Park
Leader: Bobby B (516) 578-6324
Where: 40.679534, -73.693252 (map)

*NOTE 8AM START TIME
NYS Parks parking fee of $8.00 may apply. If you arrive prior to 8am, it is possible that you may avoid this fee.
Please inform walk leader that you are attending.

Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water. Wear long pants and socks so you do not touch poison ivy.
From the west: Take Southern State Pkwy eastbound to exit 15A, which goes directly into the park.
From the east: Take Southern State Pkwy westbound to exit 15S. Now you have to circle around the park by taking Corona Ave, then a right onto Hendrickson Ave, then a right onto N Fletcher Ave/Henry St, then a right onto Valley Stream State Park Rd.

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Old Mill Road
Park at the end of Old Mill Road, behind the church. Participants will journey along the multi-use trail next to Fresh Kills, below the hills of LaTourette Golf Course and return along the Blue Trail. From the remains of colonial structures to the Hessian Spring and the remains of Ketchum’s Mill we will take a look into the influence of man and nature on the ecosystems bordering the Fresh Kills estuary.
Participants will meet in the parking lot at the start of Old Mill Road, alongside St. Andrew’s Church.
For more information phone Clay Wollney at (718) 869-6327.

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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 7:45am – 12:00pm
Prospect Park
Leader: Arie Gilbert (917) 693-7178
Where: 40.663770, -73.963044 (map)
Meet at Prospect park entrance south of zoo - see map. We will break for lunch at noon.

Non members are welcome on our trips and we would appreciate a nominal $5 (or more!) voluntary donation for non-member participation. We prefer if you offer instead of being asked.
All persons (member or not) are required to offer contribution if they get a ride with another.
All persons are requested to Notify the leader at least 2 days in advance if they want to go on a trip.
Be on time. We depart promptly.


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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Jones Beach Coast Guard Station Parking Area
From the Wantagh State Parkway, travel south. Upon entering Jones Beach State Park, exit at Bay Drive and continue west. Turn right (north) at entrance for Coast Guard Station and West End Boat Basin; turn right again for parking.
Directions via Google Maps

Bird walks led by a member of SSAS are conducted nearly every Sunday morning from late August through early June. Walks are open to the public and are free of charge. We especially encourage youngsters to attend.
All walks start at 9:00 A.M.
There is no walk if it rains or snows or temperature is below 25°F.
For more information or in case of questionable weather conditions, please phone Joe at 516 467-9498.


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Urban Park Rangers
Sunday, September 22, 2019
The New York City Naturalist Club: Fall Migration at Isham Street and Seaman Avenue (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Queens Park of the Month: Idlewild Birding by Canoe Adventure at Idlewild Park, Queens
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Enjoy a peaceful paddle in the wetlands of Jamaica Bay and view the incredible birds in this habitat. Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on September 11.
Free!

Ecosystem Explorers: Micro-Ecosystems at Prospect Avenue and Brentwood Avenue (in Allison Pond Park), Staten Island
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Be an explorer with the Urban Park Rangers as we venture into habitats that exist in New York City Parks!
Free!

Birding Along the Bronx River Floodway at Inside the park at Bruckner Boulevard (in Concrete Plant Park), Bronx
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Enjoy a walk through Concrete Plant Park and learn about the Floodway while discovering the birds in your community.
Free!
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Saturday, September 14, 2019

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, September 13, 2019:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Sep. 13, 2019
* NYNY1909.13

- Birds mentioned
SANDWICH TERN+
ARCTIC TERN+
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Sora
RED PHALAROPE
AMERICAN AVOCET
Long-billed Dowitcher
Stilt Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
MARBLED GODWIT
UPLAND SANDPIPER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
Whimbrel
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER
Red-headed Woodpecker
Common Nighthawk
Olive-sided Flycatcher
LARK SPARROW
DICKCISSEL
Philadelphia Vireo
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
Tennessee Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
CONNECTICUT WARBLER
Mourning Warbler
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
Hooded Warbler
Wilson's Warbler

- Transcript

If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/goodreport.htm

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to nysarc44 (at)nybirds{dot}org.

If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or sketches are welcome. Hardcopy documentation should be mailed to:

Gary Chapin - Secretary
NYS Avian Records Committee (NYSARC)
125 Pine Springs Drive
Ticonderoga, NY 12883

Hotline: New York City Area Rare Bird Alert
Number: (212) 979-3070

Compiler: Tom Burke
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, September 13th 2019 at 9pm. The highlights of today's tape are ARCTIC TERN, SANDWICH TERN, RED PHALAROPE, AMERICAN AVOCET, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, MARBLED GODWIT, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, DICKCISSEL, LARK SPARROW and more.

First. See Life Paulagics has scheduled a deep sea pelagic trip aboard the Brooklyn VI leaving Brooklyn at 8am on Saturday, September 21st and returning 6:30 Sunday evening. There are still spaces available with at least 10 needing to be filled for the trip to go with great possibilities this is an excellent opportunity to get offshore. If interested please call See Life Paulagics (215) 234-6805 < http://www.paulagics.com/ >.

