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Monday, April 23, 2018

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, April 28, 2018 to Sunday, April 29, 2018:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 12pm – 1pm
Introduction to Birdwatching
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a birdwatching walk and learn about Prospect magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!


Bedford Audubon Society
Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 8:00am - 12:30pm
Marshlands Conservancy/Rye Nature Center, Rye
Join Naturalist Tait Johansson at these fine migration hotspots to look for warblers and other newly arrived spring migrants.
Meet at Bylane at 7:15am or Marshlands at 8.
Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Moderate.
Please register with Susan at or 914-302-9713.
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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Bernardsville, NJ
Leader: Ryan Goldberg
Focus: peak migration, swamp and marsh species, raptors; first breeding birds
Car fee: $25.00
Registrar: Donna Evans email
Registration Period: April 21st - April 26th
Note: nearby Lord Stirling County Park may be an optional visit, time permitting

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Ridgewood Reservoir Walk
Leaders: Steve Nanz and Heidi Steiner
Focus: Observing spring migrants and looking for early nesters. We will also bird Highland Park if time allows.
Registrar: Heidi Steiner at if you would like to car pool. You may also use public transportation; meet at 8:00AM at the top of the stairs of the main entrance, […]

Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 7:15am
Prospect Park Saturday Walk
Prospect Park Pergola, Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik Meet at Ocean/Parkside Avenues, “The Pergola” at 7:15 am No registration necessary.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 @ 9:00am - 11:00am
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Leader: Heather Wolf 347-217-4579
Focus: Migrating songbirds, water birds
Meet 9 am at Pier 1 park entrance where Old Fulton Street ends/intersects with Furman St. (Barge Music);To the left (south) of Barge Music there is an NYC Ferry ticket machine (near the Lizzmonade kiosk). The walk starts by the benches right next to the ticket machine. This […]

Please review our general trip information and guidelines on this page.


Gateway National Recreation Area
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Peak Spring Migration Bird Walk
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fees: Free
Spring Naturalist Series: Each week through the spring, join us to learn more about the ecology of Jamaica Bay.
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Sunday, April 29, 2018, 10:00am to 12:30pm
A Springtime Hike at Breezy Point
Location: Fort Tilden Building 1 (carpool to Breezy Point)
Fees: Free
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Sunday, April 29, 2018, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Woodcock Moon Prowl
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fees: Free
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Great South Bay Audubon
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:00am
Valley Stream SP and Jones Beach West End
Leader(s): John Gluth (631-827-0120), Bob Grover (516-318-8536)

Southern State Parkway to exit 15S, North Corona Ave. No Corona Ave to Hendrickson Ave (.07 mi) turn right at Hendrickson Ave. Hendrickson Ave. to Fletcher Ave (.3 mi) turn right on Fletcher Ave. Fletcher Ave. North to Valley Stream State Park entrance on right (.2 mi). Park at far end of lot.


Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Birding in Peace
Our April tours will be a feast for the ears and eyes with the trilling song of Pine Warblers and drumming pronouncements of Woodpeckers on newly blossoming trees (including magnolias, maples, quinces, and dogwoods). We’ll discover thousands of songbirds resting before their trip north as well as arriving herons and egrets at Green-Wood’s glacial ponds.

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. Green-Wood’s official birding checklist is available to pick up from the security guard at the main entrance on 25th Street or to print here. Comfortable footwear is recommended.

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

Click here for our inclement weather policy.


Hudson River Audubon Society
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Nature Study Woods
Meet at 8am at entrance along Webster Avenue at Flandreau Ave at 8:00 a.m. (~ 806 Webster Ave)
Local early spring migrants


Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 8:00am
Muttontown Preserve
The wet woods and hilly fields of Muttontown create a unique preserve that attracts a perhaps the widest variety of breeding bird species in northern Nassau county. Some of them will just be arriving!
Registration: 585-880-0915

Directions: Take 25A one block west of the intersection of 25A and 106. Go south along Muttontown Lane just past the last houses and enter the dirt parking area.

Directions: Meet in the parking lot off of Muttontown Lane, which is on the south side of Route 25A, just west of Route 106 in East Norwich. Follow Muttontown Lane to the end.


