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Monday, May 22, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, May 27, 2017 to Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, May 27, 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!


Brooklyn Bird Club
Friday, May 27, 2017 - Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Breeding birds of Delaware State
Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: Annual spring weekend adventure, this year to the state of Delaware
Car fee: $100.00
Registrar: Peter Dorosh (or
Registration Period: April 15th - May 15th
Note: Trip caps at 12; this is a three night hotel stay over. Trip leaves Saturday early morning, returns Tuesday afternoon


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

Saturday, May 27, 2017, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Horseshoe Crab Festival
See the annual mating ritual of the ancient horseshoe crabs. Other events during the day include children’s program and lectures on horseshoe crabs topics. For more info call (718) 474-0896; e-mail: With American Littoral Society and NYC Audubon.
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fee Information: Free


Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, May 28, 2017
"Birding in Peace" - Peak Spring Migration Birding

From Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to over 20 species of colorful wood-warblers, our peak migration tours will feature many of the 163 bird species that have been recorded at Green-Wood during the month of May. Beginning just after sunrise, we will experience spring’s dawn chorus at the most active time of day for birds.

$10 for members of Green‑Wood and BHS/$15 for non-members.


Littoral Society
Saturday, May 27, 2017, 8:30am - 3:00pm
Horseshoe Crab Festival
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Cross Bay Blvd, Broad Channel, NY 11693

Join us for a day of celebrating the annual coming ashore of the ancient horseshoe crabs. During the full and new moons of May and June, these prehistoric animals come ashore to mate and lay billions of eggs at the high tide line as they’ve done for approximately 400 million years (take a millennia or two). At the same time, thousands of migrating shorebirds arrive in the northeast bays to feed on the eggs to help regain the body weight (fat) they lost during their long journey northward. During the festival you’ll get to see and hold a live horseshoe crab and learn about their important ecological and medicinal values.

The program is free but donations to NYC Audubon are most welcome to offset the program cost. This is a partnership program with the American Littoral Society and Gateway NRA. For more information and reservations call (718) 474-0896; e-mail:

Sunday, May 28, 2017, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise
Location: Pier 8, Bedford Ave and Emmons Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235
Join us for one of the American Littoral Society Northeast Chapter's most popular events --- a three hour, narrated ecology cruise with noted local naturalists, Don Riepe and Mickey Cohen. Enjoy wine, cheese and fruit aboard the Golden Sunshine with our Jamaica Bay experts and learn about the history and ecology of the bay, a 25,000 acre expanse of salt marshes, intertidal flats and upland forests that is home to 330 species of birds, 107 species of finfish and over 70 species of butterflies. See nesting Peregrine Falcons, Osprey, egrets, heron, ibis and many other species and explore the backwaters of the bay while enjoying a beautiful sunset highlighting the New York City skyline. This ecology tour is in partnership with Gateway National Recreation Area, NYC Audubon, NYC Sierra Club.

Registration Information: Cost: $55.00 per person, $25 for children under 16. Advance payment is required. To purchase tickets by credit card, go to:

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For payments by check, please write check out to: The American Littoral Society and mail to: American Littoral Society, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693.

For questions, email or call (718) 474-0896.
Directions: The boat departs from Pier 8 in Sheepshead Bay at the intersection of Emmons Avenue and Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. Please arrive a half hour early to find parking and board the ship.


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


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 or visit Free with Garden admission

Weekly on Saturdays, until Jul 29, 2017
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

Saturday, May 27, 2017, 9am – 3pm
Horseshoe Crab Festival
With the American Littoral Society and Gateway NRA
Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and carpool to a nearby site to see the annual mating ritual of the ancient horseshoe crabs. Other events during the day include children’s program and lectures on horseshoe crabs topics. For more info call (718) 474-0896 or email: Suggested donation: $20 adult, $10 children

Sunday, May 28, 2017, 7am – 1pm
Breeding Birds of Jamaica Bay
Guide: Tod Winston
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is home to nesting cedar waxwings, brown thrashers, white-eyed vireos, tree swallows, yellow warblers, American redstarts, osprey, willet, and seven species of wading birds. We'll walk the refuge trails and observe these species and many more on their breeding grounds. Bring lunch. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $90 (63)
Click here to register

Sunday, May 28, 2017, 5pm – 8pm
Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise
With American Littoral Society and Gateway NRA
Meet at pier 4 in Sheepshead Bay to board the 100’ boat “Golden Sunshine”. Learn about the Bay and its history, management and ecology. See egrets, herons, ibis, terns, laughing gulls, osprey, peregrine falcons, and shorebirds. This narrated tour of the bay’s backwater marshes includes wine and cheese, fruit, drinks, and snacks. For information and reservations call Don Riepe at (718) 474-0896 or e-mail $55


Newtown Historical Society
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Mount Olivet Cemetery Nature and History Tours
​Join naturalist Rob Jett and Christina Wilkinson of the Newtown Historical Society on a walk through Mount Olivet Cemetery. We will observe the natural environment, including birds, butterflies, plants and trees and discuss the history of the cemetery, it's role in the development of Maspeth and visit the graves of noteworthy people who are buried there. Meet up in front of the cemetery office at 9am. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable shoes. Terrain is hilly.
These events are part of the 375th anniversary celebration of Maspeth and are free.


North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, May 27, 2017, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Nassau County Museum of Art
Leader: Joyce 516-621-6678
See "Walk locations" for directions.
Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water.


South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, May 28, 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.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Head to the park to join bird walks led by experts from the NYC Audubon! Bird walks focus on wildlife happenings in the park.

Birds of Clove Lakes Park at Martlings Avenue Bridge (in Clove Lakes Park), Staten Island
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Join Seth Wollney for a birding walk through Staten Island’s premier migrant trap! We will search for late-season migrants such as warblers, flycatchers, and thrushes.

Sunday, May 28, 2017
Wildlife Viewing: Birding at Pelham Bay Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.


Wild Bird Fund
Saturday, May 27, 2017, 9:00am - 11:00am
A Walk On The Wild Side – Memorial Day Weekend
Please join WBF member and artist/naturalist Alan Messer for a Mid Spring Migration bird walk on May 27 (Rain Date, May 28).
Artist naturalist Alan Messer will guide us through the Ramble in Central Park searching for our resident and migrant nesters including: robins, grackles, red-tailed hawks, Baltimore orioles, and warbling vireos. This time of late Spring migration is peak season for certain warbler and thrush species as well as the flycatcher group.
We’ll be meeting at the Wild Bird Fund (565 Columbus Ave, New York, NY) at 9am SHARP.
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!)
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