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Monday, August 02, 2021

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for the weekend of August 7-8, 2021:

Bedford Audubon Society

Field Trip: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Sunday, August 8, 2021, 8:00am - 1:00pm
Leader: Tait Johansson
Description: That’s right - conditions look good for a Field Trip to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge! Join Naturalist Tait Johansson for high tide at the bay near the peak of shorebird migration at the Refuge’s East Pond. We could see flocks of hundreds of migrating shorebirds, and in the last few days, eBirders have recorded Great Blue Heron, Glossy Ibis, Osprey, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron and so many others! Bring binoculars, lunch, sunscreen, plenty of cold drinks, and boots/footwear so you won’t mind getting muddy. Meet at Bylane Farm at 6:30am to caravan, or meet at the Visitors’ Center at 8:00am.
Registration: Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Registration required by emailing Susan at or by calling 914-302-9713 (Please specify where you will meet the group when you register).
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Gateway National Parks

Fort Tilden Hike
Saturday, August 7, 2021, 11:00 am — 12:00pm
Leader: Park Rangers
Description: Join a park ranger for a walking tour of Fort Tilden, highlighting the fort's role in the defense of New York City during the 20th Century.
Registration: Call 718-338-3799 to reserve. Tour will be capped at 10 participants. Social distancing will be maintained. Face mask required.
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Fort Wadsworth Tour
Sunday, August 8, 2021, 11:00am — 12:00pm
Leader: Park Rangers
Description: Join us for a hike around Fort Wadsworth as we explore both the natural areas and the remnants of the former harbor defense system. Inclement weather will cancel this program. Dress appropriately. Bring water, face mask required.
Registration: Call 718 354-4655 to make a reservation.
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Green-Wood Cemetery

Summer Fungi Walk
Sunday, August 8, 2021, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Description: Green-Wood is a special place for fungi of all kinds. Sigrid Jakob and Potter Palmer, members of the New York Mycological Society and founders of the Green-Wood Fungi Phenology Project, will lead a mushroom walk into the depths of Green-Wood’s lovely and extensive woodlands where all types of fascinating fungi will be encountered: amanita, russula, boletes, agaricus, polypores, puffballs, jellies, even tiny ascomycetes (“dots on sticks,” an often overlooked but ubiquitous fungi that, though difficult to identify, are fascinating to study). Learn how to differentiate the delicious from the deadly and start putting names to some of the city’s more common summer fungi. And come prepared for off-road walking.
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Linnaean Society of New York

Central Park Botany Walk
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Leader: Regina Alvarez
Description: Bring a notebook, magnifying glass and if you have a small pair of close-focus binoculars, it will enhance your experience. We will learn about flowering plants from majestic trees, such as the Tulip Tree to the tiniest flower, which is Duckweed. It covers the Pool, and it provides food for the ducks. We examine the tiny reproductive parts of each flowering plant and how it is designed for pollination and seed dispersal. We learn which plants are native and which are non-native. Ferns are fascinating. Some produce spores on the backs of the fronds, and others have a special spore structure. We look at non-plants, such as lichen, fungus and more. Important are symbiotic relationships that plants form with the natural world. Be prepared for a fascinating journey into the world of botany.
Registration: Anne Lazarus — or 212-673-9059
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New York City Audubon

Governors Island Bird Walk
Saturdays, July 10-October 30, 2021, 2-3:30pm
Leader: NYC Audubon
Description: Meet the birds of Governors Island with one of our expert guides! Over 220 bird species have been spotted on the island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow.
Registration: Reserve your spot by signing up at Nolan Park #17. Limited to 10. Free.
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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Accessible Trail Through The Saint Francis Woodlands
Saturday, August 7, 2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Brian Smith
Description: Participants will meet me at the Saint Francis Woodlands parking lot located at the end of Helena Road off Todt Hill Road. We will enjoy access along the newly constructed elevated boardwalk through the Saint Francis Woods to Priory Pond. The newly constructed boardwalk is wheelchair accessible and the flat walkway is accommodating for all. Along the route there is plenty of wildlife, flora, and beautiful views. This walk is designed for folks with mobility issues or parents that have young ones in strollers.
Registration: For more information contact Brian Smith at (917) 842-6585.
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Urban Park Rangers

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Community Rowing and Birding at Hunts Point Riverside Park, Bronx
1:00pm –6:00pm
Through Community Rowing, guests of all ages explore the Bronx River aboard student-built wooden row boats, accompanied by staff who teach them about the local waterways. Community Birding brings birdwatching to the shores of the Bronx River.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Birding: Early Birding at Wolfe's Pond Park House (in Wolfe's Pond Park), Staten Island
9:00am –10:00am
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.

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