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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, July 7, 2018 to Sunday, July 8, 2018:

Bedford Audubon Society
Sunday, July 8, 2018, 10:00am - 12:00pm
The Butterflies of Muscoot Farm
Join Naturalist Tait Johansson for an early summer butterfly walk on the beautiful grounds of Muscoot Farm. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy.Register with Susan at or 914-302-9713.
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Freshkills Park Alliance
Sunday, July 08, 2018, 3:00pm
Kayak Tour
Kayak through Freshkills Park and enjoy a two-mile excursion along the tidal waterways.
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Gateway National Recreation Area
Saturday, July 7, 2018, 10:00am to 11:00am
Birding by the Bay
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fees: Free
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Saturday, July 7, 2018, 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Plover Day
Location: Rockaway Beach near 86th Street
Join Urban Park Rangers and NPS to celebrate the piping plover, a state-listed threatened species that nests on New York City’s beaches.
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Sunday, July 8, 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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Sunday, July 8, 2018, 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Salt Marsh Detectives
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Children and their families are invited to find out what makes a salt marsh and why they are important.
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Sunday, July 8, 2018, 10:00am to 12:30pm
Seaweeds, Seashells and More
Location: Fort Tilden, Building 1
Hike the seashore during an outgoing tide with American Littoral Society naturalist, Mickey Maxwell Cohen, author of Adventures at the Beach, to look for marine life, coastal birds, and seaside plants.
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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, July 8, 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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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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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Staten Island Nesting Birds – Purple Martins Plus
Leader: Richard Veit
Registrar: Karen Asakawa — or 347-306-0690
Registration opens: Monday, June 25
Ride: $20


New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, July 7, 2018, 8am – 5pm
Breeding Birds of the Hudson Highlands, NY
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Join Gabriel Willow on a day-long trip to some of the most exciting and beautiful birding locations in the Hudson Valley: Doodletown Road, Constitution Marsh, and Indian Brook Farm. We'll look for uncommon breeding warbler specialties at Doodletown, such as Cerulean, Hooded, Blue-winged, Golden-winged, and Worm-eating Warblers. We will then head to the Constitution Marsh Audubon Sanctuary, home to breeding Wood Ducks, Bald Eagles, Least Bitterns, Marsh Wrens, and more. After a picnic lunch, we will drive to Indian Brook Farm in search of breeding Field and Savannah Sparrows, Bobolinks, and Indigo Buntings. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $129 (90) per trip
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Saturday, July 7, 2018, 12pm – 3pm
NYC Plover Day Festival at the Rockaways
With NYC Parks, American Littoral Society, Gateway National Recreation Area
Join us at Beach 86th and Rockaway Beach Boardwalk, Queens to celebrate nesting shorebirds. Discover one of New York City's endangered species, the Piping Plover, and ways you can help protect it by sharing the beach. Enjoy educational activities and crafts at this family-friendly event that raises awareness of this amazing shorebird. No Registration required. No Limit. Free

Saturday, July 7, 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, July 8, 2018, 9:30am – 11:30am
Summer Birding Along the Hudson: Wave Hill
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)


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, July 7, 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.

Plover Day Festival at Beach 86th Street and Shorefront Parkway (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk), Queens
12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Join us to celebrate nesting shorebirds! Enjoy educational activities and crafts at this family friendly event that raises awareness about the piping plover.

Sunday, July 8, 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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