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Monday, October 08, 2018

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, October 13, 2018 to Sunday, October 14, 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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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, October 13, 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 13, 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.


Gateway National Parks
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Hawk Migration at Fort Tilden
Location: Meet @ Ft. Tilden Chapel
Fees: Free
American Littoral Society Partnership-program.
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Sunday, October 14, 2018, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Greenbelt to Great Kills Hike
Location: Willowbrook Park - 1 Eton Place
Join us and our friends from NYC Green-belt Educators to travel (one way!) from Willowbrook Park to Great Kills Park.
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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, October 14, 2018, 10:00am - 12:00pm (class)
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 10:00am - 12:00pm (walk)
Me and My Sparrows
It’s a little known fact that the common house sparrow was introduced to North America right here at Green-Wood. In 1854, about 100 were brought from England and released in the Cemetery (as well as along the Narrows) as natural predators of the inchworms that were destroying trees throughout the city. Today there are approximately seventy-four million sparrows in the United States, and even veteran birders say they are among the most difficult to distinguish. Are you ready to take the sparrow challenge? From the American Tree Sparrow to the White-crowned Sparrow, this course will focus on the seventeen regularly-occurring New World sparrow species around the Big Apple, breaking down the basics of size, shape, and behavior.

Once ticket secures a spot for both sessions, on October 14th and October 21st, from 10 AM to 12 PM. Comfortable footwear is recommended, as we will be exploring Green-Wood for part of the class.

$25 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $30 for non-members

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Alive at Green-Wood
There’s a lot more to a cemetery than death. There’s life – a lot of it. In fact, for Green-Wood, the natural environment is a critical part of our future. Join us for this new walking tour to explore the potential of the Cemetery’s 478 acres as a public garden, a distinction that means much more than manicured lawns and azaleas. It means that we work to teach our visitors about Green-Wood’s ecology and environmental diversity. As an accredited arboretum, the Cemetery has over 7,000 trees and a master plan that includes new interpretive panels (signs) across the grounds. You’ll learn so much about the natural beauty and wildlife at Green-Wood that you’ll want to come back and give your own tour to family and friends!

Comfortable footwear recommended. Please note, tour route is on grass and uneven terrain.

$15 for members of Green-Wood and BHS/$20 for non-members.

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Hudson River Audubon
Saturday, October 13, 2018
The Big Sit and 10am Lenoir Hawk Watch
Meet at Lenoir Nature Preserve behind the Lenoir Mansion anytime between 8AM and 3PM
A great way to enjoy birds without an effort!
The object of the "BIG SIT" is to tally as many bird species as we can in a day from a single position. We'll be out on the Lenoir lawn (at our hawk watch sight) overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Bring a chair, drink and snacks and join us anytime on that day and help us find the birds!


Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon
Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 9:00am
Robert Moses Hawk Watch
The best place to see migrating raptors on Long Island. Great viewing platform, with some of the birds flying by at eye level, always has expert hawk watchers to answer any questions you may have. Exploring the surrounding areas should turn up other migrants as well as possible rarities.

Directions: Proceed south on Robert Moses Parkway, over the bridge to Robert Moses State Park. From the water tower circle (check for peregrine falcon), proceed east to parking lot #5. We will meet in the NE corner of the parking lot. Call 631-885-1881 to register.

Sunday, October 14, 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
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Randall’s Island
Leader: Alan Drogin
Registrar: Miriam Rakowski — or 212-749-7376
Registration opens: Monday, October 1
Ride: $10 or public transportation

Sunday, October 14, 2018
6TH Annual Starr Saphir Memorial Fall Migration Walk, Central Park
Leader: Lenore Swenson — information only or 212-533-9567
No registration. Public transportation
Meet at 103rd Street and Central Park West at 7:30 am


