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Monday, August 12, 2019

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming birding and nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, August 17, 2019 to Sunday, August 18, 2019:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Peak Shorebirds of Jamaica Bay Refuge
Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: Peak of shorebird species and waterbirds
Car Pool Fee: $10.00
Registrar: Peter Dorosh (or backup
Registration Period: Aug 10th – Aug 15th
Note: High tide 11:12 AM
Please review our trip guidelines here:


Gateway National Park
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10:00am — 11:00am
Birding for Beginners
Day(s): Every week on Saturday until September 28, 2019
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Sunday, August 18, 2019, 10:00am — 11:30am
Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Day(s): Every week on Sunday until September 29, 2019
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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, August 18, 2019, 6:30am - 8:00am
Birding in Peace
Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful Sunday morning walking tours to discover the many birds that call Green-Wood home. Green-Wood’s official birding checklist is available to pick up from the security guard at the main entrance on 25th Street or to print here. Comfortable footwear is recommended.

Summer Birding
In July we should see the offspring of our resident red-tailed hawk bravely preparing to leave the nest. Warbler songs will be replaced by chirring Cicadas and the tweets of fledgling birds. Butterflies and dragonflies are abundant. By late-July, expect the arrival of the first southbound migrants.

$10 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $15 for non-members
Click here for our inclement weather policy.


Hudson River Audubon Society
Sunday August 18, 2019, 8:00am
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Meet at the refuge. We will bird the East Pond for shorebirds the day after the big shorebird festival
Expect water and mud. Bring high boots.


Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, August 18, 2019, 8:00am
Muttontown Preserve
The Preserve includes miles of marked nature trails with local wildflowers, trees, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
Registration: 585-880-0915

Directions: Meet in the parking lot off of Muttontown Lane, which is on the south side of Route 25A, just west of Route 106 in East Norwich. Follow Muttontown Lane to the end.


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Jamaica Bay 26TH Annual Tom Davis Memorial Shorebird Walk
Leader: Sean Sime now Richard ZainEldeen
Registrar: Sean Sime now Anne Lazarus — or 212-673-9059
No Registration. Public transportation


New York City Audubon
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 8:30am – 5:30pm
14th Annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay
With American Littoral Society, Gateway National Recreation Area, and Rockaway Waterfront Alliance

During the past 40 years, over 40 species of shorebirds (including rare and accidental vagrants) have been recorded at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East and West Ponds from mid-July through October, with the greatest diversity and abundance in August. Join us for the 14th annual celebration on Saturday, August 17.

Programming includes guided hikes to the East and West Ponds, lectures by shorebird experts, kids activities, and more. Walk leaders include Kevin Karlson, Don Riepe, Lloyd Spitalnik, Gabriel Willow, and Molly Adams. The festival meets at the National Park Service's Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (Google Map here). The program is free; suggested donations of $20 per adult to NYC Audubon are encouraged to offset festival costs.

Limited free van transportation from Manhattan to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is available for NYC Audubon members at the Student/Senior level and up. Meet at 71 West 23rd Street at 7:30am. Contact NYC Audubon at 212-691-7483 to reserve a seat. Limited van shuttle service will be available from the Broad Channel A Train Station to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center until 10:30am. Free connection to the NYC Ferry at Beach 108th Street (early morning and end of the festival only). For more information, contact NYC Audubon at 212-691-7483, American Littoral Society at 718-474-0896, or Don Riepe at

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 8:20am – 3:00pm
Croton Point Park, NY
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Meet at Grand Central Station and travel in comfort aboard Metro-North to visit Croton Point Park, a beautiful 500-acre park overlooking the Hudson River about one hour north of the city. The park is a wonderful mix of forest, wetlands, and grassland that are home to hard-to-find breeding bird species such as Indigo Bunting, Grasshopper Sparrow, Bobolink, and Eastern Meadowlark. The woodlands nearby are home to breeding Great Horned Owl, Willow Flycatcher, and Orchard Oriole, as well as the more expected common breeders. Bring lunch for a picnic in one of the riverside pavilions. Limited to 20. Round-trip Metro-North fare ($20.50) not included in trip price. $50 (35)
Click here to register

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Birding Brooklyn Bridge Park
Guide: Heather Wolf
Meet at Pier 1 park entrance at the intersection of Old Fulton Street and Furman Street. Join Heather Wolf, author of Birding at the Bridge, for a picturesque bird walk along the Brooklyn waterfront. We'll look for breeding and nesting birds like the Gray Catbird, American Robin, Song Sparrow, and more. Visit to register. Limited to 19 per walk.
Click here to register

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 2pm – 3pm
Governors Island Free Bird Walks
Saturdays, June 22, June 29, July 27, August 10 and August 24, 2-3pm
Sundays, June 16, July 21 and August 18, 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


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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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
The Intertidal Zone at the Page Avenue Beach
We’ll begin with a look at the local geology then move to examining the flotsam and jetsam accumulated at the high tide lines to see what nature’s debris has to tell us. As the water recedes with the tide we’ll move into the intertidal zone to find out what sorts of living things survive in this challenging environment. A variety of crabs, snails, clams, worms and small fish are likely to be discovered. It’s sure to be muddy so dress appropriately.
Meet at the parking lot at the bottom of Page Avenue below Hylan Boulevard.
For more information phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.


Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Jamaica Bay
Leader: Arie Gilbert (917) 693-7178
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 175-10 Cross Bay Blvd, Broad Channel, NY 11693, USA (map)
Mini-trip that will end before lunch.
Wear knee-high waterproof boots because we will be exploring East Pond.
Please register via Eventbrite


South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve
From the Meadowbrook Parkway, use the Merrick Road M9 east exit. Enter the Department of Sanitation entrance immediately on right (if you’re driving west on Merrick Road, make a U-turn after Central Boulevard and before the Meadowbrook Parkway). Look for signs to Levy Park and Preserve parking lot.
Directions via Google Maps

Bird walks led by a member of SSAS are conducted nearly every Sunday morning from late August through early June. Walks are open to the public and are free of charge. We especially encourage youngsters to attend.
All walks start at 9:00 A.M.
There is no walk if it rains or snows or temperature is below 25°F.
For more information or in case of questionable weather conditions, please phone Joe at 516 467-9498.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Rocking the Boat: Rowing and Birding at Hunts Point Riverside Park, Bronx
1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Explore the Bronx River aboard student-built wooden rowboats, accompanied by staff who teach them about the local waterways.

White Island Sunset Canoe Trip (Advanced) at Marine Park, Brooklyn
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Explore the waters of Gerritsen Creek and paddle by this special island where only wildflowers and wild birds reside. Prior canoe experience required. Registration ends on August 10.

Sunday, August 18, 2019
'Over The Hill' Hilltop Hike: Tallapoosa Point at Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
This area is now known as the old Pelham Bay landfill. The landfill remains closed to the public, making it a great viewing area for birds and other wildlife. Registration required.


Wild Bird Fund
Sunday, August 18, 2019, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Central Park Bat Walks with Ecologist Kaitlyn Parkins
Join WBF and New York ecologist Kaitlyn Parkins for an introductory presentation about bats at WBF Clinic, followed by a guided bat walk through Central Park. We hope to hear them with echo location, see them in flight and discuss their important role in our planet's ecosystem.
Kaitlyn's research and education biography can be found here:
When: Sunday, August 18 at 7:30pm at the WBF Center, then walk to Central Park. Event ends at 9:00pm.
Cost: $30…
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