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: April 7th, April 14th, April 21st, April 28th, May 5th, May12th, May 19th, May26th

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

    THURSDAYS: April 9th, April 16th, April 23rd, April 30th, May 7th, May 14th, May 21st, May 28th

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

    NEW! SATURDAYS: April 4th, April 11th, April 18th, April 25th, May 2nd, May 16th, May 23rd

    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 a member of the Brooklyn Bird Club.

    snipeSaturday, April 4th Prospect Park Spring Series
    Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
    Note: This is the first of a new Saturday series walk, every Saturday until middle of May (EXCEPT Saturday May 9th, Birdathon day). See the dates at the beginning of the trips page, above.
    Meet: 7:15 am "The Pergola" entrance, Ocean Ave and Parkside Ave corner. Nearest train "Q" line to Parkside Ave, across the street or "Prospect Park" stop on the "Q" line as well-requires a 5 block walk south on Ocean Avenue from Lincoln Road exit. ("B" Express train does not run on weekends.)

    snipeSunday, April 12th, Staten Island Spring
    Leader: Mike Yuan
    Focus: first Spring neotropical songbird migrants, late ducks, sparrows, upland grass species
    Car fee: $25.00
    Registrar: Dennis Hrehowsik, email
    Registration Period: March 31st - April 9th

    snipeSaturday, April 18th, Floyd Bennett & Marine Park
    Leader: Heydi Lopes
    Focus: first Spring neotropical songbird migrants, sparrows, raptors, upland grass species, early shorebirds
    Car fee: $10.00
    Registrar: Bobbi Manian, email
    Registration Period: April 7th - April 16th

    snipeSaturday, April 25th, Celebrating 40 years birding: A Return to High Tor State Park
    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Car fee: $25.00
    Registrar: Peter Dorosh (preferred) or 347-622-3559 text
    Registration Period: April 14th - April 23rd
    Note: Peter Dorosh celebrates 40 years of birding in a symbolic and commemorative walk, to honor his first Brooklyn Bird Club trip at this locale led back then by Ron and Jean Bourque. Trip requires some upward gradual hiking from the trailhead. More details on the terrain at the time of registration. Other easier nearby locations will be visited-likely Stony Point Park or Mount Ivy County Park as options. High Tor State Park near Nyack is the club's first trip since the leader's debut as participant over 35 years ago.

    snipeSunday, May 3rd, Ridgewood Reservoir and Forest Park, Brooklyn-Queens's Border
    Leader: Steve Nanz
    Focus: peak of spring migrants
    Car fee: $10.00
    Registrar: Heidi Steiner-Nanz, email or call before 8 pm 718- 369-2116
    Registration Period: April 21st - April 30th

    snipeSaturday, May 9th, Prospect Park Birdathon Day walk
    Meet 7:30 AM at Bartel Pritchard Square park entrance
    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Focus: Peak of migration, the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. This walk is not the team version. For information on team organization, see the next item. Participants in this walk may elect to support a personal bird-relevant cause. A suggested supporting cause for this walk could be NYC Wildlflower week, or similar . More details will be given at the beginning of the walk.

    snipeSaturday, May 9th, "The Birdathon", International Migratory Bird Day (Team version)

    A global event celebrating the beauty of birds and their habitats. This event encourages fundraising for conservation causes. For this year, the theme is "Restore habitat, Restore birds".

    If you are interested in forming a team, need more information, or for details on the Prospect Park walk, please contact the BBC Birdathon coordinator Bobbi Manian: email

    Note: This year, teams will support Vallarta Botanic Gardens [ ] through the auspices of Environment of the Americas (IMBD ) [ ]. More details will be provided by the teams' coordinator when you register.

    snipeSunday, May 10th, Greenwood Cemetery

    Leader: Ed Crowne
    Meet 8:00 am at the cemetery's East entrance 20th Street and Prospect Park West. Nearest train is the "F" line to 15th St/ Prospect Park. Walk west 3 blocks on Prospect Park West to entrance.

    snipeSaturday, May 16th, The Golden Era: 50th anniversary of the Palisades Park Landmark designation
    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Focus: peak spring migration in several park sections.
    Registrar: Peter Dorosh (preferred) or 347-622-3559 text only.
    Note: This trip entails extensive walking on hiking type trails, though moderate climbing isn't likely. Some locations might be Palisades Park south and north sections, Alpine section, Tenafly Nature Center. Itinerary to be determined.
    Event profile: On January 12, 1965, the Palisades was declared a National Natural and Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. For more than 50 years, the Palisades have been recognized as one of the nation's most significant historic and natural formations. Excerpt from

    snipeMonday (Memorial Day), May 25th, Plumb Beach and coastal Brooklyn
    Leader: Bobbi Manian
    Focus: Shorebirds and sandpipers, waterbirds,
    Car fee: $10.00
    Registrar: Dennis Hrehowsik, email
    Registration Period: May 12th - May 21st

    snipeSaturday, May 30th, Doodletown, Harriman State Park
    (NOTE: club members only, limit 16 participants)
    Leader: Tom Stephenson
    Focus: breeding birds at a premier location
    Registrar: Marisa Wohl email
    Registration Period: May 19th - May 28th

    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



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