Check out City Birder Tours, and Green-Wood sponsored tours on their calendar pages here.
Celebrate your inner nerd with my new t-shirt design! Available on my Spreadshirt shop in multiple colors and products.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming birding and nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, October 5, 2019 to Sunday, October 6, 2019:

Bedford Audubon Society
August 25, 2019 through November 25, 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm
Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch
Arthur Butler Sanctuary, Bedford, NY
Spectacular flocks of Broad-winged Hawks pass through our area in mid-September, but Accipiters such as Sharp-shinned + Cooper’s Hawks provide the most consistent flight throughout the fall hawk-watching season.

Join us for Science in Action: Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch 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.

Registration not necessary.
See more details


Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 7:30am - 11:00am
Prospect Park Saturday Fall Migration Walk
Meet 7:30 am at the “Pergola” entrance on Ocean and Parkside Avenues (NOTE NEW TIME!)
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
No registration necessary.
Note: Nearest train stops Prospect Park (B express) and Parkside Avenues (local) Q trains

Saturday, October 5, 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, October 6, 2019
Calvert Vaux Park
Leader: Will Pollard
Focus: peak sparrows and late warblers, field birds, early water birds, raptors
Car Pool Fee: $10.00
Registrar: Adelia Harrison email
Registration Period: Sept 28th – Oct 3rd
Please review our trip guidelines here:

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 8:00am - 11:00am
Prospect Park First Sunday Walk
Meets at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at The Boathouse, the first Sunday of every month except July and August. Leaders are members of the Brooklyn Bird Club.
Bring binoculars.
Note: Meets at 8 a.m. except in the winter months of December, January, and February when the walk starts at 10 a.m.

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 9:00am - 10:00am
Fort Greene Park, North Brooklyn
Meet 9 am at the Urban Park Rangers Visitors Center
Leader: August Davidson-Onsgard
Focus: Fall migration of songbirds at a historical park.
No registration necessary.
Nearest train stations: DeKalb Avenue station; exit and walk 5 blocks east on DeKalb Avenue; Also Fulton Ave A and G lines, walk north on South Portland Ave
Site references: ;


Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Fire Island Lighthouse Walk & Hawk Watch Platform
Always a favorite is our annual trek to FINS, where we will continue our search for migrating songbirds, as well as for falcons and hawks.
We will meet at the eastern end of Parking Lot 5, and walk the boardwalk trail to the Hawk Watch. From there (depending on bird activity) we will continue approximately one mile to the Fire Island Lighthouse. Again, a boardwalk over the dunes puts us at eye level for any foraging songbirds, and away from the ticks!
There is a fee for parking, which is usually collected from 8:00 am on, so arrive early if possible.
For information, please contact Eileen Schwinn at, or call 516-662-7751 the day of the trip.


Gateway National Park
Sunday, October 6, 2019, 10:00am - 11:30am
Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Learn all about the amazing Osprey on this guided walk of the West Pond Trail. We will talk about their incredible migration and the inspiring story of how conservation efforts were able to bring this species back from the brink. All ages welcome.
View Details


Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, October 6, 2019, 7:15am - 8:45am
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 birds that make Green-Wood their home – at least temporarily.

By September, offspring of these nesting birds will be on their own. Returning warblers will be in their less flamboyant fall plumage. Large numbers of blackbirds, flycatchers, sparrows, vireos, and swallows will also be passing through. By October, waterfowl are returning, and we’ll look for raptors heading south. November will bring back our overwintering feathered denizens from the north.

All walks are at a slow pace on easy to moderate terrain, but proper, close toed footwear is suggested.
$10 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $15 for non-members
Click here for our inclement weather policy.


Hudson River Audubon Society
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Hawk Day, Lenoir Nature Preserve
19 Dudley St. Yonkers
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM - Hawk Watch. Look for hawks heading south
1:00 PM - Live Hawks! Meet hawks from Pace.


Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 10:00am
Buck Moths in Dwarf Pine Plains Preserve
Perhaps Long Island’s most unique insect, the buck moth dwells only along the coast in pitch pine-scrub oak barrens, on deep dry sands. We will journey to the Dwarf Pine Plains in Westhampton Beach to find this autumn specialty.
Registration: (585) 880-0915
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.


New York City Audubon
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 8am – 4pm
Birds (and Apples) of Sleepy Hollow, NY
Guide: Tod Winston
Explore the autumnal bounty available just an hour’s drive from the City. We’ll bird Rockefeller State Park Preserve and then adjourn to a local orchard for afternoon apple-picking. Bring lunch. Additional farm-fresh goodies may be available at the orchard.
Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $122 (85)
Click here to register

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
Saturdays, September 7-November 23, 9-10:30am
Guides: NYC Audubon with the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance
Meet at the southeast corner of the Mosholu Avenue park entrance. 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. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
An Afternoon Bird Walk in Central Park
Guides: Jeff Ward
Search for fall migrants on a leisurely afternoon walk through Central Park's best birding spots. Limited to 15 per walk. $36 (25) per walk
Click here to register

