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

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, June 1, 2019 to Sunday, June 2, 2019:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Sterling Forest’s Wildcat Mountain and Townsend Trails
Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: breeding birds and nature discovery along the trail, wildflowers, butterflies, scenic panoramas
Registrar: Peter Dorosh Prosbird@aol.com (or backup Prosbird@gmail.com)
Registration Period: May 25th - May 30th
Leaders note: This is an estimated 7.5 mile hike, not for the physically challenged. You will need to be in good shape or have hiking experience. Proper []

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 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, June 2, 2019, 7:15am - 12:00pm
Prospect Park First Sunday Walk
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik Meet at Ocean/Parkside Avenues, “The Pergola” at 7:15 am No registration necessary.
Please review our trip guidelines here: http://brooklynbirdclub.org/information-registration

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 9:00am - 10:30am
Fort Greene Park, North Brooklyn
Meet 9 am at the Urban Park Rangers Visitors Center https://tinyurl.com/FtGreeneVCtr
Leader: August Davidson-Onsgard AugustDavidsonOnsgard.com
Focus: Spring migration of songbirds at a historical park. The park’s May list is 78 species to date. No registration necessary. Nearest train stations: DeKalb Avenue station; exit and walk 5 blocks east on DeKalb Avenue; Also Fulton Ave A and […]

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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 8:00am
Eric Salzman Memorial Walk
South Fork Natural History Museum
Cosponsored by the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society (ELIAS) and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
On this joint walk we will explore the avian life of the meadow behind the South Fork Natural History Museum and remember Eric Salzman who led this walk for many years. We will miss his keen ear to ID the bird songs. This walk will provide an opportunity to see and – especially – hear some of our locally breeding birds. The two-hour walk will be followed by a short introduction to the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society.

There is no charge for this event, but advance reservations are required. Please call SoFo at (631) 537-9735 for reservations and directions to the Museum, if you need them.

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Feminist Bird Club
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Kissena Park with Akilah Lewis

All walks follow the ABA Code of Birding Ethics

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Gateway National Park
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10:00am — 11:00am
Birding for Beginners
Day(s): Every week on Saturday until September 28, 2019
View Details

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 2pm — 3pm
Hummingbird Hide-and-Seek
View Details

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 10:00am — 11:30am
Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Day(s): Every week on Sunday until September 29, 2019
View Details

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, June 2, 2019, 6:00am - 7:30am
Birding in Peace
Peak Spring Migration From Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to over 20 species of colorful wood-warblers, our peak migration tours will feature many of the 163 bird species that have been recorded at Green-Wood during the month of May. Beginning just after sunrise, we will experience spring’s dawn chorus at the active time of day for birds.
$10 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $15 for non-members

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.

For this program you will check in at the Gothic Arches, right at the main entrance. Click here for our inclement weather policy.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Eastern Long Island Spring Specialties
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
Registrar: Regina Ryan — reginaryan@reginaryanbooks.com or 212-787-5589
Registration opens: Monday, May 20
Ride: $40

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New York City Audubon
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Van Cortlandt Bird Walks, The Bronx
Saturdays, April 27-July 20, 9-10:30am
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 2, 2019, 7:00am – 1:00pm
Breeding Birds of Jamaica Bay
Guide: Tod Winston
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is home to nesting Cedar Waxwings, Brown Thrashers, White-eyed Vireos, Tree Swallows, Yellow Warblers, American Redstarts, Osprey, Willet, and seven species of wading birds. We'll walk the refuge trails and observe these species and many more on their breeding grounds. Bring lunch. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $93 (65)
Click here to register

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Pelham Bay Park Bird Walk Series
Sundays, March 24-June 30 9-10:30am
Guide: NYC Audubon with Pelham Bay Park
Before May 20th: Meet at Orchard Beach Parking Lot
May 20th-June 30th: Meet at Rodman's Neck Parking Lot
Join us to explore some of the best birding NYC has to offer. Come discover Pelham Bay Park's diverse habitat that attracts a variety of spring migrants. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

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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
Get Tickets

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NYCH2O
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 11:00am
Lemon Creek Walking Tour
Lemon Creek is one of the longest aboveground creeks in New York City, and its route cuts deeply into the history of Staten Island. Once famous for its oysters and oystermen, it was a favorite haunt of author Joseph Mitchell in the 1950s, and is now a Staten Island Bluebelt, harboring eagles, peacocks, and deer. Join writer and photographer Nathan Kensinger on a walk tracing out the lower portions of this fascinating waterway, as it flows through historic neighborhoods and protected parklands, and out to Prince’s Bay.
More Information

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New York City WILD!
Sunday, June 2, 2019, 12:00pm
Old Croton Aqueduct - Part 6 (of 8) Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx to Highbridge

For the full information about each walk click HERE

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mount Loretto, The North Woods
Participants will search the summer forest for the many signs of wildlife while also examining the geologic history and effects of human influence of this diverse area on the south shore. Meet at the parking lot for North Mount Loretto on Amboy Road at Cunnigham Road in Richmond Valley.
For more information contact Clay Wollney at (718) 869-6327.

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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Ward Pound Ridge
Leader: Eric Miller
QCBC's annual trip to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in northern Westchester County, followed by a barbecue, free to QCBC members.
Trip contact person is Arie Gilbert 917-693-7178. You MUST call by Thursday, May 30, if you plan on attending the barbecue.
There are two meeting places, depending on your time of arrival.
You must be inside the Ward Pound Ridge entrance prior to 8 am to avoid a vehicle use fee.

Trip Etiquette
• Non members are welcome on our trips and we would appreciate a nominal $5 (or more!) voluntary donation for non-member participation. We prefer if you offer instead of being asked.
• All persons (member or not) are required to offer contribution if they get a ride with another.
• All persons are requested to Notify the leader at least 2 days in advance if they want to go on a trip.
• Be on time. We depart promptly.

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Hempstead Lake State Park
From the Southern State Parkway, take Exit 18 (Eagle Avenue) south to Field 3 (use second park entrance and make an immediate left turn.)
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.


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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Rails to Trails: Conference House Park and Mt. Loretto Edition at MTA Staten Island Railway-Tottenville Station, Staten Island
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Celebrate National Trails Day! Join us on a 5-mile hike through the "wild and natural" areas of Conference House Park and Mt. Loretto Unique Natural area/North Mt. Loretto Forest.
Free!