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
Saturday, April 28 – Sunday, April 29, 2018
Cape May Spring Migration Weekend
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Welcome the spring in lovely Cape May, NJ, the East’s capital of birding. On good spring migration days, the area’s forests and marshes are swarming with warblers in breeding plumage. We’ll visit Cape May Point, Higbee Beach, Cape May Meadows, and more in search of returning songbirds, shorebirds, wading birds, and terns—as well as lingering winter visitors such as sea ducks and gannets. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 10. $340 ($50)
Click here to register

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:00am – 10:30am
Van Cortlandt Bird Walks
Guide: 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 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, call 212-691-7483. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:30am – 10:30am
Queens Botanical Garden Bird Walks
Saturdays, April 28, May 19, and June 9, and Sundays, May 6 and 27, 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 the Garden offers birds and other wildlife. Binoculars available. Register for one date or the whole series of five walks (walk-ins welcome). To register, email or visit Each walk limited to 25. Free (with Garden admission)

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10am – 1pm
Spring Migration at Jamaica Bay
Guide: Don Riepe with American Littoral Society and Gateway National Recreation Area
Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge during peak spring migration for a slide program and hike around the reserve to look for many species of migratory birds. For reservations, contact Don Riepe at 718-474-0896 or No limit. Free

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 2pm – 5pm
Afternoon Spring Walk at Inwood Hill Park
Guide: Nadir Souirgi
Inwood Hill Park is a jewel. Nestled between the Hudson River, Dyckman Street, and Seaman Avenue, this last tract of largely undeveloped oak and tulip forest transports you to another world and another time. Glacial "pot holes," towering trees, and stunning river views create an unrivaled backdrop for observing the many migratory and breeding avian species that are drawn to this hotspot. Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Wood Thrush, and Yellow Warbler breed here, and the Park includes Manhattan's last remaining tidal saltmarsh. Limited to 15. $36 (25) per walk
Click here to register

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 9:30am – 3:00pm
Birding Gems of Staten Island: Spring Hike in the Greenbelt
Guide: Cliff Hagen with NYC Parks and the Greenbelt Conservancy
Explore trails in the 3,000-acre Staten Island Greenbelt with Cliff Hagen and visit High Rock Park, Walker Pond, and the Pouch Camp property: 143 acres of unspoiled woods and wetlands. Look for spring migrants and learn about the Greenbelt’s ecology. Trip involves approximately three and half miles of hiking. Van transportation from the Staten Island St. George Terminal included. Limited to 19. $43 (30)
Click here to register


North Shore Audubon
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8:00am – 11:30am
Humes property (map)
Leader: Barbara - (516) 628-9022

Please inform walk leader that you are attending.
See "Walk Locations" for directions.
Park in the circle in front of the big house.
Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water. Wear long pants and socks so you do not touch poison ivy.
This walk is in conjunction with the North Shore Land Alliance.


Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Forest Park
Leader: Jean Loscalzo 917-575-6824
Where: Park Lane South and Mayfair Road Queens, NY 11418 (map)


South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, April 29, 2018
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 9:00am
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.


Sullivan County Audubon
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8:00am
Birding for Beginners with naturalist Scott Graber
Experience the variety of bird life that inhabits the Bashakill. Binoculars are required and wear sturdy walking shoes. We’ll meet at the Haven Road DEC parking lot near Rt. 209.
Call Scott to register and for additional information at (914) 799-1313.
This is a joint field trip with the Bashakill Area Association.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Bird Watching at the Reservoir at Ridgewood Reservoir, Queens
8:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Catch the warbler wave and welcome them back to Forest Park!

Bird Walks with New York City Audubon at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens
9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Spot and identify creatures of flight in this nature walk with NYC Audubon.

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Central Park Birding Basics: Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond at Chess and Checkers House (in Central Park), Manhattan
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Central Park welcomes more than 270 bird species each year. Learn the basics of bird identification while exploring the North Woods, the largest woodland landscape in the Park.

City Nature Challenge Hike at Flushing Meadows Corona Park
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Over 60 cities will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2018 City Nature Challenge.

Central Park Birding Basics: Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond at Chess and Checkers House (in Central Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Central Park welcomes more than 270 bird species each year. Learn the basics of bird identification while exploring the North Woods, the largest woodland landscape in the Park.

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