Monday, March 07, 2016

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of Saturday, March 12, 2016 to Sunday, March 13, 2016:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Marine Park and Floyd Bennett Field
Leader: Rafael Campos
Focus: Waterfowl, raptors, returning late winter species, early sparrows, open field birds
Car fee: $10.00
Registrar: Kathy Toomey, email
Registration Period: March 5th – March 10th


Hudson River Audubon Society (Westchester)
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Evening "Timberdoodle" Walk
6PM Croton Point Park Ball Field
Look for displaying American Woodcocks


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, March 12, 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


New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, March 12, 2016, 10am – 5pm
Winter Birds of Sandy Hook, NJ
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Sandy Hook, a spectacular barrier island at the northernmost point of the NJ coast, hosts a variety of species including Arctic-bound migrants and harbor seals that lie on the beach to warm up in the sun. Other possible sightings: loons, sea ducks, snow buntings, and horned larks. Bring lunch, water, and binoculars. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $103 (72)
Click here to register

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 9:30am – 11:30am
Winter Birding Along the Hudson: Wave Hill
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. Advanced registration is recommended, either online, at the Perkins Visitor Center, or by calling 718-549-3200 x251. Walks run rain or shine; in case of severe weather call the number above for updates. Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. NYC Audubon members enjoy two-for-one admission

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 12pm – 2pm
Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor
Guide: NYC Audubon guide
Meet at South Street Seaport’s Pier 16 and come aboard NY Water Taxi’s eco-friendly vessel for a winter adventure in New York Harbor! Look for harbor seals on the rocky shores of Governor’s Island and the more remote Hoffman and Swinburne Islands. Learn about the surprisingly diverse winter birds of New York City, including ducks, geese, loons, and sandpipers, many of which migrate south from the Arctic. See the Statue of Liberty and pass under the Verrazano Bridge. Dress warmly! Limited to 90. To register, contact New York Water Taxi at 212-742-1969 or $35 for adults; $25 for children under 12; $105 for family pack for 2 adults and 2 children


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Sunday, March 13, 2016 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm
The Arbutus Woods
Cost: Free
Contact: Clay Wollney 718-869-6327
Kingdom Pond Park, Arbutus Woods, Bunker Pond and 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 contact Clay Wollney at (718) 869-6327.


Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, March 12, 2016, 8am – 12pm
Queens County Quack Attack!
Leader: Corey Finger - 518-445-5829
Where: Baisley Pond Park, Baisley Blvd, Jamaica, NY

Trip Etiquette
Please register for trips

1 - Register. Let leaders know you're coming!
2 - Car pooling or skipping requires planning
3 - Be advised if there are last minute changes or cancellations. These cannot be communicated to unknown persons.
4 - Be on time! Most trips begin birding by 8am!
5 - Please arrive before the starting time so we do not waste precious early morning bird activity.
6 - Plan your travel time.


South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Jones Beach West End #2

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.


Sullivan County Audubon Society
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Field Trip for ducks and other waterfowl, led by Ruth McKeon and Renee Davis
Meet at 9am at the traffic light in Grahamsville. We will car pool to where there is open water and return about 11 am.
Call Ruth at 845-434-4629 for more info.


Urban Park Rangers
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Spring Birding at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Explore the gardens and woodlands with naturalist Gabriel Willow on a quest to spot some of our favorite feathered friends as they return to the Hudson Highlands.


Young Birders Club
Saturday March 12, 2016
Marshlands Conservancy and Read Sanctuary (Rye, Westchester County)
Sponsoring NYSYBC Partner: Bedford Audubon Society
Trip Leader: Tait Johansson

Marshlands Conservancy is a 147-acre wildlife sanctuary composed of diverse habitats. Forest, meadow, salt marsh and shore can be explored and appreciated here. There are three miles of trails and one-half mile of shoreline along the Long Island Sound. More than 230 species have been sighted.

The Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary is a 179-acre wildlife sanctuary that features a shoreline on Long Island Sound, Manursing Lake, salt-marsh wetland, trails through a deciduous forest, a bamboo grove, and fields of native grasses and wildflowers. The National Audubon Society has acknowledged the sanctuary as an Important Bird Area.

Bring binoculars and a camera (and a spotting scope if you have one).
Permission form due by 3/3/16.

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