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

Monday, June 11, 2018

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, June 16, 2018 to Sunday, June 17, 2018:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, June 16, 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!


Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Bugs and Odes of Staten Island’s Coast, Greenbelt and Bluebelt
Leader: Steve Nanz
Focus: insects, dragonflies, moths, butterflies
Car Fee: $22.00
Registrar: Heidi Steiner-Nanz email or call before 8 pm 718- 369-2116
Registration Period: June 9th – June 14th

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


Gateway National Recreation Area
Saturday, June 16, 2018, 10:00am to 11:00am
Birding by the Bay
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fees: Free
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Sunday, June 17, 2018, 10:00am to 11:00am
Father's Day Fete
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fees: free
Bring your dad to the Wildlife Refuge for a jaunt around the West Pond Trail.
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Sunday, June 17, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Nature-Birding Hiking Series
Location: Fort Wadsworth Overlook
Join us for a hike along the trails and beach.
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Sunday, June 17, 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 17, 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.


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Van Cortlandt Park Nature Trip
Leader: Ken Chaya
Registrar: Anne Lazarus — or 212-673-9059
Registration opens: Monday, June 4th
Public transportation


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 16, 2018, 8am - Sunday, June 17, 2018, 6pm
Bashakill, Neversink, and Sterling Forest
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Look for breeding American Bitterns, Cerulean, Hooded, and Golden-winged 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 16, 2018, 9:00am – 11:30am
The Summering Birds of Inwood Hill Park
Guide: Annie Barry
Join Annie Barry for a hike through a mature forest in search of Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, Eastern Towhees, Wood Thrushes, Warbling Vireos, and other summer residents. We will then move to the shores of the Inwood Hill Park saltmarshes to search for herons and ducks. Some hilly walking required. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

Saturday, June 16, 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

Sunday, June 17, 2018, 10am – 1pm
Birds and Plants: New York Botanical Garden in Springtime
Guides: Gabriel Willow
The New York Botanical Garden is home to a large tract of East Coast old-growth forest. During the peak of spring migration, the beautiful gardens come alive with migrating songbirds. Limited to 15. Entrance fee to NYBG not included. $39 (27) per walk
Click here to register

Sunday, June 17, 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 16, 2018 at 11am
Ridgewood Reservoir Community Tours

The Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park is a 50+ acre natural oasis that straddles the border of Brooklyn and Queens. Built in 1859 to supply the once independent City of Brooklyn with high quality water, it became obsolete with the addition of new reservoirs in the Catskills in the 1950’s and was decommissioned in the 1980’s. Since then, nature took its course in a perfect case study of ecological succession. A lush and dense forest has grown in its two outside basins while a freshwater pond with waterfowl sits in the middle basin.

Join us to explore this incredible natural resource in the heart of NYC. Please make a reservation.

We will meet in the parking lot at Vermont Place.


New York City WILD!
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Staten Island: Brookfield Park Photography & Nature Walk (7:00 am)

Sunday, June 17, 2018
Randall's Island Park Photography and Nature Walk (12:00 noon)

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
Saturday, June 16, 2018, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Serpentine Arts and Nature Commons Park
Meet at the park entrance on Van Duzer Street between Broad Street and St. Paul’s Avenue. Participants will ascend the steep trails to look at the serpentine outcrops and unique community of plants that manage to live here, as well as relish the marvelous views across the bay. From this walk it will be apparent why hillside preser­vation zoning here is an important issue. Note that some of these trails may be difficult.
Call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 for more information.
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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, June 16, 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.

Ridgewood Reservoir Community Tours at Ridgewood Reservoir, Queens
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Join us to explore this incredible natural resource in the heart of NYC.

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