Monday, January 09, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, January 14, 2017 to Sunday, January 15, 2017:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Eagles of the Delaware River Valley, Port Jervis area, NJ
Leaders: Alan Baratz and Janet Zinn
Focus: Primarily Eagles in their environment. Ducks, woodpeckers, common winter passerines
Car fee: $45.00
Registrar: Janet Schumacher janets33@optonline.net or 718-594-7480
Registration Period: Jan 7th –Jan 12th
Note: This trip is all day, returning in early evening; limited to 12 participants (3 cars). Little walking, primarily a driving stop-and-go trip.

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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday, January 14, 2017 – Meet at 9:00am (Please note the new date)
Lakes Around Patchogue
John McNeil with Rosemary Valente, Co-Leader
Meet at the parking area at corner Lake Drive and East Main Street in East Patchogue by the side of Swan Lake. We will check out Swan Lake and then visit several other favorite spots for a look at the bountiful water birds that flock to LI in the winter. Always hoping for a few surprises! Dress for the weather!

All levels of naturalists — including beginners — are most welcome on Eastern Long Island Audubon field trips.
Most trips are free to attend, however, sometimes the place we are visiting has a fee.
We try to make a note of it in the notice.

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Gateway National Recreation Area
Sunday, January 15, 2017, 2:30PM to 3:30PM
Owl Prowl
Calling all Junior Rangers to participate in an owl adventure. Learn about owls and their habitat through and an owl pellet. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 8:00am
Connetquot River SPP Breakfast and Birding
Leaders: Bob & Edith Wilson, Ken Thompson, Helga Merryman
Continental breakfast hosted by Friends of Connetquot. Reservations required - click here or call Connetquot River State Park Preserve at 631-581-1072 to register. Registration fee $4. plus $8 parking fee per car - unless you have yearly Empire pass.
(Nature walks will be cancelled if it is raining or snowing.)

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 9:00AM
Capri Lake and Captree State Park Birding
An assortment of winter waterfowl and maybe even some monk parakeets should be found at this little known hot spot in West Islip. Later, a short drive to Captree to see what winter visitors await in the State Park.
Registration: 631-885-1881 or aveblue@gmail.com
Directions: Take either Robert Moses Parkway or 231 south to Montauk Highway. Capri Lake is about a mile west of Robert Moses or a mile east of 231. We will meet in a small office parking lot on the northwest corner of Montauk Highway and Barberry Road

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Linnaean Society of New York
January 14, 2017 — Rain date January 15
Jones Beach
Leader: Richard ZainEldeen
Registrar: Miriam Rakowski — miriamrakowski@hotmail.com or 212-749-7376
Registration opens: Monday, December 26, 2016
Ride: $25

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Littoral Society
Friday, January 13 - Sunday, January 15, 2017
Discover Montauk: A Winter Coastal Wonderland
Winter is a quiet time but also peak birding and seal-watching time. Hike the bluffs, "Walking Dunes", beaches, Hither Woods, Napeague Dunes, and visit the seal haulout site. The trip cost of $395/person (single room $140 extra) includes 2 nights at the luxurious Manor House (double occupancy), 5 meals, 5 guided hikes, 2 evening programs and star watch plus free pickup at the LIRR station in Montauk.

The Manor House has an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, exercise room, and a spacious lobby where we meet. Suites are large with kitchen, living room, bedroom; some are duplex and many have 2 baths, 2 separate entrances.

For more info & reservations call (718) 474-0896 or e-mail American Littoral Society Northeast Chapter Director Don Riepe at: don@littoralsociety.org.

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturdays -- 9/3/2016 - 6/24/2017: 11:00 a.m.
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

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New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, January 14, 9:30am – 4:00pm
Snow Birds of Floyd Bennett Field and Fort Tilden
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Winter brings many rare birds to the City that can’t be found here at any other time. Perhaps most exciting are the “snow birds” of the Arctic tundra, such as snow buntings and snowy owls, that can occasionally be found in tundra-like habitats further south. Look for these and other winter visitors such as horned larks, American tree sparrows, and rough-legged hawks, as well as wintering ducks, grebes, and loons. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $86 (60)
Click here to register

Sunday, January 15, 2017, 8:30am – 10:30am
Central Park Winter Walk
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Meet 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 are found in Central Park in the colder months, along with "winter finches" such as pine siskins, redpolls, and crossbills. 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

Sunday, January 15, 2017, 12pm – 2pm
Weekly on Sunday, until Mar 12, 2017
Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor
Guide: NYC Audubon guide
Meet at South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 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 www.nywatertaxi.com. $35 for adults; $25 for children under 12; $105 for family pack for 2 adults and 2 children

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Sunday, January 15, 2017 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Conference House Park
Cost: Free

What do burnt cornflakes, worts, and ski trails all have in common? They are identifying characteristic of tree bark at Conference House Park. Participants will learn to identify trees in the winter using their bark, including the persimmon, a native tree species that is threatened in New York State. We will meet at the parking lot near the Visitors Center, 7455 Hylan Boulevard. For more information contact Will Lenihan at wleni5584@gmail.com.

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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Jones Beach / Point Lookout
Leader: Arie Gilbert - 917-693-7178
Birding Sites Maps here

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Sullivan County Audubon Society
Sunday, January 15, 2017
2017 Waterfowl Count - It Is What It’s Quacked Up To Be!
This is Sullivan Audubon's 19th year in doing this count for the New York State Ornithological Association who, in turn, works with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This year’s count takes place Saturday, January 14th through Saturday, January 22nd, with Sunday the 15th being the main target day.

“What do we do?” you ask. We count ducks and geese, lots of them, and mergansers, swans and grebes. We even throw in some of those hybrid ducks also. It’s easy, just write down how many of each kind you see, where you saw them and what day and time you saw them. This way when I compile the data no bird will be double-counted. Last year all of our counters tallied 1462 individuals consisting of 9 species. In 20 hours our groups traveled 364 miles within Sullivan County. Hopefully weather will not be a problem so, if you can, jump in the car and take a spin around our county and see what you can spot. The more eyes out there looking the better. You can then report your findings to me at 482-5044 before 7pm, or email your results. Go ahead, try it, I think you’ll like it. It’s fun! – Renee Davis

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Urban Park Rangers
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Birding: Winter Birds at Highland Park Entrance, Queens
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
New York City parks boast a wide variety of bird species throughout the year, and the Urban Park Rangers host the guided tours you need to locate and identify them.
Free!

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