Monday, September 19, 2016

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Labor Day weekend - Saturday, September 24, 2016 to Sunday, September 25, 2016:

Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 8:00am
Robert Moses Hawk Watch and Jones beach WE
Leaders: John Gluth (631-827-0120), Steve D’Amato (631-264-8413)
Meet at Robert Moses State Park parking field #5 northeast corner.

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Hudson River Audubon Society
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Lenoir Nature Preserve Hawk Watch

19 Dudley St. Yonkers
Meet at 10 AM behind the Lenoir Mansion
http://www.hras.org/wtobird/lenoir.html
Hudson River Audubon Society field trips are free. Non-members/ newcomers are welcome and are encouraged to join us as members ($20 introductory offer).

Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. Some are available for loan for those who need them. Dress appropriately for the weather. For more information call Michael Bochnik at (914) 237-9331

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM
Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch at Greenwich Audubon Center

A great place to catch the fall raptor migration. One of the easiest hawk watches – just roll out of your car and take a seat! The Center is beautiful and has a wonderful gift shop as well as beautiful grounds for further exploration.

Registration: 631-885-1881 or email aveblue@gmail.com

Directions: Hutchinson Parkway North, exit to I-684 North. Take this to exit 3N and head north onto Route 22. At the first light, turn right onto Route 433. Drive 2 miles to the stop sign at the intersection of John Street. The Audubon entrance gate is on your left.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Hook Mountain Hawk Watch
Leader: Rob Jett
Registrar: Miriam Rakowski — miriamrakowski@hotmail.com or 212-749-7376
Registration opens: Monday, September 12
Ride: $25

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New York City Audubon Society
Saturdays, September 3-November 26, 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

Saturdays, September 3–September 24, 10-11am
Birding Basics For Families: The Ramble, Central Park
Guides: NYC Audubon, Conservancy Discovery Guides
Offered by the Central Park Conservancy
Meet at the Belvedere Castle (inside the Park, mid-Park just north of the 79th Street transverse). Experience Central Park’s precious bird habitat and migration hot spot with Conservancy Discovery Guides and NYC Audubon. Witness firsthand how the Conservancy’s work has made the Park a sanctuary for birds. Binoculars available. Free, pre-registration recommended. For weather cancellation updates and pre-registration information, call 212-772-0288.

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 4-7pm
Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise
Guides: Don Riepe with the American Littoral Society and Gateway National Recreation Area
Join us aboard the 100 ft. boat “Golden Sunshine” out of Pier 4, Sheepshead Bay for a 3-hour cruise into the backwater marshes of Jamaica Bay. Learn about the history, ecology and wildlife of this 13,000 acre preserve and see nesting osprey, terns, egrets, herons, oystercatchers, and more. Includes narrated tour plus wine & cheese, drink, fruit, and snacks. To reserve, call (718) 474-0896 or email donriepe@gmail.com. $55"

Sunday, September 25, 2016, 8-10am
Fall Migrants of Woodlawn Cemetery
Guides: Tod Winston, Joseph McManus with Woodlawn Conservancy
Meet at the Jerome Avenue entrance of Woodlawn Cemetery. Join us for a morning bird walk and tour of beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery: Tod Winston and Joseph McManus will look for fall migrants and year-round residents on the expansive, wooded cemetery grounds, while a Woodlawn Conservancy docent shares fascinating stories about Woodlawn’s history and the interesting mixture of individuals interred there. Bring water. Limited to 15. $35 (24)
Click here to register

Sundays, September 4–September 25, 10-11am
Birding Basics for Families: North Woods, Central Park
Guides: NYC Audubon, Conservancy Discovery Guides
Offered by the Central Park Conservancy
Meet at the Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues). Experience Central Park’s precious bird habitat and migration hot spot with Conservancy Discovery Guides and NYC Audubon. Witness firsthand how the Conservancy’s work has made the Park a sanctuary for birds. Binoculars available. Limited to 20. Age 5 and up. Free, pre-registration recommended. For weather cancellation updates and pre-registration information, call 212-772-0288.

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North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 8am
Deserversky Center - NYIT campus
Leader: Elizabeth 516-404-1984

Walks are for beginners and experienced birders alike. Weather permitting, walks start at 9:30 AM unless indicated.
If in doubt, please call the trip leader.
Please note: all phone numbers are area code 516 unless otherwise indicated. In most cases, the contacts are also leaders for the respective walks. We would like to encourage carpooling, where possible.
Please note there is a $10 per car fee at Sands Pt. Call leader for parking ideas.
Schedule note: *** indicates 8 am official start time
*indicates new parking location

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Bloomingdale Park
Cost: Free
Contact: Clay Wollney 718-869-627
Fifty years ago this area was sandy pine-oak woodlands littered with everything imaginable. A hike through the woodlands of Bloomingdale Park will reveal the effects of a half century of time and human intervention.
Meet at the corner of Maguire Avenue and Drumgoole Road West.
For more information contact Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327

Sunday, September 25, 2016 @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Mount Loretto Unique Area
Cost: Free
Contact: Ray Matarazzo 718-317-7666
Enjoy the early autumn in the meadow searching for wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies and migrating birds. Along the bluffs beside the lighthouse, participants will discuss and search for marine life in the Raritan Bay.
Meet at the parking lot on Hylan Boulevard across from the CYO Community Center, 6541 Hylan Boulevard.
For more information call Ray Matarazzo at 718-317-7666

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South Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Marine Nature Study Area

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
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
About 230 different bird species have been recorded in Van Cortlandt Park and over 60 species breed here!
Free!

Birding: Fall Migrants at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park), Queens
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
The early bird catches the worm! Join the Urban Park Rangers on this morning birding tour as we look for Fall migrants.
Free!

Ranger's Choice: Birding Road Trip at Prospect Park, Brooklyn
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
In honor of 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Urban Park Rangers will offer this expedition to a variety of Brooklyn Parks in search of early fall migrants.
Free!

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Birding: Fall Migrants at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

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Young Birders Club
Sunday September 25, 2016
Rockefeller State Park Preserve (North Tarrytown, Westchester)
Sponsoring NYSYBC Partner: Saw Mill River Audubon
Trip Leader: Anne Swaim

This September, we're heading to a migration hotspot that NYSYBC has never visited before! With 180 recorded species of birds and its IBA (Important Bird Area) designation by the National Audubon Society, the Preserve is a great place for us to explore with our knowlegeable local hosts from Saw Mill River Audubon.

Walking the preserve is easy and pleasant, due to the system of carriage roads built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. Designed to complement the landscape, these scenic paths wind through wetlands, woodlands, meadows, and fields and past streams, rivers, and lakes while traversing wood and stone bridges.

Watch your Inbox for directions and details on meeting time and location.

Bring binoculars and a camera.

Permission form due by 9/16/16.

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