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Join us in the park as we focus on wildlife happenings in the park on a walk led by NYC Audubon experts.
Free!

Sunday, June 2, 2019
Bird Watching at the Reservoir at Main entrance across from the Vermont Place Parking Lot
8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Start your day with an early morning bird watching tour led by the Brooklyn Bird Club. The tour starts at the main entrance to the Ridgewood Reservoir located across the Highland Park…
Free!

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Wild Bird Fund
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00am - 11:00am
Take a Walk On the Wild Side
Time to see who's at the Reservoir and Pinetum! Join Carine Mitchell, WBF member, educator, and avid birder, for a walk in Central Park’s Ramble to see woodpeckers, flycatchers, thrushes, nesting vireos and robins, and late migrating warblers. Expect to see fledgling sparrows, blue jays, starlings, robins, and grackles being fed by their parents. We'll be meeting at the Wild Bird Fund (address below) at 9 AM SHARP on June 1, 2019. The walk is $15; for members of WBF, it…
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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Treehugger Tuesday

From National Audubon Society:

Rapidly Declining Songbird Won’t See Federal Protections Anytime Soon

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has delayed its decision on the Saltmarsh Sparrow’s endangered status to 2023. Scientists say that might be too late.

By Purbita Saha
Associate Editor, Audubon Magazine
May 24, 2019


A Saltmarsh Sparrow caught and released at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. A recent study there shows that the local population could go extinct in the next 20 years due to predation. Photo: Samuel Roberts

Greg Shriver and Chris Elphick have spent the last decade agonizing over the Saltmarsh Sparrow’s extinction. Both ecologists began studying the scrappy, sherbert-faced bird in the mid-2000s to better understand how its nesting habits revolve around the shoreline grasses and ebbing tides of the Atlantic. Both soon realized that their uniquely adapted subject wouldn’t survive the next century, due to intensifying flooding, predation, and development along its East Coast range.

Elphick and Shriver’s analyses showed a yearly 9 percent decline in the sparrow’s population—enough, they believed, to warrant consideration for federal protections. So, in 2017, they took all the evidence they’d amassed with the Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program and made their case with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The agency agreed to kick off the decision-making process in 2019; but last month it suddenly switched course and said it would put off reviewing the sparrow for an endangered species listing until 2023, according to scientists present at the announcement.

“The 2023 time will allow us to incorporate additional information about management efforts that are at an early stage,” confirms Meagan Racey, public affairs specialist for USFWS, Northeast Region. She adds that the agency may reconsider the revised schedule if circumstances around the species become more urgent.

The data USFWS is looking for will come from the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture, an independent network of federal and state wildlife departments, nonprofits like Audubon, and researchers like Shriver and Elphick focused on protecting marine marshes and their birds. The initiative, which launched back in 2016, is funded by the agency but holds no clout when it comes to endangered species listings, says Aimee Weldon, its coordinator.

This summer the venture will release an action plan that outlines ways to help Saltmarsh Sparrows cope with sea level rise on the most affected parts of the coast. USFWS says it will wrap the venture’s suggestions, which include building tide gates, digging connector creeks to drain floodwaters, and shaping restoration around shifts in the bird’s habitat, along with a pending business plan, into its own work to establish a Saltmarsh Sparrow program. Whether that vision will actually be funded and executed before 2023 still remains a question. “We have had a lot of discussions,” Elphick says. “But in terms of actually spending money to do anything, we haven’t witnessed much.”

Experts like Shriver and Elphick contend that the extended timeline makes the sparrow’s situation more precarious, pointing out that the species is already classified as endangered by the IUCN Red List (a nominal label only). “There won’t be any new information by 2023,” says Shriver, who recently co-authored a paper on how nest predators are wiping out New Jersey's largest Saltmarsh Sparrow population. “We will have just lost more birds.” He thinks the agency is trying to punt the verdict to an administration that will be less hostile to expanding the endangered species list.

The four-year window also has other limitations. For one, Elphick says, it doesn’t give USFWS enough time to weigh outcomes from field testing and pilot projects. “Cutting down trees to see if marshes will migrate inland, raising entire nesting sites—you don’t collect immediate results,” he explains. “Maybe we can wait another decade for that insight, but Saltmarsh Sparrows could be extinct in a decade and a half.”

With so many uncertainties in the pending proposals and plans, the Endangered Species Act, in many scientists’ opinion, is still the clearest answer for the bird’s myriad problems. “While I have confidence in the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture, the Saltmarsh Sparrow needs a broader, concerted conservation effort,” says Walker Golder, Audubon’s Atlantic Flyway program director. He notes that a listing will lead to more wherewithal and attention for restoration; without it, conservationists don't have the power to respond quickly to threats such as sea level rise, predation, and habitat loss.

Like in New York City, for example. In 2015 birders discovered that one of the few Saltmarsh Sparrow nesting spots in the area had been flattened by a contractor hired by the parks department. The landscape never was replanted, and the breeding population never returned. “An endangered-species status would protect these kinds of saltmarshes,” Alison Kocek, an ornithologist who was banding the inhabitants at the site, said at the time. “If we lose another one, we don’t know what will happen.”

Weldon agrees that every last stronghold is valuable. “We need to work very fast. Even if we don’t have the time, we’re going to try and throw everything we can at [the Saltmarsh Sparrow’s decline],” she says. Elphick and his colleagues are mobilizing, too, in spite of the USFWS setback: They’re running a species-wide survey in 2021 to learn just how many individuals are left between Florida and Maine.

And if the sparrow is past redemption—what then? “If we aren’t successful in saving the species, our efforts will still be important for other tidal marsh birds,” Weldon says. But knowing there's a law that could prevent that outcome just waiting in the wings will continue to frustrate researchers over these next four years.
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Saturday, May 25, 2019

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, May 24, 2019:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* May. 24, 2019
* NYNY1905.24

- Birds mentioned
WHITE-FACED IBIS+
WILSON'S PLOVER+
MISSISSIPPI KITE+
BURROWING OWL+ (from last week)
SAGE THRASHER+
BICKNELL'S THRUSH+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Roseate Tern
Black Tern
BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK
Glossy Ibis
Cattle Egret
Red-headed Woodpecker
CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW
BLUE GROSBEAK
SUMMER TANAGER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
Worm-eating Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
KENTUCKY WARBLER
Mourning Warbler
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
Gray-cheeked Thrush

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If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/goodreport.htm

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to nysarc44 (at)nybirds{dot}org.

