Monday, June 05, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, June 10, 2017 to Sunday, June 11, 2017:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, June 10, 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, June 10, 2017 @ 7:30am - 3:00pm
Bashakill Marsh and Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Naturalist Tait Johansson
Grab your binoculars and join Tait for a full day of birding! Bashakill supports wetland-dependent breeding species like Virginia Rail, Sora, Common Gallinule, both bitterns, both cuckoos, and a large array of songbirds. The National Wildlife Refuge has breeding populations of Bobolink, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Upland Sandpiper.
Depart Bylane at 6am and return 4:00pm.
Cost: Free.
Level of difficulty: Moderate.
Register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.302.9713.

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Muttontown Birds and Insects, Nassau County
Leader: Steve Nanz
Focus: Breeding birds, Odonata and insects galore
Registrar: Heidi Steiner, heidi.steiner@verizon.net or call before 8 pm 718- 369-2116
Site profile: https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/2839/Muttontown-Preserve

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Gateway National Recreation Area
Sunday, June 11, 2017, 9:00am to 1:00pm
Nurture Nature Retreat and Wild Walk
This program has been rescheduled, please note new date and time****Learn to live more deeply, more connected, and more in love with nature, including human nature. Through One Earth Conservation's Nuture Nature Program, which aims to inspire, motivate, educate and support people to take care of themselves, their organizations and the biotic community as a whole.
Registration is required: www.oneearthconservation.org
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fee Information: Free

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, June 11, 2017
"Birding in Peace" - Summer Birding Sundays
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. Locally nesting birds will be incubating eggs or actively raising their first broods.

June and July from 6-7:30am (except July 2nd), Sundays August 6th and 20th from 6:30-8am
In July we should see the offspring of our resident red-tailed hawk bravely preparing to leave the nest. Warbler songs will be replaced by chirring Cicadas and the tweets of fledgling birds. Butterflies and dragonflies are abundant. By late-July, expect the arrival of the first southbound migrants.

Grab a copy of our Bird Checklist before you begin. Comfortable footwear is recommended.
$10 for members of Green‑Wood and BHS/$15 for non-members.
Click Here to Sign Up
Click here for our inclement weather policy.

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 7:30am
The Birds of Nickerson Beach
Songbirds have settled into their territories for the summer, but shorebirds are still migrating. We will start the day on the beach, looking for migrant Roseate, Royal, and Black Terns, and enjoying the local Black Skimmer colony. We will spend some time on the marsh side, enjoying the nesting Willets, Oystercatchers, Wilow Flycatchers, Boat-tailed Grackles, and maybe Gull-billed Terns.
Registration: 516-782-0293.

Directions: take the Meadowbrook Parkway south to the Loop Parkway toward Point Lookout. At the end of the parkway, merge onto Lido Blvd west. Turn left into Nickerson Beach park at the second light. There is no charge at this hour. Continue west past the tollbooths and turn into the large lot on the left after the skatepark. Meet in the southeast corner by the playground.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, June 10, 2017 — Rain date, Sunday, June 11, 2017
Ward Pound Ridge for Butterflies
Leader: Rick Cech
Registrar: Lenore Swenson — lenoreswenson@gmail.com or 212-533-9567
Registration opens: Monday, May 29
Ride: $30

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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, June 10, 2017, 8am – Sunday, June 11, 2017, 6pm
Bashakill, Shawangunk NWR, and Doodletown, NY
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Look for breeding eastern meadowlarks, American bitterns, cerulean warblers, and more at these three great birding areas. An overnight stay will facilitate being in the right spot at the right time. Bring lunch for the first day, binoculars, and a spotting scope (if you have one). Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 10. $320 ($75 single supplement)
Click here to register

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8am – 12pm
Birding Gems of Staten Island: Clove Lakes Park
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Meet at the Manhattan terminal of the Staten Island Ferry and journey to the "Forgotten Borough" to discover some of the beautiful forests and incredible birding spots at Clove Lakes Park. Look for ducks and seabirds in New York Harbor on our way across on the ferry ride and then catch a bus to the Park. Numerous warblers, vireos, tanagers, and other migratory songbirds can be seen here, as well as nesting eastern screech owls and great blue herons. We'll even see one of the largest and oldest trees in NYC! Limited to 15. Bus fare ($2.75 each way - please bring your MetroCard or exact change) not included in registration price. $43 (30)
Click here to register

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

Sunday, June 11, 2017, 9:30am – 11:30am
Spring Birding at Wave Hill, The Bronx
Guide: Gabriel Willow with Wave Hill
Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center. Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of bird species and their behaviors on these captivating walks. Wave Hill’s garden setting overlooking the Hudson River flyway provides the perfect habitat for resident and migrating birds. Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. NYC Audubon members enjoy two-for-one admission (see www.wavehill.org for more information)

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NYC H2O
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 6:30pm
Horseshoe Crab Discovery Walks
Location: Plumb Beach
Click here to sign up

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Mount Loretto Unique Area
Walk along the trails through the meadows, the wetlands and shoreline and into the Butler Woods. Explore the diversity of habitats in this south shore parkland system which Protectors helped to preserve in the mid-1990’s. Now home to eagles and deer, orchids and a rich variety of butterflies no one could have anticipated just how special the Mount Loretto property would have become once preserved. Participants will investigate the area for birds and butterflies, horseshoe crabs and even fossils buried among the layers of detritus at the beach.
For more information and exact meeting location contact Ray Matarazzo at 718-317-7666

Sunday, June 11, 2017 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Arden Heights Woods Park Preserve
The Arden Height Woods Park Preserve boats NYC’s largest forested freshwater wetland, and state rare flora like the sweet bay magnolia and American strawberry bush. Arden Heights Woods Park Preserve is a precious habitat island in a sea of human development. We will study the flora and fauna that thrive in the park’s wetlands and oak-hickory forested uplands. We will meet at the DEC entrance song Woodrow Road beside Berry Avenue.
For more information contact Will Lenihan at wleni5584@gmail.com

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Bird-Watching at the Reservoir at Main entrance across from the Vermont Place Parking Lot
7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m.
Start your day with an early morning bird-watching walk led by the Brooklyn Bird Club
Free!

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