Monday, April 17, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, April 22, 2017 to Sunday, April 23, 2017:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, April 22, 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
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8am – 11am
John Jay Homestead in Katonah
Join Tait at the John Jay Homestead to look for spring migrating birds.
Meet at the main parking lot.
Cost: Free.
Level of Difficulty: Easy-Moderate.
Please register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.302.9713.

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 8am – 1pm
Garret Mountain Park with Naturalist Tait Johansson
This truly excellent “migrant trap” provides sweeping views of northern New Jersey and the NYC skyline. Tait will lead the group on trails around a beautiful pond for migrating songbirds, especially warblers.
Depart Bylane Farm at 6:45am.
Cost: Free.
Level of Difficulty: Moderate.
Bring a lunch.
Please register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.302.9713.

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, April 23, 2017
“Bobbi's patch of woods”: Shore Road Park, Bay Ridge
Leader: Bobbi Manian
Directions: Take R train to last stop 95th Street; walk south on 4th Ave to 101st Street, to John Paul Jones Park, on the left side of street (In the shadow of the Verrazano Bridge).
Meet by the Dover Patrol Monument. Leader will bird this small vest-pocket park under the Verrazano Bridge, then continue along Shore Road Park. Depending on activity we will conclude around 86th or 77th Streets, where it is about a 10 minute walk back to 4th Ave to pick up the R train""
Focus: Peak of early spring migrants and songbirds
Meet 8:30 am at the Dover Patrol Statue in John Paul Jones Park https://goo.gl/maps/tgk9g885fFu

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Feminist Bird Club
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Alley Pond Park

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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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Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 8:30am
Connetquot River SPP
Leader(s): Bob Grover (516-318-8536), Ken Thompson (631-612-8028), John Gluth (631-827-0120)
Meet in parking field. Entrance is on the westbound side of Sunrise Highway (Rte. 27) west of Pond Road. If coming from west to east, Take exit 47A and go to the next overpass, Oakdale Bohemia Rd. to cross over bridge, then head westbound and stay in right lane to entrance.

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, April 23, 2017
"Birding in Peace": Birds of Early-Spring Migration
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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Littoral Society
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 10:00am - 12:30pm
A Springtime Hike at Breezy Point, NY
Meet at Bldg 1, Fort Tilden, and carpool to Breezy Point in a caravan led by Mickey Maxwell Cohen to the little known western tip of the Rockaway Peninsula. Highlights will include seashells and other stranded critters, dune foliage, shore birds and a surprising variety of rocks and minerals used in the construction of the Breezy Point Jetty. Binoculars and a magnifying glass will be helpful. This is an American Littoral Society/GNRA Partnership Program.
Directions:
Subway and bus: Take #2 or #5 train to Flatbush Ave/Brooklyn College and then the Q35 bus past Floyd Bennett Field and just over the Marine Pkwy (Gil Hodges Memorial) Bridge. Ask the driver to let you off at Fort Tilden. By car: From Exit 11s on the Belt Pkwy, head south and over the bridge. Stay right and take the right ramp toward Breezy Point. Make a quick left into the fort at the first light. Go to end and park by Bldg 1 or at the nearby Post Chapel.

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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 22, 2017, 10am – 1pm
Birds and Plants: New York Botanical Garden in Springtime
Guides: Gabriel Willow
Meet by the ticket booth just inside the Garden’s Mosholu Gate on Southern Boulevard. The New York Botanical Garden is home to a large tract of East Coast old-growth forest. During the peak of spring migration, the beautiful gardens come alive with migrating songbirds. Limited to 15. Entrance fee to NYBG not included. $39 (27)
Click here to register

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1pm – 3pm
Kingsland Wildflowers Earth Day Lecture and Roof Tour
"'My Yard is 'For the Birds' - The Things Birds Look for in Urban and Suburban Yards, and Why They Need to Be There"
Joyann Cirigliano, President and Atlantic Flyway Projects Coordinator of the Four Harbors Audubon Society, will discuss the importance of backyard gardens as safe spaces for birds, and the ways in which utilizing native plants in landscape design will attract these feathered friends.

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 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 spring 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

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 8:00am – 10:30am
The Birds of Woodlawn Cemetery, The Bronx
Guides: Tod Winston, Joseph McManus, Friends of Woodlawn Docent with The Friends of Woodlawn
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 spring migrants and year-round residents on the expansive, wooded cemetery grounds, while a Friends of Woodlawn docent will share fascinating stories about Woodlawn’s history and the interesting mixture of individuals interred there. Limited to 15. $35 (24)
Click here to register

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 9:30am – 3:00pm
Birding Gems of Staten Island: Spring Hike in the Greenbelt
Guide: Gabriel Willow with NYC Parks and the Greenbelt Conservancy
Meet at the Manhattan terminal of the Staten Island Ferry and begin your tour on water as we cross the Upper Bay. Explore trails within the 3,000-acre Staten Island Greenbelt and visit High Rock Park, Walker Pond, and the Pouch Camp property: 143 acres of unspoiled woods and wetlands. Look for spring migrants and learn about the Greenbelt’s ecology. Trip involves approximately 3.5 miles of hiking. Transportation on Staten Island included. Limited to 19. $43 (30)
Click here to register

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North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8am – 12pm
Hempstead Lake SP
Leader: Stacy and Kurt Meyerheinrich 516-426-6281
Note: New York State Park parking fee may apply if you do not have an Empire Pass. Last year, fee collection started at 8am, so get there early.
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 22, 2017 @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Earth Day at High Rock
Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this amazing woodland in spring. Throughout this portion of The Greenbelt a gorgeous palate of wildflowers and the colorful fanfare of migrating spring birds will highlight an afternoon of forest bathing.
Participants will meet in the Nevada Avenue Parking Lot

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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017
Hempstead Lake
Leader: Steve Schellenger

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South Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, April 23, 2017
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, April 22, 2017
Birding: Raptor Nests at East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park), Manhattan
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.
Free!

Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (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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