Monday, April 10, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, April 15, 2017 to Sunday, April 16, 2017:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 12pm – 1pm
Introduction to Bird Watching
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a birdwatching walk and learn about Prospect Park’s magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!

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Bedford Audubon Society
Sunday, April 16, 2017, 9am – 11am
Nature Walk: Drew's Walk at Franklin-Fels Sanctuary in N. Salem
Join Naturalist Tait Johansson for our annual memorial walk through this lovely wooded sanctuary in memory of Andrew Reynolds. Drew was a longtime friend, member, and supporter of Bedford Audubon, who marked and surveyed the trail system in Franklin-Fels Sanctuary. Meet at the Sanctuary entrance on Lakeview Drive. Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Please register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.302.9713.

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Gateway National Recreation Area
Every Sunday Weekly from 03/12/2017 to 05/28/2017
Birding for Beginners
Join us for an introductory nature walk where you will learn the essentials of birdwatching.
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fee Information: Free

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, April 16, 2017
"Birding in Peace": Birds of Early-Spring Migration
Due to popular demand, we've added some more dates.
Our April tours will be a feast for the ears and eyes with the trilling song of Pine Warblers and drumming pronouncements of Woodpeckers on newly blossoming trees (including magnolias, maples, quinces, and dogwoods). We’ll discover thousands of songbirds resting before their trip north as well as arriving herons and egrets at Green-Wood’s glacial ponds.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Prospect Park in April
Leader: John Suggs (Not Peter Dorosh as listed in the printed Schedule of Events)
Registrar: Dale Dancis — ddancis@gmail.com or 212-724-3269
Registration opens: Monday, April 3
Public transportation

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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, April 15, 2017, 800am – 10:30am
Beginning Birding
Classes: Wednesdays, March 29; April 5 and 12, 6:30-8:30pm
Trips: Saturday, April 8, 8am-2pm (Jamaica Bay) and Saturday, April 15, 8-10:30am (Central Park)
Instructor: Tod Winston
Learn the keys to identifying the spectacular variety of birds that migrate northwards through New York City every spring. Even if you’ve never picked up a pair of binoculars, you’ll soon be identifying warblers, thrushes, waterbirds, and more—both by sight and by ear. Three fun and educational in-class sessions, coordinated with field trips to Jamaica Bay and Central Park (transport to Jamaica Bay included). Limited to 12. $180 (126)
Click here to register

Saturday, April 15, 2017, 9am – 4pm
Spring Migration in Pelham Bay Park, The Bronx
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Explore the lovely coves and rocky outcroppings of NYC’s largest park, Pelham Bay Park, seeking out migrating songbirds, late-wintering birds, ducks, and a breeding pair of great-horned owls! The rich and diverse habitat makes this park an urban gem and a great home for wildlife. Past rarities include a northern goshawk and a purple sandpiper. Bring lunch, water, and binoculars. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $90 (63)
Click here to register

Sunday, April 16, 2017, 8am – 11am
Prospect Park Bird Walk
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Meet under the arch in Grand Army Plaza. Join Gabriel Willow for a leisurely walk to see later-spring migrants and breeding bird residents of 'Brooklyn's Backyard', beautiful Prospect Park. Prospect Park has a wide variety of habitats that attracts a large number of migrants and breeding bird species - significantly more than Central Park in fact. We will explore the park's meadows, forests, and waterways in search of waterfowl, warblers, tanagers, and some of the other species that call the park home. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

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North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Muttontown Preserve
Leader: Lenore 718-343-1391 and 917-837-2922
See "Walk locations" for directions.
Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water.

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm
Wolfe’s Pond Park
Experience one of nature’s most delicate and subtle dramas firsthand with beautiful ephemeral wildflowers racing against the clock to leaf out, bloom, attract pollinators, and set seed all before the forest canopy develops and blocks out the sun. Wolfe’s Pond Park is one of the riches sites on Staten Island to witness native ephemerals like trout lily and Virginia spring beauty. We will meet at the parking lot near the NYC Parks Department facilities at the end of Chester Avenue.
For more information contact Will Lenihan at wleni5584@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Crooke’s Point @ Great Kills Park
Maritime spits such as Crooke’s Point are dynamic typographical features which are formed and sculpted by water and wind action. Join naturalist Paul T. Lederer in a talk and walk where he will discuss the geology and human history of the site as well as the plants and animals that call this place home. Participants will meet at the Beach Center Parking Lot in Great Kills Park near the dirt road leading out to Crooke’s Point. To get to the Beach Center Parking Lot, follow Buffalo Street to just before it turns into the dirt permit road.
For more information or directions contact Paul Lederer at (718) 987-1576.

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South Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

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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Staten Island Museum
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10:00am-12:00pm
Super Science Saturday: Bird Walk
Location: Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A
$10/$5 Museum Members. Includes Museum admission.
Hands on science discovery for kids 8-13.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Birding: Spring Migration at Prospect Park Picnic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
The Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders at Chess and Checkers House (in Central Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Bring your family for a guided walk and discover why Central Park is a sanctuary for plants, animals, and humans alike.
Free!

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Wild Bird Fund
Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 9:30am - 11:30am
Focus on the Birds with Charles Chessler
WHERE: Starts at Wild Bird Fund at 565 Columbus Avenue, and then travel to Central Park
COST: $20 per person, $15 for members! Join WBF and native New York photographer Charles Chessler for a fun couple of hours learning how best to capture the beautiful birds that visit and make Central Park their home. At 9:30AM Charles will spend a half hour discussing some basic photographic concepts and best…
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