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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for the weekend of September 24 - September 25, 2022:

Bedford Audubon Society

Raptor ID Workshop + Field Trip
Sunday, September 25, 2022, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Leader: Tait Johansson
Description: One of the most fun and challenging aspects of hawk watching is identification. Learn how to tell the difference between various raptors by joining Tait Johansson for a new two-part Raptor Identification Workshop. The program will begin with an info session at Bylane Farm during which Tait will guide you through various traits and behaviors of raptor families that will help you identify them in flight. The group will then head to a viewing platform at the Nature Conservancy’s Arthur Butler Memorial Sanctuary where you can put your new skills into practice. This event is timed to coincide with the peak migration of raptors such as Broad-winged Hawk, American Kestrel, Osprey, and Sharp-shinned Hawk.
Registration: Cost: $20 (members)/$25 (non-members) and includes a packet material to take home including a laminated raptor ID cheat sheet. Level of Difficulty: Moderate (due to the hillside trail to the viewing platform).
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Brooklyn Bird Club

Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 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.
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Prospect Park Saturday Fall Migration Walks
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 7:30am - 11:00am
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Description: Walks typically go into early afternoon or later if the birding is great. Bring water, snacks and/or a sandwich if you plan to stay the whole duration–but feel free to leave whenever you want.
Registration: No registration necessary
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Escape From Brooklyn: Fall Migration at Governors Island
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Leader: Ryan Goldberg
Description: After a very successful spring club trip, check out Governor’s Island during prime fall migration. This 172-acre island, part of the borough of Manhattan and a military outpost since before the Revolutionary War, is now open year-round to the public. The Lenape called it Pagganuck, or “Nut Island,” because of its abundance of chestnut, hickory, and oak trees. The island’s geography and its unique mix of historic forts, officers’ houses, weedy fields, mature trees, and native plantings and landscaping make for an important stopover for migrants. Target species will include a rich assortment of songbirds as well as migrating raptors. On eBird, over 230 species have been reported on the island.
Registrar: Ryan Goldberg, email:
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Feminist Bird Club

Birding Canarsie Park with Jen Kepler
Sunday, September 25, 2022, 9:00am - 11:00am
Leader: Jen Kepler
Description: Join Jen Kepler for an exploration of Canarsie Park, and its trails and habitats that vary from forest, a freshwater pond, to shorelines along Jamaica Bay. We will look for the usual species but also keep our eyes out for migrating songbirds.
Registration: Tickets Available on Eventbrite starting 9/14 1 PM EST
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Gateway National Parks

Great Kills Park: Monarch/Dragonfly Migration
Saturday, August 20, 2022, 10:00pm - 11:00am
Leader: Park Rangers
Description: Join a National Park Service ranger for the annual hike to view the migration of the monarch butterflies. Be a community scientist and assist with documenting butterfly species. Inclement weather cancels the program.
Registration: No registration required. Call (718) 318-4340 for more information.
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Great South Bay Audubon Society

Robert Moses Hawk Watch & Jones Beach WE
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: ____
Description: Join us for a wonderful bird walk as we head out to Robert Moses State Park & Jones Beach WE for an early morning Hawk Watch & Adventure.
Registration: Please let Eileen Schwinn you will be coming:
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Hudson River Audubon Society

Larchmont Reservoir
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 7:00am
Leader: Michael Bochnik
Description: Take driveway up at green sign to small lot. Alternately, park at Sheldrake Lake and walk up to lake. We will search for fall migrants.
Registration: For more information contact Michael Bochnik -
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Linnaean Society of New York

Watch Hill, Fire Island
Saturday, September 24, 2022
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. If winds are right, we expect to see raptors, particularly falcons, harriers, osprey, and accipiters. Warblers and other songbirds can fill the thickets, and the beaches and marshes are good for water birds. Some special sightings might include Royal Terns, Glossy Ibis, Saltmarsh Sparrows, and Boat-tailed Grackles. We will meet at the Fire Island ferry for 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: Nick Dawson -
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Central Park Family Walk
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Leader: Eric Ozawa
Description: Many scientists come to a love of nature first as children. With that in mind, this walk is for children and their families (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, all welcome). Together, we will look for the birds migrating through the park, and learn how to find and identify some of these spectacular visitors. We’ll also pay close attention to the plant and insect life along the way.
Registration: Amanda Bielskas -
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Beginners Walk, North Woods, Central Park
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Leader: Evelyn Huang and Linda LaBella
Description: A two-hour walk to get you started on the birding basics: binoculars, field guides, birding etiquette, etc. Bring all your birding questions.
Registration: Evelyn Huang -
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New York City Audubon