Hurricane Dorian, fortunately a non-event here, may have been responsible for the juvenile ARCTIC TERN identified during a seawatch from Robert Moses State Park field 2 last Saturday morning. Three SANDWICH TERNS appearing today on the beach at Sagg Pond in Bridgehampton, while perhaps hurricane related, are as likely a product of post breeding dispersal.

An AMERICAN AVOCET still present at Mecox Bay to Monday was likely the one moving over to Sagg Pond Tuesday and continuing there through today. Sagg Pond is accessed from Sagg Main Street off Route 27. Single BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS appeared this week at Nickerson Beach Saturday and Tuesday, at Mecox Saturday and Sunday, at Sagg Pond Sunday and at Heckscher State Park Sunday and Monday but we have no reports yet from the Riverhead sod fields. Also at Nickerson were a MARBLED GODWIT Saturday and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER Sunday through Wednesday with another BAIRD'S on the East Pond's Raunt at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday. An immature RED PHALAROPE was photographed Wednesday on Wolfe's Pond Park on Staten Island. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was heard passing over Manhattan's east side early this morning and a WHIMBREL visited Robert Moses State Park last Saturday. Five LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS continue at Santapogue Creek in West Babylon with another seen at the Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area Tuesday and Friday those same days also finding an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER there with a SORA spotted there Tuesday as well.

Other shorebirds this week included a few WESTERN, STILT and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and there were also a few CASPIAN TERNS and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS noted coastally.

Evening flights of COMMON NIGHTHAWKS continue and RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were noted along the Paumanok Trail off Schultz Road in Manorville and at the Arshamomaque Preserve in Greenport.

Among the YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS were birds in Central Park Saturday and today, at Fort Tryon last Saturday and at Jones Beach West End Sunday. CONNECTICUT WARBLERS included 2 seen together at times at Coney Island Creek in Brooklyn Thursday morning and singles also in Brooklyn at Prospect Park Saturday and Green-wood Cemetery Thursday. GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER reports included singles from Central Park Saturday and Prospect Park and a Syosset yard Sunday and other warblers this week included MOURNING, TENNESSEE, CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED, WILSON'S and HOODED.

DICKCISSEL, usually calling as they flew overhead, were noted at Jones Beach West End Saturday, Moses Park and Marshlands Conservancy in Rye Sunday and at Van Cortlandt Park Monday and a few PHILADELPHIA VIREOS have also been reported recently along with some OLIVE-SIDED and empidonax flycatchers. LARK SPARROWS included singles at Pelham Bay Park last Saturday, Moses Park on Sunday and on Staten Island yesterday.

To phone in reports call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Birds of Green-Wood Cemetery

I've spent a lot of time birding in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery over the years and began collecting photos of some of its resident birds. Here are some of those photos. Updated as I find more, scroll to the bottom for the latest pics (updated 9/16/19):




























The old world spelling, perhaps.


Not quite a bird, but I liked the name.

I'll add more in the future as I find them.

Here's an update from July 2015:



Here's an update from October 2015:



Here's a Reeve, also from October 2015:



Here's my first "Fish Hawk" for Green-Wood from March 2016:



Here's a new addition I spotted in November 2016:



Spotted in December 2016. I was kind of hoping to read a family member named "Hermit", "Wood" or "Varied":



Spotted during my walk on 7/29/18:

This one may be a bit of a stretch, but humor me. Lanius is the genus for a family of birds called shrikes. They can be found in Eurasia, Africa and North America. They are sometimes referred to as "butcher birds". Not surprising, lanius is latin for butcher. My favorite is the Northern Shrike - Lanius excubitor: the butcher sentinel. Perhaps Henry Clay came from a long line of family butchers ... or shrikes.



Here's a western species I came across while wandering around on August 26th. Don't normally see Verdins on the east coast:



With all the Chimney Swifts that nest in Brownstone Brooklyn this one seemed quite fitting (or flitting):



A few years ago my friend Mike mentioned seeing a willet in Green-Wood Cemetery. At first I thought he improbably saw one of these long-legged shorebird in the cemetery. Once I calmed down, he explained he was merely adding to my virtual collection. I finally located Mr. Willet a week ago on December 22, 2018:



I just found this one today during a private tour:



Can't believe I never came across this one before:


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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Treehugger Tuesday

From earther.gizmodo.com:

Hurricane Dorian May Have Caused a Critically Endangered Bird to Go Extinct
Ryan F. Mandelbaum
September 9, 2019


A Bahama nuthatch.
Photo: Tom Benson (Flickr)

Over the weekend, Abaco and Grand Bahama islands took a direct hit from Hurricane Dorian when it was at its peak intensity. Its winds of 185 mph and powerful storm surge washed over the Bahamas’ islands, destroying or damaging an estimated 13,000 homes. Seven people are confirmed dead, and the death toll is expected to rise.

The island’s unique biomes were also hit by the storm. The Bahamian pineyards serve as a home to several species of conservation concern, including the critically endangered Bahama nuthatch. Scientists worry that both the humans and ecosystems that weathered the storm could take decades to recover.

