Monday, February 01, 2016

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of Saturday, February 6, 2016 to Sunday, February 7, 2016:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 10am – 11am
Early Morning Bird Walk: Backyard Birds
Join the Prospect Park Alliance and learn about the Great Backyard Bird Count and search for your favorite “backyard bird”. Find woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatches eating from feeders along Prospect Park’s nature trails. Please note this tour leaves promptly at 10 am. Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.

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Bedford Audubon Society
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 9am - 3pm
Eaglefest!
Join us at the New Croton Dam for a day of viewing our Nation's symbol, the Bald Eagle. We'll also be monitoring the local waterfowl and other birds, too. Snow date Sunday, February 7. No registration necessary.

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, February 6, 2016 (RESCHEDULED FROM JANUARY 24)
Jones Beach, Long Island
Leader: Mike Yuan
Focus: coastal species, waterbirds, sea ducks, raptors, dune passerines
Car Fee: $22.00
Registrar: Mike Yuan mjyuan@gmail.com
Registration Period: January 30th - February 4th

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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 9:00am
Montauk Point and the Montauk Area
Trip Leader: Eileen Schwinn
​We will meet at the Concession Stand/Restaurant at The Point to look for ducks and alcids, as well as any other birds that might be wintering in the general Montauk area. We will travel to Fort Pond, Camp Hero, and various other “Hot Spots” along The Montauk Trail! Dress for cold, wind and generally nasty weather — it wouldn’t be Montauk any other way!! Contact Eileen Schwinn at beachmed@optonline.net for more information, or call the day of the trip if there are any questions: 516-662-7751

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Gateway National Recreation Area
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Experience the Winter Beach at Fort Tilden
Location: Building One at Fort Tilden
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fee Information: Free
The sun, moon and earth will be in position on this day to create a notable low tide. Explore the intertidal zone and walk the sea floor with American Littoral Society naturalist Mickey Maxwell Cohen, author of "Adventures at the Beach", to observe the usually-hidden biological treasures from beyond the tides.
This is an American Littoral Society/ Gateway NRA partnership program.
Approx. 2 miles.

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 9:00am
Point Lookout Bird Walk
Look for loons, grebes, and Harlequin Ducks, a showy duck that is most easily observed at Point Lookout. Bring a scope if you have one!
Registration: 631-851-1881
Directions: Meadowbrook Pkwy to Loop Pkwy. At the end of Loop Pkwy, turn left. Go to the end of the road. 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 6, 2016
Coney Island Pier to Coney Island Creek
Leader: Rob Jett a.k.a. "The City Birder"
Registrar: Irene Warshauer — iwarshauer@aol.com or 212-249-6561
Registration opens: Monday January 25
Public transportation
Meet: McDonalds on corner of Stillwell Ave and Mermaid Ave at 8:00am

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, February 6, 2016
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

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New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 9am – 3pm
Winter Waterfowl of the Brooklyn Coast
Guide: Kellye Rosenheim
Join Kellye Rosenheim on a multi-stop tour of Brooklyn's most productive coastal winter waterfowl sites. We'll visit Bush Terminal Piers Park, Gravesend, and Calvert Vaux, where we'll look for interesting saltwater species such as common golden-eye, long-tailed duck, loons, and horned grebe in addition to our more common winter visitors. Bring lunch and dress warmly! Transportation by van included. Limited to 12. $86 (60)
Click here to register

Sunday, February 7, 2016, 10am – 1pm
Central Park Winter Walk: Superb Owl Sunday!
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Meet at the entrance to Central Park at Central Park West and 72nd Street. Some of the best sightings await hardy nature-lovers willing to venture out in winter! Several species of owls can be seen in Central Park for example, but generally only in the colder months. "Winter finches" such as Pine Siskins, Redpolls, and Crossbills have also been found at the feeders or in conifers in the park. Observing the adaptations for cold-weather survival among Blue Jays, Titmice, and other resident species is fascinating as well. Warm up after the walk with a hot chocolate by the fireplace at the Loeb Boathouse. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
February 7, 2016, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Crooke’s Point
Cost: Free
Contact: Paul Lederer 718-987-1576
Maritime spits such as Crooke’s Point are dynamic typographical features which are formed and sculpted by water and wind action. Join naturalist Paul T. Lederer in a talk and walk where he will discuss the geology and human history of the site as well as the plants and animals that call this place home. Participants will meet at the Beach Center Parking Lot in Great Kills Park near the dirt road leading out to Crooke’s Point. To get to the Beach Center Parking Lot, follow Buffalo Street to just before it turns into the dirt permit road.
For more information or directions contact Paul Lederer at (718)-987-1576.

February 7, 2016, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Mount Loretto North Woods
Cost: Free
Contact: Clay Wollney 718-869-6327
We will observe a variety of ecosystems as we search for evidence of animal life, the geologic history and human influence of this diverse area on the south shore. Meet at the parking lot for North Mount Loretto on Amboy Road in Richmond Valley.

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Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 8am – 3pm
Croton Point
Leader: Ian Resnick 917-626-9562
CONTACT LEADER to confirm meeting time/location

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Massapequa Lake

Notes:
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
For directions to our bird-watching locations, click here.

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Urban Park Rangers
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Birding: Owls at Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Birding: Winter Waterfowl at Baisley Pond Park Parking Lot (in Baisley Pond Park), Queens
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. This program will focus on the different species of waterfowl which overwinter in our Parks.
Free!

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