Check out City Birder Tours, and Green-Wood sponsored tours on their calendar pages here.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, March 15, 2019:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Mar. 15, 2019
* NYNY1903.15

- Birds mentioned
Red-necked Grebe
Razorbill
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
BLACK-HEADED GULL
TUNDRA SWAN
EURASIAN WIGEON
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
Blue-winged Teal
HARLEQUIN DUCK
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Cackling Goose
American Woodcock
Piping Plover
Wilson's Snipe
Osprey
Eastern Phoebe
Rusty Blackbird
Boat-tailed Grackle
Evening Grosbeak
COMMON REDPOLL
Chipping Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Pine 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

Compilers: Tom Burke and Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, March 15th 2019 at 9pm. The highlights of today's tape are TUNDRA SWAN, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, Eurasian form of GREEN-WINGED TEAL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, COMMON REDPOLL and spring arrivals.

Ah, the March doldrums when birders anticipation generally well exceeds realization. With waterfowl now strongly on the move some unusual species lingering locally have included the two TUNDRA SWANS out on Georgica Pond, the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE still in the Rye area of lower Westchester at least to Tuesday and a CACKLING GOOSE still at Arthur J. Hendrickson Park in Valley Stream Tuesday. The Brooklyn EURASIAN WIGEON, a drake at the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center and a female at Bush Terminal Piers Park were both still present today while the drake in Rye was still around Tuesday. A drake Eurasian form of GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen again at Santapogue Creek in West Babylon from Saturday to Tuesday. A few HARLEQUIN DUCKS were still around the Jones Beach West End jetty last weekend with a pair also continuing around the Moriches Inlet east jetty at Smith Point County Park to Thursday.

Also noted at Jones Beach West End on Monday were an immature BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE and a RAZORBILL. An immature BLACK-HEADED GULL was spotted Sunday at Georgica Pond and a presumably over wintering adult in Oldfield was seen around the southwestern end of Conscience Bay on Wednesday. A GLAUCOUS GULL visited Randall's Island Wednesday and another was still at the Bellport Bay Yacht Club last Saturday. While an ICELAND GULL was seen again at the Austin Nichols House in Brooklyn Tuesday. At least 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted along Long Island's south shore last weekend including at Jones Beach West End, Heckscher State Park and Shinnecock Inlet. A RED-NECKED GREBE spotted on Patchogue Lake on Wednesday was still present today and 2 were off Pelham Bay Park yesterday.

A COMMON REDPOLL was found accompanying a flock of American Goldfinch in Brooklyn's Green-wood Cemetery on Wednesday and has continued there through today. A flock of 8 COMMON REDPOLLS appeared Wednesday near Cross River Reservoir in northern Westchester but the bulk of the REDPOLLS this winter have remained well north of our area.

The Riverside Park EVENING GROSBEAK continuing in northern Manhattan for an unexpectedly long time was last reported on Tuesday but don't despair as spring migration has begun. Arriving this week has been BLUE-WINGED TEAL, the first few PIPING PLOVERS, some WILSON'S SNIPE, a couple of OSPREYS and some of the earlier landbirds including EASTERN PHOEBE, TREE SWALLOW, CHIPPING SPARROW, BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE, RUSTY BLACKBIRD and PINE WARBLER with more on the way and AMERICAN WOODCOCK are now displaying nicely at many appropriate locations.

To phone in reports on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 or 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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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Treehugger Tuesday

From the website Earther:

Recycling Is Broken
Maddie Stone
March 11, 2019

This week, we are writing about waste and trash, examining the junk that dominates our lives, and digging through garbage for treasure.

In Philadelphia, people like to recycle. Together, all 1.6 million of us generate about 400 tons of recyclable material each day. But since last fall, roughly half of the bottles and cans my neighbors and I have placed dutifully curbside in our blue bins every week haven’t made their way to a sorting facility. They’ve gone to one of two waste-to-energy incinerators, where they’re being burned alongside garbage.

The situation, which everyone from local residents to the company operating the trash-burning power plants seems unhappy about, is a microcosm of a crisis that’s been rippling across the country ever since China, once the single-largest buyer for U.S. recyclables, banned the import of two dozen types of “foreign waste” and imposed strict quality standards on the recyclables it’ll accept. Nationwide, municipalities are facing higher costs and being forced to find stopgap solutions, from incinerators to landfills, for recyclables that have nowhere else to go.

Meanwhile, the recycling industry—which operates with next to no federal guidance despite processing a quarter of America’s waste—is in an existential struggle to chart a new path forward for itself.

“We’re approaching a point of reckoning that we have had not to debate in the US for a long time, in terms of how we deal with our municipal solid waste and consumer recyclables,” Kristina Costa, a senior fellow focused on climate change and energy policy at the Center for American Progress, told me. “If as a public policy goal we want to continue encouraging recycling, the time is basically now to have a really serious conversation about what policy changes... need to be put in place.”

