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Monday, November 04, 2019

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming birding and nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, November 9, 2019 to Sunday, November 10, 2019:

Bedford Audubon Society
August 25, 2019 through November 25, 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm
Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch
Arthur Butler Sanctuary, Bedford, NY
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.

Registration not necessary.
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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Brooklyn Coast Potpourri
Leader: Heydi Lopes
Focus: open field species, late sparrows, raptors, late shorebirds, potential rarity.
Car Pool Fee: $10.00
Registrar Mike Yuan email
Registration Period: Nov 2nd Nov 7th
Note: This trip’s locations will be at the discretion of the leader, depending on what’s being reported.
Please review our trip guidelines here:

Saturday, November 9, 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.


Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 8:30am
Smith Point
Leader: Byron Young
At the southern end of William Floyd Parkway, you will find Smith Point Park.
Meet on the west side of the large parking lot closest to the FINS tower.
There are usually a great many small birds hanging out by the basketball courts, birds should still be migrating as we look for both land birds and check out the ocean for any pelagic birds and winter ducks. Over 200 species have been seen here, so maybe we could have a good day. In addition to a large collection of gulls in the parking lot, which we will check for Lesser Black-backed Gulls, the parking lot features its own herd of deer. Although frowned on by the NPS, if you would like to bring them a left over Halloween pumpkin, they would surely enjoy it.


Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 8:30am
Suffolk County Farm
350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank
Leader(s): Vera Capogna (516-639-5430) and John Gluth (631-827-0120)
Take Sunrise Highway to exit 57N, Horseblock Rd. Bear right onto County Road 21, Yaphank Ave. Travel approximately one mile to the Cornell Cooperative Extension on left. Turn left onto the entrance road. Take your first right and follow down and meet at the visitors parking area on your left

(Nature walks will be cancelled if it is raining or snowing.)


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Prospect Park, Bartel Pritchard Park Entrance
Leader: Roberta Manian
Registrar: Mary Beth Kooper —
Registration opens: Monday, October 28
Public transportation

Sunday, November 10, 2019
Croton Point Park
Leader: Paul Keim
Registrar: Miriam Rakowski — or 212-749-7376
Registration opens: Monday, October 28
Public transportation


New York City Audubon
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 7am – 7pm
Hawk Mountain, PA
Guides: Tod Winston, Hawk Mountain Education Specialist
Visit Hawk Mountain at the peak migration time for raptors such as Golden Eagles, Rough-legged Hawks, and Northern Goshawks. We'll also enjoy an orientation from a Hawk Mountain docent and seek out wintering finches and other songbirds at the Visitor Center's feeder station. The path to the hawk watch site is a .75-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, November 9, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
Saturdays, September 7-November 23, 9-10:30am
Guides: NYC Audubon with the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance
Meet at the southeast corner of the Mosholu Avenue park entrance. 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. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 9:30am – 7:00pm
Snow Geese and Tundra Swans of Brigantine, NJ
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Brigantine, part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, is one of the East Coast's premier sites for waterbirds, offering a diversity of species and panoramic views. Bring lunch and water. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $125 (87)
Click here to register

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 9:00am – 10:30am
Pelham Bay Park Bird Walks
Sundays, September 8-December 8, 9-10:30am
Guide: NYC Audubon with Pelham Bay Park
September 8: Meets at Rodman’s Neck Parking Lot
September 15-December 8: Meet at Orchard Beach 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 fall migrants. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 9:30am – 11:30am
Birding at Wave Hill
Sundays, September 8, October 13, November 10
Guide: Gabriel Willow with Wave Hill
Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of bird species and their behaviors on these captivating walks. Wave Hill’s garden setting overlooking the Hudson River flyway provides the perfect habitat for resident and migrating birds. Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. Limited to 20 per walk. NYC Audubon members enjoy two-for-one admission (see for more information).


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 WILD!
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 8:00am
Now Get Out: Poughkeepsie Two Bridges Walk

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 10:00am
Now Get Out: Croton Aqueduct Trail: Croton Dam to Ossining, NY

For the FULL INFORMATION ABOUT EACH WALK click HERE to take you to the Eventbrite Profile page where you will find all details (scroll down to the thumbnails) for each of the outings and how to SIGN UP !


North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Point Lookout and Lido Preserve - leaderless walk
Where: 40.588320, -73.584722 (map)
Meet in the southeast corner of the parking lot for Point Lookout Town Park. The lot is due south of the last exit of Loop Pkwy.
Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water. Wear long pants and socks so you do not touch poison ivy.


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 12:00pm-2:00pm
High Rock Park and Pouch Camp
200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island
Join Ray Matarazzo for a fall foliage hike to Stump Pond. Investigate this unique corner of the Greenbelt with one of Staten Island’s finest environmental educators. The walk will focus on the identification of trees, some of the most colorful species, Hickory, Maple, Sweetgum and Tupelo.
Participants will meet in the parking lot at 200 Nevada Avenue.
For more information call Ray Matarazzo at (718) 317-7666.

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Bloomingdale Park
Maguire Avenue and Ramona Avenue, Staten Island
Fifty years ago the area now known as Bloomingdale Park was sandy pine-oak woodlands littered with everything imaginable, including burnt out stolen cars and trash cans. A hike today through the woodlands of Bloomingdale Park will reveal the effects of a half century of time and human intervention. Participants will observe the power of nature to reclaim the woods from damage wrought by humans.
Meet at the corner of Maguire Avenue and Ramona Avenue.
For more information phone Clay Wollney at (718) 869-6327.


South Shore Audubon Society
November 10, 2019
Mill Pond Park
Use street parking on the westbound side of Merrick Road. The park is four blocks west of the Wantagh State Parkway.
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, November 9, 2019
Wings Over Wave Hill Weekend at Wave Hill, Bronx
9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
This Veteran’s Day weekend, spend a day or two—or three—enjoying a plethora of activities devoted to birds both big and small.

Sunday, November 10, 2019
Wings Over Wave Hill Weekend at Wave Hill, Bronx
9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
This Veteran’s Day weekend, spend a day or two—or three—enjoying a plethora of activities devoted to birds both big and small.

Flora and Fauna Walk of Highbridge Park with Tod Winston at W 158th Street and Edgecombe Avenue (in Highbridge Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Come on a morning nature walk through Highbridge Park, an ideal spot to see many species of animals, insects, and birds.

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