Monday, September 26, 2016

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, October 1, 2016 to Sunday, October 2, 2016:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Sunday, October 2, 2016, 8am – 9am
Early Morning Bird Walk: Hawks
October is Hawk Month! Join the Prospect Park Alliance to search for hawks along the Park’s waterways and in the woodlands. Tour leaves promptly at 8 am. Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, October 1, 2016
An October Day at Coney Island Creek Parks
Leader: Chris Laskowski
Focus: Beginning of sparrow migration and typical seasonal songbirds, raptors
Meet: 7:25 am at the Stillwell Ave/Coney Island terminus stop (D,F,Q, and N train lines); Walk to Dunkin Donuts facing Surf Ave
Registrar: No Registration needed.
Note: The two primary locations are Kaiser Park and Dreier Offerman/Vaux Parks

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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday, October 1, 2016 – Meet at 8:00am
Robert Moses State Park and Hawk Watch
Trip Leader: Eileen Schwinn
The fall brings many interesting birds to the barrier beach, and Robert Moses SP is one of the best! Our walk last year to the Fire Island Lighthouse showed us migrating warblers, other song birds, and an occasional hawk overhead. We will stop at the Hawk Watch to check out the action! Meet at the far eastern end of Parking Lot 5, which is a 3/4 mile walk along a boardwalk, to the lighthouse. Dress for the weather - it can be cool and windy at this time of the year - and bring a light snack and water. There is, most likely, a parking fee of $8 per car. For information, please contact Eileen Schwinn at beachmed@optonline.net, or by cell phone on the day of the walk, 516-662-7751. She will try to set up some shared rides, if requested early enough!

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Hudson River Audubon Society
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Hawk Day
Lenoir Nature Preserve
19 Dudley St. Yonkers
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM - Hawk Watch. Look for hawks heading south
1:00 PM - Live Hawks! Meet hawks from Pace.
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
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 9:00AM
Jones Beach Bird Walk
We will look for fall migrants that take shelter on the barrier beach before continuing south. These could include many of our rarer shorebirds, neotropical songbirds, and plenty more. You never know when a rarity may pop up!
Registration: 516-433-5590.

Directions: Take either Meadowbrook Parkway or Wantagh Parkway to Ocean Parkway. Follow signs for the Coast Guard Station at the West End of Jones Beach. Meet at the parking lot by the restrooms.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Alley Pond Park
Leader: Alan Drogin
Registrar: Anne Lazarus — amlazarus47@gmail.com or 212-673-9059
Registration opens: Monday, September 19
Ride: $15

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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, October 1, 2016, 9:30am-6pm
Raptor Trust and Great Swamp, NJ
Guides: Don Riepe, Tod Winston
Enjoy a private tour of the Raptor Trust rehabilitation center and see many owls and hawks up close. Afterwards, we’ll hike the boardwalk trails of the beautiful Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to look for raptors, waterfowl, reptiles, and amphibians. Bring lunch. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 11. $115 (80)
Click here to register

Sunday, October 2, 2016, 7:30am-1:30pm
Birding Gems of Queens: Evergreens Cemetery and the Ridgewood Reservoirs
Guide: Kellye Rosenheim
Explore the delights of historic Evergreen Cemetery and its fall migrants. The trip continues with a long stop at Ridgewood Reservoir, where we will search the treetops and basin for more birds. Moderately strenuous with a great deal of hills and stairs. Bring lunch. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $96 (67)
Click here to register

Sundays, September 4–October 2, 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, October 1, 2016, 8am
Jones Beach Coast Guard Station
Leader: Stacy and Kurt Meyerheinrich

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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NYC H2O
Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 11am
Neversink Reservoir Paddle
​Cramer's Cove
Click here to register

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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016
Kissena Park
Leader: Eric Miller - 917-279-7530
Mee: 7:45am in velodrome lot
Please contact leaders at least 2 days before trip to let them know you are attending

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Hempstead Lake State 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.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, October 1, 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 Basics for Families: The Ramble at Belvedere Castle (in Central Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Experience Central Park as a precious bird habitat and migration hot spot! Bring your family on a guided walk led by Central Park Conservancy staff and NYC Audubon Society.
Free!

Sunday, October 2, 2016
Birding: Fall Migration at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Birding Basics for Families: North Woods at Belvedere Castle (in Central Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Experience Central Park as a precious bird habitat and migration hot spot! Bring your family on a guided walk led by Central Park Conservancy staff and NYC Audubon Society.
Free!

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