Most of us think of recycling as a service our city provides, but in reality it’s a business. There are no national laws governing the industry, which is frequently financed by municipalities. Many cities, like Philly, work with private contractors to collect recyclables and get them sorted and cleaned at material recovery facilities. From there, the paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and aluminum are sold as commodities to various manufacturers.

Read the entire article here. ...Read more

Monday, March 11, 2019

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, March 16, 2019 to Sunday, March 17, 2019:

Bedford Audubon Society
Saturday, March 16, 2019, 8:30am - 2:00pm
Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge and Black Dirt Region
What kind of duck has sharp claws? The Wood Duck!
Join Tait Johansson for a visit to Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge and Black Dirt Region to see them! Along with Wood Ducks, we’re likely to see other exciting spring migrants such as Rusty Blackbird and large flocks of waterfowl that often contain hundreds of Northern Pintail and Green-winged Teal.
Depart Bylane 7am.
Cost: Free.
Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate.
Secure your place with Susan Fisher at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914-302-9713.

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, March 16, 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.

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Rafael Campos
Focus: returning early spring migrants, early herons and egrets, waterfowl and ducks, raptors
Registrar: Donna Evans email devansny@earthlink.net
Registration Period: March 9th - May 14th
Please review our trip guidelines here: http://brooklynbirdclub.org/information-registration

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Gateway National Recreation Area
Saturday, March 16, 2019, 2:00pm — 3:30pm
Marsh Madness - Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
View Details

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 12pm — 3pm
Dead Horse Bay, New York's Best Kept Secret
View Details

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Saturday, March 16, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday, March 17, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Birding Basics - Just in time for spring migration!
Birding is one of the country’s fastest growing hobbies, and there is no place better to enjoy it in Brooklyn than at Green-Wood! This two-part course teaches the why, where, how, and what of birding to the beginner. With over 250 species of birds residing in, or passing through, the Big Apple every year, learn where to look for, and how to identify, many species of this diverse group of animals. The second session ends with a walk through the Cemetery, applying some of the lessons learned in the classroom.

Green-Wood’s official birding checklist is available to pick up from the security guard at the Main Entrance at 25th Street or to print here. Comfortable footwear is recommended.

Meets at the Prospect Park West Entrance at 20th Street and 9th Avenue. One ticket secures a spot for both sessions.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP

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Northshore Audubon Society
Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Jones Beach Coast Guard
Leader: Ralph (516) 785-3375
Meet: Boat Basin West End - Jones Beach State Park NY, Jones Beach Island, Point Lookout, NY 11569 (map)
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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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, March 16, 2019, 9:00am
Ossining, NY: Teatown Lake Reservation, Photography and Nature Walk

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 12:30pm
Queens: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Photography and Nature Walk

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, March 17, 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, March 17, 2019
Ecosystem Explorers: Coastline at Wolfe's Pond Park Comfort Station (in Wolfe's 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!
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Saturday, March 09, 2019

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, March 8, 2019:

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* March 8, 2019
* NYNY1903.08

- Birds Mentioned

PACIFIC LOON+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Greater White-fronted Goose
Cackling Goose
TUNDRA SWAN
EURASIAN WIGEON
Red-necked Grebe
Rough-legged Hawk
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
American Woodcock
Iceland Gull
Eastern Phoebe
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
DICKCISSEL
EVENING GROSBEAK
House Sparrow

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 nysarc44nybirdsorg

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

Compilers: Tom Burke and Tony Lauro
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, March 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm.

The highlights of today's tape are PACIFIC LOON, TUNDRA SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, DICKCISSEL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and EVENING GROSBEAK.

A fairly slow week, thanks mostly to the cold weather conditions, with more drifting north out of our region than coming in.

Our last report of the Oyster Bay PACIFIC LOON was from Monday, when still around the Sagamore Yacht Club boat basin and a little east of there off Florence Avenue. To look for the Loon, enter Oyster Bay on Route 106 and continue on South Street, staying left at the end by the white tanks to reach the parking lot for the Yacht Club and adjacent Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. Search the boat basin or, if not there, off the end of Florence Avenue, where there also is parking.

Two TUNDRA SWANS, presumably wintering around East Hampton despite only occasional reports, have been seen this week around Georgica Cove and Pond, an area birded with some difficulty as it is mostly surrounded by private homes.

The only GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE reported this week has been wintering in southern Westchester County and has recently been visiting Playland Lake in Rye. A drake EURASIAN WIGEON is also in the same area of Rye but, like the TUNDRA SWANS, is often not viewable due to the private homes lining the shore. The WIGEON is occasionally visible from a viewpoint off Forest Avenue east of Rye Beach, but there is really very limited access even at that spot.

Another EURASIAN WIGEON was still at Bush Terminal Piers Park in Brooklyn last Sunday, and one continues at the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center.

CACKLING GEESE this week were reported from Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island and Arthur J. Hendrickson Park in Valley Stream as well as at Hook Pond in East Hampton Sunday.

