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Monday, July 24, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, July 29, 2017 to Sunday, July 30, 2017:

Bedford Audubon Society
Sunday, July 30, 2017, 10am to 11am
Dragonflies at Muscoot Farm
Join Naturalist Tait Johansson and the Friends of Muscoot Farm for this nature walk. How many species of dragonflies can you name? Join Tait for a summer dragonfly walk around Muscoot Farm. Bring binoculars.
Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy.
Register with Susan at or 914.302.9713.


Gateway National Recreation Area
Saturday, July 29, 2017 11:00am to 2:00pm
Shorebirds of Jamaica Bay
Join naturalist Don Riepe for a slide program and hike around the east and west ponds to look for migrating shore-birds. Bring binoculars, boots/old sneakers. Easy hike, (well-behaved) kids always welcome. To reserve, call (718) 474-0896: e-mail: With the American Littoral Society and NYC Audubon.
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fee Information: Free

Sunday, July 30, 2017
Every Sunday Weekly from 06/25/2017 to 07/30/2017
Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Fees: Free
Ranger guided walk on the Osprey.


Green-Wood Cemetery
Saturday, July 29, 2017, 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Twilight and Nighttime Photography
Green-Wood is an inspirational landscape any time of day, but it is especially wondrous after sunset. Sean Sime, who has over 20 years of professional experience in journalism, fashion, and documentary photography, will lead an exclusive after-hours workshop in twilight and nighttime photography to capture the atmospheric beauty of the cemetery.

Long exposures and light painting will be the focus, which will require use of a SLR or DSLR camera, and tripod. Familiarity with shooting in manual and bulb mode is highly recommended. A small flashlight and bug spray is also recommended.
$45 for members of Green-Wood and BHS/$50 for non-members
Click here for our inclement weather policy.

Sunday, July 30, 2017
Summer Birding Sundays
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.

You must register prior to the morning of the tour. Click here.

Grab a copy of our Bird Checklist before you begin. Comfortable footwear is recommended.
$10 for members of Green‑Wood and BHS/$15 for non-members.
Click here for our inclement weather policy.


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Richard ZainEldeen
Registrar: Ellen Hoffman — or 917-903-3486
Registration opens: Monday, July 17
Ride: $15 or public transportation


New York Botanical Garden
Saturdays, July 1–August 26, 11am to 12pm
Birds, Butterflies, and Dragonflies Tour
Summer is the season to observe gorgeous butterflies, mischievous dragonflies and the birds of the cool forests. The colorful, fragrant gardens and the vibrant lakes at NYBG attract beautiful avian creatures. Come observe summer’s greatest show of shows watching butterflies, dragonflies and birds at their best.

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
Weekly on Saturdays, until Jul 29, 2017
Van Cortlandt Bird Walks, The Bronx
Guides: NYC Audubon, Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy 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 forth 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, please call 212-691-7483. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

Sunday, July 30, 2017, 8:20am to 3:00pm
Croton Point Park
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Travel in comfort aboard Metro North to visit Croton Point Park, a beautiful 500-acre park on a peninsula on the Hudson River, about one hour north of the city. The park is rich in natural and human history - it has the oldest native american oyster shell middens in the northeast, revealing that it was inhabited as long as 7,000 years ago; today, the park has a wonderful mix of forest, wetlands, and grassland. The grasslands are atop a hill formed by a former landfill, and 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 river-side pavilions. Limited to 20. Round-trip Metro North fare ($20.50) not included in trip price. $50 (35)
Click here to register


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, July 29, 2017 @ 9:15am to 3:45pm
The Richard Buegler Summer 10-Mile Greenbelt Walk @ Greenbelt Nature Center
This summer, participants will be starting at the Greenbelt Nature Center at Rockland and Brielle. Participants will enjoy a walk among the cool, shaded woodlands of the Greenbelt. The walk will bring folks beside Buttonbush Swamp, Heyerdahl Hill and through Bloodroot Valley. Explore the summer woods, the birds and butterflies which populate the park as well as the flowers, shrubs and trees in full foliage this time of year.
Bring water and a lunch, and join us for a long walk through the Greenbelt that will both loop west around the valley of LaTourette and east around Pouch Camp.
For more information call Dominick Durso at (917) 478-7607.


Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, Jul 30, 2017
Cresli Whale Watch and Pelagics


Staten Island Museum
Saturday, July 29, 2017, 8:30pm to 10:30pm
Moth Night
Location: Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A
$10 per adult/Children under 12 free
Face painting, moth specimens, shadow dancing, cool pops, art activities, and a night hike!


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Head to the park to join bird walks led by experts from the NYC Audubon! Bird walks focus on wildlife happenings in the park.

Birding: Osprey Watch at Avenue U and East 33rd Street (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.

Introduction to Bird Watching at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a bird-watching walk and learn about Prospect Park's magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!

Ranger's Choice: Idlewild Birding by Canoe Excursion (Advanced) at Idlewild Park, Queens
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
On this program, enjoy a paddle in the wetlands of Jamaica Bay and view the incredible birds of this habitat.

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