If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or sketches are welcome. Hardcopy documentation should be mailed to:

Gary Chapin - Secretary
NYS Avian Records Committee (NYSARC)
125 Pine Springs Drive
Ticonderoga, NY 12883

Hotline: New York City Area Rare Bird Alert
Number: (212) 979-3070

Compilers: Tom Burke and Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, May 24th 2019 at 10pm. The highlights of today's tape are SAGE THRASHER, BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK, MISSISSIPPI KITE, WILSON'S PLOVER, WHITE-FACED IBIS, CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, SUMMER TANAGER, BLUE GROSBEAK and much more.

Another excellent week for rarities locally starting with the SAGE THRASHER found last Friday afternoon that stayed around the gardens at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge through Saturday but could not be relocated there Sunday. For John Bull's Birds of New York State and NYSARC records this was New York's fifth record of SAGE THRASHER and the first since 1973. As a note too, the BURROWING OWL near the Refuge on Thursday the 16th would be New York's 7th record.

Out at Cupsogue County Park in West Hampton Dunes a WILSON'S PLOVER, found on the 15th, was still being seen at least through Tuesday usually along the outer beach from the parking area west and occasionally on the bay side at low tide.

Also continuing from the prior week WHITE-FACED IBIS were still being seen among the gathering of Glossy Ibis around the grassy pools at field 6 at Heckscher State Park at least to Monday with 2 different individuals spotted there Sunday.

Also on Monday a MISSISSIPPI KITE was photographed as it flew over Ceasar's Bay Bazaar in Brooklyn and thanks to a quick phone call was also spotted shortly thereafter as it passed by Green-wood Cemetery. Over 60 MISSISSIPPI KITES down in Cape May on Tuesday means we could reasonably expect a few more to head our way.

And then on Tuesday 4 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS were discovered at Cow Meadow Park in Freeport where they spent the day on the lawns adjacent to the pond but not seen Wednesday it could be worth checking the report of 8 at the Jones Beach cloverleaf presumably at the Meadowbrook Parkway juncture from today.

A CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW was a nice find last Saturday in the Ramble in Central Park.

As the warbler migration approaches its end highlights do continue. A PROTHONOTARY was found last Saturday at Strack Pond at the western end of Forest Park and another was still in Prospect Park today. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER in Central Park last Saturday was followed by singles in Prospect Park Monday and at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Tuesday. A KENTUCKY WARBLER was at the Rye Nature Center Tuesday and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT visited Central Park last Saturday. A few MOURNING WARBLERS began appearing from Saturday on and also continuing were such favorites as WORM-EATING, TENNESSEE, BAY-BREASTED, CAPE MAY and more.

Among the thrushes a BICKNELL'S was heard singing in Forest Park Wednesday and others are certainly occurring among the GRAY-CHEEKEDS now moving through.

Last Sunday BLUE GROSBEAKS were noted in both Central and Prospect Parks and during the week at least 7 SUMMER TANAGERS were reported including from Central, Prospect, Forest, Kissena and Inwood Hill Parks, Jamaica Bay and out in East Hampton. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was still on territory at Connetquot River State Park today.

At Nickerson Beach on Tuesday there were a ROSEATE and 4 GULL-BILLED TERNS around the Common Tern and Black Skimmer colonies and a BLACK TERN was there yesterday and today.

An ICELAND GULL at Cupsogue Saturday was followed by one Sunday at Oak Beach and some LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS included 11 at Cupsogue and 9 at Heckscher on Sunday and a CASPIAN TERN visited Calvert Vaux Park in Brooklyn Wednesday and a CATTLE EGRET was noted in Bellport Sunday.

To phone in reports on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 or call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Treehugger Tuesday

From Earther.gizmodo.com:

An Estimated 414 Million Pieces of Plastic Have Piled Up on Australia's Best Beaches
Brian Kahn
May 20, 2019

Human trash continues to pile up on every corner of the Earth at an alarming rate. And new research published on Thursday in Scientific Reports chronicles yet another frontier in our increasing plastic pollution crisis.

Researchers looked at the Coco (Keeling) Islands, two small islands to the west of Australia with some of the best beaches in the country, and found those pristine locales are smothered in plastic. The researchers estimate that their soft yellow sand is now littered with an astounding 414 million piece of plastic, all of it washed up from far away lands. And with no way to clean up that much debris, the findings show single use lifestyles are rapidly wiping out nature.

Jennifer Lavers, a plastic researcher at the University of Tasmania who led the study, had previously done work on extremely remote atolls. But she told Earther she wanted to look at a place a little closer to home so people could truly understand how big the scope of the plastic problem is. When an opportunity to visit the Coco (Keeling) Islands with activist organization Sea Shepherd arose, she took it as a chance to do some research there.

To get their plastic estimate, Lavers and her team took samples along 15 transects on the beaches from the water’s edge to the start of vegetation. They dug up 10 centimeters (4 inches) of sand at various points along those transects and cataloged how much plastic debris they found. The surveys turned up 23,227 pieces of plastic.

On its own, that’s a lot of plastic. But the researchers then extrapolated out for the islands as a whole and found that the two tiny islands islands are home to an estimated 414 million pieces of plastic. Of that, 383 million pieces sit below the surface, forming a new kind of bedrock.

“In my 15 years working as a marine scientist and traveling to some of the remotest corners of this planet, I sometimes feel like nothing surprises me anymore,” Lavers said. “Certainly, I’ve grown to expect plastic, and lots of it, everywhere I go. But the quantity of plastic on the otherwise remarkable and pristine Cocos (Keeling) Islands is truly devastating. The human footprint is everywhere, and it runs deeper than most of us imagine.”

Lavers said when writing the paper, “we put out a call to other scientists and friends for other remote, sparsely inhabited places with high accumulation of plastic debris.” They found similar stories playing out on islands around the world. While there are plenty of clearly identifiable pieces of junk and single-use items on Cocos (Keeling) Islands and other remote locations, much of the plastic consists of bits and pieces that have been broken down by arduous trips across the ocean. Because plastic can take centuries to degrade, these pieces won’t go away but will instead just get smaller and smaller.

