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Monday, October 11, 2021

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for the weekend of October 16-17, 2021:

Bedford Audubon Society

Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch
August 26, 2021 - November 24, 2021, 9:00am - 5:00 pm
Description:It’s officially Hawkwatch Season! 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. Hawkwatch takes place daily through November, 9:00am-5:00pm (weather permitting). Arthur Butler Sanctuary on Chestnut Ridge Road in Bedford Corners. Registration not necessary, but please abide by current Covid-19 guidelines based on your vaccination status.
Registration: Registration required by emailing Susan at or by calling 914-302-9713.
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Brooklyn Bird Club

Prospect Park Saturday Fall Migration Walks
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Description: Meet 7:45 am at the “Pergola” entrance on Ocean and Parkside Avenues.
Registration: No registration necessary; however, if more than 20 people show up we will split the group.
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Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturday, October 16, 2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club
Description: Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you. Join a member of the Brooklyn Bird Club to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit Prospect Park through all seasons. All levels are welcome.
Registration: No registration necessary.
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Gateway National Parks

4th Annual Raptorama Festival at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Sunday, October 17, 2021, 10:00am — 2:00pm
Leader: Park Rangers
Description: See and celebrate hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, and other birds of prey. Learn about raptor behavior, biology, and migration, as well as where to find many species around the city. Activities include a presentation of live hawks and owls provided by a local rehabilitation center, and a visit to the hawk watch platform at Fort Tilden, Queens (must provide your own transportation).
Registration: Not registration required.
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Green-Wood Cemetery

Birding in Peace
Sunday, October 17, 2021, 7:15am–8:45am
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.
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Hudson River Audubon Society

Hawk Watch at Lenoir Nature Preserve
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021, 10:00am
Description: Lenoir Nature Preserve, 19 Dudley St, Yonkers 10701, behind the Mansion; we suggest bringing a chair..
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Linnaean Society of New York

Fort Tilden
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Leader: Gordon Lam
Description: Fort Tilden, on the Rockaway Peninsula in southern Queens, is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, which also includes the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. This trip is scheduled to coincide with sparrow migration. Every year we have seen a Nelson’s among the many other sparrow species, and Royal Terns never disappoint us. With the right winds we can expect good raptor sightings. Late warblers, vireos and other passerines also visit this area.
Registration: Lori Lam —
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Randall’s Island
Sunday, October, 17, 2021
Leader: Alan Drogin
Description: The leader of this trip added Randall’s Island to the birders’ map of New York City in October of 2012, when he came upon a Nelson’s Sparrow in one of the only saltmarshes in the Borough of Manhattan. Since then, mid-October has been the time to bird Randall’s for sparrows—Savannah, Swamp, Song, Chipping, Field, and an occasional Vesper, but especially the elusive Ammodramus sparrows of the marshes—Nelson’s, Saltmarsh, Seaside. We also get late migration warblers and sometimes interesting gulls.
Registration: Lynne Hertzog —
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New York City Audubon

Harlem Goes Birding! Birding Field Trip in North Central Park
Saturday, October 16, 2021, 8:30am - 11:00am
Leader: Christian Cooper, Efua Peterson
Description: Let's get out and bird! Meet at the Dana Discovery Center on the Harlem Meer to explore the north end of Central Park and all the wonderful birds it has to offer. Then, join us for a potluck picnic in the park. Bring something to eat and drink (non-alcoholic, please) and a little extra to share. Beginners of all ages welcome! Binoculars available to borrow.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
Saturdays, September 4 - November 27, 9:00am - 10:30am
Leader: NYC Audubon
Description: Explore Van Cortlandt Park's ecologically diverse grounds and celebrate a long tradition of birding in the park. We will look for various resident and migratory bird species and discuss a wide range of avian topics.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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World Migratory Bird Day: Breezy Point Hawk Watch, Queens
Saturday, October 16, 2021, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Leader: Don Riepe
Description: Meet at the Chapel at Fort Tilden (on Murray Road near the Beach 169th Street entrance to Fort Tilden) and join us during the peak of fall raptor migration. Hike the beach, dunes, woodlands and visit the hawk watch platform on top of Battery Harris east where you'll get great views of the bay and ocean.
Registration: For more info and reservations call (718) 474-0896; e-mail: Free.
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Governors Island Bird Walk
Saturdays, July 10-October 30, 2021, 2-3:30pm
Leader: NYC Audubon
Description: Meet the birds of Governors Island with one of our expert guides! Over 220 bird species have been spotted on the island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. Reserve your spot by signing up at Nolan Park #17. Limited to 10. Free.
Registration: Not required.
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Intro to Birding: Bird Walk in Van Cortlandt Park
Sunday, October 17, 2021, 8:30am - 10:30am
Leader: Tod Winston
Description: Are you curious about "birding" but don't have much (or any) experience? Come on a relaxed walk around Van Cortlandt Park's nature trails to go over birding basics and look for warblers, sparrows, woodpeckers, raptors, and more. Binoculars available. Limited to 15. $36 (25) per walk.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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North Shore Audubon Society

Planting Fields Arboretum
Saturday, October 16, 2021, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Leader: Jennifer (516) 767-3454
Description: NYS State Park parking fee may apply. No fee for age 62+ or for Empire Pass holders.
Registration: Limited registration. You must register via email to, and you will receive a confirmation email. If you become unable to attend, please email to allow someone on the waiting list to take your slot.
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Queens County Bird Club

Shirley Chisholm State Park
Sunday, October 17, 2021, 8:30am - 1:00pm
Leader: Ian Resnick (917) 626-9562
Description: Mini trip. Shirley Chisholm State Park is named in honor of Shirley Chisholm, a Brooklyn-born trailblazer who was the first African American Congresswoman, as well as the first woman and African American to run for President. Rising up 130 feet above sea level, this new park occupies some of the highest ground in New York City and offers spectacular panoramic views of the Empire State Building to the northwest, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and New York Harbor to the west, and Jamaica Bay to the south.
Registration: Please contact trip leader for meeting time and location. Ask whether to pack a lunch or whether to plan on eating lunch out.
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South Shore Audubon Society

Hempstead Lake State Park
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Leader: Members of SSAS
Description: From the Southern State Parkway, take Exit 18 (Eagle Avenue) south to Field 3 (use second park entrance and make an immediate left turn.)
Registration: Registration is required by calling Joe Landesberg at 516-467-9498
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Urban Park Rangers

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Birding: Raptors at Arthur Kill Road and Brookfield Avenue (in Brookfield Park), Staten Island
9:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure around Forest Park to look for Fall migrants that include warblers, raptors and more.

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