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Monday, September 13, 2021

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for the weekend of September 18-19, 2021:

Bedford Audubon Society

Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch
August 26, 2021 - November 24, 2021, 9:00am - 5:00 pm
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Description: It’s officially Hawkwatch Season! 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. Hawkwatch takes place daily through November, 9:00am-5:00pm (weather permitting). Arthur Butler Sanctuary on Chestnut Ridge Road in Bedford Corners. Registration not necessary, but please abide by current Covid-19 guidelines based on your vaccination status.
Registration: Registration required by emailing Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or by calling 914-302-9713.
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Guided Canoe Trip at Constitution Marsh
Saturday, September 18, 2021, 9:30am - 11:30am
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Description: You won’t want to miss this year’s Guided Canoe Trip at Constitution Marsh. Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary is in Putnam County on the east shore of the Hudson River. The marsh is an Audubon New York Important Bird Area (IBA), a NY State Bird Conservation Area, and is designated as a Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat. Registration is very limited and there will be two people per canoe.
Registration: Cost: $45.00 (Member); $50.00 (Non-member).
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Brooklyn Bird Club

Prospect Park Saturday Fall Migration Walk
Saturday, September 18, 2021, 7:45am - 11:00am
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Description: Meet 7:45 am at the “Pergola” entrance on Ocean and Parkside Avenues.
Registration: No registration necessary; however, if more than 20 people show up we will split the group.
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Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturday, September 18, 2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club
Description: Whether you're just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you. Join a member of the Brooklyn Bird Club to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit Prospect Park through all seasons. All levels are welcome.
Registration: No registration necessary. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring binoculars if you have them.
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Gateway National Parks

4th Annual Jamaica Bay Monarch/Pollinator Festival
Sunday, September 19, 2021, 10:00am
Leader: Park Rangers
Description: Learn about the amazing journeys of butterflies such as the monarch butterfly, along with many different species of moths, bees, and other pollinators at the second annual Jamaica Bay Pollinator Festival. Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center for a fun day of activities.
Registration: No registration necessary.
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Great South Bay Audubon Society

Connetquot River SP Preserve Talk and Walk
Saturday, September 18, 2021, 8:00am - 10:00am
Leader: Hosted by Great South Bay Audubon and NYS Parks
Description: Connetquot River State Park Preserve 3525 Sunrise Hwy, Oakdale.
Registration: Reservations required – call Connetquot River State Park Preserve at 581-1072 to register. Registration fee $4, plus $8 parking fee per car – unless you have yearly Empire Pass.
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Green-Wood Cemetery

Mushroom Walk for Spanish Speakers
Saturday, September 18, 2021, 10:00am - 11:30am
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 (or fall) fungi. And come prepared for off-road walking.
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Birding in Peace
Sunday, September 18, 2021, 6:30am - 8:00am
Description: 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—at least temporarily. By September, offspring of these nesting birds will be on their own. Returning warblers will be in their less flamboyant fall plumage. Large numbers of blackbirds, flycatchers, sparrows, vireos, and swallows will also be passing through. By October, waterfowl are returning, and we’ll look for raptors heading south. November will bring back our overwintering feathered denizens from the north. View Details


Fall Mushroom Walk
Sunday, September 19, 2021, 10:00am - 11:30am
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 (or fall) fungi. And come prepared for off-road walking.
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Hudson River Audubon Society

Hawk Watch at Lenoir Nature Preserve
Saturday, September 18, 2021, 10am
Leader: Michael Bochnik
Description: We will search the skies for Broad-winged Hawks migrating South. Their peak numbers are mid September and we may see hundreds or even thousands, Meet behind the Lenoir Mansion; we suggest bringing a chair.
Registration: Pre-register with Michael bochnikm@cs.com or call him at 914-237-9331 for more information
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Linnaean Society of New York

