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Monday, May 07, 2018

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, May 12, 2018 to Sunday, May 13, 2018:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10am – 1pm
International Migratory Bird Day
Help Prospect Park Alliance celebrate the importance of stop-overs like Prospect Park to migratory birds. More than 250 species have been recorded in the park, and it is not uncommon to see 100 or more species in one spring day.

- Blooming Naturalist 10–12 pm: Learn about native plants and their importance to migratory birds.

- Nature on the Go! 11–12 pm: An Alliance Naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can learn about the nature that is all around us. This program leaves promptly at 11 pm.

- Nature's Helpers 12–1 pm: Learn how to keep Prospect Park healthy by cleaning up the lakeshore, spreading mulch or removing invasive species. This is a nature walk that leaves promptly at 12 pm.

RSVP to let us know you are coming!


Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, May 12, 2018
“The Birdathon”, World Migratory Bird Day (for teams)
The Brooklyn Bird Club celebrates World Migratory Bird Day every year by holding a Birdathon, in which members form or join a team and go out and count bird species. Typically participants reach out to friends and family for donations, usually a set amount per bird species counted during the course of the day. This […]

Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 7:15am
“The Birdathon walk” in Prospect Park
Meet 7:15 at the Grand Army Plaza park entrance (Stranahan Statue) Leader Paul Keim Note: Participants can elect to support this year's Birdathon beneficiary, WINORR, Wildlife In Need Of Rescue and Rehabilition. WINORR is the go-to organization in the metro area for rescuing, rehabbing and releasing wild birds, particularly raptors, that have suffered an injury or […]

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


Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 9:00am
Birding the William Floyd Estate on International Migratory Bird Day
Leader: MaryLaura Lamont
The woods, fields, creeks and bay, all habitats found on the historic grounds of the old William Floyd Estate, offer opportunities for observing a rich and diverse display of birds. We should see a good variety of migrating neotropical species such as warblers, vireos, thrush, grosbeaks, and tanagers to name a few. Round trip walk about 3-4 miles. Call (631) 399-2030 for more info.


Gateway National Recreation Area
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:00am to 4:00pm
International Migratory Bird Day
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fees: Free
Day long celebration of migratory birds.
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Sunday, May 13, 2018, 10:00am to 11:30am
Warblers for Beginners
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fees: Free
Become familiar with the warblers that pass through Jamaica Bay.
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Great South Bay Audubon
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 7:00am
Alley Pond Park
Leader(s): Mike Cooper (516-523-2369) Steve D’Amato (631-264-8413)
Northern State Pkwy to Exit 23, which reads: Cross Island Parkway, Union Turnpike and Alley Pond Park. Go to Union Turnpike (NOT Alley Pond Park). At the signal light, turn right onto Union Turnpike. Proceed to the next signal light which is Springfield Blvd and turn right. Go about 4 blocks to 76th Ave. Turn right onto 76th Ave. and proceed to Alley Pond Parking lot on your left.

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 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, May 13, 2018
Birding in Peace
Peak Spring Migration Birding
From Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to over 20 species of colorful wood-warblers, our peak migration tours will feature many of the 163 bird species that have been recorded at Green-Wood during the month of May. Beginning just after sunrise, we will experience spring’s dawn chorus at the most active time of day for birds.

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

Click here for our inclement weather policy.


Hudson River Audubon Society
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Bird like crazy in Westchester County to raise money for our chapter. Details to follow.

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Mother’s Day Warbler Walk
Lenoir Nature Preserve 8:00am
19 Dudley St. Yonkers
Meet us for our 25th year of this Audubon tradition. Spring migrants will be searched for; followed by refreshments at the nature center.


Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 8:00am
Robert Moses State Park
Look for migrants, including oystercatcher, heron, egrets, kinglets, warblers, and sparrows.
Registration: 516-782-0293
Directions: Meet in the NE corner of field 5, nearest to the lighthouse.

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 9:00am
Sterling Forest, Tuxedo Park, NY
Great spot to see upstate birds. Sterling Forest is known for its Golden-winged Warblers.
Registration: 585-880-0915
Directions: Meet at the end of Ironwood Drive in the park.