That breakdown means that the tiny bits of plastic can end up nearly anywhere, from tropical islands to the Arctic. It evens up blowing in the air around us and the water we drink.

Cleaning up these bits and pieces is hard to do without disrupting the environment. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to do it, but it points to the urgent need to turn away from plastic and disposable lifestyles. There are some signs the tide is turning against plastic like the European Union’s single-use ban, but as the paper notes, half of all plastic the world has produced has been made in the past 13 years alone. So there’s still a long way to go.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, May 25, 2019 to Sunday, May 26, 2019:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 7:15am - 12:00pm
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: http://brooklynbirdclub.org/information-registration

Saturday, May 25, 2019, 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, May 26, 2019, 9:00am - 10:30am
Fort Greene Park, North Brooklyn
Meet 9 am at the Urban Park Rangers Visitors Center https://tinyurl.com/FtGreeneVCtr
Leader: August Davidson-Onsgard AugustDavidsonOnsgard.com
Focus: Spring migration of songbirds at a historical park. The park’s May list is 78 species to date. No registration necessary. Nearest train stations: DeKalb Avenue station; exit and walk 5 blocks east on DeKalb Avenue; Also Fulton Ave A and […]

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Gateway National Park
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 10:00am — 11:00am
Birding for Beginners
Day(s): Every week on Saturday until September 28, 2019
View Details

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 10:00am — 11:30am
Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Day(s): Every week on Sunday until September 29, 2019
View Details

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, May 26, 2019, 6:00am - 7:30am
Birding in Peace
Peak Spring Migration From Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to over 20 species of colorful wood-warblers, our peak migration tours will feature many of the 163 bird species that have been recorded at Green-Wood during the month of May. Beginning just after sunrise, we will experience spring’s dawn chorus at the active time of day for birds.
$10 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $15 for non-members

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.

For this program you will check in at the Gothic Arches, right at the main entrance. Click here for our inclement weather policy.

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, May 26, 2019, 2019, 8:00am
Cranberry Bog Nature Preserve
This preserve is a tiny jewel set in the wetlands of Riverhead, and serves as part of the drainage system of the Peconic River and is a natural reservoir for Long Island's fresh water supply. Hiking trails on the property allow for sights of various plant life, birds species, reptiles and other local wildlife. Great Blue Herons fish here frequently, as do kingfishers.
Registration: Call (585) 880-0915 to register.

Directions: Take LIE east to exit 71, then take NY-24 S to Lake Ave, about a mile or so south of the traffic circle. Look for a sign that marks the entrance to the preserve.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, May 25, 2019 (rain date Sunday, May 26)
Bashakill Marsh and Environs
Leader: John Haas
Registrar: Anne Lazarus — amlazarus47@gmail.com or 212-673-9059
Registration opens: Monday, April 29
Ride: $45

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New York City Audubon
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 6:30am – 12:30pm
Birding South Brooklyn: Marine Park and Plumb Beach
Guide: Tod Winston
We'll arrive early at the Salt Marsh Nature Center at Marine Park to seek out secretive Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows, Clapper Rails, and waders—and then head to Plumb Beach right after low tide in search of Ruddy Turnstones, Red Knots, Black Skimmers, and terns. Bring lunch, water, and binoculars. Transport by passenger van. Limited to 12. $87 (61)
Click here to register

Saturday, May 25, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Van Cortlandt Bird Walks, The Bronx
Saturdays, April 27-July 20, 9-10:30am
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, May 26, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Pelham Bay Park Bird Walk Series
Sundays, March 24-June 30 9-10:30am
Guide: NYC Audubon with Pelham Bay Park
Before May 20th: Meet at Orchard Beach Parking Lot
May 20th-June 30th: Meet at Rodman's Neck Parking Lot
Join us to explore some of the best birding NYC has to offer. Come discover Pelham Bay Park's diverse habitat that attracts a variety of spring migrants. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

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Northshore Audubon Society
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Nassau County Museum of Art
Leader: Joyce 516-621-6678‬
Where: Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Dr, Roslyn, NY 11576 (map)

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.

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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
Get Tickets

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NYCH2O
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 6:30pm
Horseshoe Crab Discovery Walk
Join NYC H2O and Professor Lisa Jeane Moore to see the horseshoe crabs as they come ashore for their mating ritual as they have done for the last 450 million years. Horseshoe crabs are trilobites, some of the planets' oldest living creatures. They play a critical role in coastal ecology as scavengers whose eggs provide food for migrating birds. In the Northeast, horseshoe crabs numbers are declining due to loss of habitat as well as the over-harvesting of horseshoe crabs for biotech purposes and commercial bait.
More Information

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New York City WILD!
Sunday, May 26, 2019, 9:30am
Old Croton Aqueduct - Part 5 (of 8) Yonkers to Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx

For the full information about each walk click HERE

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Buck’s Hollow
Enjoy a spring hike through the heart of the Greenbelt. Participants will discuss the diversity of flora and fauna in this rich woodland along the Red Trail. Fresh blooms and early spring bird song will welcome park visitors.
Meet at the Latourette House Golf Course parking lot.
For more information contact Ray Matarazzo at (718) 317-7666.

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Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Basherkill
All day trip. Please contact trip leader for meeting time and location. Ask whether to pack a lunch or whether to plan on eating lunch out.

Trip Etiquette
• Non members are welcome on our trips and we would appreciate a nominal $5 (or more!) voluntary donation for non-member participation. We prefer if you offer instead of being asked.
• All persons (member or not) are required to offer contribution if they get a ride with another.
• All persons are requested to Notify the leader at least 2 days in advance if they want to go on a trip.
• Be on time. We depart promptly.

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Hempstead Plains
Take Meadowbrook Parkway Exit M4, west towards Nassau Coliseum and Charles Lindbergh Blvd. Follow Charles Lindbergh Blvd. a short distance to first exit on right, East Parking Area for Nassau Community College. Turn right into East Parking Area and see entrance to Hempstead Plains ahead to the right. There is parking at the Entrance.
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.


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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Join us in the park as we focus on wildlife happenings in the park on a walk led by NYC Audubon experts.
Free!

