Brooklyn Bird Club - Warblers

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Location for meetings: Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at the historic Litchfield Villa, located inside the Park at 95 Prospect Park West, near 5th Street. Click here to view the location on the Prospect Park map.

Public transportation: F Train to 7th Avenue station, or 2 or 3 Train to Grand Army Plaza; or B69 bus.

By Car:
From Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges: Take Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West exit, to 4th St.
From Verrazano Bridge or BQE: Take BQE to Prospect Expressway, 10th Ave./11th Ave. exit. Make a right onto 10th Ave. Turn right onto 20th Street, and again right on 7th Avenue. Make a right on 3rd St. to Prospect Park West.

Members and Non-Members Welcome!

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Thursday, March 27th, 6:30 P.M.

NOTE: This program is rescheduled from February 13th

The American Southwest: Utah and Nevada

Presenters: Steve Nanz and Heidi Steiner

Heidi Steiner and Steve Nanz will present a photographic journal of their spring 2013 trip to the national parks and monuments of southern Utah and Nevada, including Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, as well as other nature preserves and conservation areas.

Heidi, a retired art and photography teacher, is an accomplished photographer of urban street life and natural scenery, while Steve is well known in the New York community for his wonderful bird and insect photography. Come journey with them through the spectacular scenery and wildlife of our American Southwest.

Wednesday, March 12th, 6:30 P.M.

A New System For Learning and Identifying Warbler Vocalizations

Presenter: Tom Stephenson

NOTE: This program will take place Wednesday evening at the Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza (718-230-2191)

Last year, Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle introduced the birding world to a new approach to warbler identification in The Warbler Guide. In this presentation, Tom will cover many new techniques that make it easier to identify singing warblers and other species. Based on a new system outlined in The Warbler Guide, Tom will explain and demonstrate how to understand a song's structure, the characteristics that make up the song, and how to use a song finder to quickly identify a singing warbler.

Tom Stephenson has been birding since he was a kid. His articles have appeared in many publications, including Birding, Birdwatcher's Digest, Handbook of the Birds of the World, and Guide to the Birds of SE Brazil. He has lectured and guided many groups across the US as well as in Asia, where he has trained guides for the government of Bhutan. In 2013, Princeton University Press published The Warbler Guide.

Thursday, April 17th, 6:30 P.M.

Birds of Central America

Presenter: Dale Dyer

Brooklyn birder Dale Dyer is a gifted artist and a scientific illustrator specializing in birds. Over the last 20 years he has produced illustrations for books on birds of Peru, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, North America, and New York State. He is currently painting all of the illustrations for a book on the birds of Central America, a massive undertaking projected to take 8 years.

At our April program, Dale will give a preview of the book, bringing along original paintings. He'll talk about the process involved in researching and executing the work, as well as about the birding experiences that inspire and inform it. Come join Dale in a conversation with birders about bird books.


Thursday, May 15th, 6:30 P.M.

Ecuador: East Slope/West Slope

Presenter: Sandra Paci

The avifauna of the small South American country of Ecuador is largely defined by the mighty Andes Mountains, which run like a spine down the center of the country, sloping in the East down to the Amazon Basin and in the West to the Pacific Ocean. BBC member Sandra Paci will discuss the bird life of this fascinating, easily accessible Neotropical region and present photography from two recent visits. Sandy is an enthusiast of Latin American art and culture and has traveled there regularly since the mid-1980s-long before she knew a Tanager from an Antpitta.


Thursday, June 5th, 6:30 P.M.

The Birds and Beasts of Tanzania

Presenter: Janet Zinn

Come on safari with photographer Janet Zinn as she presents images from her recent birding and wildlife expedition to northern Tanzania. Experience the thrill of Africa's predators and the beauty of its avian inhabitants while picking up some useful tips for planning your own trip of a lifetime.

Janet picked up her first camera at age 8 and has never looked back. Her work has appeared in National Geographic's Global Birding, in print and web advertising, and in literature for non-profit organizations such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, International Rivers, Audubon, and the Sierra Club. To see her work, visit her website at


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