Green-Wood Cemetery
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Leader: Rob Jett
Description: Situated along the Harbor Hill Terminal Moraine in Brooklyn, this 478-acre National Historic Landmark features hills, valleys and kettle ponds. Green-Wood Cemetery is a magnet for migrating birds, which makes perfect sense given the more than 500 species of woody plants that qualify it for Class III Arboretum status—one of only 31 in the world. In addition to spotting numerous songbirds, we’ll visit the hawk-watch hill north of the Civil War Monument, which affords a great vantage point to scan for migrating raptors. Thirteen species of raptor, plus both vultures, have been recorded at the cemetery.
Registration: Barbara Saunders — bsaunders002@nyc.rr.com or 646-872-4029
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Prospect Park
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Leader: Tom Stephenson
Description: Prospect Park, one of New York State’s Important Bird Areas, is a must visit for every New York City birder, especially during migration time. We will cover the park at a slow pace, and point out park exits and subway lines for those who want to leave early. Highlights from previous walks include a Yellow-billed Cuckoo and a Common Nighthawk, as well as numerous warbler species.
Registration: Crystal Thiele — cthiele7777@gmail.com
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New York City Audubon

Canarsie Park Bird Walks
Saturdays, September 18th, October 2nd, and October 9th, 8:00am -10am
Leader: Mike Yuan
Description: Meet at the Canarsie Park House at Seaview Avenue and East 88th street. Experience fall migration on the Brooklyn coast with Mike Yuan, NYCA Board Executive Vice President. All birding levels welcome. No registration necessary. Limited to 15. Free.
Registration: No registration necessary.
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Birding Gems of Staten Island: Clove Lakes Park
Saturday, September 18, 2021, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Leader: Gabriel Willow
Description: Journey to the "forgotten borough" to discover some of the beautiful forests and incredible birding spots at Clove Lakes Park. Look for ducks and seabirds in New York Harbor on our way across on the ferry ride and then catch a bus to the Park. Numerous warblers, vireos, tanagers, and other migratory songbirds can be seen here. We'll even see one of the largest and oldest trees in NYC. Bus fare ($2.75 each way; please bring your MetroCard or exact change) not included in registration price. Limited to 15. $36 (25).
Registration: Click Here to Register
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Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
Saturdays, September 4 - November 27, 9-10:30am
Leader: NYC Audubon
Description: Meet at the Van Cortlandt Park 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. RSVP required, click here to sign up. Limited to 20. Free.
Registration: No Registration Necessary
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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. Limited to 12. Free.
Registration: Reserve your spot by signing up at Nolan Park #17.
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North Shore Audubon Society

Alley Pond Park
Saturday, September 18, 2021, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Ian R. (917) 626-9562
Description:
Registration: Limited registration. You must register by contacting the trip leader. If you become unable to attend, please contact trip leader.
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Queens County Bird Club

Robert Moses SP
Sunday, September 19, 2021, 7:30am - 12:00pm
Leader: Mary Normandia (516) 965-2282
Description: Fall is THE time to watch VisMig (visible migration) along the barrier beaches. We will be watching for birds and hawks as we walk to the lighthouse, and seabirds and whales on the ocean. Trip will end on Hawkwatch platform for falcon identification workshop.
Registration: This is a socially-distanced trip with limited registration. You must contact the trip leader to register.
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South Shore Audubon Society

Jones Beach Coast Guard Station Parking Area
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Leader: Members of SSAS
Description: From the Wantagh State Parkway, travel south. Upon entering Jones Beach State Park, exit at Bay Drive and continue west. Turn right (north) at entrance for Coast Guard Station and West End Boat Basin; turn right again for parking.
Registration: Registration is required by calling Joe Landesberg at 516-467-9498
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Urban Park Rangers

Saturday, September 18, 2021, 10:00am - 11:00am

Birding: Fall Migrants at Bay 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive (in Bayswater Park), Queens
Description: Come see migrating shorebirds and other wildlife that refuel for their migratory journey in this unusual coastal environment that includes elements of shoreline, maritime forests, and more.
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