Monday, April 24, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, April 29, 2017 to Sunday, April 30, 2017:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, April 29, 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 29, 2017, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Discover Rye Nature Center with Naturalist Tait Johansson and Bronx River Sound Shore Audubon
Join Tait and BRSS’s Doug Bloom to look for warblers and other spring migrants on this bird walk at then gem of a nature center.
Meet at Rye Nature Center.
Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Easy.
Please register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.302.9713.

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead, NY
Leader: Steve Nanz
Focus: Peak of spring migrants and songbirds
Registrar: Heidi Steiner email heidi.steiner@verizon.net or call before 8pm 718- 369-2116
Registration Period: April 22nd–April 27th
Site profile: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/31/details.aspx
April Bird list http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L143222?m=4&yr=all&changeDate=Set

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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 29, 2017 - 8:00am
Valley Stream SP and Jones Beach West End
Leader(s): John Gluth (631-827-0120), Steve D’Amato (631-264-8413)
Southern State Parkway to exit 15S, North Corona Ave. No Corona Ave to Hendrickson Ave (.07 mi) turn right at Hendrickson Ave. Hendrickson Ave. to Fletcher Ave (.3 mi) turn right on Fletcher Ave. Fletcher Ave North to Valley Stream State Park entrance on right (.2 mi). Park at far end of lot.
(Nature walks will be cancelled if it is raining or snowing.)

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, April 30, 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.

Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful Sunday morning walking tours to discover the many birds that call Green-Wood home. Copies of our new Bird Checklist will be available to all tour participants. Comfortable footwear is recommended.

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Highland Park Community Advocates
Sunday, April 30th, 2pm - 4pm
Spring “Sanctuary” Walking Tour
Shed Your Stress in Highland Park and Ridgewood Reservoir. Join us as we walk, sit, and reflect along the forest bluestone overlook, the newly-renovated and landscaped Boulder Arch Bridge and the paths of the Ridgewood Reservoir.
• Experience the beautiful Spring flowers and foliage
• View the restoration of the Boulder Bridge • Meditate in extraordinary park settings
• Relax and let go of stress...
Meet at Highland Boulevard and Bulwer Place
This Free Tour is Led by HPCA’s Founder Charles Monaco
For further information contact: imagepark@aol.com

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 8:00am
Members Only! Shu Swamp Exploration
This trip will be led by an outstanding naturalist and while we will focus on the plant life of the preserve (spring ephemeral wildflowers should be in bloom!) we will be keeping an eye out for birds.
Registration a MUST, this trip is open to HOBAS Members Only and Group Size Limited to 15: 516-695-0763.
Directions: From Route 25A in East Norwich, take Route 106 north to Oyster Bay. Make left on to Lexington Ave then left on to West Main Street. At the Mill Pond (on the left), bear to the right as if to go to Bayville. At first traffic light (water will be on your right) make a left onto Cleft Road. Take Cleft Road to Frost Mill Road, make a left. (If you wind up on the causeway going over Beaver Dam, you have gone too far.) Shu Swamp will be on your right after you go under the train trestle. Do NOT use your GPS. You will end up in the wrong place.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 9:00am
Green-Wood Cemetery Ramble
Beautiful scenery, famous monuments, and some of the best bird watching in the city. The must-see birds are the Monk Parakeets.
Registration: 631-885-1881 or aveblue@gmail.com
Directions: LIE westbound to 48th St exit to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway south to the Hamilton Avenue exit. Continue on Hamilton Avenue until it becomes Third Ave. Continue on about 8 blocks to 25th St. Turn left at 25th St. and go two blocks. Cemetery entrance is straight ahead at Fifth Ave and 25th St.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Sunday, April 30, 2017
New Jersey Hotspots
Leader: Robert Machover
Registrar: Anne Lazarus — amlazarus47@gmail.com or 212-673-9059
Registration opens: Monday, April 17
Ride: $40

