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Monday, October 01, 2018

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, October 6, 2018 to Sunday, October 7, 2018:

Bedford Audubon
August 25, 2018 through November 27, 2018, 9am to 4pm
Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch
Arthur Butler Sanctuary, Chestnut Ridge Rd., Bedford Corners, NY
The fall Hawkwatch starts Saturday, August 25! Join us at the Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch at the Arthur Butler Sanctuary on Chestnut Ridge Road in Bedford Corners every day from 9 am to 5 pm, weather permitting, to experience the miracle of raptor migration. Our data is combined with other Hawkwatch sites to create population and migration analyses that help us better protect raptors and their habitats.
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October 5, 2018 - October 8, 2018
Cape May Migration Bonanza!
Be part of a perennial favorite—our annual Columbus Weekend trip to Cape May. Fall is the best season to visit this world-class birding hotspot, and our Naturalist-in-Residence, Tait Johansson, will maximize your experience by leading you to a variety of habitats in search of migrating raptors, passerines and shorebirdsd. Register early: this trip has a strict limit of 16 participants! Cost: Lodging, meals, and $100 for members, $130 for non-members and we’ll credit $30 towards your membership. We've negotiated special rates with two inns in Cape May which include: The Heritage Inn- Room rate of $170.00 per night for Friday and Saturday night, $150.00 on Sunday night. Also available is the Sound Winds Inn- Room rate of $165.00 per night for Friday and Saturday night, $145.00 on Sunday night. You may make your reservation directly with either facility by calling 609-884-7300. Let them know you are with Bedford Audubon for your special rate. Easy-Moderate.
Please register with Susan at or 914-302-9713.
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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Liberty State Park to Finderne Wetlands, New Jersey
Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: Sparrows peak time, raptors, land bird migration
Car fee: $20.00
Registrar: Peter Dorosh or text only cell 347-622-3559
Registration Period: Sept 29th – Oct 4th
Please review our trip guidelines here:

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 7:15am
Prospect Park Saturday Walk
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik Meet at Ocean/Parkside Avenues, “The Pergola” at 7:15 am No registration necessary.
Please review our trip guidelines here:

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Prospect Park: Birdwatching for Beginners
Leader: Cyrus Baty Birdwatching for Beginners meets at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at The Boathouse at 12 noon. Bring binoculars if you have them; otherwise, binoculars are available for loan.

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 8:00am - 11:00am
Prospect Park First Sunday Walk
Meets at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at The Boathouse, the first Sunday of every month except July and August. Leaders are members of the Brooklyn Bird Club. Bring binoculars.


Eastern Long Island Audubon
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 8am
Fire Island Hawk Watch and Hike to the Lighthouse
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
For this well-liked field trip, we will meet at the eastern end of Parking Lot 5, at Robert Moses State Park. We will stop at the Hawk Watch, where, with favorable winds, we will be joining other Long Island birders for a while, and hopefully see a number of east to west flying raptors. We will then walk the 3/4 mile boardwalk to the Fire Island Lighthouse, looking for migrating song birds along the way. Dress for the weather, and perhaps, bring a light snack and water. Binoculars a must. For more details, please contact Eileen Schwinn at or call 516-662-7751 the day of the trip.​


Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Birding in Peace
By September, offspring of this year's nesting birds will be on their own. Returning warblers will be in their less flamboyant fall plumage. Large numbers of blackbirds, flycatchers, sparrows, vireos, and swallows will also be passing through. By October, waterfowl are returning, and we’ll look for raptors heading south. November will bring back our overwintering feathered denizens from the north.

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.


Hudson River Audubon
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Hawk Day - Lenoir Nature Preserve
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM - Hawk Watch on lawn
1:00 PM - Live Hawks! Meet hawks from Pace.
3:00 PM – Butterfly Walk. Learn about the incredible journey of the Monarch Butterfly


Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon
Sunday, October 7, 2018, 11:00am
Buck Moths in Westhampton
Perhaps Long Island’s most unique insect, the buck moth dwells only along the coast in pitch pine-scrub oak barrens, including the Long Island Dwarf Pine Plains, on deep dry sands. We will journey to the Dwarf Pine Plains in Westhampton Beach to find this autumn specialty.