Ecosystem Explorers: Vernal Ponds at Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park), Staten Island
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Be an explorer with the Urban Park Rangers as we venture into habitats that exist in New York City Parks!
Free!

Sunday, May 26, 2019
Birding: Spring Migration at Pelham Bay Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

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Wild Bird Fund
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 9:00am - 11:00am
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Wild Bird Fund Center, 565 Columbus Avenue New York, NY 10024 United States
Time to see who's at the Reservoir and Pinetum! Join Alan Messer, WBF member, artist, and birder, to check the Reservoir for passage and breeding waterbirds and swifts, then into the Pinetum for breeding songbirds and woodpeckers, and then the Ramble for late warblers and flycatchers. We'll be meeting at the Wild Bird Fund (address below) at 9 AM SHARP on May 25, 2019, with the rain date set for May 26, from 9:00 - 11:00 AM. The walk is…
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Saturday, May 18, 2019

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, May 17, 2019:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* May. 17, 2019
* NYNY1905.17

- Birds mentioned
WHITE-FACED IBIS+
WILSON'S PLOVER+
BURROWING OWL+
SWAINSON'S WARBLER+
SAGE THRASHER+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
LITTLE GULL
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Red-headed Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Evening Grosbeak
Pine Siskin
BLUE GROSBEAK
SUMMER TANAGER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
Orange-crowned Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
KENTUCKY WARBLER
Mourning Warbler

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If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/goodreport.htm

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to nysarc44 (at)nybirds{dot}org.

If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or sketches are welcome. Hardcopy documentation should be mailed to:

Gary Chapin - Secretary
NYS Avian Records Committee (NYSARC)
125 Pine Springs Drive
Ticonderoga, NY 12883

Hotline: New York City Area Rare Bird Alert
Number: (212) 979-3070

Compilers: Tom Burke and Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, May 17th 2019 at 11pm. The highlights of today's tape are BURROWING OWL, SAGE THRASHER, WILSON'S PLOVER, SWAINSON'S WARBLER, WHITE-FACED IBIS, LITTLE GULL, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, SUMMER TANAGER, BLUE GROSBEAK and much more.

Despite some rather poor spring weather this week has produced an amazing string of rarities.

Thursday evening a BURROWING OWL was found hanging around the small construction site and surrounding marshy area at Big Egg Marsh south of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Broad Channel. The owl was observed catching insects until darkness set in but could not be relocated there Friday.

However, just north of there, at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Friday afternoon a SAGE THRASHER was found feeding along a refuge trail. As gathering birders watched from a respectful distance a nicely marker THRASHER foraged back and forth along the central trail behind the visitors center just above the south garden and below the blind and small pond offering nice views. Hopefully it might continue there Saturday.

Out on eastern Long Island at Cupsogue County Park a WILSON'S PLOVER was found Wednesday around the Piping Plover exclosures on the outer beach just west of the beach buildings. The PLOVER remained in that area through Friday roaming the beachfront from as far east as the houses just east of the county park on Friday but usually more on the western side halfway to the point. It also, at lower tides, has flown to the bay side bars to feed eventually returning to the outer beach.

A reasonable week for landbird migration despite some hard weather the best find among the warblers this week was a SWAINSON'S WARBLER singing in Central Park's Ramble near Bow Bridge on Thursday.

Out at Heckscher State Park a well marked WHITE-FACED IBIS was spotted again Monday among the large gathering of Glossy Ibis in the wet areas at field 6 and today 2 WHITE-FACED were present at that site.

On Sunday during the storm an adult LITTLE GULL was seen briefly as it moved past Riis Park.

Other warbler highlights this week featured a couple of PROTHONOTARYS in Prospect Park as well as one early in the week at Westchester's Oscawana Island Park. A YELLOW-THROATED in Central Park Wednesday and Friday with a KENTUCKY there Thursday and Friday, another YELLOW-THROATED at Avalon Gardens in Stony Brook Thursday, a MOURNING in Prospect Park Friday and an ORANGE-CROWNED in Central Park Thursday. Also among the more unusual warblers were a CERULEAN or two as well as decent numbers of such species as CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKBURNIAN and other expected species.

Among some SUMMER TANAGERS were birds in Central and Forest Parks while BLUE GROSBEAKS were noted in Central Park and on Governors Island Tuesday with one of each out at Jones Beach West End Thursday.

Other migrants this week featured both YELLOW-BILLED and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS and OLIVE-SIDED, YELLOW-BELLIED and ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS. One or two EVENING GROSBEAKS were noted in Central Park this week as were late PINE SISKINS and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Pelham Bay Park Wednesday.

An ICELAND GULL and 8 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were at Jones Beach West End last Sunday when another ICELAND and 10 LESSER BLACK-BACKEDS were also at Robert Moses State Park.

To phone in reports on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 or call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Treehugger Tuesday

From Mother Nature Network:

Scientists create a new type of plastic that can be recycled forever
Christian Cotroneo
May 8, 2019, 3:23 p.m.

Plastic wasn't born to be recycled.

Ever since 1909, when chemist Leo Baekeland developed Bakelite — the first real synthetic, mass-produced plastic — scientists have relied on an entirely unnatural process for making the stuff.

Before then, scientists were trying to make a durable, light material using rubber latex from plants or shellac from beetle secretions. Even celluloid was made mostly from plant cellulose.

But while crude oil remains a key component, plastic just has too many other prickly chemical properties to go easily back to the earth from whence it came. Blame it on additives — dyes, fillers and flame retardants.

All this may account for our woeful inability to control it today.

But scientists at Berkeley Labs have developed a new strain of plastic that they say has all the vaunted properties of modern polymers — but also happens to be 100 percent recyclable.

In a study published in April in Nature Chemistry, the team describes a new type of plastic that can be broken down at the molecular level. As a result, that plastic can be fully recovered and made into new items as pristine as the original.

"Most plastics were never made to be recycled," lead author Peter Christensen from Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry noted in a statement. "But we have discovered a new way to assemble plastics that takes recycling into consideration from a molecular perspective."

If you had a recycling bin full of items made from that new plastic, all of it would end up in someone else's recycling bin and then someone else's bin forever and ever.