Free: Canarsie Bird Walks with Mike Yuan
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 8:00am - 10:00am
Leader: Mike Yuan
Description: Experience fall migration in the coastal woodlands, tidal channel, and one of the only freshwater ponds in Brooklyn, with Mike Yuan, NYC Audubon board executive vice president. Expect to see herons, shorebirds, flycatchers, vireos, warblers, and sparrows. All birding levels welcome. Please bring your own binoculars if you have them, but loaner binoculars will be available. Meet at the Canarsie Park House at Seaview Avenue and East 88th Street.
Registration: Registration encouraged but not required (though it’s helpful if you’d like to borrow binoculars so we make sure we have enough!). No limit. Free.
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Free: Van Cortlandt Park Walks with Joe McManus and Jack Rothman
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 9:00am - 10:30am
Leader: Joe McManus and Jack Rothman
Description: 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. To celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists, join Bronx birders Joe McManus and Jack Rothman, who alternately guide these walks. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. These walks are held in partnership with Van Cortlandt Park Alliance. Meet at the Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Free: Intro to Birding in Marine Park with NYC Audubon
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 10:00am - 11:00am
Leader: _____
Description: Explore the beauty of Brooklyn’s largest park, Marine Park. Consisting of grassland and salt marshes, this park is habitat for a variety of migratory songbirds and waterbirds. This walk series is hosted in partnership with the Marine Park Alliance. Meet at the flagpole of the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center, located at 3301 Avenue U, Brooklyn.
Registration: No registration required.
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5th Annual Jamaica Bay Monarch and Pollinator Festival
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Leader: Heydi Lopes
Description: Save the date! Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Celebrate pollinators like Monarch butterflies, moths, bees, and birds. Learn from experts and naturalists including Don Riepe and enjoy activities for the whole family. This festival is presented by American Littoral Society, with NYC Audubon, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, and Gateway National Recreation Area.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Free: Governors Island Bird Walks
Saturdays, May through October 2022, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Leader: Loyan Beausoleil
Description: Meet in front of Nolan Park #17 and see 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: No RSVP required. Limited to 15. Free.
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Free: “For the Birds” Brooklyn Botanic Garden Walks
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NYC Audubon, Brooklyn Bird Club, Feminist Bird Club
Description: Join Brooklyn Botanic Garden and NYC Audubon birding experts on these special hour-long tours through the Garden to look for resident and visiting birds. Learn how to spot hawks, woodpeckers, Mallards, American Robins, Blue Jays, Cedar Waxwings, and more. Before or after the walk, enjoy the Garden’s special “For the Birds” exhibit. All ages welcome.
Registration: Free with Garden admission. No limit. Meet inside the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at the Visitor Center. Please note that attendees are responsible for purchasing their own tickets to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which can be done on the Garden website. No advance registration is required for the bird walk but advance tickets for the Garden are recommended.
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North Shore Audubon Society

Valley Stream SP
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Bobby B. - (516) 578-6324
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South Shore Audubon Society

Massapequa Lake
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Leader: Members of SSAS
Description: Use street parking on the westbound side of Merrick Road. Massapequa Lake is at the south end of Massapequa Preserve, between Lakeshore Boulevard and Ocean Avenue.
Registration: Registration is required by calling Joe Landesberg at 516-467-9498
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Urban Park Rangers

Saturday, August 24, 2022

Birding: Beginner Birding at Picnic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
10:00am - 11:00pm
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure around Prospect Park to learn the basics of birding how to identify common species in our parks.

Introduction to Birdwatching Walks at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
10:00am - 12:00am
Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you!

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