Check out City Birder Tours, and Green-Wood sponsored tours on their calendar pages here.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, June 2, 2018 to Sunday, June 3, 2018:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, June 2, 2018, 12pm – 1pm
Introduction to Birdwatching
Join Prospect Park Alliance every Saturday for a birdwatching tour to learn about Prospect Park’s magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 8am – 9am
Early Morning Bird Walk: Local Nesters
Join Prospect Park Alliance to discover hidden nests! Glimpse the lives of busy bird parents and their hungry nestlings. Tour leaves promptly at 8 am. Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.


Bedford Audubon Society
Sunday, June 3, 2018, 7:30am - 11:00am
Muscoot Farm
Join Bedford Audubon’s Naturalist Tait Johansson and the Friends of Muscoot Farm for a bird walk on the beautiful grounds of this county-owned property. June birds here include Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Prairie Warbler, Hooded Warbler, and, most years, Red-headed Woodpecker.
Cost: Free.
Level of Difficulty: Easy-moderate.
Please register with Susan at or 914-302-9713.
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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Jamaica Bay Refuge
Leader: Rusty Harold Focus: breeding birds of the marsh Car Fee: $10.00 Registrar: Peter Dorosh or text only to 347-622-3559 Registration Period: May 26th – May 31st

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


Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday, June 2, 2018, 8am
Eric Salzman Memorial Walk at South Fork Natural History Museum
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
Cosponsored by the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society (ELIAS) and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)
On this joint walk we will explore the avian life of the meadow behind the South Fork Natural History Museum and remember Eric Salzman who led this walk for many years. We will miss his keen ear to ID the bird songs. This walk will provide an opportunity to see and—especially—hear some of our locally breeding birds. The two-hour walk will be followed by a short introduction to the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society. Light refreshments will be served.

There is no charge for this event, but advance reservations are required. Please call SoFo at (631) 537-9735 for reservations and directions to the Museum, if you need them.


Gateway National Recreation Area
Saturday, June 2, 2018, 10:00am to 11:00am
Birding by the Bay
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fees: Free
Ranger-led nature walk.
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Sunday, June 3, 2018, 10:00am to 11:30am
Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fees: free
Learn all about the amazing osprey on this guided walk of the West Pond Trail.
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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Birding in Peace
Summer Birding Sundays
Except for some lingering individuals, by the end of the first week in June nearly all the northbound migrants will have disappeared from the city. Locally nesting birds will be incubating eggs or busily raising their first broods. In July we should see the offspring of our resident Red-tailed Hawks bravely preparing to leave the nest. Warbler songs will be replaced by chirring Cicadas and the tweets of fledgling birds. Butterflies and dragonflies are abundant. By late-July, expect the arrival of the first southbound migrants.

Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful Saturday/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.


Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon
Sunday, June 3, 2018, 8:00am
Tiffany Creek, Oyster Bay, NY
Great local spot to see colorful migrants and other birds.
Registration: 631-885-1881
Directions: Meet in the park lot off Sandy Hill Rd.


Linnaean Society of New York
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Eastern Long Island Spring Specialties
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
Registrar: Regina Ryan — or 212-787-5589
Registration opens: Monday, May 21
Ride: $40


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, June 2, 2018, 7am – 1pm
Breeding Birds of Jamaica Bay
Guide: Tod Winston
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is home to nesting Cedar Waxwings, Brown Thrashers, White-eyed Vireos, Tree Swallows, Yellow Warblers, American Redstarts, Osprey, Willet, and seven species of wading birds. We'll walk the refuge trails and observe these species and many more on their breeding grounds. Bring lunch. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $93 (65)

Saturday, June 2, 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, June 2, 2018, 1pm – 8pm
Kingsland Wildflowers Sensorium
Brooklyn-based artists Cara Marie Piazza of Calyx Apothecary, fashion designer Merica Lee, and Marie Lockhart of Lockhart Embroidery team up to present you with a day of sensorial delights to celebrate and support Kingsland Wildflowers. Join us for a holistic day that will stimulate your senses while playing with crafts and supporting ecology, community, and preservation. Email to learn more.

Saturday, June 2, 2018, 2pm – 3pm
Governors Island Bird Walk
Saturdays May 26, June 2, June 23, 2-3pm
Sundays, May 20, June 10, June 17 and June 24 2–3pm
Guide: NYC Audubon
Meet at Nolan Park house #17. Join us for a bird walk around beautiful and historic Governors Island, which boasts over 192 species recorded on Learn about the island’s fascinating history and search for waterbirds, raptors, waterfowl, and more. Binoculars are available. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 11am – 4pm
Freshkills Discovery Day
DescriptionGuide: NYC Audubon with NYC Parks
At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park is almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park to be developed in New York City in over 100 years. It also has a significant history as the site of the former Fresh Kills Landfill. The landfill has been covered with layers of soil and infrastructure, and the site has become a place for wildlife, recreation, science, education, and art. Trails and paths normally off-limits to the public will be open on this day and offer views of the park’s hills, creeks, and wildlife. Activities include guided birdwalks, hiking, running, bike-riding, kayaking, free shuttle buses into the park and to the top of a hill offering panoramic views of New York, and educational tours and displays. Visit for more information. No registration required. No Limit. Free


Saturday, June 2, 2018, 6:30pm
Horseshoe Crab Discovery Walks
Join NYC H2O to see the horseshoe crabs as they come ashore for their mating ritual as they have done for the last 450 million years. Horseshoe crabs are trilobites, some of the planets' oldest living creatures. They play a critical role in coastal ecology as scavengers whose eggs provide food for migrating birds. In the Northeast, horseshoe crabs numbers are declining due to loss of habitat as well as the over-harvesting of horseshoe crabs for biotech purposes and commercial bait.
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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, June 2, 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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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Ward Pound Ridge BBQ
Leader: Eric Miller 917-279-7530
Where: Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, NY-121, Cross River, NY 10518, USA (map)
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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, June 3, 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 9:00am
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, June 2, 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.

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