“It is obviously a humanitarian disaster for people living in these northern islands, and the extent is as yet unknown, but we hope that international medical and infrastructure aid will arrive rapidly and generously,” Diana Bell, Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, told Earther. “It is also highly likely to have also been an ecological disaster affecting the already fragmented areas of Caribbean pine forest which support endemic avifauna.”

The pineyards is a region of coniferous forest covering an area smaller than Rhode Island on the Bahamas as well as the Turks and Caicos islands. The ecosystem is especially prevalent on Grand Bahama Island. Deforestation for development has already threatened the forest, while saltwater from storm surges can kill the pine trees. Much of the island is still underwater, and early footage shows much of the tree canopy has been torn apart.

Of the animals affected by the storm, scientists fear most for the Bahama nuthatch. Considered by various authorities either a subspecies of the brown-headed nuthatch or its own species, a 2004 survey estimated the bird’s population stood at around 1,800.

Then a series of hurricanes brought its population down to 23 according to a 2007 survey. Hurricane Matthew in 2016 further reduced the bird’s population, and an exhaustive 2018 search turned up as few as two. Dorian may have been the nail in the coffin as deforestation and the high winds and saltwater flooding from storms have continued to kill the forest’s trees.

The Bahama nuthatch is just one of the species—both endemic and otherwise—that rely on the pineyard habitat. Scientists also worry about the fate of the Bahama warbler as well as the famous Kirtland’s warbler, which spends its winters in the pines.

According to the most recent National Climate Assessment, scientists expect that warmer ocean temperatures and higher sea levels from climate change will make hurricanes in the Atlantic and Caribbean stronger. Other recent research indicates hurricanes are slowing down, leading to longer impacts if that happens over land, though the link to climate change is still being investigated. But regardless, more powerful storms lingering around longer could spell disaster for both people and islands’ endemic species.
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Monday, September 09, 2019

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming birding and nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, September 14, 2019 to Sunday, September 15, 2019:

Bedford Audubon Society
August 25, 2019 through November 25, 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm
Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch
Arthur Butler Sanctuary, Bedford, NY
Spectacular flocks of Broad-winged Hawks pass through our area in mid-September, but Accipiters such as Sharp-shinned + Cooper’s Hawks provide the most consistent flight throughout the fall hawk-watching season.

Join us for Science in Action: Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch to experience the miracle of raptor migration. Our data is combined with other Hawkwatch sites to create population and migration analyses that help us better protect raptors and their habitats.

Registration not necessary.
See more details

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 7:30am - 11:00am
Prospect Park Saturday Fall Migration Walk
Meet 7:30 am at the “Pergola” entrance on Ocean and Parkside Avenues (NOTE NEW TIME!)
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
No registration necessary.
Note: Nearest train stops Prospect Park (B express) and Parkside Avenues (local) Q trains

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 8:00am - 11:00am
Ridgewood Reservoir Walk
Leaders: Steve Nanz and Heidi Steiner-Nanz
Focus: Observing fall migrants.
Registrar: Email Heidi Steiner at heidi.steiner.bklyn@gmail.com if you would like to car pool. Or, meet at 8:00AM at the top of the stairs of the main entrance, directly across Vermont Place from the parking lot.
Car pool fee: $10
Please review our general trip information and guidelines on this page.

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Prospect Park: Birdwatching for Beginners
Leader: Cyrus Baty
Birdwatching for Beginners meets at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at The Boathouse at 12 noon. Bring binoculars if you have them; otherwise, binoculars are available for loan.

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Feminist Bird Club
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Ridgewood Reservoir
Leader: Rob Jett

All walks follow the ABA Code of Birding Ethics

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Gateway National Park
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 10:00am — 11:00am
Birding for Beginners
Day(s): Every week on Saturday until September 28, 2019
View Details

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 10:00am — 11:30am
Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Day(s): Every week on Sunday until September 29, 2019
View Details

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Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 8:00am
Birding and Breakfast, Connetquot River SPP
Leader(s): Edith and Bob Wilson, Helga Merryman, Ken Thompson, Jack Carlson
Continental breakfast. Reservations required - Fill out the form on our programs page to register.
Registration fee $4. plus $8 parking fee per car - unless you have yearly Empire pass.

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Hudson River Audubon Society
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 8:00am
Lenoir Nature Preserve
Walter Chadwick Memorial Nature Walk
Meet at the Nature Center. We will look for birds, butterflies, dragonflies and nature. We’ll end up at our hawk watch site at 10 in front of the mansion
10am Broad-winged Hawk Migration
We will search the skies for Broad-wing Hawks that will be making their 4,300 mile migration to South America
http://www.hras.org/wtobird/lenoir.html

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, September 15, 2019, 8:00am
Blydenburgh County Park
Explore 627 acres of forested hills and valleys at the headwaters of the Nissequogue River. It is one of the least developed and most picturesque spots on LI. Our walk will focus on migrating songbirds.
Registration: (585) 880-0915
Directions: Northern Parkway east and merge onto Route 347/454 E (Veterans’ Memorial Highway). Make a U-turn at Ledgewood Drive and enter the park.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Alley Pond Park and Kissena Park
Leader: Alan Drogin
Registrar: Anne Lazarus — amlazarus47@gmail.com or 212-673-9059
Registration opens: Monday, September 2
Ride: $15

