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Monday, June 26, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, July 1, 2017 to Tuesday, July 4, 2017:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Sunday, July 2, 2017, 8am – 9am
Early Morning Bird Walk: Taking Wing
This is the time of year when young birds outnumber adult birds. Join the Prospect Park Alliance in search of fledglings as they test their wings! Tour leaves promptly at 8am. Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.


Gateway National Recreation Area
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Every Sunday Weekly from 06/25/2017 to 07/30/2017
Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fees: Free
Ranger guided walk on the Osprey.


Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 9:00am
Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area on the 4th of July!
The Marine Nature Study Area is a 52-acre preserve devoted to environmental education and natural history. It is divided into eight instruction sites, each of which deals with a different aspect of the marine or estuarine environment.
Come celebrate Independence Day with HOBAS as we search for terns, shorebirds, and other saltmarsh denizens.
Registration: 585-880-0915.
Directions: The Marine Nature Study Area is located at 500 Slice Dr. in Oceanside.


New York City Audubon Society
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

Friday, June 30, 8am – Mon, July 3, 8pm
Boreal Birding in the Adirondacks
Guide: Gabriel Willow
NYC Audubon is for the first time offering a trip to the Adirondack region, NY State's wildest country. The Adirondack Park's 6 million acres constitutes 1/3 of the land area in NY State - the Park is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined! Within its boundaries are vast forests (ranging from deciduous to boreal) and rolling farmlands, towns and villages, mountains and valleys, and lakes, ponds and rivers. This diversity of habitat leads to an incredible diversity of plant and bird species, including several boreal specialties of the mountain spruce and fir forests that cannot be found in NYC such as gray jays and boreal chickadees. Join NYC Audubon guide Gabriel Willow on a four-day tour of this wild region, featuring a day with local Adirondack resident, guide and President of the NYS Ornithological Association, Joan Collins. We will stay in the town of Saranac Lake at Amanda's Village Motel, a charming motel overlooking the Lake, spend our days exploring the mountains and valleys in the region, and dine at restaurants in Saranac Lake and nearby Lake Placid, NY. Transport by passenger van included. $720 ($220 single supplement)
Click here to register


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, July 1, 2017, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Staten Island Annual 4th of July Butterfly Count @ Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Participants will gather at the visitor’s parking lot of Snug Harbor before strolling the various gardens on the property while counting each individual butterfly we encounter. After collecting data on the butterflies of Snug Harbor we will move onto Northern Seaview, the Amundsen Trail, Blue Heron Park, Mount Loretto, Conference House Park and Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve. Throughout the day participants can expect to identify more than 400 butterflies from about 30 species. For more information call Cliff Hagen at (718) 313-8591 or email him at


Sullivan County Audubon Society
Sunday, July 2, 2017
The 15th annual Halls Mills Butterfly Count
The center of this circle is the Hall’s Mills covered bridge just south of Claryville. Participants can join a team or be a garden watcher if it is in the circle. Call leader Stu Alexander at (845) 796-6721 to sign up or for more information.
Participants will receive a free new butterfly ID book that they can keep.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, July 1, 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.

Plover Day at Beach 86th Street and Shorefront Parkway (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk), Queens
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Join NYC Parks' to celebrate nesting shorebirds! Discover one of New York City's endangered species, the Piping Plover, and ways you can help protect it by sharing the beach.

Sunday, July 2, 2017
Early Morning Bird Walk at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
This is the time of year when young birds outnumber adult birds. Join the Prospect Park Alliance in search of fledglings as they test their wings!

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