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 13, 2018, 8am – 8pm
NYC Audubon Day at Hawk Mountain, PA
Guides: Gabriel Willow, Hawk Mountain Education Specialist
Mid-October is the perfect time to visit Hawk Mountain, one of the premier hawk-watching spots in the East. Gabriel Willow and a Hawk Mountain education specialist will introduce us to the variety of raptors that may be seen, including Golden Eagles, buteos, and falcons The path to the hawk watch site is a 3/4 mile hike through mountainous woodland. Bring lunch. Group program, trail admission, and transportation by van included. Limited to 12. $139 (97)
Click here to register

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:00am – 11:30am
Fall Migrants of Inwood Hill Park
Guide: Annie Barry
Join Annie Barry for a hike through a mature forest in search of kinglets, warblers, flycatchers, sparrows, thrushes and more, then search the shore of the Inwood Hill Park saltmarshes for herons and ducks. Some hilly walking required. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

Saturday, October 13, 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 13, 2018, 10am – 1pm
Hawk Migration at Fort Tilden, Queens
Guide: Don Riepe with American Littoral Society, Gateway National Recreation Area
Meet at the little church in Fort Tilden. Hike along the beach, dunes, and woodlands to look for migrating hawks, falcons and other raptors. Visit the hawk-watch platform for a good view of beach and bay. Contact Don Riepe at 718-474-0896 or to learn more and register. Limited to 30.

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 8:00am – 10:30am
Fall Migrants of Woodlawn Cemetery, The Bronx
Guides: Tod Winston, Joseph McManus, Susan Olsen with Woodlawn Conservancy
Join us for a morning bird walk and tour of beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery: Tod Winston and Joseph McManus will help look for fall migrants and year-round residents on the expansive, wooded cemetery grounds, while the Woodlawn Conservancy's Susan Olsen will share fascinating stories about Woodlawn’s history and the interesting mixture of individuals interred there. Visit for more information. Limited to 20. $35 (25)
Click here to register

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 9:30am – 11:30am
Fall Birding at Wave Hill, Bronx
Sundays, September 9, October 14, November 11 and December 9, 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, October 14, 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


North Shore Audubon
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Upper Francis Pond and Bailey Arboretum (map)
Leader: Jennifer (516) 767-3454

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.


Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, October 13, 2018 or Sunday, October 14, 2018
Big Sit
Leader: Corey Finger -


South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Point Lookout Town Park (and Lido Preserve afterwards)

From the Southern State Parkway, exit onto the Meadowbrook State Parkway south. Exit from the Meadowbrook at Loop Parkway (just before the Jones Beach toll booths) toward Point Lookout. The Loop Parkway ends west of Point Lookout at Lido Boulevard. Continue straight across Lido Boulevard into Point Lookout Park. Travel past the ticket booths and curve left into the very large parking lot on the south side of the park. Park in the southeast corner, closest to the private homes of the village of Point Lookout and the beach. We will walk east along the beach toward Jones Inlet. After returning to the parking lot, we will drive west on Lido Boulevard to Lido Beach Passive Nature Preserve on the north side of Lido Boulevard to walk through the bay marsh.
Directions to Point Lookout Park via Google Maps | Directions to Lido Beach Passive Nature Preserve 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 13, 2018
Tour of the Ridgewood Reservoir at Vermont Place Parking Lot (in Highland Park), Queens
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park is a 50+ acre natural oasis that straddles the border of Brooklyn and Queens.

Birding: Fall Migrants at Beach 59th Street and Boardwalk (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk), Queens
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in New York City to see fall migratory birds.

Tour of the Ridgewood Reservoir at Vermont Place Parking Lot (in Highland Park), Queens
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
The Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park is a 50+ acre natural oasis that straddles the border of Brooklyn and Queens. Join us to explore this incredible natural resource.

Sunday, October 14, 2018
Fall 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 bird species and their behaviors on these captivating walks.

Tours of the Ridgewood Reservoir at Vermont Place Parking Lot (in Highland Park), Queens
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park is a 50+ acre natural oasis that straddles the border of Brooklyn and Queens. Join us to explore this incredible natural resource.

Tours of the Ridgewood Reservoir at Vermont Place Parking Lot (in Highland Park), Queens
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
The Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park is a 50+ acre natural oasis that straddles the border of Brooklyn and Queens.

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