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New York City Audubon
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 9am – 1pm
Birding Gems of Staten Island: Clove Lakes Park
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Journey to the "forgotten borough" to discover some of the beautiful forests and incredible birding spots at Clove Lakes Park. Look for ducks and seabirds in New York Harbor on our way across on the ferry ride and then catch a bus to the Park. Numerous warblers, vireos, tanagers, and other migratory songbirds can be seen here. We'll even see one of the largest and oldest trees in NYC. Bus fare ($2.75 each way; please bring your MetroCard or exact change) not included in registration price. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 9am – 12pm
Fall Walk at Inwood Hill Park
Guide: Nadir Souirgi
Inwood Hill Park, simply put, is a jewel. Nestled between the Hudson River, Dyckman Street, and Seaman Avenue, this last tract of largely undeveloped oak and tulip forest transports you to another world and another time. Glacial "pot holes," towering trees, and stunning river views create an unrivaled birding backdrop. Limited to 15 per walk. $36 (25) per walk
Click here to register

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
Saturdays, September 7-November 23, 9-10:30am
Guides: NYC Audubon with the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance
Meet at the southeast corner of the Mosholu Avenue park entrance. The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 9:30am – 10:30am
Queens Botanical Garden Bird Walks
Saturdays, September 14 and October 26,
Sundays, October 6, October 20, and November 3, 9:30-10:30am
Guide: Corey Finger with Queens Botanical Garden
Explore Queens Botanical Garden in search of migrant songbirds and learn about the valuable resources that the Garden offers birds and other wildlife. Binoculars available. Register for one date or the whole series of five walks (walk-ins welcome). Email info@queensbotanical.org or visit www.queensbotanical.org/calendar to register. Limited to 25 per walk. Free (with Garden admission)

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 9am – 4pm
Hook Mountain Hawk Watch, NY
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Part of the Palisades Interstate Park system, Hook Mountain has commanding views of all nearby mountains ridges and the Hudson River. From this inland hawk watch spot we expect to see many species of migrating raptors, including Broad-winged and Red-shouldered Hawks, Bald Eagles, accipiters, and falcons. Note: this trip requires a 35-minute hike up and down the mountainside. Bring binoculars, water, and a bag lunch to enjoy atop the mountain watching the hawks fly overhead. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $100 (70)
Click here to register

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Pelham Bay Park Bird Walks
Sundays, September 8-December 8, 9-10:30am
Guide: NYC Audubon with Pelham Bay Park
September 8: Meets at Rodman’s Neck Parking Lot
September 15-December 8: Meet at Orchard Beach Parking Lot
Join us to explore some of the best birding NYC has to offer. Come discover Pelham Bay Park's diverse habitat that attracts a variety of fall migrants. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 2pm – 3pm
Governors Island Free Bird Walks
Saturdays, August 31, September 8, September 14, 2-3pm
Sundays, September 1 and September 28, 2-3pm
Guide: NYC Audubon
Meet at Nolan Park House #17. Join us for a bird walk around beautiful and historic Governors Island, which boasts over 200 species on ebird.org. Learn about the island's fascinating history and search for waterbirds, raptors, waterfowl, and more. Binoculars are available. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturdays -- 11:00 a.m.
Debbie Becker leads a free bird walk at the Garden every Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm beginning at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Included in All-Garden Pass
Get Tickets

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New York City WILD!
Sunday, September 15, 2019, 11:00am
NYC Wild! Essentials: Staten Island: Freshkills Park "Discovery Day"

For the FULL INFORMATION ABOUT EACH WALK click HERE to take you to the Eventbrite Profile page where you will find all details (scroll down to the thumbnails) for each of the outings and how to SIGN UP

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 10:00am-12:00pm
New Springville Greenway
Richmond Avenue near Draper Place
The Greenway, opened in November 2015 as part of the Freshkills Park development, is a protected bicycle and pedestrian path connecting four of Staten Island’s parks while skirting one of its busiest commercial avenues.
We’ll meet at Richmond Avenue near Draper Place and follow the Greenway south to Arthur Kill Road, near Brookfield Park. Along the way we’ll watch for signs of wildlife in Freshkills and nearby parks and see how Staten Island’s newest parks are expanding access and recreational opportunities for pedestrians and cyclists. Note that this is a linear walk that will not return to the starting point. (The S59 bus connects start and end, with bicycle racks and automobile parking at the Eltingville Transit Center.)
For more information contact Karen E. Lund at (347) 327-1712.

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 1:00pm-3:00pm
The Arbutus Woods
Eylandt Street and Kingdom Avenue
Kingdom Pond Park, Arbutus Woods, Bunker Pond and the Huguenot Pond Park are small parks in the lower Huguenot area. Though trailing arbutus is long gone, the area still is home to a number of plant and animal species. Evidence of the work done by the WPA as well as the influence of nature will be observed as we traverse the parks.
Meet along Eylandt Street near the intersection with Kingdom Avenue.
For more information phone Clay Wollney at (718) 869-6327.

