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Monday, October 09, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, October 14, 2017 to Sunday, October 15, 2017:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, October 14, 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!


Bedford Audubon Society
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8:00am - 9:00am
Discover Migration at the John Jay Homestead
Leader: Naturalist Tait Johansson
Join Tait for a bird walk around the historic grounds at 8am, and then stay for the Farmers Market, which starts at 9am. Please note the Market has moved to the field adjacent to the Carriage Barn.
Cost: Free
Level of difficulty: Easy
Please register with Susan at or 914-302-9713


Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 7:15am
Prospect Park Saturday Walk
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Meet at Ocean/Parkside Avenues, “The Pergola” at 7:15am
No registration necessary.

Sunday, October 15, 2017
Sparrows of Staten Island
Leader: Seth Wollney
Focus: Peak of sparrows Passeridae species
Car Fee: $18.00
Registrar: Donna Evans email
Registration Period: Oct 7th - Oct 12th
Please review our general trip information and guidelines on this page.


Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday, October 14, 2017, meet at 8:30am
Fire Island Hawk Watch and Hike to the Lighthouse
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
A repeat of a well-liked field trip, we will be meeting at the eastern end of Parking Lot 5, at Robert Moses State Park. We will stop at the Hawk Watch, where, with favorable winds, we will be joining other Long Island birders for a while, and hopefully see a number of east to west flying raptors. We will then walk the 3/4 mile boardwalk to the Fire Island Lighthouse, looking for migrating song birds along the way. Dress for the weather, and perhaps, bring a light snack and water. Binoculars a must.
For more details, please contact Eileen Schwinn at or call 516-662-7751 the day of the trip.


Gateway National Parks
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 10:00am to 11:30am
Birding By Ear
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center for an introduction to the calls of backyard birds.
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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 9:00am
Robert Moses State Park Hawk Watch
The best place to see migrating raptors on Long Island. Great viewing platform, with some of the birds flying by at eye level, always has expert hawk watchers to answer any questions you may have. Exploring the surrounding areas should turn up other migrants as well as possible rarities.
Registration: 631-885-1881

Directions: Proceed south on Robert Moses Parkway, over the bridge to Robert Moses State Park. From the water tower circle (check for peregrine falcon), proceed east to parking lot #5. We will meet in the NE corner of the parking lot.


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Floyd Bennett Field
Leader: Rob Jett
Registrar: Kathleen Toomey — or 718-436-3494
Registration opens: Monday, October 2
Ride: $15 or public transportation

Sunday, October 15, 2017
5TH Annual Starr Saphir Memorial Fall Migration Walk, Central Park
Leader: Lenore Swenson — information only or 212-533-9567
No registration Public transportation
Meet at 103rd Street and Central Park West at 7:30 am


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 14, 2017, 8am – 8pm
NYC Audubon Day at Hawk Mountain, PA
Guides: Gabriel Willow, Hawk Mountain Education Specialist
Mid-October is the perfect time to visit Hawk Mountain, one of the premier hawk-watching spots in the East. Gabriel Willow and a Hawk Mountain education specialist will introduce us to the variety of raptors that may be seen, including golden eagles, buteos, and falcons The path to the hawk watch site is a 3/4 mile hike through mountainous woodland. Bring lunch. Group program, trail admission, and transportation by van included. Limited to 12. $139 (97)
Click here to register

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:00am – 11:30am
Fall Migrants of Inwood Hill Park
Guide: Annie Barry
Meet at the entrance of Inwood Hill Park at the corner of Isham Street and Seaman Avenue. Join Annie Barry for a hike through a mature forest in search of kinglets, warblers, flycatchers, sparrows, thrushes and more, then search the shore of the Inwood Hill Park saltmarshes for herons and ducks. Some hilly walking required. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:30am – 10:30am
Queens Botanical Garden Bird Walks
Guide: NYC Audubon 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. Register for one date or the whole series of five free walks (walk-ins welcome!). Binoculars available. Limited to 25. Appropriate for all ages. To register, email or visit Free with Garden admission

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 8am – 3pm
Birding Gems of Staten Island: Freshkills Park
Guide: Cliff Hagen
Start your trip with a journey across the Upper Bay on the Staten Island Ferry! This is 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, which host an array of breeding birds, butterflies, mammals, frogs, and turtles. Each autumn, migrant species abound as they travel along the North 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 as they, too, fly south for the winter. Transport by passenger van on S.I. included. Limited to 12. $57 (40)
Click here to register

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 9am – 1pm
Fall Migration on Randall's Island
Guides: Gabriel Willow, Christopher Girgenti of Randall's Island with Randall's Island Park Alliance, Inc.
Make your way over the pedestrian bridge to Randall's Island, an under-explored location in the East River that hosts restored freshwater wetlands and salt marsh. We'll look for fall migrants as we explore the results of recent restoration efforts. Two miles of walking and some modest climbs. Limited to 20. $40 (28)
Click here to register


North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8am – 12pm
Hoffman Center

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: Barbara - 516-628-9022


Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15 at 10am and 12pm
Open House NY Weekend at the Ridgewood Reservoir


Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Kissena Park
Leader: Eric Miller 917-279-7530
Meet: Kissena Velodrome, Flushing, NY 11355 (map)
Description: Fall Migrants!


South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Point Lookout Town Park and Lido Preserve

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 14, 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.

Greenbelt on the Go: Sparrows at Conference House Park at Visitor Center (in Conference House Park), Staten Island
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
October is prime time to learn to identify the different species of sparrows that visit Staten Island.

Bird Walks with New York City Audubon at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how Queens Botanical Garden provides important resources for birds— like water, shelter, and insects to eat.

Birding: Hawk Watch at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park), Queens
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Our birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.

Free Nature Walk at Washington Square Park at Northwest Corner Seating Area (in Washington Square Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Join NYC naturalist Leslie Day for a nature walk through Washington Square Park where she will talk about the botanical history of the trees and the diverse bird life of the park.

Sunday, October 15, 2017
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.


Wild Bird Fund
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:00am - 10:30am
Take a Walk at the Brooklyn Bridge* with Heather Wolf
Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States

Heather Wolf, birder and photographer, will walk us "on the wild side" of Brooklyn Bridge Park in search of birds that inhabit her local patch. Her book “Birding at the Bridge: In Search of Every Bird on the Brooklyn Waterfront” documents her mini-quest to find and photograph as many birds as possible at Brooklyn Bridge Park, where she leads educational bird walks and inspires non-birders to discover birds in their neighborhoods. WHEN: Sat., October 14th, 9:00 to 10:30 AM WHERE:…
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