Brooklyn Bird Club Field Trips Spring 2015 Schedule

Information and Registration

No registration is required for Prospect Park or Green-Wood Cemetery trips. For all other trips, advance registration is required; exact location and time of meeting will be provided at time of registration. Car pool fees are required for some trips and should be paid directly to your driver.

In noting the need to make trip registrations more manageable and fair, the BBC council has imposed these guidelines:

  • With the exception of Prospect Park and Green-wood Cemetery trips, a TWO-WEEK registration period will precede all trips.

  • Club members will be given first-priority for all trips except Prospect and Green-wood Cemetery. Nonmembers and guests are welcome on BBC trips but only if there is available space at the end of the registration period. Drivers, whether members or not, will normally have priority over non-drivers. Full weekend (overnight) trips are reserved for members only.

  • Children 14 years of age or younger are welcome on trips but must be accompanied by an adult guardian.

  • Some trips have limited enrollment, at the discretion of the trip leader. So register early! In addition, most car trips require lunch, water, appropriate clothes for seasonal weather, and all the essentials you require for day trips.

  • Please call registrars as early as possible within the registration period, and before 9 p.m. Please be sure to leave your phone number(s) so that we may contact you in the event of a schedule change.

  • Status changes of a trip due to inclement weather will be posted on our Facebook page and also on Peter Dorosh's blog: Please check before leaving for the trip if the weather looks questionable.

    We hope these guidelines will facilitate the registration process in the fairest possible way.

    The registrar and information source for each trip is listed at the end of the trip description.

  • Images of Prospect Park meeting places:

    Grand Army plaza Stranahan Statue:
    Bartel Pritchard Square entrance:
    Plaza St/ Union St Warren Statue:
    Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue Pergola
  • Jumping Birds

    Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday Seasonal Prospect Park Walks 2015

    No registration is required for these weekly walks in Prospect Park during migration season.

    TUESDAYS: Sept 8th, Sept 15th, Sept 22nd, Sept 29th, Oct 6th, Oct 13th , Oct 20th

    Leader: Rob Bate or Bobbi Manian. Meet at Bartel Pritchard Square park entrance at 7:30 a.m.

    THURSDAYS: August 27th, Sept 3rd, Sept 10th, Sept 17th, Sept 24th, Oct 1st, Oct 8th, Oct 15th

    Leader: Tom Stephenson. Meet at the Stranahan Statue, Grand Army Plaza, at 7:15 a.m.

    SATURDAYS: Sept 5th, Sept 12th, Sept 19th, Sept 26th, Oct 3rd, Oct 10th

    Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik. Meet at Ocean/Parkside Avenues “The Pergola” at 7:15 a.m.

    (Note: due to possible scheduling conflicts, leader substitutions may be made for some dates.)


    Walks from the Prospect Park Audubon Center

    First Sunday of every month, 8 a.m. (10 a.m. in winter): This walk explores the Park in seach of rare, seasonal and migrating species.

    Introduction to Birdwatching, Saturdays, 12 p.m.: Find out why Prospect Park is designated an Important Birding Area by the National Audubon Society. Binoculars provided (or bring your own).

    NOTE: These walks start from the Audubon Center at the Boathouse, Prospect Park and are led by Brooklyn Bird Club members Michele Dreger and/or Eni and Vinnie Falci.

    snipeJune 5th - June 7th, Spring Weekend: Mianus River Gorge, Fahnestock, Schwanagunk: a journey to the lower Hudson River Valley
    NOTE: Limit 12 participants
    Leaders: Ryan Bass, Peter Dorosh
    Focus: breeding birds and late migrants.
    Note: Excellent breeding bird locations: Mianus River Gorge Preserve, Clarence Fahnestock State Park (led by Ryan), and Schwanagunk Grasslands. Additional locales might include Ward Pond Ridge Park, Constitution Marsh (some rugged low hiking) and Iona Marsh. Fahnestock will be long periods of walking on trails that may be slightly rugged and at times sloping. Wear comfortable light hikers. Any questions, email the registrar. Members wanting to do Saturday-Sunday 2 day trip can alert the registrar.
    Car fee: $100.00
    Registrar: Peter Dorosh (preferred) or 347-622-3559 text only
    Registration Period: April 1st - May 30th

    snipeSaturday, June 13th, Breeding birds of central Long Island
    Leader: Eric Salzman
    Focus: Breeding birds. In past trips led by Eric, Blue Grosbeak, Vesper Sparrow, Roseate Tern, and marsh sparrows were some specialties. Visits to the Shinnecock region are very productive for coastal species.
    Car fee: $30.00
    Registrar: Donna Evans, email
    Registration Period: June 2nd -June 11th

    snipeSaturday, June 20th, A Memorial to Jean Bourque: Nature of Floyd Bennett Field
    Meet 8:30 am at the south entrance parking lot, accessible by the Q35 bus
    Leaders: Steve Nanz/Jerry Layton (insects, dragonflies, butterflies), Marielle Anzelone (plants, botany), Peter Dorosh (general)
    Registrar: Peter Dorosh (preferred) or 347-622-3559 text only
    Registration Period: June 9th - June 18th
    Note: This trip celebrates the memory of Jean Bourque whose love of Floyd Bennett Field was her great joy. Jean, who passed away in June 2014, will be remembered best for the plants and habitats she nurtured and loved and birds and nature that thrived upon them. This walk will focus on plants, insects, birds and overall nature. This event is celebrated in conjunction with NYC Audubon and the National Park Service
    The Q35 bus (which goes to the south Floyd Bennett Field entrance) stops in front of the Target store near Brooklyn College. Nearest train to the Q35 is the IRT to Brooklyn College (last stop.)
    Leader profiles:
    Marielle Anzelone ,
    Steve Nanz
    Peter Dorosh