An ICELAND GULL was still at the Montauk Harbor Inlet Sunday, with another visiting New Rochelle in Westchester County Wednesday.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was still off Floyd Bennett Field to Monday, with another at Glen Island Park in Westchester Thursday.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted at the former Grumman Airport grasslands yesterday, and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER was still at the West Meadow Wetlands Preserve in Stony Brook Sunday.

The Quogue CLAY-COLORED SPARROW present earlier in the year was refound Monday along Post Lane near houses number 18 and 20, this area just north of the bridge to Dune Road.

The DICKCISSEL at the Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area was seen coming into the feeders there with a horde of HOUSE SPARROWS at least to Tuesday morning.

A male EVENING GROSBEAK continues to grace Riverside Park in northern Manhattan around the Forever Wild Trail near West 117th Street or north of there.

Besides waterfowl, birds on the move this week have included KILLDEER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK and EASTERN PHOEBE.

To phone in reports, on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734 4126 or 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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Thursday, March 07, 2019

Birding Basics Class at Green-Wood

On Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th I'll be teaching a birding basics class at Green-Wood Cemetery.

Just in time for spring migration!

Photo by Jen Kepler
Birding is one of the country’s fastest growing hobbies, and there is no place better to enjoy it in Brooklyn than at Green-Wood! This two-part course teaches the why, where, how, and what of birding to the beginner. With over 250 species of birds residing in, or passing through, the Big Apple every year, learn where to look for, and how to identify, many species of this diverse group of animals. The second session ends with a walk through the Cemetery, applying some of the lessons learned in the classroom.

For more information head over to the Green-Wood Cemetery events page here.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Treehugger Tuesday

From Mother Nature Network:

It's time to stop releasing balloons
Mary Jo DiLonardo
March 1, 2019, 11:23 a.m.

They’re colorful and cheery — and lousy for wildlife.

When balloons come back to Earth, they always end up as litter.

Birthday parties, graduations, weddings are all beautiful occasions when many people will celebrate with balloons — some may even release them in the sky with gusto. But what happens to those plastic balloons once they deflate? Where do they end up?

For years, many environmental groups have pushed for mass balloon releases to be banned — saying that balloon pieces and strings are dangerous to wildlife.

"They are a serious threat to wildlife simply because they are colorful and bright, so wildlife might mistake them for food, and the strings can wrap around their bodies and make it difficult for them to swim or breathe," Emma Tonge, communications and outreach specialist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told USA Today.

There's plenty of evidence to back up this theory.

Researchers in Australia analyzed the effects that soft plastics like balloons have on seabirds. They discovered that soft plastics are more likely than hard plastics to cause obstructions in seabirds' gastrointestinal tracts. Of the birds examined, nearly one out of five died as a result of ingesting balloons or balloon pieces.

Read the entire article here

Monday, March 04, 2019

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, March 9, 2019 to Sunday, March 10, 2019:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, March 9, 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.

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Woodland Critters of Green-wood Cemetery
Meet 8:00 am at the 5th Ave and 25th Street main entrance arch
Leaders: Bobbi Manian and Dennis Hrehowsik
Focus: late winter and early spring upland and passerine woodland species
Site profile: https://www.green-wood.com/2010/visit-on-your-own/
Please review our trip guidelines here: http://brooklynbirdclub.org/information-registration

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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8:00am
Elizabeth Morton NWR
Leader: Byron Young
This is always a special walk. Just at the edge of winter, you will be greeted by lots of hungry birds, that eat right out of your hand. Frequently there are pockets of over-wintering birds. Great photo ops as you are close to the birds. Meet at the Refuge parking lot at 8 am. It is roughly a 2 mile walk to the beach and around the refuge. Dress warmly and appropriately. Bring binoculars! Bird seed will be provided.

The Elizabeth Morton NWR is off Noyac Road on the way to Sag Harbor (if you are coming from the west).

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Feminist Bird Club
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Fresh Kills Walk with Move Forward Staten Island

All walks follow the ABA Code of Birding Ethics

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Birding in Peace
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean that there aren’t interesting birds to discover in Green-Wood. For some bird species that migrate south after the breeding season, Brooklyn is their Miami during the cold months. Spend the early morning exploring the cemetery, looking for overwintering waterfowl, nuthatches, woodpeckers, sparrows, finches and any half-hardy birds that decided to stick around. By February we’ll see some of the early north-bound birds beginning to trickle back into the area.

Green-Wood’s official birding checklist is available to pick up from the security guard at the main entrance on 25th Street or to print here. Comfortable footwear is recommended.

$10 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $15 for non-members

Click here for our inclement weather policy.

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 9:00am
Robert Moses State Park
We will bird different sections of the State Park in search of variety of wintering ducks and land birds.