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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 7:45am – 1:15pm
Alley Pond Park
Leader: Eric Miller (917) 279-7530
This min-trip includes the forested areas of Alley Pond Park south of the Long Island Expressway.
Meet at the east end of the 76th Ave. parking lot - see map.

Non members are welcome on our trips and we would appreciate a nominal $5 (or more!) voluntary donation for non-member participation. We prefer if you offer instead of being asked.
All persons (member or not) are required to offer contribution if they get a ride with another.
All persons are requested to Notify the leader at least 2 days in advance if they want to go on a trip.
Be on time. We depart promptly.


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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Massapequa Preserve
From Sunrise Highway, turn north onto Broadway, Massapequa. Travel under the Long Island Rail Road overpass, then make the first right onto Veterans Boulevard (headed east). Go past the Massapequa train station and into the parking lot at the east end of the station. The preserve is directly east of the parking lot.
Directions via Google Maps

Bird walks led by a member of SSAS are conducted nearly every Sunday morning from late August through early June. Walks are open to the public and are free of charge. We especially encourage youngsters to attend.
All walks start at 9:00 A.M.
There is no walk if it rains or snows or temperature is below 25°F.
For more information or in case of questionable weather conditions, please phone Joe at 516 467-9498.


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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Birding at the Ridgewood Reservoir at Vermont Place Parking Lot (in Highland Park), Queens
8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Catch the fall migration and embrace the cool weather at a bird-watching workshop led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.
Free!

Audubon Bird Walk at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Register for one or all five free nature walks in this special series with NYC Audubon! Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how QBG provides important resources for birds.

Sunday, September 15, 2019
Queens Park of the Month: Idlewild Park at Idlewild Park at 225th Street (in Idlewild Park), Queens
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
This park in southeast Queens is a popular landing location for migrating birds.
Free!

Birding: Fall Migrants at Arthur Kill Road and Brookfield Avenue (in Brookfield Park), Staten Island
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our park rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Discovery Day at Freshkills Park at Freshkills Park Event Entrance, Staten Island
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Experience the unique landscape and spectacular views the landfill-to-park project has to offer with tours, bicycling, and activities for all ages.
Free!
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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Treehugger Tuesday

From the website mnn.com:

U.K. creates one of the largest marine protected area in Atlantic Ocean
Sarah Hicks and Sami Grover
August 30, 2019, 9:04 a.m.


Ascension Island lies in the Atlantic Ocean, roughly halfway between the coasts of Brazil and Africa. (Photo: kwest/Shutterstock)

The United Kingdom has declared roughly 170,000 square miles around Ascension Island a marine protected area. It's one of the largest such areas in the Atlantic Ocean, and a victory for some of the world's biggest blue marlin, bigeye tuna and green sea turtles.

Earlier this month, the local Ascension government declared the scope of the marine protected area, or MPA, which forbids commercial fishing and extractive mining but allows subsistence fishing by local communities. This week, the U.K. government set aside the money needed to make that a reality.

It's a big step toward a global goal of protecting 30 percent of the world’s oceans by 2030.

Read the entire article here.

Monday, September 02, 2019

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming birding and nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, September 7, 2019 to Sunday, September 8, 2019:

Bedford Audubon Society
August 25, 2019 through November 25, 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm
Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch
Arthur Butler Sanctuary, Bedford, NY
Spectacular flocks of Broad-winged Hawks pass through our area in mid-September, but Accipiters such as Sharp-shinned + Cooper’s Hawks provide the most consistent flight throughout the fall hawk-watching season.

Join us for Science in Action: Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch to experience the miracle of raptor migration. Our data is combined with other Hawkwatch sites to create population and migration analyses that help us better protect raptors and their habitats.

Registration not necessary.
See more details

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, September 7, 2019
A Fall migratory tour of the Brooklyn southeast coast and JBWR East Pond
Leader: Tom Stephenson
Focus: late shorebirds and waterbirds, early warblers, swallows, terns and typical early insectivore migrants
Car Pool Fee: $10.00
Registrar: Dennis Hrehowsik email deepseagangster@gmail.com
Registration Period: Aug 31st – Sept 5th
Note: Prospective locations are Plumb Beach at low tide (8:30 am), the newly opened Shirley Chisholm State Park and optional Floyd Bennett Field,& Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge during high tide. (4:12pm)
Please review our trip guidelines here: http://brooklynbirdclub.org/information-registration

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 7:30am - 11:00am
Prospect Park Saturday Fall Migration Walk
Meet 7:30 am at the “Pergola” entrance on Ocean and Parkside Avenues (NOTE NEW TIME!)
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
No registration necessary.
Note: Nearest train stops Prospect Park (B express) and Parkside Avenues (local) Q trains

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Prospect Park: Birdwatching for Beginners
Leader: Cyrus Baty
Birdwatching for Beginners meets at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at The Boathouse at 12 noon. Bring binoculars if you have them; otherwise, binoculars are available for loan.

