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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, June 1, 2019 to Sunday, June 2, 2019:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Sterling Forest’s Wildcat Mountain and Townsend Trails
Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: breeding birds and nature discovery along the trail, wildflowers, butterflies, scenic panoramas
Registrar: Peter Dorosh (or backup
Registration Period: May 25th - May 30th
Leaders note: This is an estimated 7.5 mile hike, not for the physically challenged. You will need to be in good shape or have hiking experience. Proper []

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 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.

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 7:15am - 12:00pm
Prospect Park First Sunday Walk
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik Meet at Ocean/Parkside Avenues, “The Pergola” at 7:15 am No registration necessary.
Please review our trip guidelines here:

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 9:00am - 10:30am
Fort Greene Park, North Brooklyn
Meet 9 am at the Urban Park Rangers Visitors Center
Leader: August Davidson-Onsgard
Focus: Spring migration of songbirds at a historical park. The park’s May list is 78 species to date. No registration necessary. Nearest train stations: DeKalb Avenue station; exit and walk 5 blocks east on DeKalb Avenue; Also Fulton Ave A and […]


Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 8:00am
Eric Salzman Memorial Walk
South Fork Natural History Museum
Cosponsored by the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society (ELIAS) and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
On this joint walk we will explore the avian life of the meadow behind the South Fork Natural History Museum and remember Eric Salzman who led this walk for many years. We will miss his keen ear to ID the bird songs. This walk will provide an opportunity to see and – especially – hear some of our locally breeding birds. The two-hour walk will be followed by a short introduction to the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society.

There is no charge for this event, but advance reservations are required. Please call SoFo at (631) 537-9735 for reservations and directions to the Museum, if you need them.


Feminist Bird Club
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Kissena Park with Akilah Lewis

All walks follow the ABA Code of Birding Ethics


Gateway National Park
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10:00am — 11:00am
Birding for Beginners
Day(s): Every week on Saturday until September 28, 2019
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Saturday, June 1, 2019, 2pm — 3pm
Hummingbird Hide-and-Seek
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Sunday, June 2, 2019, 10:00am — 11:30am
Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Day(s): Every week on Sunday until September 29, 2019
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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, June 2, 2019, 6:00am - 7:30am
Birding in Peace
Peak Spring Migration From Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to over 20 species of colorful wood-warblers, our peak migration tours will feature many of the 163 bird species that have been recorded at Green-Wood during the month of May. Beginning just after sunrise, we will experience spring’s dawn chorus at the active time of day for birds.
$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.


Linnaean Society of New York
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Eastern Long Island Spring Specialties
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
Registrar: Regina Ryan — or 212-787-5589
Registration opens: Monday, May 20
Ride: $40


New York City Audubon
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Van Cortlandt Bird Walks, The Bronx
Saturdays, April 27-July 20, 9-10:30am
Guide: 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 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, call 212-691-7483. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 7:00am – 1:00pm
Breeding Birds of Jamaica Bay
Guide: Tod Winston
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is home to nesting Cedar Waxwings, Brown Thrashers, White-eyed Vireos, Tree Swallows, Yellow Warblers, American Redstarts, Osprey, Willet, and seven species of wading birds. We'll walk the refuge trails and observe these species and many more on their breeding grounds. Bring lunch. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $93 (65)
Click here to register

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Pelham Bay Park Bird Walk Series
Sundays, March 24-June 30 9-10:30am
Guide: NYC Audubon with Pelham Bay Park
Before May 20th: Meet at Orchard Beach Parking Lot
May 20th-June 30th: Meet at Rodman's Neck Parking Lot
Join us to explore some of the best birding NYC has to offer. Come discover Pelham Bay Park's diverse habitat that attracts a variety of spring migrants. No registration necessary. No limit. Free


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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Saturday, June 1, 2019, 11:00am
Lemon Creek Walking Tour
Lemon Creek is one of the longest aboveground creeks in New York City, and its route cuts deeply into the history of Staten Island. Once famous for its oysters and oystermen, it was a favorite haunt of author Joseph Mitchell in the 1950s, and is now a Staten Island Bluebelt, harboring eagles, peacocks, and deer. Join writer and photographer Nathan Kensinger on a walk tracing out the lower portions of this fascinating waterway, as it flows through historic neighborhoods and protected parklands, and out to Prince’s Bay.
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New York City WILD!
Sunday, June 2, 2019, 12:00pm
Old Croton Aqueduct - Part 6 (of 8) Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx to Highbridge

For the full information about each walk click HERE


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mount Loretto, The North Woods
Participants will search the summer forest for the many signs of wildlife while also examining the geologic history and effects of human influence of this diverse area on the south shore. Meet at the parking lot for North Mount Loretto on Amboy Road at Cunnigham Road in Richmond Valley.
For more information contact Clay Wollney at (718) 869-6327.


Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Ward Pound Ridge
Leader: Eric Miller
QCBC's annual trip to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in northern Westchester County, followed by a barbecue, free to QCBC members.
Trip contact person is Arie Gilbert 917-693-7178. You MUST call by Thursday, May 30, if you plan on attending the barbecue.
There are two meeting places, depending on your time of arrival.
You must be inside the Ward Pound Ridge entrance prior to 8 am to avoid a vehicle use fee.

Trip Etiquette
• Non members are welcome on our trips and we would appreciate a nominal $5 (or more!) voluntary donation for non-member participation. We prefer if you offer instead of being asked.
• All persons (member or not) are required to offer contribution if they get a ride with another.
• All persons are requested to Notify the leader at least 2 days in advance if they want to go on a trip.
• Be on time. We depart promptly.


South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Hempstead Lake State Park
From the Southern State Parkway, take Exit 18 (Eagle Avenue) south to Field 3 (use second park entrance and make an immediate left turn.)
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, June 1, 2019
Rails to Trails: Conference House Park and Mt. Loretto Edition at MTA Staten Island Railway-Tottenville Station, Staten Island
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Celebrate National Trails Day! Join us on a 5-mile hike through the "wild and natural" areas of Conference House Park and Mt. Loretto Unique Natural area/North Mt. Loretto Forest.

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Join us in the park as we focus on wildlife happenings in the park on a walk led by NYC Audubon experts.

Sunday, June 2, 2019
Bird Watching at the Reservoir at Main entrance across from the Vermont Place Parking Lot
8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Start your day with an early morning bird watching tour led by the Brooklyn Bird Club. The tour starts at the main entrance to the Ridgewood Reservoir located across the Highland Park…


Wild Bird Fund
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00am - 11:00am
Take a Walk On the Wild Side
Time to see who's at the Reservoir and Pinetum! Join Carine Mitchell, WBF member, educator, and avid birder, for a walk in Central Park’s Ramble to see woodpeckers, flycatchers, thrushes, nesting vireos and robins, and late migrating warblers. Expect to see fledgling sparrows, blue jays, starlings, robins, and grackles being fed by their parents. We'll be meeting at the Wild Bird Fund (address below) at 9 AM SHARP on June 1, 2019. The walk is $15; for members of WBF, it…
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