Monday, May 30, 2016

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of Saturday, June 4, 2016 to Sunday, June 5, 2016:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 12pm – 1pm
Introduction to Bird Watching
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Take a tour and learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home. Led by Brooklyn Bird Club.

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 8am – 9am
Early Morning Bird Walk: Local Nesters


Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Breeding Birds of Fresh Kills Park, Staten Island
Leader: Seth Wollney
Focus: Discovery of breeders in a currently closed-to-the-public future park
Car fee: $20.00
Registrar: Karen O'Hearn, email
Registration Period: May 28th - June 2nd
Site profile: ;
Note: The leader may venture to other locations and look at other wildlife such as dragonflies, butterflies, etc.
Date may change to Sunday depending on NYC Parks' permission.


Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 8:00am
South Fork Natural History Museum
Leader: Eric Salzman
Co-sponsored by ELIAS and SoFo
On this joint walk, expert birder, composer, and author Eric Salzman will explore the avian life of the meadow behind the South Fork Natural History Museum and the adjacent Greenbelt woodlands and wetlands. This walk will provide an opportunity to see and—especially—hear some of our locally breeding birds. The two-hour walk will be followed by a short introduction to the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society. For more information, reservations, and directions to SoFo, please call: (631) 537-9735.


Hudson River Audubon Society
Saturday - Sunday, June 4 and 5, 2016
Drive up Saturday afternoon and stay overnight for Whip-poor-wills, American Bittern, Virginia Rail, and Alder Flycatchers.


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, June 4, 2016
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


New York City Audubon Society
Friday, June 3 - Sunday, June 5, 2016
Montauk Spring Weekend
Guides: Mike Bottini, Mickey Cohen, Don Riepe
With American Littoral Society
Join us for our 20th year at the luxurious Montauk Manor and enjoy indoor/outdoor heated pools, jacuzzi, and spacious suites. Registration price includes five meals, five guided field trips, two evening slide programs, an evening star watch and free pickup at the LIRR station in Montauk. For information and reservations, call Don Riepe at (718) 474-0896 or e-mail $395 ($130 single supplement)

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7am-1pm
Breeding Birds of Jamaica Bay
Guide: Tod Winston
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is home to nesting cedar waxwings, brown thrashers, white-eyed vireos, tree swallows, yellow warblers, American redstarts, osprey, willet, and seven species of wading birds. We'll walk the refuge trails and observe these species and many more on their breeding grounds. Bring lunch. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $88 (62)
Click here to register

Saturdays, May 7-July 30, 8-9:30am
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, June 4, 2016, 9am-2pm
Spring Migration on Randall's Island
Guides: Gabriel Willow, Randall’s Island Park Alliance Staff
With Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Inc.
Meet on the northwest corner of 102nd Street and the FDR Drive. We’ll walk across the foot bridge to Randall’s Island, an under-explored location in the East River that hosts restored freshwater wetlands and salt marsh. We’ll look for spring migrants (both waterbirds and land birds) as we explore the results of recent restoration efforts. Limited to 20. $40 (28)
Click here to register

Saturdays April 9, May 7, June 4, and Sundays April 24 and May 22, 9-10am
Queens Botanical Garden Bird Walks
Guide: NYC Audubon
With the Queens Botanical Garden
Register for one or the series of five free nature walks in partnership with the New York City Audubon Society! The tours will introduce visitors to the feathered friends of the Garden like warblers, blue jays and robins as well as our favorite, the red-tailed hawk! Spot these creatures of flight, and learn about how QBG offers valuable resources for birds and other wildlife in the region. Binoculars available. Limited to 25. Appropriate for all ages. Free with Garden admission. To register, email or visit

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 10am–1pm
The Parakeets of Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn
Guide: Gabriel Willow
With Green-Wood Cemetery
Meet at the cemetery entrance at 5th Avenue and 25th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. Green-Wood Cemetery is rich in both history and wildlife. It is also the highest point in Brooklyn, affording marvelous views. We will explore its environs in search of spring migrants and its most unique avian residents: the huge flocks of brilliant green monk parakeets that nest there. Native to South America, these charming immigrants are surprisingly hardy and flourish even in our harsh winters. Limited to 15. $46 (32)
Click here to register


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Mount Loretto Unique Area: Fields, Bluffs and Bay
Cost: Free
Few locations on Staten Island can compete with the beauty of Mount Loretto. Participants will walk the trails throughout the property exploring the meadow, wetlands systems and shoreline with naturalist Ray Matarazzo. Meet in the Hylan Boulevard parking lot across from the CYO community center. For more information contact Ray Matarazzo at 718-317-7666.


Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7:30am – 6:00pm
Ward Pound Ridge trip and BBQ
Leader: Eric Miller 917-279-7530
CONTACT LEADER to confirm meeting time/location
Current members will enjoy a club BBQ - MUST pre-register.
We explore this wonderful park for its many excellent species and features, and cap the day with a club BBQ!


South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Alley Pond Park

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
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Birding for Beginners with naturalist Scott Graber
Experience the variety of bird life that inhabits the Bashakill. Binoculars are required and wear sturdy walking shoes. We’ll meet at the Haven Road DEC parking lot (Rt. 209 side). Call Scott to register and/or for additional information at 914-799-1313
This is a field trip of the Bashakill Area Association


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Bronx Kill Salt Marsh Tour at Randall's Island Connector, Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Join a tour of the Bronx Kill Salt Marsh to view wildlife up-close, learn about the ecological importance of wetlands, and explore the waterfront adjacent to the Harlem and East Rivers.

Birding: Hawk Watch at Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
11:00 a.m.–12:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Registration is required.

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? Take a tour and learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Sunday, June 5, 2016
Birding: Hawk Watch at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park), Queens
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.


Wild Bird Fund
Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 9:00am
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Join us with WBF member, artist and birder, Alan Messer for a late spring/early summer walk specializing in our nesting birds. We’ll find our usual resident nesting house sparrows and grackles, titmouse, and maybe chickadees. We’ll also look for late migrant warblers, vireos, and flycatchers, while looking for nesting orioles, kingbirds, catbirds, and hopefully a surprise or two.
Rain Date: Sunday June 5th
$10 members / $15 non-members Reservations required:

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