Directions: Take Robert Moses State Pkwy south to end, meet in field 2

Registration: (585) 880-0915

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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 Audubon
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 9am – 6pm
Winter Birding on the South Shore of Long Island
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Winter in New York brings the excitement of possibility: Will Snowy Owls appear in the dunes? Will Harlequin Ducks move westward from Cape Cod and Montauk and appear in closer waters? Will irruptive northern finches and Bohemian Waxwings move south from Canada? All of these species and more are possible on Long Island in the winter, along with more expected species such as loons, grebes, scaup, eider, Northern Harriers, and Purple Sandpipers.
Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $95 (67) per trip
Click here to register

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 9:30am – 11:30am
Winter Birding at Wave Hill, Bronx
Sundays, December 9, January 13, February 10, and March 10, 9:30-11:30am
Guide: Gabriel Willow with Wave Hill
Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center. The Hudson River valley hosts an impressive diversity of bird species, even during the winter months. Come explore the beautiful gardens and woodlands of Wave Hill and observe the hardy birds that spend the winter in this urban oasis. Walks run rain or shine. Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. See www.wavehill.org for admission rates. NYC Audubon members enjoy two-for-one admission

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New York City WILD!
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 12:00noon
Brooklyn: Dead Horse Bay, Photography and Nature Walk

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 11:00am
The Bronx: Lower Bronx River Greeway Photography and Nature Walk

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
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 10:30am-12:30pm
Is it Spring Yet?
High Rock Park, Staten Island
If you’ve been indoors all winter, it’s time to get into shape. Join us on a circular walk from High Rock Park through the Egbertville Ravine and up Moses Mountain. Let’s see how many signs of spring we can find. We’ll meet at the High Rock Park parking lot at the top of Nevada Avenue off Rockland Avenue. Dress warmly and bring snacks and beverage.
For more information, contact Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or 718-477-0545.

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Jones Beach West End 2

From the Southern State Parkway, exit onto the Meadowbrook State Parkway south. After entering Jones Beach State Park, exit right (west) into the West End. Continue west to West End 2 parking lot; we meet in the northeast corner of the lot.

From the Wantagh State Parkway, travel south. Upon entering Jones Beach State Park, exit at Bay Drive and continue west to West End 2 parking lot; we meet in the northeast corner of the 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
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Spring Birding at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Explore the gardens and woodlands with naturalist Gabriel Willow on a quest to spot both resident and rare birds as they pass through on their northern journey or settle down for the season.

Family Nature Walk at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill), Bronx
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Join naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow on a family-friendly walk through the gardens or woodlands.
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Saturday, March 02, 2019

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, March 1, 2019:

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* March 1, 2019
* NYNY1903.01

- Birds Mentioned

BARNACLE GOOSE+
PACIFIC LOON+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Cackling Goose
Wood Duck
EURASIAN WIGEON
Blue-winged Teal
KING EIDER
Red-necked Grebe
American Woodcock
Razorbill
ICELAND GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
Eastern Phoebe
Common Yellowthroat
Pine Warbler
DICKCISSEL
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
EVENING GROSBEAK

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 nysarc44nybirdsorg

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

Compilers: Tom Burke and Tony Lauro
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, March 1, 2019 at 9:00 pm.

The highlights of today's tape are PACIFIC LOON, BARNACLE and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, KING EIDER, EURASIAN WIGEON, GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULLS, DICKCISSEL, EVENING GROSBEAK and more.

With most of our highlights continuing to be lingering birds as we await a seasonal changeover, fortunately one of those is the winter-plumaged PACIFIC LOON still frequenting the boat basin of the Sagamore Yacht Club in Oyster Bay. Perhaps, locally, a better opportunity to see this species so well will be a long time coming. Enter Oyster Bay on Route 106 and continue on South Street, staying to the left at the end by the white tanks to enter the Yacht Club and adjacent Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, where a large parking lot is available. Search the boat basin carefully; if not there, the loon has at times also moved east along the shore.

Waterfowl recently have been on the move; among the geese out in the Riverhead area the BARNACLE GOOSE was seen early in the week on fields along Reeves Avenue near the Buffalo farm just west of Roanoke Avenue, and today by the Cherry Creek golf course east of Roanoke Avenue. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE plus a CACKLING GOOSE have also been spotted there, and an alternative site to search for these species is at their roost on Merritts Pond in Riverhead, east of Roanoke Avenue, or on the traditional sod fields around Doctors Path and Route 105 south of Sound Avenue. Another GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE remains in southern Westchester but moves between a few golf courses and ponds, including Playland Lake in Rye and a pond off Bowman Avenue in Rye Brook. Other CACKLING GEESE include continuing singles at Miller Field on Staten Island and in the Rye area.

Brooklyn EURASIAN WIGEON were still around the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center and Bush Terminal Piers Park, and a young male KING EIDER was reported again at Shinnecock Inlet last Saturday. A drake BLUE-WINGED TEAL was still at Robinson Pond in Patchogue Saturday, and numbers of WOOD DUCKS have been increasing nicely lately.

A RAZORBILL was off Coney Island Beach last Saturday and off Plumb Beach today, with a RED-NECKED GREBE remaining off Floyd Bennett Field to Wednesday.