Directions: Take Exit 63 off the Sunrise Highway and go south 0.2 mile to a parking lot of the Suffolk County Water Authority building. The trail begins at the south side of the lot. Call 585-880-0915 to register.


Linnaean Society of New York
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Staten Island Conference House Park and Mount Loretto
Leader: Seth Wollney
Registrar: Judy Rabi — or 917-658-1832
Registration opens: Monday, September 24
Ride: $20


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, October 6, 2018, 9:00am – 10:30am
Birding Brooklyn Bridge Park
Guide: Heather Wolf
Meet at Pier 1 park entrance at the intersection of Old Fulton Street and Furman Street. Join Heather Wolf, author of Birding at the Bridge, for a picturesque bird walk along the Brooklyn waterfront. Target species include Barn Swallow and Gray Catbird (both of which nest in the Park and will be raising young at this time), Laughing Gull, Common Tern, and more. RSVP preferred. Limited to 19. Free
Click here to register

Saturday, October 7, 2018, 9:00am – 10:30am
Van Cortlandt Fall Bird Walks
Guides: NYC Audubon, Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy 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 forth 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, please call 212-691-7483. No registration necessary. No limit. Free.

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 2pm – 3pm
Governors Island Bird Walk
Saturdays, September 8, September 15, September 29, October 6 and October 27, 2-3pm
Sundays, September 9, October 14 and October 28 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, October 7, 2018, 9am – 12pm
Sparrow ID Workshop Trip
Thursday, October 4, 7-8:30pm (class); Sunday, October 7, 9am-noon (trip)
Instructor: Gabriel Willow
Sparrows are one of the most challenging groups of birds to identify, yet beautiful and fascinating once they can be distinguished. Learn to identify those LBJs (little brown jobs) by studying behavior, field marks, and songs. Sparrow species seen in prior years include Field, Swamp, Savannah, White-crowned, and Lincoln's. Limited to 12. $65 (45)
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Sunday, October 7, 2018, 9:30am – 10:30am
Queens Botanical Garden Bird Walks
Saturdays September 8 and October 20, and Sundays, September 23, October 7 and 28, 9:30-10:30am
Guide: Corey Finger with Queens Botanical Garden
Explore Queens Botanical Garden in search of migrant songbirds and learn about the valuable resources that the Garden offers birds and other wildlife. Binoculars available. Register for one date or the whole series of five walks (walk-ins welcome). Email or visit to register. Each walk limited to 25. Free (with Garden admission)


North Shore Audubon
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Garvies Point Preserve
Leader: Lindy (516) 628-1315
Please inform walk leader that you are attending.
See "Walk Locations" for directions.
Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water. Wear long pants and socks so you do not touch poison ivy.


NYC Wild!
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 12:00pm
Brooklyn: Green-Wood Cemetery Photography and Nature Walk

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 1:00pm
Brooklyn: Prospect Park 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
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Seaside Nature Preserve
Though only 21 acres in size the Seaside Nature Preserve includes a natural beach, an open field, playgrounds and an overall relaxing environment for humans and wildlife. Scheduled for low tide we will be able to take a look at intertidal life as well as observe the potential for expansion during this hour-long stroll. Meet at the park entrance at the end of Nelson Avenue. For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.
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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Greenwich Audubon Hawk Watch
Leader: Steve Schellenger (516) 987-8103


South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve

From the Meadowbrook Parkway, use the Merrick Road M9 east exit. Enter the Department of Sanitation entrance immediately on right (if you’re driving west on Merrick Road, make a U-turn after Central Boulevard and before the Meadowbrook Parkway). Look for signs to Levy Park and Preserve 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 9:00 A.M.
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, October 6, 2018
Birding: Fall Migrants at 138th Place and 11th Avenue (in Powell's Cove Park), Queens
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.

Birding: Fall Migrants at Isham Street and Seaman Avenue (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.

Sunday, October 7, 2018
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.

Birding: Fall Migrants at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. To enhance your experience, we encourage you to bring binoculars, or ask a ranger to borrow a pair.

The New York City Naturalist Club: Trees of Tompkins Square Park at Saint Marks Place and Avenue A (in Tompkins Square Park), Manhattan
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
This hike is of light intensity, featuring a leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths and an introduction to tree identification.

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