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 8am – 3pm
Birding Gems of Staten Island: Freshkills Park
Guide: Cliff Hagen
Come with NYC Audubon for a special opportunity to see Freshkills Park, in transition from what was once the world’s largest landfill into an expansive park. Currently closed to the general public, the Park is home to rolling grasslands, tidal marshes, successional woodlands and a freshwater pond system that host an array of breeding birds, butterflies, mammals, frogs, and turtles. Each autumn, migrant species abound as they travel along the Atlantic Flyway. Sparrows, Osprey, a collection of waterfowl, and lingering warblers seek refuge in the park. Overhead, raptors soar along the terminal moraine as they make their way south for the impending winter. Late-blooming flowers attract an assortment of butterflies and dragonflies.
Transport by passenger van from Staten Island St. George Terminal included. Limited to 12 per walk. $57 (40) per walk
Click here to register

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 8:30am – 11:00am
Intro to Birding: Bird Walk in Central Park
Guide: Tod Winston
Are you curious about "birding" but don't have much (or any) experience? Come on a relaxed walk through Strawberry Fields and the Ramble to go over birding basics and see warblers, tanagers, sparrows, waterbirds, and more.
Binoculars available. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Pelham Bay Park Bird Walks
Sundays, September 8-December 8, 9-10:30am
Guide: NYC Audubon with Pelham Bay Park
September 8: Meets at Rodman’s Neck Parking Lot
September 15-December 8: Meet at Orchard Beach 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 fall migrants. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 9:30am – 10:30am
Queens Botanical Garden Bird Walks
Saturdays, September 14 and October 26,
Sundays, October 6, October 20, and November 3, 9:30-10:30am
Guide: Corey Finger with Queens Botanical Garden
Explore Queens Botanical Garden in search of migrant songbirds and learn about the valuable resources that the Garden offers birds and other wildlife. Binoculars available. Register for one date or the whole series of five walks (walk-ins welcome). Email or visit to register. Limited to 25 per walk. Free (with Garden admission)

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 2pm – 3pm
Governors Island Free Bird Walks
Saturdays, September 14, September 28 and October 19, 2-3pm
Sunday, October 6, 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 200 species 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
Get Tickets


New York City WILD!
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 11:00am
NYC Wild! Essentials: Brooklyn: Prospect Park

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 12:30pm
NYC Wild! Essentials: Bronx River Greenway and East River Ferry

For the FULL INFORMATION ABOUT EACH WALK click HERE to take you to the Eventbrite Profile page where you will find all details (scroll down to the thumbnails) for each of the outings and how to SIGN UP


North Fork Audubon Society
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 8:00am
Smith Point County Park
It's "Migration Mania" in October, from Monarchs to Merlins! Join us in our search for all things heading south.
Meet at Tanger in front of West Elm Outlet, 1770 W. Main St, Riverhead at 8 AM.
Please call or text Tom at 631 275-3202 or email to register.
Suggested donation is $4 for nonmembers


North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Hempstead Lake
State Park
Leader: Lindy (516) 628-1315
Where: 40.673575, -73.649713 (map)

Please inform walk leader that you are attending.
See "Walk Locations" for directions. Hempstead Lake State Park - lot #3.
Please inform walk leader that you are attending.

Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water. Wear long pants and socks so you do not touch poison ivy.


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Sunday, October 6, 2019, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Reed’s Basket Willow Swamp
Spring Street and Forest Road, Staten Island
Discover this hidden natural park in Dongan Hills. Participants will visit the three bodies of water nestled in the hollows of this deeply sloped park and hike through the woodlands. Although none of the willows grown by the Reed family still exist, the woodlands and stream are still home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Meet at the entrance at the top end of Spring Street in Dongan Hills.
For more information phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.


Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 7:45am – 12:00pm
Kissena Park
Leader: Eric Miller (917) 279-7530
Where: 40.744000, -73.809500 (map)
Please register via EVENTBRITE
This mini-trip includes Kissena Park both east and west of Kissena Blvd. Expect to find many species of sparrows and southbound migrants. Meet at the Kissena Velodrome parking lot, which can be entered from Booth Memorial Ave north of Parsons Blvd - see map.

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.


South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, October 6, 2019
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 5, 2019
Fall Bird Walk for Beginners at Alley Pond Environmental Center, Queens
9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Learn to view and listen to our various species of birds. Learn to use binoculars and a field guide.

Sunday, October 6, 2019
Birding: Warbler Watch at Park Drive and Clove Road (in Clove Lakes Park), Staten Island
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we look for and learn about the variety of these small visitors during their migratory passage.

Audubon Bird Walk at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how QBG provides important resources for birds.

Birding: Fall Migrants at 223rd Street and 46th Avenue (in Alley Pond Park), Queens
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in New York City to see fall migratory birds. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels.

No comments:

Exploring urban nature, birds, birdwatching, birding, hummingbirds, butterflies, dragonflies, bees, hawks, raptors, wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, environment, binoculars, spotting scope