Brooklyn Bird Club Field Trips Winter-Spring 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. When registering by phone or email, please be sure to leave your phone number(s) so that we may contact you in the event of a schedule change.

    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: April 8th, April 15th, April 22nd, April 29th, May 6th, May 13th, May 20th

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

    THURSDAYS: April 17th, April, 24th, May 1st, May 8th, May 15th, and May 22nd

    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, March 29th Floyd Bennett Field
    Leader: Rob Jett
    Focus: Raptors, grassland species, open field species, waterbirds and ducks
    Car Fee: $10.00
    Registrar: Mike Yuan, email
    Registration Period: March 18th - March 27th

    snipeSunday, April 6th Flushing Meadows Park, Queens
    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Focus: sparrows, open field species, waterbirds, shorebirds, raptors
    Car Fee: $12.00
    Registrar: Peter Dorosh, email (preferred) or text message to 1-347-622-3559
    Registration Period: March 25th - April 3rd
    Note: this is the first BBC visit to this location in decades; there will be extensive walking

    snipeSaturday, April 12th Brooklyn Botanic Garden, "A Short Birding Stroll for Spring's Delights"
    Meet: No registration necessary. Meet 10:00 am at the Eastern Parkway entrance
    Leader: Nancy Tim
    Note: BBG is free from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays

    snipeSaturday, April 19th Brooklyn Bridge Park & Red Hook Waterfront
    Meet: No registration necessary. Meet 7:30 am at Northeast corner of Pier One near the Barge Music boat
    Leader: Mike Yuan
    Focus: sparrows, wrens, early spring land passerines, some waterfowl
    Note: In case of inclement weather, call or text leader at 1-917-647-3396 (preferred). If traveling by public transportation, bring bus fare for bus to Red Hook.

    snipeSaturday, April 26th Prospect Park
    Meet: No registration necessary. Meet 7:30 am at Bartel Pritchard Square entrance
    Leader: Steve Nanz
    Note: In case of inclement weather, call or text leader at 1-646-522-0716

    snipeSaturday, May 3rd Prospect Park
    Meet: No registration necessary. Meet 7:00 am at Grand Army Plaza Stranahan Statue
    Leader: Paul Keim
    Directions: Nearest subway is 2 or 3 line to Grand Army Plaza

    snipeSunday, May 4th Greenwood Cemetery
    Meet: No registration necessary. Meet 8:00 am at the cemetery's 25th Street /5th Ave entrance Arch Castle
    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Note: In case of inclement weather, call or text leader at 347-622-3559
    Directions: Nearest train is the R line to 25th St; There is a Baked in Brooklyn bakery for coffee and pastries outside the main gate.

    snipeSaturday May 10th International Bird Migratory Day "The Birdathon"
    A global event celebrating the beauty of birds and habitats. This event encourages fundraising for conservation causes. For this year, a cause/theme will be discussed and adopted by the Birdathon team members under the club's auspices, and posted on the BBC Facebook webpage and Prospect Sightings blog prior to the event (see

    If you are interested in forming a team with members or friends, need more information, or details on the Prospect Park walk, please contact the BBC Birdathon coordinator Bobbi Manian by email
    Event Profile: Theme: "Why Birds Matter"

    snipeSunday, May 11th Prospect Park "Big Sit" in Butterfly Meadow
    Meet: No registration necessary. Meet 7:30 am at Lookout Hill's Butterfly Meadow,
    Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
    Note: In case of inclement weather, call or text leader at 1-347-981-5361

    snipeSaturday, May 17th Ridgewood Reservoir, Brooklyn/Queens Border
    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Focus: peak of migratory birds
    Car Fee: $10.00
    Registrar: Peter Dorosh, email (preferred) or text message to 1-347-622-3559
    Registration Period: May 6th-May 15th

    snipeSunday, May 18th Greenwood Cemetery

    NOTE NEW MEETING SPOT: 8 am at the east GWC entrance at 20th Street & Prospect Park West Ave (formerly 9th Ave)
    Leader: Ed Crowne
    Focus: peak of migratory birds
    Directions: Nearest train is F or G lines to 15th St/Prospect Park stop. Walk west 4 blocks on Prospect Park West.

    snipeSaturday, May 24th Doodletown & Sterling Forest
    Leader: Tom Preston
    Focus: migration peak and early breeding birds
    Car Fee: $35.00
    Registrar: JoAnn Preston, email (preferred) or call 1-718-344-8420 before 9PM
    Registration Period: May 13th - May 22nd
    Note: group limited to 16 participants


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