    snipeSaturday, June 27th Staten Island Dragonflies and Odonata
    Leader: Seth Wollney
    Registrar: Sandy Paci, email
    Registration Period: June 16th - June 25th
    Focus: the rich diversity of dragonflies and damselflies

    snipeSaturday, July 11th, Cupsogue Beach County Park, central Long Island
    Leaders: Bobbi Manian, Dennis Hrehowsik
    Focus: Shorebirds and Terns. Herons, egrets, water birds
    Car fee: $30.00
    Registrar: Mike Yuan email
    Registration Period: June 30th -July 9th
    Note: Visit timed to maximum low tide. There is a parking entrance fee. This trip requires walking/wading across a channel at low tide. Water may be waist deep or lower depending on tide. Wear old sneakers or water shoes that won't suction off. Also wear a sun hat, suntan lotion, and bring plenty of water in this shadeless beach marsh locale. You may want to bring a campstool. A stationary observation most of the time, scope required. The birding area is a large mudflat or sandbar on falling low tide that will attract a variety of birds. For more information or questions, email either the registrar or Dennis

    Site profile:

    snipeSunday, August 16th, Jamaica Bay Refuge
    Leader: Rafael Campos
    Focus: Peak of shorebird migration
    Car fee: $10.00
    Registrar: Donna Evans, email
    Registration Period: August 4th - August 13th

    snipeAugust 22nd & 23rd: An overnight weekend to New Jersey's shorebirds
    (Members only trip; limit 12)
    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Note: For this overnight trip, locations include different habitats that attract a diversity of shorebirds: Whitesbog Preserve, Sods fields, Edward G Forsythe NWR ("Brigantine"); other birds will be recorded.
    Car fee: $90.00
    Registrar: Peter Dorosh (preferred) or 347-622-3559 text
    Registration Period: April 15th - August 9th
    Site Profiles:

    snipeSaturday, August 29th , Prospect Park
    Meet 7:00 am at Grand Army Plaza park entrance, "Stranahan "statue
    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Focus: early fall migrants, warblers, flycatchers, and songbirds

    snipeSunday, September 6th, World Shorebird Day
    Leader: Mike Yuan
    Focus: Tour of shorebird rich locations in Brooklyn and Jamaica Bay Refuge
    Car fee: $12.00
    Registrar: Dennis Hrehowsik email
    Registration Period: August 25th - Sept 3rd

    snipeSaturday, September 12th, Exploring obscure Staten Island
    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Focus: Fall migrants in a new location and lesser known areas
    Car fee: $22.00
    Registrar: Peter Dorosh (preferred) or 347-622-3559 text
    Registration Period: Sept 1st - Sept 10th
    Note: We will be exploring a new location, St. Francis Woods, a recent land acquisition by the NYS DEC. Other locations might include Goodhue Park, Silver Lake Park and a coastal park in this all-day trip. Exact itinerary to be determined.

    snipeSaturday, September 19th, Fort Tilden, Rockaway
    Leader: Steve Nanz
    Focus: Fall migrants peak. Raptors, swallows, warblers, and other passerines.
    Car fee: $12.00
    Registrar: Heidi Steiner -Nanz Heidi Steiner-Nanz email or call before 8 pm 718- 369-2116
    Registration Period: Sept 8th - Sept 17th

    snipeSaturday, September 26th Bush Terminal Pier Park Big Mini Sit & Greenwood Cemetery tour
    Meet 7:30 am west corner of 4th Ave and 45th Street where R train stops at 45th St. We will walk to the Bush Terminal Park at 43rd St and 1st Ave entrance.
    Leader: Peter Dorosh 347-622-3559 (text message only)
    Focus: a one/two-hour stationary "sit " at Bush Terminal locust grove for fall migrants, warblers, flycatchers, and songbirds, then back to the 4th Ave entrance of Greenwood Cemetery (15 minute walk); the emphasis is to see what birds visit in Bush Terminal Park's first fall season.

    snipeSaturday, October 3rd , Sunken Meadow Park to Captree Island
    Leader: Rusty Harold
    Focus: Fall migrants peak. Raptors, Sparrows, late season warblers, water birds.
    Car fee: $25.00
    Registrar: Chris Laskowski email
    Registration Period: Sept 22nd - Oct 1st

    snipeSaturday Oct 10th Saturday Autumn Series Prospect Park (see box at top of page)
    Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik

    snipeSunday, October 18th , Marine Park Sparrows
    Leader: Sean Zimmer
    Focus: Fall migrants peak of sparrows. Raptors, late season warblers, marsh and water birds.
    Car fee: $10.00 (or public transportation)
    Registrar: Kathy Toomey email
    Registration Period: Oct 6th - Oct 15th

    snipeOctober 23rd - 25th Weekends: Autumn in New Jersey's northern Highlands
    (Members only, limit 12)
    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Focus: Fall migrants various locations, including two hawk watches; primarily hawks and sparrows, open space species.
    Car fee: $120 .00
    Registrar: Peter Dorosh (preferred) or 347-622-3559 text
    Registration Period: June 1st - Oct 11th



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