Of course, the key would be to make sure it ends up in that bin. Rather than, say, the Indian Ocean. At the very least, the Berkeley team suggests, the new plastic could dramatically ease the burden on landfills and even make the all-too complicated business of recycling a lot smoother.

Why current plastics are so hard to recycle

A big reason why recycling often falls short, the researchers note, is due to the additives. The recycling process is often gummed up by chemicals that stick to monomers — the small compounds that fuse to become polymers. As such, it's hard to scrub those polymers clean at the recycling plant. Ultimately, plastics with differing chemical compositions are all lumped together at the plant, making it impossible to predict what the recycled product will look like.

And, as the team notes in the release, durability of that recycled product suffers. Plastic doesn't get a lot of rides on the recycling train before it becomes essentially useless.

Enter the new plastic — a material the Berkeley team dubs polydiketoenamine, or PDK. Unlike the traditional stuff, an acid bath is all that's needed to scrub its monomers clean from all those clingy additives. From there, those basic monomers form the building blocks of the next plastic product — whether it's a water bottle or a kid's lunch pail. Because the plastic is broken down into its most basic components, and built up again, there is no loss in quality or durability.

Recycling could actually become the perfect circle it was envisioned to be.

"This is an exciting time to start thinking about how to design both materials and recycling facilities to enable circular plastics," one of the study authors, Brett Helms, notes in the release.

Could there really be a great future in plastics — again?

The trick will be to get PDK out of a Berkeley lab and into circulation, a daunting but increasingly urgent proposition considering the toll traditional plastic is taking on our planet.

But the researchers say this plastic won't be released into the wild just yet. They're working on adding natural materials to PDK, hoping to make it not only strong and durable but greener.

Full circle indeed.
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Monday, May 13, 2019

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, May 18, 2019 to Sunday, May 19, 2019:

Bedford Audubon Society
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 7:30am - 12:00pm
Doodletown Road
Doodletown Road, Rockland County, NY
Come with us to a special place where everyone goes to find Hooded and Cerulean Warblers.
Naturalist Tait Johansson will guide you on a Field Trip to Doodletown Road which is not only known as the best place in the area to find these breeding warblers but is also a fine spot for many other songbirds, migrants and breeders alike. Enjoy the walk up the rugged trail past the ruins of a “lost civilization.”
Saturday, May 18, 7:30am-12noon. Depart Bylane at 6:30am or meet at the Doodletown Trailhead at 7:30am. Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Please register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914-302-9713.
See more details

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 7:15am - 12:00pm
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: http://brooklynbirdclub.org/information-registration

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 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, May 19, 2019, 9:00am - 10:30am
Fort Greene Park, North Brooklyn
Meet 9 am at the Urban Park Rangers Visitors Center https://tinyurl.com/FtGreeneVCtr
Leader: August Davidson-Onsgard AugustDavidsonOnsgard.com
Focus: Spring migration of songbirds at a historical park. The park’s May list is 78 species to date. No registration necessary. Nearest train stations: DeKalb Avenue station; exit and walk 5 blocks east on DeKalb Avenue; Also Fulton Ave A and […]

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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00am
Hallockville Museum Farm and Hallock State Park Bird Walk
Leader: MaryLaura Lamont
Sparrows, wood warblers, orioles, vireos, and grosbeaks can all be found in the fields, woods and pond of these two attached parcels of land, bordering Long Island Sound. It is a good “resting and refueling” spot for birds of all kinds before they take off over the wide Sound to their northern breeding grounds. The $8.00 fee goes towards the educational programs of Hallockville Museum Farm. Call (631) 298-5292 to register or for details.

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 8:00am
Hunters Garden
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
Located on the west side of Route 51 in Northampton (border of Brookhaven and Southampton Townships, just north of Sunrise Highway), Hunters Garden is a DEC managed area which is truly unique. Vernal ponds and dirt trails lead us in a rather hilly section of the South Shore. Cuckoo, Scarlet Tanager, Vireos, Wood and Hermit Thrush, Gnat catchers, as well as many warblers, are likely to be seen. Dress for ticks, and bring a snack/water. We will meet at the clearing at the end of the dirt road (which will, hopefully, have an open yellow gate), approximately one mile from the Route 51 “entrance”. Contact Eileen at beachmed@optonline.net for more information.

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Feminist Bird Club
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Horseshoe Crab Festival at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Gateway National Park
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10:00am — 11:00am
Birding for Beginners
Day(s): Every week on Saturday until September 28, 2019
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Sunday, May 19, 2019, 8:30am — 1:00pm
Horseshoe Crab Festival
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Sunday, May 19, 2019, 10:00am — 11:30am
Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Day(s): Every week on Sunday until September 29, 2019
View Details

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Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, May 18, 2019 to Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 7:00am
Sterling Forest and Bashakill
Leader(s): John Gluth (631-827-0120)

From Tappan Zee Bridge, take I-87 to Sloatsburg exit 15A, take the exit for Rte 72 (Sterling Mine Rd.), 1-mile up Rte 17. Continue west on Rte 72 for 3 Miles until you reach Rte 84, Long Meadow Rd. Continue up long Meadow Rd to Sterling Lake Rd (4 Mi). Turn left there and continue to Park Visitors Center parking lot on Old Forge Rd. Overnight at Wurtsboro Days Inn (845-888-8727).

(Nature walks will be cancelled if it is raining or snowing.)

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 6:00am - 7:30am
Birding in Peace
Peak Spring Migration From Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to over 20 species of colorful wood-warblers, our peak migration tours will feature many of the 163 bird species that have been recorded at Green-Wood during the month of May. Beginning just after sunrise, we will experience spring’s dawn chorus at the active time of day for birds.

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 6:00am - 7:30am
Birding in Peace
Peak Spring Migration From Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to over 20 species of colorful wood-warblers, our peak migration tours will feature many of the 163 bird species that have been recorded at Green-Wood during the month of May. Beginning just after sunrise, we will experience spring’s dawn chorus at the active time of day for birds.

$10 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $15 for non-members

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.

For this program you will check in at the Gothic Arches, right at the main entrance. Click here for our inclement weather policy.

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, May 19, 2019, 8:30am
Doodletown
Great spot to see upstate birds, including Cerulean and Hooded Warblers!
Registration: Call 631-885-1881 to register.

