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Monday, May 06, 2019

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, May 11, 2019 to Sunday, May 12, 2019:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, May 11, 2019
“The Birdathon”, World Migratory Bird Day (for teams)
The Brooklyn Bird Club celebrates World Migratory Bird Day every year by holding a Birdathon, in which members form or join a team and go out and count bird species. Typically participants reach out to friends and family for donations, usually a set amount per bird species counted during the course of the day. This […]

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:00am
“The Birdathon walk” in Prospect Park
Meet 7:00 at the Grand Army Plaza park entrance (Stranahan Statue) Leader Paul Keim Note: Participants can elect to support this year's Birdathon beneficiary, "Save the Choco." Save the Chocó’s mission is to build awareness and collaborate with local and global organizations to help protect vital areas and species throughout the Chocó region of Ecuador–a […]

Saturday, May 11, 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 12, 2019, 9:00am - 10:30am
Fort Greene Park, North Brooklyn
Meet 9 am at the Urban Park Rangers Visitors Center
Leader: August Davidson-Onsgard
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 […]


Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9:00am
International Migratory Bird Day Walk at the William Floyd Estate
Leader: MaryLaura Lamont
The 613 acre William Floyd Estate bordering Moriches Bay is a magnate for migratory songbirds, many of which are in steep decline. Neotropical species, such as vireos, thrush, grosbeaks and warblers and many shorebirds should all be found on this 3-mile round-trip walk through the varied habitats of field, woods, creeks and marshlands. The Estate is located at 245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach. Call MaryLaura Lamont at (631)399-2030 for info.


Freshkills Park Alliance
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10:00am
Family Nature Walk
Lace up your shoes for a family-friendly nature walk at Freshkills Park! Learn about the different plants and animals found in the park.
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Gateway National Park
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10:00am
World Migratory Bird Day at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Come celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with us here at the Refuge. This year’s theme is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.” Attend guided birding walks, participate in family friendly activities and partici-pate in a beach cleanup. For more information and schedule of events, call 718-318-4340.
Reservation or Registration: No


Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:00am
Alley Pond Park
Leader(s): Mike Cooper (516-523-2369) and Bob Grover (516-318-8536)
Northern State Pkwy to Exit 23, which reads: Cross Island Parkway, Union Turnpike and Alley Pond Park. Go to Union Turnpike (NOT Alley Pond Park). At the signal light, turn right onto Union Turnpike. Proceed to the next signal light which is Springfield Blvd and turn right. Go about 4 blocks to 76th Ave. Turn right onto 76th Ave. and proceed to Alley Pond Parking lot on your left.

Sunday, May 12, 2019, 8:00am
Birding and Breakfast, Connetquot River SPP
Leader(s): Edith and Bob Wilson, Helga Merryman, Ken Thompson, Jack Carlson
Continental breakfast. Reservations required - call Connetquot River State Park Preserve at 581-1072 or fill out the form on our programs page to register. Registration fee $4. plus $8 parking fee per car - unless you have yearly Empire pass.

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


Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, May 12, 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.


Hudson River Audubon Society
Sunday May 12, 2019, 10:00am
Mother’s Day Warbler at Lenoir Nature Preserve
19 Dudley Street Yonkers
Join us for our yearly Audubon tradition. Spring migrants will be searched for; followed by refreshments at the nature center.


Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 8:00am
Sterling Forest, Tuxedo Park, NY
Celebrate Mother's Day by checking out this great spot in upstate New York. Sterling Forest is known for its Golden-winged Warblers.
Registration: 585-880-0915
Directions: Meet at the end of Ironwood Drive in the park.