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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
Saturdays April 29, May 13, and June 3, and Sundays, May 7 and May 21, 9:30-10:30am
Queens Botanical Garden Bird Walks
Guide: NYC Audubon with Queens Botanical Garden
We are happy to announce a new series of spring migration bird walks in partnership with Queens Botanical Garden. Register for one date or the whole series of five free walks (walk-ins welcome!). Explore the Garden in search of migrant songbirds and learn about the valuable resources that the Garden offers birds and other wildlife. Binoculars available. Limited to 25. Appropriate for all ages. To register, email info@queensbotanical.org or visit www.queensbotanical.org/calendar. Free with Garden admission

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 2pm – 5pm
Afternoon Spring Walk at Inwood Hill Park
Guide: Nadir Souirgi
Meet at Muscota Marsh, just inside the Park entrance at Indian Road and 218th Street. Inwood Hill Park, simply put, is a jewel. Nestled between The Hudson River, Dyckman Street and Seaman Avenue, this last tract of largely undeveloped oak and tulip forest transports you to another world and another time. Glacial "pot holes", towering trees, and stunning river views create an unrivaled backdrop by which to observe the many migratory and breeding avian species that are drawn to this hotspot. Rose-breasted grosbeak, wood thrush, and yellow warbler breed here, and the Park includes one of only two of Manhattan's last remaining tidal salt marsh! Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
KIDS Member Walk in Central Park
JOIN US FOR A KIDS MEMBER WALK IN CENTRAL PARK
Guides: Kellye Rosenheim and Nancy Ward
Meet at Central Park West and 72nd Street and explore Central Park’s best birding hotspots with Nancy Ward and Kellye Rosenheim. Walk is only for pre-registered KIDS Members ages 8-12 years old. All KIDS Members must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please let us know if you need a pair of binoculars. To register, parents should email KIDS@nycaudubon.org.

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North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Walk: Muttontown Preserve
Leader: Rich 516-509-1094
See "Walk locations" for directions. 34 Muttontown Lane, East Norwich, NY 11732
Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water.

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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Cape May
Leader: Arie Gilbert (917) 693-7178
Please contact leaders at least 2 days before trip to let them know you are attending

Sunday, April 30, 2017
Forest Park
Leader: Jean Loscalzo (917) 575-6824
**7:30am Start**
Where: Park Lane South and Mayfair Rd., Queens, NY 11418

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Jones Beach West End #2

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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Sullivan County Audubon Society
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 8:00am
Birding for Beginners with naturalist Scott Graber
Experience the variety of bird life that inhabits the Bashakill. Binoculars are required and wear sturdy walking shoes. We’ll meet at the Haven Road DEC parking lot near Rt. 209.
Call Scott to register and/or for additional information at 914-799-1313. This is a field trip of the Bashakill Area Association.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Bird-Watching Walk at Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park), Queens
8:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Start your day with an early morning bird watching walk led by Jean Loscalzo of the Queens County Bird Club. Binoculars recommended.
Free!

Fort Tryon Kids Workshop: Birds of Cabrini Woods at Cabrini Woods (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
We will enjoy a unique tree canopy-level view of the woods and learn fun facts about migrating birds through art, acting, and other hands-on activities.
Free!

Bird Walks with New York City Audubon at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how Queens Botanical Garden provides important resources for birds—like water, shelter, and insects to eat.
Free!

Sunday, April 30, 2017
Birds of High Rock Park at Parking Area (in High Rock Park), Staten Island
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Join Seth Wollney for a walk around High Rock Park in search of spring migrants including warblers, thrushes, vireos, and more!
Free!

Birding: Ospreys at Fort Totten Front Gate (in Fort Totten Park), Queens
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!

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Wild Bird Fund
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00am - 11:00am
A Walk On The Wild Side – April Edition
Spring is here – time to get outside and see who’s around!
Join Alan Messer for a spring migration bird walk in Central Park on this weekend of the Peoples Climate March. Alan will answer you questions regarding climate change, the impact on our local wildlife, and the city. Alan will offer reports from here and around the country, and we will consider our role in addressing this global issue.

We’ll be meeting at the Wild Bird Fund (565 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024) at 9:00am SHARP on April 29th (Rain Date is April 30th).
The walk is $15; for members of WBF, it is $10.
(Interested in becoming a member? It’s only $10 a month! Click here for more info!)
RSVP required: events@wildbirdfund.org

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