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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Upcoming Bird and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming birding and nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, January 25, 2020 to Sunday, January 26, 2020:

Bedford Audubon Society
Sunday, January 26, 2020, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Winter Tree Identification
Muscoot Farm, 51 NY-100, Katonah, NY 10536
Don’t judge a tree by its leaves!
There are lots of ways to identify trees, and you can learn all aboutthem by joining Naturalist Tait Johansson on a Nature Walk: Winter TreeIdentification at Muscoot Farm. Co-sponsored with Friends of Muscoot Farm. Tait will explain how to use a tree’s structure, bark, and other clues to ID it even after theleaves have fallen. Family friendly, but all children must beaccompanied by an adult.
Cost: Free.Level of difficulty: Easy. Dress warm.
Please register with Susanat or 914-302-9713.
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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Croton Point State Park, NY
Leader: Mike Yuan
Trip synopsis: Croton Point Park by public transportation. Participants will meet at Grand Central Terminal to take Metro North to Croton-Harmon station. After the walk, warm up at the Green Growler Taproom, adjacent to the train station, for beers and snacks before heading back.
Focus: winter resident eagles, raptors, waterfowl, open grassland and brush species
Metro-north train fare: round trip about $22.50
Registrar: Janet Schumacher email
Registration Period: Jan 18th – Jan 23rd
Please review our trip guidelines here:

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 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.


Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, January 26, 2020, 7:15 am - 8:45 am
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 birds that make Green-Wood their home – some at least temporarily.

Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean that there aren’t interesting birds to discover in Green-Wood. For some bird species that migrate south after the breeding season, Brooklyn is their Miami during the cold months. Spend the early morning exploring the cemetery, looking for overwintering waterfowl, nuthatches, woodpeckers, sparrows, finches and any half-hardy birds that decided to stick around. By February we’ll see some of the early north-bound birds beginning to trickle back into the area.

All walks are at a slow pace on easy to moderate terrain, but proper, close toed footwear is suggested.
$10 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $15 for non-members
Click here for our inclement weather policy.

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.


Hudson River Audubon Society
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Pelham Bay Park
Meet at Pelham Bay Park at 8 AM; far left corner of the Orchard Beach parking lot.
Pelham Bay Park is known for its wintering owls, uch as Northern Saw-whet, Great Horned, and Long-eared. We will also search the woods and water for winter birds. American Wigeon, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser should be in the bays.

Hudson River Audubon Society field trips are free. Non-members/ newcomers are welcome and are encouraged to join us as members ($20 introductory offer). Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. Some are available for loan for those who need them. Dress appropriately for the weather. For more information call Michael Bochnik at (914) 237-9331


Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, January 26, 2020, 9:00am
Connetquot State Park and Bayard Cutting Arboretum
The Preserve is a winter waterfowl hang-out as well as many resident birds. Meet in the parking lot.
Registration: Call (631) 885-1881 to register.
Directions: From the west, get off Sunrise Highway at Oakdale-Bohemia Road, cross over Sunrise, head west and watch for the Park entrance on the right.


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Pelham Bay Park
Leader: Rob Jett
Registrar: Louise Fraza — or 212-534-6182
Registration opens: Monday, January 13
Ride: $15


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
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 9am – 11am
Randall's Island Winter Walk
Guide: Nadir Souirgi
Explore this lesser known spot in the East River, where recently restored freshwater wetlands and salt marsh provide habitat for many varieties of birds. We’ll look for rarities such as Common Goldeneye, Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Iceland Gull. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 9:30am – 11:00am
Forest Park Feeder Watch and Owl Prowl, Queens
Guide: Corey Finger
Explore the depths of the largest contiguous forest in Queens. Highlights include the feeding station at the famed Waterhole and a search for owls in the pine groves. Common feeder sightings include woodpeckers, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch, and usually at least one Brown Creeper. Past years have also seen Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Pine Warbler. On the owl prowl, look for sightings of Great Horned, Northern Saw-whet, or Long-eared Owl. Limited to 15. $36 (25) per walk
Click here to register


New York City WILD!
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 11:30am
Winter Wonderland! Brooklyn: Coney Island Creek & Coney Island Beach

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 9:30am
Winter Wonderland & Bald Eagles! Croton-on-Hudson: Croton Point Park
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 !


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 9:00am - 11:30am
East Shore Seawall Hike
Join us for the exploratory seaside journey in the footprint of the forthcoming East Shore Seawall, from Oakwood Beach Water Treatment Control Plant, through Oakwood, Cedar Grove, New Dorp and Miller Field Beach. What will stay? What is the new elevation? Will there be ramps and railings? How will beach ecology be affected? We will also check for migratory waterfowl and mammals visiting Staten Island for the winter.
Participants will meet at the corner of Mill Road and Tarlton Street in Oakwood.
For more information contact Jim Scarcella at 718-873-4291.


Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 7:45am – 4:30pm
Leader: Ian Resnick (917) 626-9562
Where: Georges Lighthouse Cafe, 1999 Montauk Point State Pkwy, Montauk, NY 11954 (map)
Bring lunch.
We will bird until dusk, then go out to dinner with the group.
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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, January 26, 2020
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
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Birding: Winter Waterfowl at West 90th Street and Central Park West
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a walk around the reservoir as we look for these cold hardy birds.

Birding: Winter Waterfowl at 155th Street and Baisley Boulevard (in Baisley Pond Park), Queens
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.

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