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Gateway National Park
Saturday, September 7, 2019, 10:00am — 11:00am
Birding for Beginners
Day(s): Every week on Saturday until September 28, 2019
View Details

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 10:00am — 11:30am
Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Day(s): Every week on Sunday until September 29, 2019
View Details

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, September 8, 2019, 6:30am - 8:00am
Birding in Peace
Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful Sunday morning walking tours to discover the birds that make Green-Wood their home – at least temporarily.

By September, offspring of these nesting birds will be on their own. Returning warblers will be in their less flamboyant fall plumage. Large numbers of blackbirds, flycatchers, sparrows, vireos, and swallows will also be passing through. By October, waterfowl are returning, and we’ll look for raptors heading south. November will bring back our overwintering feathered denizens from the north.

All walks are at a slow pace on easy to moderate terrain, but proper, close toed footwear is suggested.
$10 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $15 for non-members
Click here for our inclement weather policy.


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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Fort Tilden 1
The leaves are starting to fall, the beachgoers few and far between, and Fort Tilden is there just waiting to be explored. Walk the shore and explore the woods with American Littoral Society naturalist Gordon Lam and NYC Botanist, Zihao Wang to search for critters on the beach, migrating songbirds in the trees, and the fabulous historic fortifications from World War II.

  DIRECTIONS TO FORT TILDEN:
• Subway & bus: Take the #2 or #5 train to Flatbush Ave. / Brooklyn College and then the Q-35 bus past Floyd Bennett Field and just over the Gil Hodges memorial Bridge.  Ask the driver to let you off at Ft. Tilden.   Check Saturday/Sunday train schedules ahead of time.
• By car: From exit 11s on the Belt Parkway, head south and over the Marine Parkway Bridge (Gil Hodges Memorial). Stay on right and take the right ramp toward Breezy Point. Make a quick left into Fort Tilden at the first light. Go to end and park by Bldg. One or at the nearby Post Chapel.

Leader: Gordon Lam
Registrar: Lori Lam — glam@nyc.rr.com or 646-673-5418
Registration opens: Monday, August 26
Ride: $15

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New York City Audubon
Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:00am-11:00am
Prospect Park Bird Walk
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Join Gabriel Willow for a leisurely walk to see early fall migrants and breeding bird residents of “Brooklyn's Backyard.” Prospect Park’s wide variety of habitats attract a large number of migrants and breeding bird species—significantly more than Central Park in fact. We will explore the park's meadows, forests, and waterways in search of waterfowl, warblers, tanagers, and other species that call the park home. Limited to 15 per walk. $36 (25) per walk
Click here to register

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Birding in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Saturdays, September 7 and October 19, 9-10:30am
Guide: Heather Wolf
Meet at Pier 1 park entrance at the intersection of Old Fulton Street and Furman Street. Join Heather Wolf, author of Birding at the Bridge, for a picturesque bird walk along the Brooklyn waterfront searching for fall migrants. Registration preferred. Limited to 19 per walk. Free
Click here to register

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
Saturdays, September 7-November 23, 9-10:30am
Guides: NYC Audubon with the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance
Meet at the southeast corner of the Mosholu Avenue park entrance. The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 8am – 11am
Fall Warblers Class
Friday, September 6, 6:30-8:30pm (class)
Sunday, September 8, 8-11am (trip)
Instructor: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Identifying “confusing fall warblers” can be tricky, even for the experts. Come study some of the most puzzling species that stop through our area during fall migration with expert Joe Giunta, and then enjoy a second session in the “classroom” of Central Park. Limited to 12. $65 (45)
Click here to register

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Pelham Bay Park Bird Walks
Sundays, September 8-December 8, 9-10:30am
Guide: NYC Audubon with Pelham Bay Park
September 8: Meets at Rodman’s Neck Parking Lot
September 15-December 8: Meet at Orchard Beach Parking Lot
Join us to explore some of the best birding NYC has to offer. Come discover Pelham Bay Park's diverse habitat that attracts a variety of fall migrants. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 9:30am – 11:30am
Birding at Wave Hill
Sundays, September 8 and October 13
9:30-11:30am
Guide: Gabriel Willow with Wave Hill
Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of bird species and their behaviors on these captivating walks. Wave Hill’s garden setting overlooking the Hudson River flyway provides the perfect habitat for resident and migrating birds. Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. Limited to 20 per walk. NYC Audubon members enjoy two-for-one admission (see www.wavehill.org for more information).