Linnaean Society of New York
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Bashakill Marsh and Environs
Leader: John Haas
Registrar: Dale Dancis — or 212-724-3269
Registration opens: Monday, April 30
Ride: $45


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, May 12, 2018, 8am – 11am
Prospect Park Bird Walk
Guide: Heather Wolf
Join Heather Wolf for a leisurely walk to see spring migrants and breeding bird residents of “Brooklyn's Backyard.” Beautiful Prospect Park’s wide variety of habitats attract a large number of migrants and breeding bird species—significantly more than Central Park, in fact. We will explore the Park's meadows, forests, and waterways in search of waterfowl, warblers, tanagers, and more. Limited to 15. $36 (25) per walk
Click here to register

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:00am – 11:30am
Spring Migrants at Inwood Hill Park
Guide: Annie Barry
Join Annie Barry for a hike through a mature forest in search of kinglets, warblers, flycatchers, sparrows, and other migrants and residents. We’ll then head to the shores of recently restored Muscota Marsh, the last natural saltmarsh in Manhattan, to search for herons and ducks. Some hilly walking required. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

Saturday, May 12, 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, May 12, 2018, 10am – 1pm
Randall's Island Birding Bonanza
Guide: NYC Audubon with Randall's Island Park Alliance
Meet at Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh, south of Icahn Stadium. Randall's Island is home to over 180 species of birds. Enjoy a day of free, family-friendly bird watching! Learn about the amazing adaptations of birds as they thrive in the Island's restored habitats. No Limit. Free

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 8am – 11am
Spring Warblers Trip
Class: Friday, May 11, 6:30-8:30pm
Trip: Sunday, May 13, 8-11am
Instructor: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
First learn to identify the 30-plus species of warblers that migrate through our area each spring, using field marks and other techniques. Then go out in the field and reinforce what you’ve learned on our field trip to Central Park. Limited to 15. $72 (50)
Click here to register

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 9:30am – 11:30am
Spring Birding Along the Hudson: Wave Hill
Sundays, March 11, April 8, May 13, and June 10, 9:30-11:30am
Guide: Gabriel Willow with Wave Hill
Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center. Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of bird species and their behaviors on these captivating walks. Wave Hill’s garden setting overlooking the Hudson River flyway provides the perfect habitat for resident and migrating birds. Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. NYC Audubon members enjoy two-for-one admission (see for more information)


North Shore Audubon
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 6:30am – 12:00pm
"Big DAY"
Start early at Alley Pond Park
Leader: Ian - (917) 626-9562
Where: 40.740640, -73.747500 (map)

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.


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:45am – 3:15pm
The Richard Buegler Spring 10-Mile Walk @ Greenbelt Nature Center
Participants will be begin gathering at the Greenbelt Nature Center at 9:15 a.m. Hikers will traverse the Greenbelt in search of spring flowers and bird song. A favorite walk of Protector’s founder, Richard Buegler, the 10-Mile Hike takes participants along the Meisner Avenue Pond, Loosestrife Swamp, Heyerdahl Hill and more. Explore the Greenbelt with like-minded hikers and enjoy a day afield on Staten Island. Call Dominick Durso at 917-478-7607 or Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 for more information.
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Saturday, May 12, 2018, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Brookfield Park
Join Protectors of Pine Oak Woods for a natu­ral history tour of Staten Island’s newest open space park. We will view numerous salt creeks, freshwater wetlands, grasslands and beautiful scenery; a must for hawk watching. Brookfield Park stretches along the south eastern banks of Richmond Creek and runs from Richmond Avenue to Richmondtown. Meet in the main parking lot at 575 Arthur Kill Road, just north of Armstrong Ave­nue. For more information contact Ray Matarazzo at 718-317-7666.
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Sunday, May 13, 2018, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Sharott's Shoreline
Meet at the bottom of Androvette Street (off Arthur Kill Road between The Tides complex and Killmey­er’s Restaurant). We will walk west through the parking lot at the end of the street to follow the access road into the DEC area to see what late spring looks like in this tough, maritime environment that is directly across the Kill from industrial New Jersey. For more information call Don Recklies at (718) 768-9036.
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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Point Lookout Town Park (and Lido Preserve afterwards)
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 9:00am
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.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Join NYC Audubon on a walk through the park to observe the many species of birds in Van Cortlandt Park.

International Migratory Bird Day at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Help Prospect Park Alliance celebrate the importance of stop-overs, like Prospect Park, to migratory birds.

Birding Bonanza at Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh (in Randall's Island Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Join us for a day of free, family-friendly bird watching! Learn about the amazing adaptations of birds as they thrive in the Island’s restored habitats.

International Migratory Bird Day: Piping Plovers at Rockaway Beach, Queens
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Spring Birding at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Explore the gardens and woodlands with naturalist Gabriel Willow on a quest to spot both resident and rare birds as they pass through on their northern journey or settle down for the season.


Wild Bird Fund
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:00am - 11:00am
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Spring Migration is in full swing! Time to get outside and see who's around! Please join WBF member, artist, and birder, Alan Messer for a deep Spring bird walk on Saturday, May 12 (Rain Date, May 13). In Central Park, we'll be searching for warblers, catbirds, vireos, and late migrant sparrows and finches. This time of year brings the flycatcher family including those difficult to identify of the genus Empidonax. Enjoy our birds and blooms of spring. We'll be meeting…
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