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Monday, June 04, 2018

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, June 9, 2018 to Sunday, June 10, 2018:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, June 9, 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!


Bedford Audubon Society
Sunday, June 10, 2018, 7:30am - 3:00pm
Bashakill Marsh and Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge
Grab your binoculars and join Naturalist Tait Johansson for a full day of birding! Bashakill supports wetland-dependent breeding species like Virginia Rail, Sora, Common Gallinule, both bitterns, both cuckoos, and a large array of songbirds. The National Wildlife Refuge has breeding populations of Bobolink, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Upland Sandpiper. Depart Bylane at 6 am and return 4:00pm.
Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Moderate.
Register with Susan at or 914.302.9713.
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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Breeding Bird Preserves around Beacon and Cold Spring, NY
Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: Breeding birds, butterflies and general nature Car fee: $25.00 Registrar: Peter Dorosh or text only to 347-622-3559 Registration Period: June 2nd – June 7th Note: If there aren't enough cars, we will attempt this trip by Metro North Rail to Cold Spring. Locations for exploration are West Point Foundry Preserve, Long Dock Park, […]

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


Gateway National Recreation Area
Saturday, June 9, 2018, 10:00am to 11:00am
Birding by the Bay
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fees: Free
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Saturday, June 9, 2018, 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Diamond Terrapin Walk
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fees: free
Join staff in search of nesting Diamondback Terrapins
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Saturday, June 9, 2018, 11:00am to 12:30pm
World Ocean's Day with NYC Urban Park Rangers
Location: Rockaway Beach, Boardwalk and Beach 86th St.
Fees: free
Join us as we team up with NYC Urban Park Rangers in celebrating World Oceans Day!
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Sunday, June 10, 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 10, 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

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon
Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 8:00am
Nickerson Beach, Lido Beach, NY
We will walk around looking for shorebirds and other interesting migrants.
Registration: 631-885-1881
Directions: Meet in SE corner of biggest parking lot at Nickerson.

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 2:00pm
Bailey Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY
This trip is great for families!
Registration: 585-880-0915
Directions: Meet in the parking lot.


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, June 9, 2018 (Rain date, June 10)
Ward Pound Ridge for Butterflies
Leader: Rick Cech
Registrar: Lenore Swenson — or 212-533-9567
Registration opens: Monday, May 28
Ride: $30


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 9, 8am – Sunday, June 10, 6pm
Bashakill, Shawangunk NWR, and Doodletown Road
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Look for breeding Eastern Meadowlarks, American Bitterns, Cerulean Warblers, and more at these three great birding areas. An overnight stay will facilitate being in the right spot at the right time. Bring lunch for the first day, binoculars, and a spotting scope (if you have one). Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 10. $325 ($75 single supplement)
Click here to register

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 7:30am – 12:30pm
Explore the Meadowlands by Pontoon Boat
Guide: Tod Winston and NJ Meadowlands Docent
Explore the Meadowlands on a relaxing pontoon boat ride in search of egrets, night-herons, and kingfishers—along with nesting Osprey, Peregrine Falcons, and Marsh Wrens. We'll travel along the Hackensack River to both man-made and restored wetland sites and learn about the area's environmental history. Bring lunch. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 11. $117 (82)
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Saturday, June 9, 2018, 8am – 12pm
Birding Gems of Staten Island: Clove Lakes Park
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Journey to the "forgotten borough" to discover some of the beautiful forests and incredible birding spots of Clove Lakes Park. Look for ducks and seabirds in New York Harbor on our way across on the ferry ride and then catch a bus to the Park. Numerous warblers, vireos, tanagers, and other migratory songbirds can be seen here, as well as nesting Eastern Screech-Owls and Great Blue Herons. We'll even see one of the largest and oldest trees in New York City. Limited to 15. Bus fare ($2.75 each way; please bring your MetroCard or exact change) not included in registration price. $43 (30)
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Saturday, June 9, 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 9, 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)

Sunday, June 10, 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)

Sunday, June 10, 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


​Saturday, June 9, 2018, 11am
Lemon Creek Walking Tour
Lemon Creek is one of the longest aboveground creeks in New York City, and its route cuts deeply into the history of Staten Island. Once famous for its oysters and oystermen, it was a favorite haunt of author Joseph Mitchell in the 1950s, and is now a Staten Island Bluebelt, harboring eagles, peacocks, and deer. Join writer and photographer Nathan Kensinger on a walk tracing out the lower portions of this fascinating waterway, as it flows through historic neighborhoods and protected parklands, and out to Prince’s Bay.

Sturdy, close-toed shoes are recommended for this walk, which will involve following footpaths over streams and through wooded environments.
This walking tour is sponsored by Council Member Joseph Borelli.
Rain date: June 23rd.
Click here to sign up


New York City WILD!
Saturday, June 9, 2018, 1:00pm
Queens: Howard Beach Photography and Nature Walk

Sunday, June 10, 2018, 10:00am
Bayonne NJ: Bayonne Golf Course Promenade Photography and Nature Walk

For the FULL INFORMATION ABOUT EACH WALK click HERE to take you to the Eventbrite Profile page where you will find all details (scroll down to the thumbnails) for each of the outings and how to SIGN UP!


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Sunday, Jun 10, 2018, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Neighborhood Nature Series, Huguenot
There is nature in every neighborhood on Staten Island and Protectors president, Cliff Hagen, is excited to visit different locations across the Island to explore and enjoy the nature at our doorsteps. Participants will meet in the center of town, Huguenot, at the intersection of Amboy Road and Huguenot Avenue. We will walk the local streets and watch for the busy activity of squirrels and blue jays, search for late migrating birds, butterflies and dragonflies and try to identify aged trees based on bark, colorful foliage and leaf lit­ter. Call Cliff Hagen at 718-313-8591 or e-mail him at for more information.
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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Nickerson Beach
Leader: Mike Zito (516) 507-9419
Where: Nickerson Beach Park, 880 Lido Blvd, Lido Beach, NY 11561 (map)


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, June 9, 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.

Bird Walks with New York City Audubon at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how Queens Botanical Garden provides important resources for birds like water, shelter, and insects to eat.

Flora and Fauna Walk at Highbridge Park with Leslie Day at Dyckman Street and 10th Avenue Entrance to Highbridge Park (in Highbridge Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Come on a morning nature walk through Highbridge Park, an ideal spot to see many species of animals, insects, and birds.

Birding: Raptors at Arthur Kill Road and Brookfield Avenue (in Brookfield Park), Staten Island
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.

Biking and Birding Adventure at Ben Abrams Playground (in Bronx Park), Bronx
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
We'll visit a variety of habitats by bike, hoping to see a diverse array of bird species that reside along the beautiful Bronx River Greenway.

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Summer Birding at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of diverse bird species and their behavior on these walks through the gardens and woodlands.

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