Both GLAUCOUS and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, one each, were still at the Bellport Bay Yacht Club early in the week, and an ICELAND GULL was seen again in Brooklyn’s Gravesend Bay last Saturday.

One nice new arrival this week, possibly wintering nearby, was a DICKCISSEL spotted Wednesday at the feeders at the Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area. The DICKCISSEL was still present today at the sanctuary, accessed from Links Drive in Oceanside.

Northern Manhattan’s long-lingering male EVENING GROSBEAK was still present in Riverside Park today, usually around 117th street or a little north of these. Union Square’s COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was also still around Tuesday.

Though it’s still winter, AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, one of spring’s earliest migrants, have been showing up recently and should be displaying in appropriate areas once the weather improves a little. Flocks of COMMON GRACKLES and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have also arrived, and also watch for other early arrivals like EASTERN PHOEBE and PINE WARBLER, among others.

To phone in reports, on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734 4126 or 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, February 26, 2019

Treehugger Tuesday

From ScienceDaily:

Wild carnivores stage a comeback in Britain
February 25, 2019
University of Exeter

Once-endangered carnivorous mammals such as otters, polecats and pine martens have staged a remarkable comeback in Britain in recent decades, a new review shows.

The study found that -- with the exception of wildcats -- the status of Britain's native mammalian carnivores (badger, fox, otter, pine marten, polecat, stoat and weasel) has "markedly improved" since the 1960s.

The species have largely "done it for themselves" -- recovering once harmful human activities had been stopped or reduced, according to scientists from the University of Exeter, Vincent Wildlife Trust, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Hunting, trapping, control by gamekeepers, use of toxic chemicals and destruction of habitats contributed to the decline of most predatory mammals in the 19th and early 20th Centuries.

"Unlike most carnivores across the world, which are declining rapidly, British carnivores declined to their low points decades ago and are now bouncing back," said lead author Katie Sainsbury, a PhD researcher at the Environment and Sustainability Institute at the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus in Cornwall.

"Carnivores have recovered in a way that would have seemed incredibly unlikely in the 1970s, when extinction of some species looked like a real possibility."

The researchers collected survey reports from the last 40 years and compared changes in the species' distribution extent and population sizes. They also reviewed human activities that have helped or hindered Britain's native carnivores in recent decades.

Otters have almost completely recolonised Great Britain. Badger populations have roughly doubled since the 1980s.

Polecats have expanded across southern Britain from Wales, and pine martens have expanded from the Scottish Highlands.

Fox numbers have risen since the 1960s, though an apparent decline in the last decade may be linked with dwindling rabbit numbers.

"Most of these animals declined in the 19th Century, but they are coming back as a result of legal protection, conservation, removal of pollutants and restoration of habitats," said Professor Robbie McDonald, head of Exeter's Wildlife Science group.

"The recovery of predatory mammals in Britain shows what happens when you reduce the threats that animals face. For the most part these species have recovered by themselves."

"Reintroductions have also played a part. Fifty one pine martens were recently translocated to Wales from Scotland and these martens are now breeding successfully in Wales. Otter reintroductions helped re-establish the species in the east of England."

Thought must now be given to how growing numbers of these animals interact with humans, the researchers say.

Some of the species can pose problems for gamekeepers, anglers and farmers, and work must be done to find ways to prevent conflict and allow long-term co-existence as the species expand their ranges and numbers.

Wildcats are the exception to the pattern of recovery. The species is now restricted to small numbers in isolated parts of the Scottish Highlands. Some estimates suggest there are as few as 200 individuals left. Their decline has largely been caused by inter-breeding with domestic cats, leading to loss of wildcat genes.

The status of stoats and weasels remains obscure.

Professor McDonald said: "These small and fast-moving predators are hard to see and to survey. Ironically, the best means of monitoring them is from the records of gamekeepers who trap them. People are key to carnivore recovery.

"By involving local communities from the outset, we have been able to secure the return of healthy numbers of pine martens to Wales. Translocations were needed because natural spread, something the Trust has been monitoring in polecats over the past 25 years, will take much longer for the slower breeding pine marten" said Dr Jenny MacPherson of Vincent Wildlife Trust.

The paper, published in the journal Mammal Review, is entitled: "Recent history, current status, conservation and management of native mammalian carnivores in Great Britain."

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, March 2, 2019 to Sunday, March 3, 2019:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, March 2, 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.

Sunday, March 3, 2019
Jones Beach State Park and environs
Leader: Tom Stephenson
Focus: primarily seafowl and other ducks, upland dunes and open space passerines, raptors
Registrar: Chris Laskowski email celaskowski@yahoo.com
Registration Period: Feb 23rd - Feb 28th
Please review our trip guidelines here: http://brooklynbirdclub.org/information-registration

Sunday, March 3, 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.

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Great South Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, March 3, 2019, 8:30am
Bob Laskowski Memorial Duck Walk
Leader(s): Bob Grover (516-318-8536)
Meet at Brookwood Hall, Islip Town Park in East Islip on Irish Lane between Montauk Hwy and Union Blvd.

