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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, September 9, 2017 to Sunday, September 10, 2017:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 12 pm – 1 pm
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!


Bedford Audubon Society
September 10, 2017, 8:00am - 11:00am
Ramble Along the North County Trailway at New Croton Reservoir
Leader: Naturalist Tait Johansson
It’s September, and that means it’s Hudson River Valley Ramble time! Join us for a nature walk focused on birds, near the peak of fall migration. We’ll follow the Trailway south over the reservoir and through the woods and shrublands in search of migrants and year-round residents.
Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of the Trailway and Route 118 in the Town of Yorktown—this is just north of the bridge where it crosses the New Croton Reservoir. Level of difficulty: Easy.
Cost: Free.
Please register in advance with Susan at or 914.302.9713.


Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Shorebirding from Plumb Beach to Jamaica Bay Refuge
Leader: Mike Yuan
Focus: Tail end of shorebird migration, ”grass pipers,” marsh birds, herons, early duck species, songbirds
Car fee: $12.00
Registrar: Janet Schumacher, or 718-594-7480
Registration Period: Sept 2nd – Sept 7th

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 7:15am
Prospect Park Saturday Walk
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Meet at Ocean/Parkside Avenues, “The Pergola” at 7:15am
No registration necessary.

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Introduction to Birdwatching
Find out why Prospect Park is designated an Important Birding Area by the National Audubon Society. Binoculars provided (or bring your own).
NOTE: These walks start from the Audubon Center at the Boathouse, Prospect Park and are led by Brooklyn Bird Club member Michele Dreger. For the latest information check this link:


Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday, September 9, 2017, meet at 8:30am
Smith Point County Park
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
The Fall raptor, songbird and shorebird migration should be well under way, as we meet at the far western end of the main parking lot at Smith Point County Park. We will walk to the Ranger Station for a view from the upper deck. We will then hike westward, toward the New Old Inlet area, then back to the Ranger Station. If there are any birds of note reported in the area of the boat ramp, we shall visit the marina area - just before the bridge – as well. Please dress for the weather and conditions. Binoculars are a must, and scopes are very helpful. This is an exciting time to be along the barrier beach, and hopefully, we will be there on favorable winds and mild weather!
For more details, contact Eileen Schwinn at or call 516-662-7751 the day of the trip.


Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 8:00am
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Leader(s): John Gluth (631-827-0120), Bob Grover (516-318-8536)
Southern State Pkwy to Belt Pkwy to Exit 17, Cross Bay Blvd. South. Continue south for about 2 miles. Look for entrance of refuge on the right (west) side. There are signs for park entrance

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 8:00am
Birding and Breakfast, Connetquot River SPP
Leader(s): Edith & Bob Wilson, Helga Merryman, Ken Thompson, Jack Carlson
Continental breakfast hosted by Friends of Connetquot.
Reservations required - call Connetquot River State Park Preserve at 581-1072 to register. Registration fee $4. plus $8 parking fee per car - unless you have yearly Empire pass.


Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Birding in Peace

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. By September, all our nesting birds’ offspring will be on their own. Returning warblers will be in their less flamboyant fall plumage. Large numbers of blackbirds, flycatchers, sparrows, vireos, and swallows will also be passing through. By October, waterfowl are returning, and we’ll look for raptors heading south. November will bring back our overwintering denizen from the north.

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.


Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 8:00am
Blydenburgh Park
Blydenburgh County Park, in Smithtown, occupies 627 acres of richly forested hills and valleys at the headwaters of the Nissequogue River. It is one of the least developed and most picturesque spots on Long Island. Our walk will focus on migrating songbirds.
Registration: 585-880-0915
Directions: Take the Northern Parkway east and merge onto Route 347/454 E (Veterans’ Memorial Highway). Make a U-turn at Ledgewood Drive and enter the park.


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Fort Tilden
Leader: Gordon Lam
Registrar: Lori Lam — or 646-673-5418
Registration opens: Monday, August 28
Ride: $15


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturdays -- 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
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
Saturdays, September 2–November 25, 8-9:30am
Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
Guides: NYC Audubon 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, September 9, 2017, 8am – 11am
Morning Fall Migration Walk in Prospect Park
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Join Gabriel Willow for a leisurely walk to get to know the fall migrants of 'Brooklyn's Backyard', beautiful Prospect Park. Prospect Park has a wide variety of habitats that attracts a number of both breeding and passage migrant bird species, with even more recorded than in Central Park. We will explore the park's meadows, forests, and waterways in search of migratory warblers, vireos, thrushes, tanagers, waterfowl, and more. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 8am – 11am
Fall Warblers
Friday, September 8, 6:30-8:30pm (class)
Sunday, September 10, 8-11am (trip)
Instructor: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Identifying “confusing fall warblers” can be tricky, even for the experts. Come study some of the most puzzling species that stop through our area during fall migration with expert Joe Giunta, and then enjoy a second session in the “classroom” of Central Park. Limited to 12. $65 (45)
Click here to register


Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 11am
Ridgewood Reservoir Community Tour

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.

Join us to explore this incredible natural resource in the heart of NYC. Please make a reservation.

We will meet in the parking lot at Vermont Place.


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 6:00am – 6:00pm
The Little Big Day Bird Count
Designed to capture data on the south-bound, fall migration of birds crossing Staten Island, the Little Big Day Bird Count offers participants an opportunity to go afield with like-minded folk seeking to collect consistent field data, the backbone of citizen science. Participants are asked to identify birds and butterflies used to tabulate a snapshot of species seen on the second Saturday of September, the height of the south-bound bird migration here on Staten Island. Now in its 17th year, birders have identified more than 150 species of birds and nearly 40 species of butterflies through the years.
If you are interested and would like to learn more call Cliff Hagen at (718) 313-8591 or email him at

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Discover Francis Woodlands
Walk 1.3 miles through towering trees and deep hollows. We will also stop at the overlook to take in the 14 mile panoramic view. This is a special place preserved forever. Meet at 12 noon at the end of Morse Avenue at Essex. Morse Avenue is 4 short blocks down Peru Street, which is a right turn off Ocean Avenue 1 block passed Manor Road going towards Richmond Road.
For more information, call Hillel Lofaso at 718-477-0545.


South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
From the Southern State Parkway, travel west to the Belt Parkway. Exit at Cross Bay Boulevard (Exit 17) south. Continue south on Cross Bay Blvd. through Howard Beach and over the North Channel Bridge (also known as the Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge). The entrance to the refuge parking lot is on the right side of the road, at a traffic light approximately one and a half miles past the bridge.
Directions via Google Maps

Bird walks led by a member of SSAS are conducted nearly every Sunday morning from late August through early June. Walks are open to the public and are free of charge. We especially encourage youngsters to attend.
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.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Join NYC Audubon on birding walks through Van Cortlandt Park to discover wildlife happenings in the park.

Introduction to Bird Watching at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a bird-watching walk and learn about Prospect Park's magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!

Sunday, September 10, 2017
Fall Birding at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of bird species and their behaviors on these captivating walks.

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