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Monday, September 11, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, September 16, 2017 to Sunday, September 17, 2017:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, September 16, 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
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Broad-winged Hawk Migration at the Chestnut Ridge HawkWatch
Join this year’s HawkWatch Team for the peak of Broadwing migration, which can result in seeing thousands of hawks in a single day! Meet at the parking lot of the Arthur Butler Sanctuary at 9:45am. Level of difficulty: Easy-moderate (the walk up to the HawkWatch is uphill, but there are bleachers at the platform).
Cost: Free. Please register in advance with Susan at or 914.302.9713.


Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, September 16, 2017
A Hawk Watch Wildcard by Public Transportation
NOTE: Depending on winds, this trip may be either Saturday or Sunday; see below for full information.
Leader: Peter Dorosh Focus: Hawk migration sit (location based on the winds)
Bus fee: TBA
Registrar: Peter Dorosh, or text only cell 347-622-3559 Registration Period: Sept 9th – Sept 14th
Reference This trip is determined by the weekend wind direction.

Saturday, September 16, 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 16, 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:


Gateway National Recreation Area
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Mighty Monarchs
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fees: free
Join a park ranger to learn about the incredible life cycle and migration of a monarch!
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Sunday, September 17, 2017
Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Time: 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fees: free
Every Sunday Weekly from 09/10/2017 to 09/17/2017
Learn all about the amazing osprey on this guided walk of the West Pond Trail.
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Hudson River Audubon Society
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Lenoir Nature Preserve
8am - Walter Chadwick Memorial Nature Walk
Meet at the Nature Center. We will look for birds, butterflies, dragonflies and nature. We’ll end up at our hawk watch site at 10 in front of the mansion
10am - Broad-winged Hawk Migration
We will search the skies for Broad-wing Hawks that will be making their 4,300 mile migration to South America


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Alley Pond Park
Leader: Alan Drogin
Registrar: Anne Lazarus — or 212-673-9059
Registration opens: Monday, September 4
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 16, 2017, 8:00am – 10:30am
Intro to Birding: Bird Walk in Central Park
Guide: Tod Winston
Meet at the entrance to Central Park at Central Park West and 72nd Street. Are you curious about "birding" but don't have much (or any) experience? Come on a relaxed walk through Strawberry Fields and the Ramble to go over birding basics and see warblers, tanagers, sparrows, waterbirds, and more. Binoculars available. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9:30am – 10:30am
Queens Botanical Garden Bird Walks
Saturdays, September 2, September 16, and October 14
Sundays, October 1 and October 29 9:30-10:30am

Guide: NYC Audubon with Queens Botanical Garden
Explore Queens Botanical Garden in search of migrant songbirds and learn about the valuable resources that the Garden offers birds and other wildlife. Register for one date or the whole series of five free walks (walk-ins welcome!). Binoculars available. Limited to 25. Appropriate for all ages. To register, email or visit Free with Garden admission

Sunday, September 17, 8:00am – 10:30am
Fall Migrants of Woodlawn Cemetery, the Bronx
Guides: Tod Winston, Joseph McManus, Susan Olsen with Woodlawn Conservancy
Meet at the Jerome Avenue entrance of Woodlawn Cemetery. Join us for a morning bird walk and tour of beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery: Tod Winston and Joseph McManus will help look for fall migrants and year-round residents on the expansive, wooded cemetery grounds, while the Woodlawn Conservancy's Susan Olsen shares fascinating stories about Woodlawn’s history and the interesting mixture of individuals interred there. Bring water. Limited to 15. $35 (24)
Click here to register

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 9am – 1pm
Hook Mountain Hawk Watch
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Part of the Palisades Interstate Park system, Hook Mountain has commanding views of all nearby mountains ridges and the Hudson River. From this inland hawk watch spot we expect to see many species of migrating raptors, including broad-winged and red-shouldered hawks, bald eagles, accipiters, and falcons. Note: this trip requires a 35-minute hike up and down the mountainside. Bring binoculars, water, and and a bag lunch to enjoy atop the mountain watching the hawks fly overhead. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $99 (69)
Click here to register

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 9am – 10am
Evergreen Cemetery Bird Walk
Guides: Corey Finger with the Cemetery of the Evergreens
Meet inside the Cemetery Entrance at Bushwick Avenue and Conway Street. Explore the delights of this hidden gem by taking a tour of historic Evergreens Cemetery and its fall migrants. Moderately strenuous with many hills and stairs. No limit. Suggested donation.
Click here to register


North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Alley Pond Park
See "Walk locations" for directions.
Alley Pond Parking lot on 76th Ave, east of Springfield Blvd, Queens, NY
Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water. Wear long pants and socks so you do not touch poison ivy.
Leader - Lenore 718-343-1391


Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, Sep 16, 2017
Alley Pond
Leader: Eric Miller 917-279-7530
Where: Aarya park Parking Lot 76th Ave Oakland Gardens, NY 11364 (map)
Description: Fall Migrants!


South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Mill Pond Park
Use street parking on the westbound side of Merrick Road. The park is four blocks west of the Wantagh State Parkway.
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 16, 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.

Bird Walks with New York City Audubon at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how Queens Botanical Garden provides important resources for birds— like water, shelter, and insects to eat.

Cabrini Woods Migration Walk at Cabrini Woods (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Join an expert naturalist, to learn about birds that visit Fort Tryon, and why they stop here on their way back from breeding grounds.

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!

Raptor Fest at Stadium Ball Fields (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
This event is a great way for kids to learn about hawks, owls, falcons, and other birds of prey, get up close and personal with them, and watch them perform amazing aerial feats.

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