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

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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 Audubon
Saturday, March 2, 2019, 8:00am – 10:30am
Intro to Birding: Bird Walk in Central Park
Guide: Tod Winston
Are you curious about "birding" but don’t have much (or any) experience? Come on a relaxed walk to some of Central Park’s hotspots to go over birding basics and see sparrows, finches, warblers, ducks, and more. Binoculars available. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

Saturday, March 2, 2019, 10am – 12pm
Winter Walk at Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
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. Search for wintering species, including ducks in the tidal marsh. Limited to 15. $36 (25)

Sunday, March 3, 2019, 9am – 4pm
Winter Birds of Barnegat, NJ
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Explore Barnegat Inlet’s expansive beach to view the winter birds that gather where land, bay, and sea meet. Search for Harlequin Ducks, Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs, Snow Buntings, as well as Snowy and Short-eared Owls.
Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $115 (80)
Click here to register

Sunday, March 3, 2019, 10:30am – 4:00pm
Snow Birds of Floyd Bennett Field and Fort Tilden, Queens
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Winter brings many rare birds to the City that can’t be found here at any other time. Perhaps most exciting are the “snow birds” of the Arctic tundra, such as Snow Buntings and Snowy Owls, that can occasionally be found in tundra-like habitats further south. Look for these and other winter visitors such as Horned Larks, American Tree Sparrows, and Rough-legged Hawks, as well as wintering ducks, grebes, and loons.
Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $88 (62) per walk
Click here to register

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New York City WILD!
Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9:00am
Tarrytown, NY: Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Photography and Nature Walk

Sunday, March 3, 2019, 12:00pm
The Bronx: Upper Bronx River, Photography and Nature Walk

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, March 3, 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
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Birding Along the Bronx River Foodway at Concrete Plant Park, Bronx
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Enjoy a walk through Concrete Plant Park and learn about the Foodway while discovering the birds in your community.
Free!
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Saturday, February 23, 2019

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, February 22, 2019:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Feb. 22, 2019
* NYNY1902.22

- Birds mentioned
PACIFIC LOON+
BARNACLE GOOSE+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Red-necked Grebe
Razorbill
Black-legged Kittiwake
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
BLACK-HEADED GULL
LITTLE GULL
EURASIAN WIGEON
HARLEQUIN DUCK
KING EIDER
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Cackling Goose
American Bittern
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
EVENING GROSBEAK
NORTHERN SHRIKE
Pine Warbler
Ovenbird
Common Yellowthroat

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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

Compilers: Tom Burke and Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

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Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, February 22nd 2019 at 9pm. The highlights of today's tape are PACIFIC LOON, NORTHERN SHRIKE, BARNACLE GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, EURASIAN WIGEON, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and EVENING GROSBEAK.

A nicely plumaged winter PACIFIC LOON was still visiting Oyster Bay's Sagamore Yacht Club and adjacent shoreline today usually providing great views as it moves about in the boat basin. It does also occasionally venture out east along the shore as viewable from Florence Avenue, a dead-end road with parking. Enter Oyster Bay on Route 106 and continue on South Street staying to the left at the end by the white tanks to enter the yacht club and adjacent Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park where a large parking lot is available.

Last Saturday at Jones Beach West End a second winter plumaged PACIFIC LOON was spotted well out in the channel off the West End Coast Guard Station but this one has proven to be quite elusive with no recent reports.

Very scarce locally this winter an immature NORTHERN SHRIKE was found last Monday at McAllister County Park in Belle Terre north of Port Jefferson. It was seen for most of the day near Pirate's Cove requiring a westerly walk along the beach but there have been no reports of the SHRIKE in the latter part of this week.

The BARNACLE GOOSE continues in Riverhead Canada Goose flocks being seen at the roosting site on Merritt's Pond east of Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead and as recently as today near the Buffalo Farm off Reeves Avenue farther north off Roanoke. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE also continues to roost on Merritt's Pond and was seen Thursday along Edward's Avenue just south of Sound Avenue. Another GREATER WHITE-FRONTED continues in the Rye area of southern Westchester sometimes resting on Playland Lake and continuing CACKLING GOOSE this week included birds on Miller Field on Staten Island and at Arthur J. Hendrickson Park in Valley Stream. KING EIDERS were noted at Shinnecock Inlet again this week. A drake and a female last Saturday and a young male yesterday. Three HARLEQUIN DUCKS were at the Jones Beach West End jetty last Saturday but two were also still at Orient Point County Park with a pair still in Moriches Inlet Sunday followed by a female moving off Robert Moses State Park on Monday. Lingering drake EURASIAN WIGEON in Brooklyn were at the Salt Marsh Nature Center Saturday and Bush Terminal Piers Park today.

