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Monday, February 05, 2018

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, February 10, 2018 to Sunday, February 11, 2018:

Bedford Audubon Society
Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ 9:00am - 4:00pm
Join us at the New Croton Dam for a day of viewing our Nation’s symbol, the Bald Eagle. We’ll also be monitoring the local waterfowl and other birds, too! No registration necessary. Snow date Sunday, February 11.
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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ 9:00am
A “Presidential” Prospect Park Walk: Meet New BBC President Dennis Hrehowsik
Meet 9 am at the Prospect Park Pergola entrance (Parkside and Ocean Ave.) No registration required.
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik Note: Nearest Train is the “Q” line to local stop Parkside Ave.
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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday, February 10, 2018, meet at 8am
Montauk Point
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
Meet at The Point/Lighthouse parking lot (Voted Warmest Rest Rooms in Winter, Suffolk County!) Dress appropriately!! Expect the worst and hope for the BEST!!! Seabirds galore, we will visit the Point, Camp Hero, Montauk Lake, Ditch Plains, The Ranch, TR Campground and any place birds may be reported!


Gateway National Recreation Area
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00am to 11:30am
Birding by Ear I
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Join us for an introduction to the calls of backyard birds.
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Sunday, February 11, 2018, 10:00am to 11:30am
Birding by Ear II
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Welcome to the second installment in our auditory birding series.
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Sunday, February 11, 2018, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Experience the Winter Beach at Fort Tilden
Location: Building 1 at Fort Tilden
Explore the littoral zone at low tide and walk along the edge of the sea.
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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, February 11, 2018 rescheduled due to rain
Sunday, February 18, 2018
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

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 9:00am
14th Annual Eaglefest (Croton-on-Hudson)
Join us in Croton Point Park in Westchester for a celebration of Hudson River’s eagles, hosted by the Teatown Nature Preserve. You can see both wild eagles by the river and captive eagles up close! There will also be music, food, heated tents, and activities for kids. Advance tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for children; day-of tickets are slightly higher. To purchase advance tickets and for more info visit
Registration: 631-885-1881

Directions: Take the Taconic State Parkway just past where it merges with the Sprain Brook, and take 9A north to its end in Crotonville. Continue north on route 9 for 0.7 miles then exit and follow signs into Croton Point Park.

Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 9:00am
Heckscher State Park
This 1600 acre park is on the Great South Bay in East Islip. The forest and wetland areas are home to a variety of winter bird species.
Registration: 585-880-0915

Directions: Take the Southern State Parkway to the end and merge onto the Heckscher State Parkway. Follow signs to field 5.


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Central Park Winter Bird Walk 1
Leader: Richard ZainEldeen
Registrar: Nancy O’Keefe — or 212-734-9225
Registration opens: Monday, January 29
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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
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New York City Audubon
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9am – 2pm
Winter Birds of DeKorte Park
Guide: Nadir Souirgi
Explore the the wilds of the New Jersey Meadowlands at DeKorte Park. We'll take trails through wetland and salt-marsh habitat to look for a rich diversity of wintering ducks and rarities such as rough-legged hawk, short-eared owl, and northern shrike. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $88 (62)
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Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9am – 11am
Randall's Island Winter Walk
Guide: Jacob Drucker
Situated at the junction of the East River and Long Island Sound, Randall's Island is an excellent place to observe birds using these major waterways to facilitate their movements. The presence of converging currents, a salt-marsh restoration project, excellent thickets, and lots of open space makes Randall's Island a great place to go birding. Some species like horned lark, snow bunting, red-throated loon, and Bonaparte's gull are more likely to be found at Randall's than anywhere else in New York County. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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Sunday, February 11, 2018, 8am – 3pm
Birding Gems of Staten Island: Winter at Freshkills Park
Guides: Cliff Hagen with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Winter at Freshkills Park is an exciting time for birding. The grass-covered slopes offer birds plenty of seed and shelter to huddled flocks of horned larks, snow buntings, and sparrow species, as rough-legged hawks soar overhead. Down below the mounds are a crisscross of tidal creeks filled with a variety of waterfowl. Grebes, geese, and coots swim alongside over a dozen species of ducks including teal, mergansers, and pintails. Transport by passenger van on S.I. included. Limited to 12. $57 (40)
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Sunday, February 11, 2018, 9:30am – 11:30am
Winter Birding Along the Hudson: Wave Hill
Guide: Gabriel Willow with Wave Hill
Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center. The Hudson River valley hosts an impressive diversity of bird species, even during the winter months. Come explore the beautiful gardens and woodlands of Wave Hill and observe the hardy birds that spend the winter in this urban oasis. Walks run rain or shine. Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. See for admission rates. NYC Audubon members enjoy two-for-one admission


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Mt. Loretto Unique Area, Beach and Bluffs
Enjoy a mid-winter walk to investigate the geology beneath the historic Princes Bay lighthouse. Naturalist Ray Matarazzo will discuss storm erosion at the Terminal Moraine. During the walk participants may find fossils. Winter storm action and erosion occasionally reveal glacial drift fossils from the Devonian Period, fossils which are millions of years old. Bring a magnifier. Meet in the Hylan Boulevard parking lot across from the CYO Community Center at Kenny Road. For more information contact Ray Matarazzo at 718 317-7666.
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Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 11:00am – 1:00pm
Willowbrook Park Gateway to the Greenbelt
This easy 3.5 mile loop walk takes us to a rich deep lowland woodlands and winding streams. We will focus on tree bark identification and look for overwintering plant. We will meet in the parking lot at the end of Eton Place off Richmond Avenue. To register for the walk please e-mail Hillel Lofaso at or call 718-477-0545.
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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Black Doit
Leader: Arie Gilbert 917-693-7178
Description: Rough-leg, Short-ear, Longspurs...


South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Massapequa Preserve

From Sunrise Highway, turn north onto Broadway, Massapequa. Travel under the Long Island Rail Road overpass, then make the first right onto Veterans Boulevard (headed east). Go past the Massapequa train station and into the parking lot at the east end of the station. The preserve is directly east of the parking lot.
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
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Winter Birding at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
The Hudson River Valley hosts an impressive diversity of bird species in the winter. Observe birds in their winter habitats and explore Wave Hill with naturalist Gabriel Willow.

Birding: Winter Waterfowl at Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Appropriate for all skill levels.

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