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Monday, August 06, 2018

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, August 11, 2018 to Sunday, August 12, 2018:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge shorebirds
Leader: Tom Stephenson
Focus: peak shorebird season; other waterbirds
Car Fee: $10.00
Registrar: Bobbi Manian email
Registration Period: Aug 4th – Aug 9th
Note: High tide is 9:57am
Please review our trip guidelines here:


Feminist Bird Club
Saturday, August 8, 2018
Marine Park Salt Marsh


Gateway National Recreation Area
Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00am to 11:00am
Birding by the Bay
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fees: Free
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Sunday, August 12, 2018, 10:00am to 11:30am
Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Every Sunday Weekly from 05/20/2018 to 09/30/2018
Fees: free
Learn all about the amazing osprey on this guided walk of the West Pond Trail.
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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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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon
Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 8:00am
Makamah Preserve, Fort Salonga, NY
We don’t need to go far to find great birding. This spot in Huntington is a prime habitat for owls, woodpeckers, waterfowl and many other species.
Registration: 585-880-0915
Directions: Meet at parking lot along Fort Salonga Rd/25 just West of Makamah Rd.


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Central Park Horticultural Walk
Leader: Regina Alvarez
No registration. Public transportation: Meet at 103rd Street and Central Park West at 10:00am
Join botanist Regina Alvarez for a walk in the North Woods and the Wildflower Meadow for a late summer look at the flowering plants and shrubs of Central Park’s north end. Along with fellow botanist Daniel Atha, Regina has been collecting herbarium specimens of every species growing wild in the Park. Already they have discovered new botanical records and have rediscovered plants not seen since the 1850s. Regina is a former director of horticulture and a woodland manager for the Central Park Conservancy. Currently she is an adjunct professor of botany at the City University of New York.


New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, August 11, 2018, 9:00am – 1:30pm
Shorebird Walk in Jamaica Bay
Guide: Gabriel Willow
We'll search Jamaica Bay’s mudflats and ponds for breeding herons and egrets, Forster's and Common Terns, Clapper Rails, and American Oystercatchers, as well as migratory plovers and sandpipers that will already be headed south. Limited to 15. $40 (28)
Click here to register

Sunday, August 12, 2018, 8am – 3pm
Birding Gems of Staten Island: Freshkills Park
Guide: Cliff Hagen with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry for a special opportunity to see Freshkills Park, currently in transition from what was once the world’s largest landfill into an expansive park. Currently closed to the general public, the park is home to rolling grasslands, tidal marshes, successional woodlands, and a freshwater pond system, which host an array of breeding birds, butterflies, mammals, frogs, and turtles. Grasshopper Sparrows, Osprey, Yellow Warblers, and Blue Grosbeaks nest alongside wrens, blackbirds, orioles, and shorebirds. Wading birds feed on the mudflats at low tide while hawks and vultures soar above. Transport by passenger van from the Staten Island St. George Terminal included. Limited to 12. $64 (45)
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Sunday, August 12, 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)


​Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00am
Ridgewood Reservoir Community Tours

NYC H2O is offering free tours of the Ridgewood Reservoir to community members and the public.

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, August 11, 2018, 12:00 noon
Central Park North End, Manhattan Photography and Nature Walk including John Luther Adams World Premiere "In the Name of the Earth" at Harlem Meer (FREE)

Sunday, August 12, 2018, 5:00pm
Summer Sunset #6: Manhattan Westside: Fort Tryon Park to Inwood Hill Park

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, August 11, 2018, 9:15am – 3:15pm
The Richard Buegler 10-mile Summer Walk @ Greenbelt
Join with like-minded hikers interested in crossing through Staten Island’s amazingly beautiful Greenbelt. Explore the back woods and wetlands at the heart of Staten Island’s park system. Search the hillsides and kettle ponds for summer flowers, nesting birds and signs of our diverse population of mammals. Participants will meet at the entrance to Deere Park located at the end of Staten Island Boulevard beside the Michael J. Petrides Education Complex. Dress for the season and carry water for rehydrating. If there is rain, it will be “fun in the mud.” Call Dominick Durso at 917-478-7607 or Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 for more information.
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Saturday, August 11, 2018, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Long Pond Park
We will look for evidence of animal life in the wetlands and woods of Long Pond Park. We’ll also look for the bird life, examine the geology of the area and observe evidence of past human use of the area. Meet at Public School 6, on Page Avenue and Academy Avenue about 3 blocks northwest of Hylan Boulevard. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.
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Urban Park Rangers
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Summer Birding with Gabriel Willow 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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