Monday, January 22, 2018

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, January 27, 2018 to Sunday, January 28, 2018:

Bedford Audubon Society
January 27, 2018, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Naturalist Tait Johansson
Join Tait on this early evening expedition to find Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers, and Short-eared Owls. Family friendly for children 12 years and older accompanied by an adult. Depart Bylane at 1:30pm. Free. Level of physical difficulty: Easy. Dress warm. Please register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or (914) 302-9713
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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 8:45am
Coney Island Waterfowl tour
Meet 8:45 am inside the Dunkin Donuts on the corner of Surf Ave and Stillwell Ave (train entrance Coney Island/Stillwell Avenue station)
Leader: Richard Payne
Focus: Sea and bay waters ducks and waterfowl beach species
Registrar (for weather alerts): Peter Dorosh Prosbird@aol.com or text only cell 347-622-3559
Registration Period: Jan 20th – Jan 25th
Please review our general […]

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Gateway National Recreational Area
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Hike the Trails of the North Forty Natural Area
It's winter, the perfect season for discovering the hidden secrets of the North Forty Natural Area at Floyd Bennett Field.
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Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 9:00am
Montauk
Leader(s): John Gluth (631-827-0120) & Ken Thompson (631-612-8028)
Due to the extreme weather forecasts, this trip was rescheduled from 1/6/18 to 1/27/18
Meet at Lighthouse parking lot. Latecomers can still join in the vicinity of the restaurant overlook. Directions Route 27 to 27A to end.

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, January 28, 7:00 am
Birding in Peace
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean that there aren’t interesting birds to discover in Green-Wood. For some bird species that migrate south after the breeding season, Brooklyn is their Miami during the cold months. Spend the early morning exploring the cemetery, looking for overwintering waterfowl, nuthatches, woodpeckers, sparrows, finches and any half-hardy birds that decided to stick around. By February we’ll see some of the early north-bound birds beginning to trickle back into the area.

$10 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $15 for non-members

Click here for our inclement weather policy.

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Hudson River Audubon Society
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Pelham Bay Park
Meet at Pelham Bay Park at 8 AM; far left corner of the Orchard Beach parking lot.
Pelham Bay Park is known for its wintering owls, uch as Northern Saw-whet, Great Horned, and Long-eared. We will also search the woods and water for winter birds. American Wigeon, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser should be in the bays.
http://www.hras.org/wtobird/pelhambay.html

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Pelham Bay Park
Leader: Rob Jett
Registrar: Louise Fraza — louisefraza@yahoo.com or 212-534-6182
Registration opens: Monday, January 15
Ride: $15

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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
Get Tickets

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New York City Audubon
Saturday, January 27 – Sunday, January 28, 2018
Winter Waterfowl Weekend at Montauk
Guide: Gabriel Willow
The gatherings of sea ducks around Montauk Point are the largest winter concentrations in New York State; the Christmas Bird Count on Montauk Point consistently tallies from 125 to 135 species, one of the best totals in the Northeast. Species that come to feed on the Point’s rich kelp and mussel beds include common and red-throated loon, common eider, all three scoter species, bufflehead, common goldeneye, great cormorant, and red-breasted merganser. Harlequin duck and king eider also occur here regularly during the winter. Accommodations at Daunt's Albatross in Montauk and transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $295 ($55 single supplement)
Click here to register

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 8:00am – 10:30am (Rescheduled date)
Intro to Birding: Bird Walk in Central Park
Guide: Tod Winston
Are you curious about "birding" but don’t have much (or any) experience? Come on a relaxed winter walk to some of Central Park’s hotspots to go over birding basics and see sparrows, finches, ducks, and more. Binoculars available. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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Sunday, January 28, 2018, 8:30am – 2:30pm
Duck Walk at Baisley Pond Park and Willow Lake Preserve, Queens
Guide: Corey Finger
Baisley Pond Park is the best place to see wintering ring-necked ducks and redheads in New York City. A wide variety of both dabbling and diving ducks regularly winter in the pond, including American wigeon, ruddy ducks, gadwall, and northern shovelers. We'll also look for wintering songbirds and gulls. From Baisley Pond Park we'll move to Willow Lake Preserve, the "natural" part of the preserve, to see common mergansers and the pair of bald eagles that have wintered here the past two years. Habitat next to the lake often hides a variety of wintering sparrows and other songbirds. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $63 (90)
Click here to register

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 9:15am – 3:30pm
The Richard Buegler Winter 10-Mile Walk
Meet at 9:15 in the Willowbrook Park carousel parking lot off Eton Place. Dress for the weather and bring water and a lunch. We’ll follow the trails south through La Tourette to High Rock Park to see what the winter has to offer, and eventually return to the parking lot in Willowbrook Park. If there is snow cover there may be able to track wildlife, and perhaps we see some of our wintering birds. If there is rain, it will be “fun in the mud.”
Call Dominick Durso at 917-478-7607 or Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 for more information.

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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Montauk Point
Leader: Ian Resnick (917) 626-9562
Birding Sites Maps

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Point Lookout Town Park and Lido Preserve
From the Southern State Parkway, exit onto the Meadowbrook State Parkway south. Exit from the Meadowbrook at Loop Parkway (just before the Jones Beach toll booths) toward Point Lookout. The Loop Parkway ends west of Point Lookout at Lido Boulevard. Continue straight across Lido Boulevard into Point Lookout Park. Travel past the ticket booths and curve left into the very large parking lot on the south side of the park. Park in the southeast corner, closest to the private homes of the village of Point Lookout and the beach. We will walk east along the beach toward Jones Inlet. After returning to the parking lot, we will drive west on Lido Boulevard to Lido Beach Passive Nature Preserve on the north side of Lido Boulevard to walk through the bay marsh.
Directions to Point Lookout Park via Google Maps | Directions to Lido Beach Passive Nature Preserve 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.

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