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Monday, July 10, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, July 15, 2017 to Sunday, July 16, 2017:

Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 8am
Dune Road Exploration
Leader: Eileen Schwinn

Since SuperStorm Sandy, the Tiana Beach bayside has been a very welcome stop for resident birds, as well as early southward-bound migrating shore birds. Join us for a long stay at low tide, and perhaps, an exploration along other Hot Spots of Dune Road, Hampton Bays. Bring sunscreen, water, and a hat (although there is a covered pavilion to view from, if necessary). Town of Southampton Temporary Parking Permits will be available to non-residents. For more information, please contact Eileen Schwinn at for more information. Call: 516-662-7751 the day of the Field Trip. Rain or shine!


Fresh Kills Park Alliance (Staten Island)
Sunday, July 16, 2017, 12:30pm
Kayak Tour

Visit normally closed sections of Freshkills Park for a kayaking experience like no other! This excursion along the park’s waterways will take you into the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge and up close to some of the park’s varied wildlife.
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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 15, 2017, 10:00am to 11:30am
Creepy Crawlies
The itsy bitsy spider is fun to learn about, and the insects are too. Join us as we part-ner with NYC Urban Rangers to hear all about creepy crawlies during this interac-tive family-friendly program which in-cludes a short walk. You may wish to bring water and sun and insect protection.
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fee Information: Free


Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, July 16, 2017
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.


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

Sunday, July 16, 2017, 8:00am – 10:30am
Prospect Park Bird Walk
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Meet under the arch in Grand Army Plaza. Join Gabriel Willow for a leisurely walk to get to know the summer bird residents of 'Brooklyn's Back Yard', beautiful Prospect Park. Although birding in the summertime in NYC can be a bit slow, Prospect Park has a wide variety of habitats that attracts a number of breeding bird species. We will explore the park's meadows, forests, and waterways in search of nesting waterfowl, green herons, barn swallows, yellow warblers, baltimore orioles, and some of the other species that call the park home. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10am
Ridgewood Reservoir Community Tours
NYC H2O is offering free tours of the Ridgewood Reservoir to community members and the public.

The Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park is a 50+ acre natural oasis that straddles the border of Brooklyn and Queens. Built in 1859 to supply the once independent City of Brooklyn with high quality water, it became obsolete with the addition of new reservoirs in the Catskills in the 1950’s and was decommissioned in the 1980’s. Since then, nature took its course in a perfect case study of ecological succession. A lush and dense forest has grown in its two outside basins while a freshwater pond with waterfowl sits in the middle basin.
Please make a reservation here.


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Dragonfly Study Series (Part 2) @ High Rock Park
Habitat Specialists at High Rock Park. High Rock Park hosts some unique aquatic habitats. Freshwater wetlands, swamps and ephemeral kettle host an assortment of associated specialized dragonflies. Participants will visit the diverse wetlands within High Rock to view, investigate and discuss the unique dragonflies found in the different areas. Participants will meet at the High Rock Park parking area atop Nevada Avenue.
For more information call Seth Wollney at (718) 619-5909.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, July 15, 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.

White Island Birding Excursion (Advanced) at Marine Park, Brooklyn
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Explore the waters of Gerritsen Creek and paddle by this special island. Prior canoe experience required. Ages 8 years and older. Registration is required.

Sunday, July 16, 2017
Birding: Hawk Watch at Hoyt Avenue North and 19th Street
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.

Nature Walk at Peter Stuyvesant Statue (in Stuyvesant Square), Manhattan
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
In addition to various flora and fauna, our park is frequented by squirrels, pigeons, and the occasional falcon or hawk.

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