Monday, August 24, 2015

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of Saturday, August 29, 2015 to Tuesday, September 1, 2015:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, August 29, 2015, 12–1 pm
Introduction to Bird Watching
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home. Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 10 am – 11 am
Family Bird Watching
Looking for a fun way to spend time with your family outdoors? Join the Prospect Park Alliance for its monthly family bird watching tours. After learning how to use binoculars, join our naturalists to identify some of the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home. Please note this tour leaves promptly at 10 am.

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Prospect Park
Meet 7:00 am at Grand Army Plaza park entrance, "Stranahan "statue
Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: early fall migrants, warblers, flycatchers, and songbirds

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Freshkills Park (Staten Island)
Sunday, August 30, 2015, 6:00am
2015 Macaulay Honors College Freshkills Park BioBlitz!

In partnership with CUNY Macaulay Honors College, nature lovers and citizen scientists will canvas 300 acres of North Park to count all of the birds, reptiles, mammals, fish and plants that call this park home. Led by experts who have conducted similar research projects at Central Park and the New York Botanical Gardens, the 24-hour event will help us begin to document the resurgence of wildlife and the biodiversity at Freshkills Park.

BioBlitzAll CUNY Macaulay Honors College sophomores will be participating in the event, but we also have slots open for ecology enthusiast members of the public. Participants must be at least 14 years of age, and if under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (both will need to register). To participate, email cait.field@parks.nyc.gov. Check in will take place at the St. George Ferry terminal and coach bus transportation will be provided to the park (all participants must check in at St. George and travel to and from the park via the provided transportation).

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, August 30, 2015, 8:00 AM
Makamah Preserve
Makamah Preserve is a 160 acre park in the village of Fort Salonga. It is made up of rolling hills and valleys, with upland forest, wooded wetland and saltmarsh habitats. We will search for migrating songbirds and waterbirds, especially warblers, flycatchers, & sandpipers.
Registration: 585-880-0915
Directions: Take Rte. 25A (Fort Salonga Rd.) east into the village of Fort Salonga and look for the sign and parking area for the park.

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Debbie Becker leads a free bird walk at the Garden every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center

Trips return on September 5, 2015

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New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, August 29, 2015, 8:00am – 9:30am
Van Cortlandt Bird Walks, The Bronx
Guides: NYC Audubon, Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy
With the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy
Meet at Van Cortlandt Nature Center. 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. For more information, please call 212-691-7483. No registration necessary. No limit. Free.

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 7:30am – 5:00pm
10th Annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay
During the past 40 years, over 40 species of shorebirds (including rare and accidental vagrants) have been recorded at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East and West Ponds from mid-July through October, with the greatest diversity and abundance usually occurring in August. We invite you to attend our tenth annual celebration at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, August 29.

Free bus transportation from Manhattan to Jamaica Bay is available for NYC Audubon members at the Student/Senior level and up. Meet at 71 West 23rd Street at 6:30am. (We will return to 23rd Street by approximately 6pm.) Contact the office at 212-691-7483 x306 to reserve a seat.

For more information, contact NYC Audubon at 212-691-7483 x 306, the American Littoral Society at 718-474-0896, or Don Riepe at donriepe@gmail.com
http://www.nycaudubon.org/annual-shorebird-festival-jamaica-bay
Schedule TBD

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Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, August 30, 2015 – Monday, August 31, 2015
CRESLI Whale and Bird watching trip at Montauk point Viking Fleet
Where: Montauk point Viking Fleet map

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Jones Beach West End #2
Notes:
All walks start at 9:30 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
For directions to our bird-watching locations, click here.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Introduction to Bird Watching at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

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