The adult LITTLE GULL was still off Montauk Point with Bonaparte's Gulls last Saturday while 8 or more BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES and over 200 RAZORBILLS were also reported off Montauk State Park. A BLACK-HEADED GULL was also still at the south end of Lake Montauk Tuesday. Brooklyn too continues to provide BLACK-HEADED GULLS with birds noted during the week at Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4, Veteran's Memorial Pier and Sheepshead Bay. A GLAUCOUS GULL was still at the Bellport Bay Yacht Club today and ICELAND GULLS continue at Brooklyn's Austin Nichol's House and Gravesend Bay and at the Montauk Harbor Inlet.

Unusual this winter in our area a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was spotted along the loop causeway last Saturday.

Multiple RED-NECKED GREBES and AMERICAN BITTERNS were also reported this week.

Warblers this week included OVENBIRD at the Bronx Zoo, a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT continuing in Union Square Park in Manhattan and a PINE at Southaven County Park and an EVENING GROSBEAK male continues at Riverside Park in northern Manhattan.

To phone in reports on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 or 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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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Treehugger Tuesday

From MNN:

Caretakers work around the clock to save abandoned flamingo chicks
Noel Kirkpatrick
February 15, 2019, 2:41 p.m.

Parent flamingos abandoned their chicks in sweltering heat. (Photo: Carly Morgan/National Aviary)

Volunteers are working to save the lives of 2,000 lesser flamingo chicks after the babies were abandoned by their parents.

The tiny birds were left behind at South Africa's Kamfers Dam, located in the Northern Cape province, after the dam went dry due to drought conditions. Now, wildlife rescue groups and zoos around the world are chipping in to help them.

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Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, February 23, 2019 to Sunday, February 24, 2019:

Bedford Audubon Society
Friday, February 22, 2019, 9:00am - Monday, February 25, 2019, 1:00pm
Cape Ann/Plum Island Winter Birding Weekend
This trip was rescheduled from January due to snow storms. The coast of northeast Massachusetts is the winter home to a spectacular array of seabirds. Our masterful Naturalist Tait Johansson will guide this special trip around the region in search of such stunners as Harlequin Duck, King Eider, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Red-necked Grebe, Rough-legged Hawk, Iceland and Glaucous Gulls, Purple Sandpiper, Black Guillemot, Black-legged Kittiwake, Razorbill, and Snowy Owl. It’s also possible to see Dovekie, Thick-billed Murre, and Eastern and Short-eared Owls. Add these to your year (or life) list this month!
Cost: $100/members, or $130/non-members and we’ll credit $30 to an annual membership; travel, lodging, and meals not included.
Note: The fees for this trip help support environmental education so we can continue to deliver high-quality programs for free.
Please register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.302.9713.

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, February 23, 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.

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - Sunday, February 24, 2019
Members only Overnight: Manasquan Reservoir, the Jersey coast ponds, and Sandy Hook NWR
Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: Winter birding within varied habitats of New Jersey, including open ocean, maritime forest, ponds, dunes & open fields.
Car fee: $75.00
Registrar: Peter Dorosh Prosbird@aol.com or text only cell 347-622-3559
Registration Period: Members only! Jan 12th – Feb 17th

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Feminist Bird Club
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Central Park w/Martha Harbison and AMNH Collections tour w/Paul Sweet

All walks follow the ABA Code of Birding Ethics

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Birding in Peace
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean that there aren’t interesting birds to discover in Green-Wood. For some bird species that migrate south after the breeding season, Brooklyn is their Miami during the cold months. Spend the early morning exploring the cemetery, looking for overwintering waterfowl, nuthatches, woodpeckers, sparrows, finches and any half-hardy birds that decided to stick around. By February we’ll see some of the early north-bound birds beginning to trickle back into the area.

$10 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $15 for non-members

Click here for our inclement weather policy.

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 9:00am
Point Lookout
Look for loons, grebes, and Harlequin Ducks which are usually seen on Long Island only at Point Lookout.
Registration: (631) 885-1881

Directions: Take Meadowbrook Pkwy to Loop Pkwy. At end of Loop Pkwy., turn left on Lido Blvd. Go to end of road and park anywhere near the entrance to the park. Meet by the gate to the park.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, February 23, 2019 to Sunday, February 24, 2019
Montauk Weekend
Leader: Joe DiCostanzo
Registrar: Dale Dancis — ddancis@gmail.com or 212-724-3269
Registration opens: Monday, January 28
Ride: $80 – lodging not included

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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 Audubon
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9am – 3pm
Van Trip to the Winter Thaw Bird Walk at Jamaica Bay
Register for our van trip to American Littoral Society's Winter Thaw Bird Walk (see description above) and get to Jamaica Bay the easy way—by passenger van!
Bring lunch and water.
Limited to 12. $48 (68)
Click here to register

Sunday, February 24, 2019, 9am – 2pm
Winter Birds of DeKorte Park, NJ
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Come explore the wilds of the New Jersey Meadowlands at DeKorte Park. We'll be on the lookout for large flocks of Canvasbacks, Northern Pintails, Buffleheads, and Northern Shovelers. And we'll scan the skies for hunting raptors including Rough-legged and Cooper’s Hawks, Northern Harriers, and perhaps even a Snowy or Short-eared Owl. We can warm up at the environmental center and learn about the Meadowlands's ecology.
Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $88 (62)
Click here to register