Directions: Travel west over the Tappan Zee Bridge to exit 13. Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway north. Go north to Route 6 to the Bear Mountain traffic circle. Leave the circle at the first exit, the Bear Mountain State Park exit. At the light, follow the left fork south along 9W. Within less than 1 mile there will be several small parking areas near two, white concrete abutments indicating the bridge over Doodletown Brook. Park along the road.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, May 18, 2019 (Rain Date May 19)
Doodletown
Leader: Paul Keim
Registrar: Anne Lazarus — amlazarus47@gmail.com or 212-673-9059
Registration opens: Monday, May 6
Ride: $30

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New York City Audubon
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 7:30am – 2:30pm
The Birds of Rockefeller State Preserve, NY
Guide: Tod Winston
Explore the forested hills, fields, and ponds of this lovely preserve, a former country estate of the Rockefeller family. We'll look for migrant songbirds as well as local breeding species like Eastern Bluebird, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-throated Vireo, and Blue-winged Warbler. Bring lunch. Transport by passenger van. Limited to 12. $122 (85)
Click here to register

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Van Cortlandt Bird Walks, The Bronx
Saturdays, April 27-July 20, 9-10:30am
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

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:30am – 10:30am
Queens Botanical Garden Bird Walks
Saturdays, March 30 and April 27 and May 18, 9:30-10:30am
Sundays, April 7 and April 14, 9:30-10:30am
Guide: NYC Audubon with Queens Botanical Garden
Explore Queens Botanical Garden in search of migrant songbirds and learn about the valuable resources the Garden offers birds and other wildlife. Binoculars available. Register for one date or the whole series of five walks (walk-ins welcome). To register, email info@queensbotanical.org or visit www.queensbotanical.org/calendar. Each walk limited to 25. Free (with Garden admission)

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 1pm – 4pm
Nesting Peregrines and Red-tails of the Upper West Side
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Many New Yorkers are astonished to discover that their city of steel and glass is home to a diverse population of large birds of prey: the City boasts the world’s highest densities of the Peregrine Falcon—the world’s fastest flyer—and a growing population of Red-tailed Hawks (several pairs of which have reached celebrity status). We’ll visit the nesting site of a pair of each of these fascinating species, and may glimpse parents feeding their chicks. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
An Afternoon Bird Walk in Central Park
PLEASE NOTE: This date has been changed
Guide: Jeff Ward
Search for spring migrants on a leisurely afternoon walk through Central Park's best birding spots with Jeff Ward, NYC Audubon’s newest trip leader (see Winter 2018-2019 The Urban Audubon for a profile on Jeff). Each walk limited to 15. $36 (25) per walk
Click here to register

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 8am – 12pm
Birding Gems of Staten Island: Clove Lakes Park
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Journey to the "forgotten borough" to discover some of the beautiful forests and incredible birding spots of Clove Lakes Park. Look for ducks and seabirds in New York Harbor on our way across on the ferry ride and then catch a bus to the Park. Numerous warblers, vireos, tanagers, and other migratory songbirds can be seen here, as well as nesting Eastern Screech-Owls and Great Blue Herons. We'll even see one of the largest and oldest trees in New York City. Limited to 15. Bus fare ($2.75 each way; please bring your MetroCard or exact change) not included in registration price. $43 (30)
Click here to register

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 8:00am – 9:30am
North Brooklyn Bird Walks
Where: Msgr. McGolrick Park, Russell Street and Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
DescriptionDescription:Come along with Heather Wolf, author of Birding at the Bridge and web developer for Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird.org, for a leisurely walk through McGolrick Park to see spring migrants and breeding bird residents in North Brooklyn. Registration required. Limited to 20. Free

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 8:30am – 2:00pm
3rd Annual Horseshoe Crab Festival at Jamaica Bay
With American Littoral Society, Gateway National Recreation Area
Join us for a day of celebrating the annual arrival of horseshoe crabs to our local shores. During the full and new moons of May and June, these prehistoric animals, which date back approximately 400 million years, come ashore to mate. The females lay billions of eggs at the high tide line each season. At the same time, thousands of migrating shorebirds arrive in the northeast bays to feed on the eggs, regaining the body weight they lost during their long journey north. At the festival you’ll see and hold live horseshoe crabs and learn about their important ecological and medicinal values. For more information on the festival, contact the American Littoral Society at 718-474-0896 or email Don Riepe at donriepe@gmail.com.
The program is free, but suggested donations of $20 for adults and $10 for children to NYC Audubon are suggested to offset the festival cost. No registration required.
To inquire about van transportation from Manhattan, call NYC Audubon at 212-691-7483 x304.

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Pelham Bay Park Bird Walk Series
Sundays, March 24-June 30 9-10:30am
Guide: NYC Audubon with Pelham Bay Park
Before May 20th: Meet at Orchard Beach Parking Lot
May 20th-June 30th: Meet at Rodman's Neck Parking Lot
Join us to explore some of the best birding NYC has to offer. Come discover Pelham Bay Park's diverse habitat that attracts a variety of spring migrants. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

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Northshore Audubon Society
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 8am – 12pm
NYIT de Serversky Center
Leader: Liz (516) 404-1984‬
Where: NYIT de Seversky Mansion, 1 Northern Blvd, Glen Head, NY 11545, USA (map)

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.

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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
Get Tickets

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New York City WILD!
Sunday, May 19, 2019, 9:30am
Old Croton Aqueduct - Part 4 (of 8) Dobbs Ferry to Yonkers

For the full information about each walk click HERE

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10:00am-12:00pm
Ambling through Arden
Carlton Blvd. and Legate Avenue, Staten Island
Participants will meet at the north end of Carlton Boulevard (west off Woodrow Road), and then wander through Arden Heights Woods to get some idea of the changes the Department of Parks might soon making. We’ll admire this largest of NYC hardwood wetlands, and maybe even get a little lost on the yet ill-marked trails. (It may be buggy in the low areas, so you might want to bring spray.) Inclement weather will cancel.
For more information call Don Recklies at (718) 768-9036.

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Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Doodletown
Leader: Ian Resnick (917) 626-9562

Trip Etiquette
• Non members are welcome on our trips and we would appreciate a nominal $5 (or more!) voluntary donation for non-member participation. We prefer if you offer instead of being asked.
• All persons (member or not) are required to offer contribution if they get a ride with another.
• All persons are requested to Notify the leader at least 2 days in advance if they want to go on a trip.
• Be on time. We depart promptly.

