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Monday, September 20, 2021

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for the weekend of September 25-26, 2021:

Bedford Audubon Society

Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch
August 26, 2021 - November 24, 2021, 9:00am - 5:00 pm
Leader:
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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Brooklyn Bird Club

Prospect Park Saturday Fall Migration Walk
Saturday, September 25, 2021, 7:45am - 11:00 m
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 25, 2021, 10:00 am - 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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Freshkills Park Alliance

Insect Walk with Staten Island Museum
Saturday, September 25, 2021, 10:00am
Leader: Rangers
Description: As a part of the High Line’s Insectageddon, all-ages are invited to walk and explore the insects that live at Freshkills Park with the Staten Island Museum’s Director of Natural Sciences Colleen Evans and a Freshkills Park biologist. Pariticpants will use nets to catch and learn about insects up close and see what makes Freshkills an ideal habitat!
Registration: Register via Eventbrite
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Moth Light: Insects and Cyanotypes
Saturday, September 25, 2021, 6:30pm
Leader: Rangers
Description: As a part of the High Line’s Insectageddon, join artist Ash Ferlito for an all-ages evening of mothing and cyanotypes, a time-based photography, at the Freshkills Park Studio + Gallery. Through a process of attracting, studying, and capturing the image of insects to create a visual record, participants will learn about the many moths that call Staten Island home as well as how to explore and capture the likeness of moths on their own! Participants can sign up for drop-in sessions from 6:30PM-8:00PM or 8:00PM-9:30PM to observe, talk with the artist, and try their hand at mothing!
Registration: Register via Eventbrite
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Green-Wood Cemetery

Lookin’ at Lichen Walking Tour
Saturday, September 25, 2021, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Description: What are these organisms brightening up the landscape in shades of orange, yellow, green, blue, and even black? No, it’s not the flowers, it’s the lichens! Green-Wood is the ideal ecological oasis for lichens—colorful fungi that grow on gravestones and trees. Nova Patch, a member of the New York Mycological Society, will lead you on a walk to explore, identify, and appreciate the lichens found in the Cemetery, which is home to over fifty species. The next time you visit Green-Wood you won’t be able to take your eyes off them!.
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Hudson River Audubon Society

Hawk Watch at Lenoir Nature Preserve
Saturday, September 25, 2021, 10:00am
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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Bird Walk and Hawk Watch
Sunday, September 26, 2021, 10:00am
Leader: Michael Bochnik
Description: Meet us for the bird walk at 8:30AM or 10AM for Hawk Watching. Stateline Lookout is across from Lenoir on top of the Palisades. After the bird walk we will hawk watch from the top of the cliffs. The hawk watch is only a few steps away from the parking lot. Hawks migrate sometimes at eye level. Bathrooms and concession stand nearby. Notice: The parking lot can fill up quickly on a nice day!
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

Watch Hill, Fire Island
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Leader: Paul Sweet
Description: Located in the middle of Fire Island, the barrier beach that runs along the south shore of Long Island, Watch Hill is a great place to witness fall migration. Many birds are moving down the narrow barrier strip and often stop to feed. We expect to see raptors, particularly falcons, harriers, osprey and accipiters if winds are right. Warblers and other songbirds can fill the thickets, and the beaches and marshes are good for water birds. Some special things we might see are Royal Terns, Glossy Ibis, Saltmarsh Sparrows and Boat-tailed Grackles. We will meet at the Fire Island ferry, then take a pleasant 30-minute boat ride to Watch Hill. Bring plenty of water and food, sun lotion, and bug spray, and a hat is strongly suggested.
Registration: Nancy Shamban — nancyshamban@gmail.com
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New York City Audubon

Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks, The Bronx
Saturdays, September 4 - November 27, 9-10:30am
Leader: NYC Audubon
Description: Explore Van Cortlandt Park's ecologically diverse grounds and celebrate a long tradition of birding in the park. We will look for various resident and migratory bird species and discuss a wide range of avian topics.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Queens Botanical Garden Bird Walk
Saturday, September 25, 2021, 9:30-10:30am
Leader: NYC Audubon with Queens Botanical Garden
Description: Explore Queens Botanical Garden in search of migrant songbirds and learn about the valuable resources that the Garden offers birds and other wildlife. Binoculars available. Register for one date or the whole series of five walks (walk-ins welcome). Visit www.queensbotanical.org/calendar to register.
Registration: Each walk limited to 25. Free (with Garden admission)
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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. Reserve your spot by signing up at Nolan Park #17. Limited to 10. Free.
Registration: Not required.
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North Shore Audubon Society

Valley Stream State Park
Saturday, September 25, 2021, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Leader: Bobby B. - (516) 578-6324
Description: Valley Stream State Park is located 18 miles from Manhattan off the Southern State Parkway in Valley Stream, Long Island, New York. The park consists of 97 acres of fields, woodlands, streambeds, and freshwater wetlands. In addition to bird watching, visitors can enjoy self-guided nature trails, picnicking., children’s play areas, basketball, bocce ball, softball, volleyball, soccer, football, cross-country skiing, and exercise trail. Interpretive programs, arts & crafts, and guided nature tours are available year-round by reservation.
Registration: Limited registration. You must register via email to nsaudubonsociety@gmail.com, and you will receive a confirmation email. If you become unable to attend, please email to allow someone on the waiting list to take your slot.
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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Butler Manor Woods and the Unique Area
Sunday, September 26, 2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Ray Matarazzo
Description: Meet in the Mt. Loretto Unique Area, Kenny Road parking lot, then loop the Butler Manor Woods Green Trail and return to the parking lot by the bluff and meadow trail of the Unique Area to view the milkweeds and fall flowers of the grassland. Monarchs, American Lady and Red Admiral butterflies as well as an assortment of late-flying skippers will be nectaring throughout the meadow enjoying the last bright sun of summer. This walk will be approximately 2 miles, and heavy rain will cancel.
Registration: For more information call Don Recklies at (718) 768-9036.
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Queens County Bird Club

Prospect Park
Saturday, September 25, 2021, 7:00am - 3:00pm
Leader: Ian and Eric (917) 626-9562
Description: Meet at Prospect park entrance south of zoo - see map. We will break for lunch at noon, then proceed to Green-Wood Cemetery.
Registration: Please contact trip leader for meeting time and location. Contact trip leader for lunch plans.
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South Shore Audubon Society

Point Lookout Town Park (and Lido Preserve afterwards)
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Leader: Members of SSAS
Description: From the Southern State Parkway, exit onto the Meadowbrook State Parkway south. Exit from the Meadowbrook at Loop Parkway (just before the Jones Beach toll booths) toward Point Lookout. The Loop Parkway ends west of Point Lookout at Lido Boulevard. Continue straight across Lido Boulevard into Point Lookout Park. Travel past the ticket booths and curve left into the very large parking lot on the south side of the park. Park in the southeast corner, closest to the private homes of the village of Point Lookout and the beach. We will walk east along the beach toward Jones Inlet. After returning to the parking lot, we will drive west on Lido Boulevard to Lido Beach Passive Nature Preserve on the north side of Lido Boulevard to walk through the bay marsh.
Registration: Registration is required by calling Joe Landesberg at 516-467-9498
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Urban Park Rangers

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Fall Bird Migration Tour at Margaret Corbin Circle (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan
10:00am –11:30am
Description: This nature tour will search for songbirds throughout the Heather Garden grounds and along the Hudson River as they move south during their annual autumn pilgrimage.
Free

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