Brooklyn Bird Club Field Trips Summer/Fall 2014 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:
  • Jumping Birds

    Tuesday and Thursday Seasonal Prospect Park Walks

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

    TUESDAYS: Sept. 9th,16th, 23rd, and 30th; Oct 7th,14th

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

    THURSDAYS: August 28th, Sept. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, Oct. 2nd.

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

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


    Monthly 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, August 9th Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens
    Leader: Mike Yuan
    Focus: waterbirds, shorebirds, early passerines
    Car fee: $10.00
    Registrar: Dennis Hrehowsik, email
    Registration period: July 29th - August 7th

    snipeSaturday, August 30th, Prospect Park
    Meet: 7:30 am at Bartel Pritchard Square park entrance
    Leader: Ed Crowne

    snipeSaturday, September 6th, Prospect Park
    Meet: 7:30 am at Grand Army Plaza Stranahan Statue park entrance
    Leader: Sean Zimmer

    snipeSunday, September 7th World Shorebird Day at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
    Leader: Steve Nanz
    Focus: waterbirds, shorebirds, early passerines
    Car fee: $10.00
    Registrar: Heidi Steiner-Nanz, email
    Registration period: August 26th - Sept 4th

    snipeSaturday, September 13th, Prospect Park
    Meet 7:00 am at Grand Army Plaza Stranahan Statue park entrance
    Leader: Paul Keim

    snipeSeptember 12th-14th, Three day Weekend: Wissahickon Valley Preserve and the Upper Delaware Watershed
    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Focus: Diversity of passerine fall migrants
    Car fee: $125.00
    Registrar: Peter Dorosh, email (preferred) Registration period: August 15th- September 1st
    Site profile:

    snipeSunday, September 21st Staten Island Greenbelt Mt. Moses
    Leader: Mike Shanley & Isaac Grant
    Focus: Hawk watching. Passerines in flight and woodlands
    Registrar: Mike Shanley, email
    Registration period: Sept 9th- Sept 18th
    Leaders note: Join Mike Shanley and Isaac Grant as we make our way to the top of Moses Mountain and scan the skies in search of raptors and other migrating birds. We will also target Neotropical migrants as we make our way through the woodlands that lead to the top of the mountain.
    Site profile: "In the early 1960s Robert Moses, the notorious New York City planner and Parks Commissioner attempted to construct the Richmond Parkway over Todt Hill cutting through what is today's Greenbelt. Earth and rock blasted away for the highway was hauled to a remote area eventually forming a 260-foot-high mound ironically nicknamed "Moses Mountain." The name stuck but the Parkway did not. Intrepid citizen-activists vigorously protested the highway and won their battle. Today, a steep hike up a much greener Moses' Mountain rewards visitors with a panoramic view of the Greenbelt and New Jersey's Atlantic Highlands, 15-miles in the distance."

    snipeSaturday, September 27th, Brooklyn "Wildcard"
    Leader: Keir Randall
    Focus: Best birding activity cluster or rare birds will be determined by the week's listserve reports for Brooklyn area
    Car fee: TBA by leader
    Registrar: Dennis Hrehowsik, email
    Registration period: Sept 16th - Sept 25th

    snipeSaturday, October 4th "Leader's Choice"
    Leader: Steve Nanz
    Focus: Best birding activity cluster or rare birds will be determined by the week's listserve reports for Brooklyn area
    Car fee: TBA by leader
    Registrar: Heidi Steiner-Nanz, email
    Registration period: Sept 23rd - Oct 2nd

    snipeSaturday, October 11th Marine Park's "Brooklyn" Sparrows
    Meet: Grand Army Plaza #2/3 train stop at 7:00AM
    Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik, email

    snipeSaturday, October 18th, Greenwood Cemetery
    Meet: 8 AM at main entrance 25th St. & 5th Ave.
    Leader: Tom Preston
    Note: nearest train line is "R" to 25th Street stop.

    snipeSaturday, October 25th Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn
    Leader: Rob Jett
    Focus: migration peak sparrows, raptors and grassland species
    Car fee: $10.00
    Registrar: Sandy Paci, email
    Registration period: Oct 14th - Oct 23rd

    snipeFriday, October 31st, Halloween walk in Prospect Park
    Meet: 1:00 PM at the picnic tables on Well Drive near the Lake northwest shore (access Vanderbilt St park entrance)
    Leader: Bobbi Manian
    Note: Closest subway is F line to Ft Hamilton Parkway, back entrance ; or #68 bus

    snipeSaturday, November 1st, Birding on Brooklyn's Terminal Moraine ridge: Sunset Park hawk watch and Greenwood Cemetery
    Meet 8 am at Greenwood Cemetery entrance at 4th Avenue
    Leader: Peter Dorosh, 1-347-622-3559 (text message only) in case of wet weather
    Focus: Hawk watching in this first ever BBC visit to Sunset Park at approximately11:00 after Greenwood Cemetery early birding; migrants will be early winter species
    Note: bring a small chair.
    Nearest train: "R" ,"D",or "N" line to 36th St, walk east



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