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Jones Beach West End 2

From the Southern State Parkway, exit onto the Meadowbrook State Parkway south. After entering Jones Beach State Park, exit right (west) into the West End. Continue west to West End 2 parking lot; we meet in the northeast corner of the lot.

From the Wantagh State Parkway, travel south. Upon entering Jones Beach State Park, exit at Bay Drive and continue west to West End 2 parking lot; we meet in the northeast corner of the 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.


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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Bird Walk at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Join us in the park as we focus on wildlife happenings in the park on a walk led by NYC Audubon experts.
Free!

Bird Walk with NYC Audubon at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
In this special series with NYC Audubon, spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how Queens Botanical Garden provides important resources for birds—like water, shelter, and insects to eat.

Sunday, May 19, 2019
Birding: Warbler Watch at Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

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Wild Bird Fund
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00am - 11:00am
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Wild Bird Fund Center, 565 Columbus Avenue New York, NY 10024 United States
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Saturday, May 11, 2019

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, May 10, 2019:

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* May 10, 2019
* NYNY1905.10

- Birds Mentioned

BLACK-NECKED STILT+
COMMON GREENSHANK+
RUFF+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Red-necked Grebe
American Bittern
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Greater Yellowlegs
Stilt Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Roseate Tern
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Common Nighthawk
Eastern Whip-poor-will
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Pine Siskin
Evening Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Vesper Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Worm-eating Warbler
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
Orange-crowned Warbler
Mourning Warbler
KENTUCKY WARBLER
Hooded Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
TOWNSEND’S WARBLER (Extralimital)
SUMMER TANAGER
BLUE GROSBEAK


If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or sketches are welcome. Hardcopy documentation should be mailed to:

Gary Chapin - Secretary
NYS Avian Records Committee (NYSARC)
125 Pine Springs Drive
Ticonderoga, NY 12883

Hotline: New York City Area Rare Bird Alert
Number: (212) 979-3070

Compilers: Tom Burke and Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Gail Benson

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]

Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, May 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm.

The highlights of today's tape are COMMON GREENSHANK, RUFF, BLACK-NECKED STILT, PROTHONOTARY, YELLOW-THROATED, KENTUCKY, GOLDEN-WINGED and extralimital TOWNSEND’S WARBLERS, SUMMER TANAGER, BLUE GROSBEAK and much more.

Well, it is Warbler time, but what a fine week for Shorebirds! Last Sunday at the rain pools on Timber Point Golf Course in Great River a COMMON GREENSHANK was discovered feeding with GREATER YELLOWLEGS and other Shorebirds and Gulls on what was fortunately a rather unpleasant rainy day that kept golf course activity to an absolute minimum. For all of Sunday birders were able to enjoy nice views of what, pending NYSARC acceptance, will be a first NYS record. With conditions improving overnight, golf course play resumed Monday, and the bird was only seen very early and not thereafter and has not been uncovered since.

This morning at Marshlands Conservancy in Rye a nicely plumaged male white and black RUFF appeared on the mud flats with some GREATER YELLOWLEGS, but after a 40 minute stay it suddenly took off and joined a migrating flock of shorebirds moving overhead. The flock circled as though considering landing on the flats but then rose higher and continued southwest down the Westchester coast towards New York City. Among the other shorebirds at Marshlands today were three WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS.

A BLACK-NECKED STILT extended its stay at the Lido Beach Passive Natural Area at least to Tuesday, and a second one was found Sunday out on eastern Long Island at Georgica Pond in East Hampton, this one not reported after Sunday.

Another Shorebird of note was a STILT SANDPIPER reported from the lagoon at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx today.

Among the Herons, two lingering CATTLE EGRETS were at Oakwood Beach on Staten Island Saturday, an AMERICAN BITTERN was flushed at Southards Pond Park in Babylon Sunday, and a TRICOLORED HERON was at Captree Island Monday.

Last Saturday single CASPIAN TERNS were at Jones Beach West End and Sagg Pond, and among scattered numbers of LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were 61 counted last Sunday along the beachfront at Robert Moses State Park off Fields 2 and 5.

Six RED-NECKED GREBES were off Playland Park in Rye on Monday.

Single EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS were seen at Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery Monday and in Central Park Wednesday and heard in northern Manhattan early Friday morning.

Despite some continuing rather poor migration weather locally, some Warbler highlights have included PROTHONOTARY WARBLER in Central and Prospect Parks Saturday and later, with two in Prospect Tuesday, in Massapequa Preserve and one at Southards Pond Wednesday. YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was noted in Central Park Monday and again today and at Rye Nature Center during the week. A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER visited the Forest Park waterhole Sunday. KENTUCKY WARBLERS were in Central Park Wednesday and Thursday and Forest Park Thursday, and Central Park provided a MOURNING WARBLER Sunday and Tuesday. The excellent Warbler variety also included an ORANGE-CROWNED at Robert Moses State Park Saturday; CERULEAN WARBLERS in Central and Prospect Parks and at Southards Pond, and such other species as WORM-EATING, BAY-BREASTED, CAPE MAY, HOODED and twenty or so other species. And there was also an extralimital TOWNSEND’S WARBLER at Bashakill in Sullivan County last Saturday.

Over a dozen SUMMER TANAGERS this week included birds in Central and Prospect Parks, Forest Park, with two there Wednesday, Alley Pond Park and Hempstead Lake State Park, Cunningham Park, the Bronx Zoo, Jones Beach West End, and a couple on eastern Long Island.

BLUE GROSBEAKS too had a good week, with birds in Central Park, Owls Head and Calvert Vaux Parks in Brooklyn, Jones Beach West End and Marshlands Conservancy in Rye.

Some arrivals noted this week have included COMMON NIGHTHAWK, ROSEATE TERN, YELLOW-BILLED and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS, OLIVE-SIDED, WILLOW and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and SALTMARSH SPARROW.

An EVENING GROSBEAK visited the Central Park feeders Wednesday, and some PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES are still around.

A VESPER SPARROW was at Floyd Bennett Field Sunday.

To phone in reports, on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734 4126 or call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922 and leave a message.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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