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 2pm – 3pm
Governors Island Free Bird Walks
Saturdays, August 31, September 8, September 14, 2-3pm
Sundays, September 1 and September 28, 2-3pm
Guide: NYC Audubon
Meet at Nolan Park House #17. Join us for a bird walk around beautiful and historic Governors Island, which boasts over 200 species on ebird.org. Learn about the island's fascinating history and search for waterbirds, raptors, waterfowl, and more. Binoculars are available. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturdays -- 11:00 a.m.
Debbie Becker leads a free bird walk at the Garden every Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm beginning at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Included in All-Garden Pass
Get Tickets

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New York City WILD!
Saturday, September 7, 2019, 9:30am
NYC Wild! Essentials: Staten Island: Mount Loretto Unique Area

For the FULL INFORMATION ABOUT EACH WALK click HERE to take you to the Eventbrite Profile page where you will find all details (scroll down to the thumbnails) for each of the outings and how to SIGN UP

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North Fork Audubon Society
Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:00am
Arshamomaque Preserve
Birds abound in migration all over the North Fork this time of the year and who knows, maybe we'll see a resident river otter for good measure!
Meet at the Red House at Inlet Pond County Park at 8am.
Please call or text Tom at (631) 275-3202 or email tdamiani3@optimum.net to register.
Suggested donation is $4 for nonmembers

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North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, September 7, 2019, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Garvies Point Preserve
Leader: Lindy - (516) 628-1315
Garvies Point Museum-Preserve, 50 Barry Dr, Glen Cove, NY  11542

Please inform walk leader that you are attending.
See "Walk Locations" for directions.
Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water.
Wear long pants and socks so you do not touch poison ivy.


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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Hempstead Lake State Park
From the Southern State Parkway, take Exit 18 (Eagle Avenue) south to Field 3 (use second park entrance and make an immediate left turn.)
Directions via Google Maps

Bird walks led by a member of SSAS are conducted nearly every Sunday morning from late August through early June. Walks are open to the public and are free of charge. We especially encourage youngsters to attend.
All walks start at 9:00 A.M.
There is no walk if it rains or snows or temperature is below 25°F.
For more information or in case of questionable weather conditions, please phone Joe at 516 467-9498.


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Urban Park Rangers
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Fall Birding at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of diverse bird species and their behavior on walks through the gardens and woodlands.
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Saturday, August 31, 2019

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, August 30, 2019:

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Aug. 30, 2019
* NYNY1908.30

- Birds Mentioned

BROWN BOOBY+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Cory’s Shearwater
MANX SHEARWATER
AMERICAN AVOCET
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER
Whimbrel
MARBLED GODWIT
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Parasitic Jaeger
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Common Nighthawk
Red-headed Woodpecker
WESTERN KINGBIRD
Eastern Kingbird
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Philadelphia Vireo
LARK SPARROW
Grasshopper Sparrow
HENSLOW’S SPARROW
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
Worm-eating Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
DICKCISSEL

If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or sketches are welcome. Hardcopy documentation should be mailed to:

Gary Chapin - Secretary
NYS Avian Records Committee (NYSARC)
125 Pine Springs Drive
Ticonderoga, NY 12883

Hotline: New York City Area Rare Bird Alert
Number: (212) 979-3070

Compiler: Tom Burke
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
Transcriber: Gail Benson

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]

Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, August 30, 2019 at 10:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are BROWN BOOBY, WESTERN KINGBIRD, HENSLOW’S SPARROW, AMERICAN AVOCET, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, MARBLED GODWIT, MANX SHEARWATER, LARK SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and more.

Monday morning produced another BROWN BOOBY sighting, this a bird moving west past Robert Moses State Park Field 2. There is also a report of one landing on a fishing boat Tuesday off Atlantic Beach, and this has also apparently happened previously with boats out of Point Lookout fishing in the same general area.

The WESTERN KINGBIRD at Croton Point Park in Westchester County was last seen last Saturday.

A banding team at Fresh Kills Park on Staten Island this morning reported a HENSLOWS’ S SPARROW while studying GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS. This area is off limits to the general public, but hopefully others might be found elsewhere.

An AMERICAN AVOCET visiting Mecox Bay where it meets the outer beach since last week was joined by a second AVOCET Thursday, one of these perhaps the individual that has moved over to Sagg Pond just east of Mecox Bay in Bridgehampton. Both sites do have daily parking restrictions.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER visited Field 7 at Hechscher State Park for a few hours this morning before flying off, and six MARBLED GODWITS were still at Cupsogue County Park in Westhampton Dunes at least through Wednesday.

Robert Moses State Park this week, besides the BROWN BOOBY, also produced a number of other good finds. On Monday both MANX SHEARWATER and PARASITIC JAEGER were seen offshore, and then on Tuesday an adult LARK SPARROW was found on the north side of Lot 2, staying there through Thursday and overlapping with a DICKCISSEL in the same area Thursday and today. Another DICKCISSEL was heard today at Coney Island Creek in Brooklyn.

A MANX SHEARWATER also appeared off Sagg Pond last Sunday, and CORY’S SHEARWATER was also spotted off a couple of eastern Long Island south shore sites.

A WHIMBREL was still out in Jamaica Bay last Saturday, and other recent shorebirds have featured PECTORAL, WESTERN and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS.

CASPIAN TERNS today included 3 at Brooklyn’s Plumb Beach and 2 at Robert Moses State Park, and a nice high count of ROYAL TERNS featured 71 around Fire Island Inlet last Saturday.

The RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS along Paumanok Trail off Schultz Road just north of Jones Pond in Manorville have recently been seen with an immature bird.