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, 2019
Great Gull Island Birdathon

Sunday, May 12, 2019
Bashakill Marsh and Environs
Leader: John Haas
Registrar: Dale Dancis — or 212-724-3269
Registration opens: Monday, April 29
Ride: $45


New York City Audubon
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7am – 3pm
Sterling Forest Warblers
Guides: Don Riepe, Tod Winston
Explore the woodland and pond habitat of the 20,000-acre Sterling Forest preserve during peak spring migration. Look for nesting warblers as well as spring wildflowers, reptiles, and amphibians. Trip involves four-mile hike and some rocky terrain. Bring lunch and water. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $115 (80)
Click here to register

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9:00am – 11:30am
Spring Migrants at Inwood Hill Park
Guide: Annie Barry
Join Annie Barry for a hike through a mature forest in search of kinglets, warblers, flycatchers, sparrows, and other migrants and residents. We’ll then head to the shores of recently restored Muscota Marsh, the last natural saltmarsh in Manhattan, to search for herons and ducks. Some hilly walking required. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

Saturday, May 11, 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 11, 2019, 10am – 1pm
Randall's Island Birding Bonanza
Guide: NYC Audubon with Randall's Island Park Alliance
Meet at Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh, south of Icahn Stadium. Randall's Island is home to over 180 species of birds. Enjoy a day of free, family-friendly activities and birding. Learn about the amazing adaptations of birds as they thrive in the Island's restored habitats. No registration required. No Limit. Free

Sunday, May 12, 2019, 8am – 11am
Spring Warblers Field Trip
Class: Friday, May 10, 6:30-8:30pm
Trip: Sunday, May 12, 8-11am
Instructor: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
First learn to identify the 30-plus species of warblers that migrate through our area each spring, using field marks and other techniques. Then go out in the field and reinforce what you’ve learned on our field trip to Central Park. Limited to 12. $72 (50)
Click here to register

Sunday, May 12, 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


Newtown Historical Society
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9:00am
All Faiths Cemetery Nature and History Tour
Meet at the cemetery office. Tour will take 2-3 hours.
Rob Jett will co-lead this tour at the peak of bird migration.
RSVP/Questions: (718) 366-3715 or


Northshore Audubon Society
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 6:30am – 12:00pm
"Big DAY" - start early at Alley Pond Park
Leader: Ian (917) 626-9562
Where: 40.740640, -73.747500 (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.


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 WILD!
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 9:30am
Old Croton Aqueduct - Part 3 (of 8) Sleepy Hollow to Dobbs Ferry

For the full information about each walk click HERE


Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Big Day
Leaders: Ian Resnick (917) 626-9562 / Corey Finger

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.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, May 11, 2019
International Migratory Bird Day at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Help Prospect Park Alliance celebrate the importance of stop-over locations like Prospect Park to migratory birds. More than 250 species have been recorded in the park!

Birding Bonanza at Touchdown of the 103rd Street Footbridge (in Randall's Island Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Join us for a day of free, family-friendly bird watching! Learn about the amazing adaptations of birds as they thrive in the Island’s restored habitats. Guided bird walk, crafts, and more. For ages 7+ (with an adult).

The New York City Naturalist Club: Hawk Watch at Saint Marks Place and Avenue A (in Tompkins Square Park), Manhattan
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.

Ridgewood Reservoir Community Tour at Vermont Place Parking Lot (in Highland Park), Queens
12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Guides from NYCH2O will lead a history, engineering, and ecology tour of the Reservoir and Brooklyn Waterworks.

Sunday, May 12, 2019
Spring Birding at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Explore the gardens and woodlands on a quest to spot both resident and rare birds as they pass through on their northern journey or settle down for the season.

Birding: Shorebirds at Bay 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive (in Bayswater Park), Queens
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City. Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age.

Wild Bird Fund
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9:00am - 11:00am
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Take a bird walk in Central Park - a Living Treasure hunt for spring migrants. Accidental birder Ricki Ravitts will lead the hunt for flighty warblers, shy thrush, jewel-toned tanagers and orioles - or whatever crosses our path. Ricki began birding some years ago when she saw her first warbler, "Did I just see a little yellow bird wearing a black Zorro mask?" Yes, indeed. Her obsession grew over years of birding in local parks, plus trips throughout Central and South…
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