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Monday, October 02, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, October 7, 2017 to Sunday, October 8, 2017:

Alley Pond Environmental Center
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9:30am – 11:30am
Fall Bird Walk for Beginners
Ages 8 and up (children must be accompanied by adult)

Walk through APEC’s trails, accompanied by a member of Queens County Bird Club. Try to spot our various species of birds – both the year-round residents and the multitudes of warblers migrating through at this time. Listen for their songs. Learn to use binoculars and a field guide. Wear hiking shoes, sneakers, or other closed-toe shoes that you won’t mind getting muddy. Bring binoculars if you have them.. Although this walk is free, pre-registration is required as spots are limited. This walk will cover some rough terrain and is not suitable for persons with limited mobility. Limited to 20 participants
Click here to register


Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 12 pm – 1 pm
Introduction to Bird Watching
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a birdwatching walk and learn about Prospect Park’s magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 8am – 9am
Early Morning Bird Walk: Hawks
October is Hawk Month! Join Prospect Park Alliance for this free hawk tour led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.
This tour leaves promptly at 8am.


Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 7:15am
Prospect Park Saturday Walk
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Meet at Ocean/Parkside Avenues, “The Pergola” at 7:15am
No registration necessary.


Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, October 8, 2017
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. By September, all our nesting birds’ offspring 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 denizen from the north.

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.


Hudson River Audubon Society
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Lenoir Nature Preserve - The BIG SIT and Hawk Watch
Meet at 10 AM behind the Lenoir Mansion
The object of the "BIG SIT" is to tally as many bird species as we can in a day from a single position. We'll be out on the Lenoir lawn (at our hawk watch sight) overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Bring a chair, drink and snacks and join us anytime on that day and help us find the birds!


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Randall’s Island
Leader: Alan Drogin
Registrar: Miriam Rakowski — or 212-749-7376
Registration opens: Monday, September 25
Ride: $10 or public transportation

Sunday, October 8, 2017
Staten Island Conference House Park and Mount Loretto
Leader: Seth Wollney
Registrar: Judy Rabi — or 917-658-1832
Registration opens: Monday, September 25
Ride: $20


Littoral Society
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Fort Tilden Hawk Watch
Join naturalist Don Riepe for a hike along the beach, dunes and woods at Gateway’s Fort Tilden site in Breezy Point. Visit the hawk watch platform and see migrating, Peregrine Falcon, Sharp-shinned and Coopers hawks, Kestrel, Merlin, and Osprey as well as Common Flickers and other songbirds.
For information and reservation call Don (917) 371-8577; e-mail:
This is a partnership program with the American Littoral Society and Gateway NRA


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
Saturdays, September 2–November 25, 8-9:30am
Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
Guides: NYC Audubon 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

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9am – 12pm
Sparrow Identification Workshop Trip
Thursday, October 5, 7-8:30pm (class); Saturday, October 7, 9am-12pm (trip)
Instructor: Gabriel Willow
Sparrows are one of the most challenging groups of birds to identify, yet beautiful and fascinating once they can be distinguished. Learn to identify those LBJs (little brown jobs) by studying behavior, field marks, and songs. Sparrow species seen in prior years include field, swamp, savannah, white-crowned, and Lincoln's. Limited to 12. $65 (45)
Click here to register


North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
Garvies Point Museum-Preserve
50 Barry Dr, Glen Cove, NY 11542, USA (map)

See "Walk locations" for directions. Coordinates are to driveway that you need to turn north on.
Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water. Wear long pants and socks so you do not touch poison ivy.
Leader: Lindy 516-628-1315


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Mount Loretto Unique Area
Enjoy the early autumn in the meadow searching for wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies and migrating birds. Along the bluffs beside the lighthouse, participants will discuss and search for marine life in the Raritan Bay. Meet at the parking lot on Hylan Boulevard across from the CYO Community Center, 6541 Hylan Boulevard.
For more information call Ray Matarazzo at 718-317-7666.

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Monarch Butterfly Migration: Talk/Walk and Butterfly Tagging
Where: Conference House Park
Come tag butterflies with naturalists Paul T. Lederer and Clay Woolney who will discuss this insect’s biology and behavior. Monarch butterflies migrate in the fall from as far north as Canada on their journey to their overwintering sites in Mexico. Come and enjoy the experience of seeing these marvels of nature up close and personal! It is suggested that the participants wear long pants and shoes that cover the entire foot as well as socks that cover the ankle since we will be walking through beach grass and dunes.
We will meet at the Conference House Park parking lot near the Visitors’ Center, 7455 Hylan Boulevard.
NOTE: PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED! To ensure your reservation call Paul at his cell phone 718-354-9200. If you get his voice mail, please leave a message containing the following information: (1) your name (2) your phone number (cell phone preferred) (3) the number in your party.


Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, October 7, 2017 (rain date Sunday, October 8th)
Big Sit
Leader: Corey Finger (518) 445-5829
Where: Fort Tilden, Breezy Point, NY 11697, USA (map)


South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Jones Beach West End 2
From the Southern State Parkway, exit onto the Meadowbrook State Parkway south. After entering Jones Beach State Park, exit right (west) into the West End. Continue west to West End 2 parking lot; we meet in the northeast corner of the lot.

From the Wantagh State Parkway, travel south. Upon entering Jones Beach State Park, exit at Bay Drive and continue west to West End 2 parking lot; we meet in the northeast corner of the 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, October 7, 2017
Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Join NYC Audubon on birding walks through Van Cortlandt Park to discover wildlife happenings in the park.

Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders - Hallett Nature Sanctuary
at Chess and Checkers House (in Central Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Why do birds flock to Central Park every spring and fall? We’ll find out as we explore Central Park’s woodlands, and learn the basics of bird identification.

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!

Hawk Watch at Moses Mountain at Rockland Road and Meisner Avenue, Staten Island
12:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
It's possible to see red-tailed hawks, falcons, osprey, red-shouldered hawks, and more on this trip!

Sunday, October 8, 2017
Bird Watching at the Ridgewood Reservoir at Vermont Place Parking Lot (in Highland Park), Queens
8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Catch the fall migration at this bird-watching workshop led by the Brooklyn Bird Club. Binoculars are recommended.

Fall Birding at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of bird species and their behaviors on these captivating walks.

Birding: Fall Migration at Dyckman Street and Broadway
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.

Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders - The North Woods at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Why do birds flock to Central Park every spring and fall? We’ll find out as we explore Central Park’s woodlands, and learn the basics of bird identification.

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