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Monday, February 17, 2020

Upcoming Bird and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming birding and nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, February 22, 2020 to Sunday, February 23, 2020:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Prospect Park: Birdwatching for Beginners
Leader: Cyrus Baty
Birdwatching for Beginners meets at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at The Boathouse at 12 noon. Bring binoculars if you have them; otherwise, binoculars are available for loan.


Gateway National Parks​
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:00am
Late Winter Bird Walk
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens
Duration: 3 hours
Join naturalist Don Riepe for an in-door presentation followed by a hike around the refuge to look for owls, waterfowl, finches, and other wintering birds. Learn how birds and other wildlife survive the winter. For information, call 718-474-0896; e-mail: No reservation necessary. All ages are welcome.


Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Birding in Peace
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean that there aren’t interesting birds to discover in Green-Wood. For some bird species that migrate south after the breeding season, Brooklyn is their Miami during the cold months. Spend the early morning exploring the cemetery, looking for overwintering waterfowl, nuthatches, woodpeckers, sparrows, finches and any half-hardy birds that decided to stick around. By February we’ll see some of the early north-bound birds beginning to trickle back into the area.

$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.


Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, February 23, 2020, 9:00am
Massapequa Lakes and Southern Nassau Area
We will bird the ponds at Massapequa Preserve, then head east in search of variety of wintering ducks and land birds.
Registration: (631) 885-1881
Directions: Meet at western entrance to the park. Park on Parkside Blvd and Pittsburgh Ave.

Field trips organized by Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon are free, unless otherwise specified, and open to the public. However, some special activities may be open only to Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon members.

Newcomers are most welcome. Binoculars and field guides are strongly advised, but leaders usually have some field guides to share.

Directions to the site are published in our newsletter, website and Facebook page. We urge you to save the directions.

Please arrive before the departure time listed in the trip description. Trips will leave promptly at the time given.

Carpooling is possible, gas and tolls are shared. Contact the trip leader to see if anyone has expressed interest. The trip leader is not responsible for arranging carpools, just giving you names of others who are interested in carpooling.

Registration is necessary. Call the trip leader by 9:00 PM on Thursday for a Saturday trip and by 9:00 PM Friday for a Sunday trip. Be sure to leave your phone number. You may participate if you didn’t register, but we will not be able to notify you of any changes or cancellations without your phone number.

Dress for the weather realizing you’ll be outdoors for long periods of time. Bring water, proper footwear, snacks and if the trip is for a full day, bring a bag lunch. Bring money to cover your share of any carpooling expenses as well as any required entry fees at our destinations.

Rain or temperature below 20° F cancels (sometimes!). Be sure to check our Facebook page the night before or morning of to check if inclement weather has caused us to cancel the trip.

For the health, safety and comfort of all field trip participants, please refrain from smoking or wearing perfumes or colognes on HOBAS field trips


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, February 22, 2020 to Sunday, February 23, 2020
Montauk Weekend
Leader: Joseph DiCostanzo
Registrar: Dale Dancis — or 212-724-3269
Registration opens: Monday, January 20
Ride: $80 – lodging not included


Littoral Society of New York
Sunday February 23, 2020, 11:00am to 2:00pm
A Low Tide Wintertime Stroll at Fort Tilden
Fort Tilden, Breezy Point, NY
Meet at the Fort Tilden Chapel
Join "Good Times with Gordon" for a walk along a lovely winter beach during low tide.
The sun, moon and earth should be in position that day to create a notable low tide.  Explore the intertidal zone and “walk the sea floor” with American Littoral Society naturalist, Gordon Lam, and NYC Botanist Zihao Wang to observe the usually-hidden biological treasures from beyond the tides.
Dress VERY warmly, wear comfortable shoes and bring a pair of binoculars if you have them. We will cover about 1 1/2 - 2 miles along the beach. 
As always, NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and the walk is FREE. We hope to see you all there! In case of inclement weather or other concerns please check your email or call Gordon Lam at 646-673-5418 on the morning of the walk.

•Subway & bus: Take the #2 or #5 train to Flatbush Ave. / Brooklyn College and then the Q-35 bus past Floyd Bennett Field and just over the Gil Hodges memorial Bridge.  Ask the driver to let you off at Ft. Tilden.   Check Saturday/Sunday train schedules ahead of time.

  •By car: From exit 11s on the Belt Parkway, head south and over the Marine Parkway Bridge (Gil Hodges Memorial). Stay on right and take the right ramp toward Breezy Point. Make a quick left into Fort Tilden at the first light. Go to end and park by Building One or at the nearby Post Chapel.

•By Ferry: The current schedule of the NYC Ferry has an 8:30AM ferry leaving from Wall Street Pier 11 on the weekends that gets to Beach 108 by 9:24AM, and the shuttle on the weekends will leave you at the Jacob Riis Bathhouse by 9:45AM.  You can then walk the short distance to Building 1 in Fort Tilden.  Although you will be early, the next ferry would get you there too late.


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturdays -- 11:00 a.m.
Debbie Becker leads a free bird walk at the Garden every Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm beginning at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Included in All-Garden Pass
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New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9am – 3pm
Van Trip to the Winter Thaw Bird Walk at Jamaica Bay
Register for our van trip to American Littoral Society's Winter Thaw Bird Walk (see description above) and get to Jamaica Bay the easy way—by passenger van! Bring lunch and water. Limited to 12. $85 (60)
Click here to register

Sunday, February 23, 2020, 9am – 2pm
Winter Birds of DeKorte Park, NJ
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Come explore the wilds of the New Jersey Meadowlands at DeKorte Park. We'll be on the lookout for large flocks of Canvasbacks, Northern Pintails, Buffleheads, and Northern Shovelers. And we'll scan the skies for hunting raptors including Rough-legged and Cooper’s Hawks, Northern Harriers, and perhaps even a Snowy or Short-eared Owl. We can warm up at the environmental center and learn about the Meadowlands's ecology. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $97 (68) per walk
Click here to register


New York City WILD!
Sunday, February 23, 2020, 10:30am
Winter Wonderland! Westchester: Marshlands Conservancy

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 !


Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, Feb 22, 2020
Barnegat Light and NJ shore
Leader: Ian Resnick
Time and meeting location TBD.
more details»


South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
From the Southern State Parkway, travel west to the Belt Parkway. Exit at Cross Bay Boulevard (Exit 17) south. Continue south on Cross Bay Blvd. through Howard Beach and over the North Channel Bridge (also known as the Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge). The entrance to the refuge parking lot is on the right side of the road, at a traffic light approximately one and a half miles past the bridge.
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, February 22, 2020
Birding: Eagle Watch at Palisade Avenue and Spaulding Lane (in Riverdale Park), Bronx
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.

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