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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, July 8, 2017 to Sunday, July 9, 2017:

Bedford Audubon Society
Sunday, July 9, 2017, 10am – 11am
Butterflies at Muscoot Farm
Where: Muscoot Farm, 51 NY-100, Katonah, NY 10536
Join Naturalist Tait Johansson and the Friends of Muscoot Farm for this nature walk. Early summer is a prime time for a butterfly walk on the beautiful grounds of Muscoot Farm. Bring binoculars, close-focusing ones if possible. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Susan at or 914.302.9713.


Feminist Bird Club
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Chance Encounters, by Corey Rubin
Opening Reception/ West Loop Walk - Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge


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.

Saturday, July 8, 2017
Full Buck Moon Hike
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fees: Free
Night-time nature walk.
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Sunday, July 9, 2017
Full Moon Lantern Tours
Time: 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Fort Wadsworth
Join a ranger to explore Fort Wadsworth by moonlight.
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Green-Wood Cemetery
June and July from 6-7:30am (except July 2nd),
Sundays August 6th and 20th from 6:30-8am

Summer Birding Sundays
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.

You must register prior to the morning of the tour. Click here.

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 for our inclement weather policy.


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Staten Island Nesting Birds – Purple Martins Plus
Leader: Howard Fischer
Registrar: Karen Asakawa — or 347-306-0690
Registration opens: Monday, June 26
Ride: $20


New York Botanical Garden
Saturdays, July 1–August 26, 11am – 12pm
Birds, Butterflies, and Dragonflies Tour
Summer is the season to observe gorgeous butterflies, mischievous dragonflies and the birds of the cool forests. The colorful, fragrant gardens and the vibrant lakes at NYBG attract beautiful avian creatures. Come observe summer’s greatest show of shows watching butterflies, dragonflies and birds at their best.

Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Included in All-Garden Pass
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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

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 6:30am – 1:00pm
Breeding Birds of Nickerson Beach and Marine Nature Study Area
Guide: Tod Winston
Join Tod Winston in exploring two popular birding spots that are a little hard to get to for car-less New Yorkers. Departing early to beat the heat, we’ll first seek out breeding common and least terns, American oystercatchers, piping plovers, and black skimmers at Nickerson Beach. Then we’ll walk the boardwalks of the nearby Marine Nature Study Area in search of nesting saltmarsh and seaside sparrows, as well as osprey, herons, egrets, and shorebirds. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $94 (66)
Click here to register

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 8am – 5pm
Breeding Birds of the Hudson Highlands
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Join Gabriel Willow on a day-long trip to some of the most exciting & beautiful birding locations in the Hudson Valley - Doodletown Rd., Constitution Marsh, and Indian Brook Farm (in Fahnestock State Park). We'll look for uncommon breeding warbler specialties at Doodletown, such as cerulean, hooded, blue-winged, golden-winged, and worm-eating warblers; We will then head to the Constitution Marsh Audubon Sanctuary to explore a brackish marsh along the Hudson River. They have a beautiful boardwalk and are home to breeding wood duck, bald eagle, least bittern, marsh wren, and more. After a picnic lunch by the banks of Indian Brook, we will drive to Indian Brook Farm, which has extensive grasslands and highbush blueberry stands. These habitats have breeding Field and savannah sparrows, bobolinks, and indigo buntings. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $129 (90)
Click here to register

Sunday, July 9, 2017, 8am – 3pm
Birding Gems of Staten Island: Freshkills Park
Guides: Cliff Hagen with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Meet at the Staten Island Ferry and start your trip with a journey across the Upper Bay! This is a special opportunity to see Freshkills Park in transition from what was once the world’s largest landfill into an expansive park. Currently closed to the general public, the Park is home to rolling grasslands, tidal marshes, successional woodlands and a freshwater pond system, which host an array of breeding birds, butterflies, mammals, frogs, and turtles. Grasshopper sparrows, osprey, yellow warblers, and blue grosbeaks nest alongside wrens, blackbirds, orioles and shorebirds. Wading birds feed on the mudflats at low tide while hawks and vultures soar above. On calm, sunny days, one can expect to find nearly two dozen species of butterflies as they nectar among the grasses and woodlands. Transport by passenger van on S.I. included. Limited to 12. $64 (45)
Click here to register


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, July 8, 2017 @ 11:30am – 1:00pm
Dragonfly Study Series (Part 1) @ Long Pond Park
Join us for an hour long “dragonfly watch” at Long Pond Park. Long Pond hosts the greatest diversity of dragonflies of any single location on Staten Island. Participants will be able to study a variety of dragonflies and their particular behaviors. There will be opportunity for discussing basic dragonfly identification and biology. Participants will meet at the corner of Page Avenue and Academy Place near Public School 6, the Corporal Allan F. Kivlehan School located at 555 Page Avenue. For more information call Seth Wollney at (718) 619-5909.

Sunday, July 9, 2017 @ 11:00am – 1:00pm
Greenbelt – Meiner Dam and Moses Mountain @ Greenbelt Nature Center
Join Hillel Lofaso for a cool summer walk along the white Buck’s Hollow trail to the Meisner Dam and then Moses Mt. Bring beverage and snack. Some minimal wet walking. Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center parking lot. We go in all weather. For more information, phone Hillel at (718) 477-0545.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, July 8, 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.

Sunday, July 9, 2017
Summer Birding at Wave Hill, Bronx
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of diverse bird species and their behavior on these captivating walks through the gardens and woodlands.


Young Birders Club
Sunday July 9, 2017 - Rain date 7/16/17
Nickerson Beach (Nassau County, Long Island)
Trip Leader: Josh Cantor

This promises to be a very exciting trip! We'll be looking for breeding Common and Least Terns, American Oystercatchers, Piping Plovers, and Black Skimmers, along with other shorebirds on the beach. If you enjoy taking pictures of birds, you should have some really fantastic opportunities on this trip!

Watch your Inbox for directions and details on meeting time and location.

Plan to bring binoculars and a camera!

Trip Registration Form due by 6/30/17.

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