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New York City WILD!
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:00am
The Bronx: Fort Schuyler Photography and Nature Walk

Sunday, February 24, 2019, 9:00am
Staten Island: Wolfe's Pond Park Photography and Nature Walk

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, February 23, 2019, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Mount Loretto Unique Area: Fields, Bluffs and Bay
Few locations on Staten Island can compete with the wintry beauty of Mount Loretto. Participants will walk the trails throughout the property exploring the meadow, wetlands systems and shoreline with naturalist Ray Matarazzo.
Participants will meet in the Hylan Boulevard parking lot across from the CYO community center.
For more information contact Ray Matarazzo at 718-317-7666.

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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, Feb 23, 2019
Barnegat
Leader: Ian Resnick 917-626-9562
Please contact the trip leader to register for the trip and to find out the start time and location.

As per all QCBC trips, there is no charge to register, but we want to know who is planning on attending, in case there is any change in plans.

This is a full-day trip that starts early and ends with dining out in central New Jersey. Of course, you may leave at any time that your schedule requires. We are planning on having lunch at a restaurant, so there is no need to pack a lunch.

Itinerary: Meeting location will be posted closer to the trip date. We will explore many of the duck ponds in coastal New Jersey, including Takanasee Lake, Shark River, and southward. We will view Manasquan Inlet from several locations. The highlight of the trip will be Barnegat Lighthouse for a walk on the jetty to view sea ducks, including Harlequins. Order of stops will be dependent on weather conditions. In addition, itinerary may be modified if there are any reported unusual sightings of birds in the area.

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Mill Pond Park
Use street parking on the westbound side of Merrick Road. The park is four blocks west of the Wantagh State Parkway.
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, February 23, 2019
Birding: Winter Waterfowl 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!

Sunday, February 24, 2019
Birding: Winter Waterfowl at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.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!
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Treehugger Tuesday

From "The Guardian" online:

Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'
Damian Carrington

The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.

More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.

The planet is at the start of a sixth mass extinction in its history, with huge losses already reported in larger animals that are easier to study. But insects are by far the most varied and abundant animals, outweighing humanity by 17 times. They are “essential” for the proper functioning of all ecosystems, the researchers say, as food for other creatures, pollinators and recyclers of nutrients.

Insect population collapses have recently been reported in Germany and Puerto Rico, but the review strongly indicates the crisis is global. The researchers set out their conclusions in unusually forceful terms for a peer-reviewed scientific paper: “The [insect] trends confirm that the sixth major extinction event is profoundly impacting [on] life forms on our planet.

“Unless we change our ways of producing food, insects as a whole will go down the path of extinction in a few decades,” they write. “The repercussions this will have for the planet’s ecosystems are catastrophic to say the least.”

Read the entire article here.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, February 16, 2019 to Sunday, February 17, 2019:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, February 16, 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.

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 8:30am - 12:00pm
The Great Backyard Bird Count at Prospect Park
Meet 8:30 am at Prospect Park Boathouse
Leaders: Tina Alleva and Cyrus Baty
Focus: Winter passerines, ducks and gulls, raptor
Reference: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/

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Hudson River Audubon Society
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge and Shinnecock Inlet
2595 Noyack Rd, Sag Harbor, NY
Meet at the refuge at 9am
Handfeed chickadees, titmice, nuthatches and more. Then we’ll visit the inlet and Dune Road for winter birds and maybe a Snowy Owl or American Bittern.
All day trip.

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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, February 16, 2019, 10:00am
Westchester County: Marshlands Conservancy Photography & Nature Walk

Sunday, February 17, 2019, 12:00pm
Lunar New Year Parade! Manhattan Chinatown Photography Ramble

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, February 16, 2019, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Owl Prowl at Blue Heron Park
Join with Cliff Hagen as he explores the deep woods of Staten Island in search of our nocturnal neighbors. Walk the quiet woods and listen for the whistles and whines of screech owls, the deep hoots of great horned owls and other noises of the night.
Participants will meet at 222 Poillon Avenue. For more information call Cliff Hagen at 718-313-8591 or e-mail him at chagen72@gmail.com.

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, February 17, 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, February 16, 2019
Birding: Winter Birds at 81st Street and Central Park West (in Central Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Whether you're an experienced birder or just looking for a fun winter activity outdoors, birding is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and stay active.
Free!

Great Backyard Bird Count 2019 at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill), Bronx
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Using smartphone apps and official, field-data forms, track and record the birds in Wave Hill’s backyard, guided by naturalist Gabriel Willow.

Sunday, February 17, 2019
Ecosystem Explorers: Micro-Ecosystems at Prospect Avenue and Brentwood Avenue (in Allison Pond Park), Staten Island
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Be an explorer with the Urban Park Rangers as we venture into habitats that exist in New York City Parks!
Free!
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