Finishing the non-passerines, COMMON NIGHTHAWKS have begun their southward push and have been appearing in decent numbers recently at appropriate locations in the evening.

Among the FLYCATCHERS, OLIVE-SIDEDS have been seen at various locations including Caumsett State Park Sunday and Robert Moses State Park today, and a few YELLOW-BELLIEDS have also arrived.

A small number of PHILADELPHIA VIREOS included one visiting a penthouse terrace in Manhattan for a while Saturday.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found last Friday at the Lido Beach Passive Nature Area and reported again Saturday.

WARBLER variety continues to increase, though numbers generally remain low, and notable among these have been WORM-EATING, CAPE MAY, BLACKBURNIAN, BLACK-THROATEDS BLUE and GREEN, CANADA and HOODED.

An EASTERN KINGBIRD flight today featured 862 over Coney Island Creek and 307 at Robert Moses State Park.

To phone in reports please call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922 and leave a message.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Treehugger Tuesday

NPR just published "Plastics - What’s recyclable, what becomes trash — and why"
It's really great. Check it out here.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming birding and nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, August 31, 2019 to Monday, September 2, 2019:

Bedford Audubon Society
August 25, 2019 through November 25, 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm
Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch
Arthur Butler Sanctuary, Bedford, NY
Spectacular flocks of Broad-winged Hawks pass through our area in mid-September, but Accipiters such as Sharp-shinned + Cooper’s Hawks provide the most consistent flight throughout the fall hawk-watching season.

Join us for Science in Action: Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch to experience the miracle of raptor migration. Our data is combined with other Hawkwatch sites to create population and migration analyses that help us better protect raptors and their habitats.

Registration not necessary.
See more details

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, September 1, 2019, 8:00am - 11:00am
Prospect Park First Sunday Walk
Meets at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at The Boathouse, the first Sunday of every month except July and August. Leaders are members of the Brooklyn Bird Club.
Bring binoculars.
Note: Meets at 8 a.m. except in the winter months of December, January, and February when the walk starts at 10 a.m.

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Gateway National Park
Saturday, August 31, 2019, 10:00am — 11:00am
Birding for Beginners
Day(s): Every week on Saturday until September 28, 2019
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Sunday, September 1, 2019, 10:00am — 11:30am
Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Day(s): Every week on Sunday until September 29, 2019
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Sunday, September 1, 2019, 2:00pm — 3:30pm
September Flowers: A Wildflower Exploration
View Details

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Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, August 31, 2019, 8:00am
Jamaica Bay NWR
Leader(s): John Gluth (631-827-0120), Mike Cooper (516-523-2369
Southern State Pkwy. to Belt Pkwy. to Exit 17, Cross Bay Blvd. South. Continue south for about 2 miles. Look for entrance of refuge on the right (west) side. There are signs for park entrance.

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New York City Audubon
Saturday, August 31, 2019, 8:00am-11:00am
Prospect Park Bird Walk
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Join Gabriel Willow for a leisurely walk to see early fall migrants and breeding bird residents of “Brooklyn's Backyard.” Prospect Park’s wide variety of habitats attract a large number of migrants and breeding bird species—significantly more than Central Park in fact. We will explore the park's meadows, forests, and waterways in search of waterfowl, warblers, tanagers, and other species that call the park home. Limited to 15 per walk. $36 (25) per walk
Click here to register

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturdays -- 11:00 a.m.
Debbie Becker leads a free bird walk at the Garden every Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm beginning at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Included in All-Garden Pass
Get Tickets

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New York City WILD!
Friday, August 30, 2019, 5:30pm
NYC Wild! Essentials: Sunset on Governor's Island

For the FULL INFORMATION ABOUT EACH WALK click HERE to take you to the Eventbrite Profile page where you will find all details (scroll down to the thumbnails) for each of the outings and how to SIGN UP

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
From the Southern State Parkway, travel west to the Belt Parkway. Exit at Cross Bay Boulevard (Exit 17) south. Continue south on Cross Bay Blvd. through Howard Beach and over the North Channel Bridge (also known as the Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge). The entrance to the refuge parking lot is on the right side of the road, at a traffic light approximately one and a half miles past the bridge.
Directions via Google Maps

Bird walks led by a member of SSAS are conducted nearly every Sunday morning from late August through early June. Walks are open to the public and are free of charge. We especially encourage youngsters to attend.
All walks start at 9:00 A.M.
There is no walk if it rains or snows or temperature is below 25°F.
For more information or in case of questionable weather conditions, please phone Joe at 516 467-9498.


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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Rocking the Boat: Rowing and Birding at Hunts Point Riverside Park, Bronx
1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Explore the Bronx River aboard student-built wooden rowboats, accompanied by staff who teach them about the local waterways.
Free!

Sunday, September 1, 2019
Heather Garden Tour with Ken Chaya at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Bring your binoculars and take a walking tour of the Heather Garden in Fort Tryon Park with expert naturalist Ken Chaya and learn about the dozens of plants currently in bloom.
Free!
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