Brooklyn Bird Club Field TripsSpring-Summer 2017 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 ONE-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, our Twitter feed at @BklynBirdClub 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: 
    Vanderbilt Street Playground entrance:
    Plaza St/ Union St Warren Statue:
    Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue Pergola
  • Jumping Birds

    Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday Seasonal Prospect Park Walks: Spring 2017


    April 11th, April 18th, April 25th, May 2nd, May 9th, May 16th, May 23rd, May 30th

    Leader: Rob Bate or Bobbi Manian

    Meet at Vanderbilt Street entrance (near Vanderbilt Playground)  at 7:30 am


    April 13th, April 20th, April 27th, May 4th, May 11th, May 18th, May 25th

    Leader: Tom Stephenson

    Meet at the Stranahan Statue, Grand Army Plaza, at 7:15 am


    April 15th, April 22nd, April 29th, May 6th, May 20th, May 27th

    Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik  

    Meet at Ocean/Parkside Avenues, “The Pergola” at 7:15 am

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

    Please check our Facebook page, our Twitter feed at @BklynBirdClub or Peter Dorosh's blog:  if the weather looks questionable!


    Walks from the Prospect Park Audubon Center

    First Sunday of the month, October-June: 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, starting September 10, 2016, 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 member Michele Dreger. Note there are no walks over the summer (July/August.) For the latest information check this link:


    snipeSunday, April 23rd,Bobbi's patch of woods”: Shore Road Park, Bay Ridge  
     Bobbi Manian
    Directions: Take R train to last stop 95th Street; walk south on 4th  Ave to 101st  Street, to John Paul Jones Park, on the left side of street (In the shadow of the Verrazano Bridge). Meet by the Dover Patrol Monument. Leader will bird this small vest-pocket park under the Verrazano Bridge, then continue along Shore Road Park. Depending on activity we will conclude around 86th or 77th Streets, where it is about a 10 minute walk back to 4th Ave to pick up the R train""
    Focus: Peak of early spring migrants and songbirds
    Meet 8:30 am at the Dover Patrol Statue in John Paul Jones Park

    snipeSunday, April 30th, Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead, NY                                          
     Steve Nanz
     Peak of spring migrants and songbirds
    Heidi Steiner email or call before 8 pm 718- 369-2116
    Registration Period: April 22nd–April 27th     

    Site profile:
    April Bird list

    snipeSunday, May 7th, Spring Migrants and Local Trees in Green-Wood Cemetery

    Leaders: Molly Nash Rouzie and Matthew Wills
    Focus: Tree species and the birds that use them

    Meet 8:00 am inside the 25th St/5th Ave entrance by The “Castle”

    Note : Nearest train R line to 25th Street

    snipeSaturday May 13th, “The Birdathon”, International Migratory Bird Day 

    A global event celebrating the beauty of birds and habitats; this event encourages fundraising for conservation causes. For this year, the Brooklyn Bird Club’s Birdathon fundraising will support NYC’s Wild Bird Fund  For more information about the Birdathon and the history behind it, go to  If you are interested in forming a team with club members or friends, or if you need more information, please contact the BBC Birdathon teams’ coordinator Bobbi Manian at

    snipeSaturday May 13th, “The Birdathon walk” in Prospect Park
    Paul Keim
    Meet: 7:15 am at the Grand Army Plaza park entrance (Stranahan Statue)
    Note: Participants can elect to support the club theme. (See above)


    snipeSunday May 14th, A Prospect Double Mini Big Sit

    Leader: Peter Dorosh 347-622-3559 (Text only)

    The first sit starts at the lower meadow (Butterfly) of Lookout Hill from 7:15 am until 9:45am; the second sit starts 10 am till noon at the Esdale Bridge, the wood bridge over the Ambergill creek that is south of the Picnic House. Bring a portable chair if necessary.

    Meet: 7:15 am at Lookout Hill’s Butterfly Meadow


    snipeSaturday, May 20th, Doodletown 1776 trail, Harriman State Park 
    Leader: Tom Stephenson
    Focus: Peak of spring migrants and beginning breeding season
    Car Fee: $25.00

    Registrar: Marisa Wohl,

    Registration Period: May 13th - May 18th  

    Comments: This trip is capped at 16 people including the leader


    snipeMay 27th -May 30th Weekend OVERNIGHT, Breeding birds of Delaware State

    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Focus: Annual spring weekend adventure, this year to the state of Delaware
    Car fee: $100.00 
    Peter Dorosh (or  

    Registration Period: April 15th   - May 15th 

    Note: Trip caps at 12; this is a three night hotel stay over. Trip leaves Saturday early morning, returns Tuesday afternoon


    snipeSaturday, June 3rd , Fountain Ave Landfill Park Breeding Bird survey

    Leader: Joshua Malbin

    Focus: Counting breeding birds in a future park

    Registrar: Kathy Toomey,  

    Registration Period: May 27thJune 1st

    Note: This trip is capped at 12 participants. Bring proper identification (i.e. driver’s license, in case it’s needed.) This is a restricted area under the jurisdiction of the NYCDEP agency. The group will be escorted; participants are required to sign liability waivers the day of the trip.


    snipeSaturday, June 10th, Muttontown Birds and Insects, Nassau County
    Leader: Steve Nanz 
    Focus: Breeding birds, Odonata and insects galore

    Registrar: Heidi Steiner, or call before 8 pm 718- 369-2116

    Site profile:

    snipeSaturday, June 17th. “The search for the Silvery Checkerspot!” Van Cortland Park, Bronx

    Leader: Peter Dorosh  347-622-3559 (Texts only)
    Focus: A fun search for an endemic local rare butterfly species, while looking for and hearing bird species as well as other butterflies along the Checkerspot trails.

    Meet: 8:30 am at the street level below the number ONE train last stop: Van Cortland Park -242nd Street station. Intersection West 242nd and Broadway.

    Silvery Checkerspot Fact file:

    snipeSaturday, June 24th,  Breeding Birds of Prospect Park

    Leader: Sean Zimmer
    Focus: A casual walk recording breeding species
    Meet: 8 am at the Bartel Pritchard Square park entrance


    snipeSaturday, August 12th , Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens

    Leader: Tom Stephenson 
    Focus: Peak of shorebird migration, terns, egrets, and early warblers

    Car fee: $12.00 
    Registrar: Kathy Toomey,

    Registration Period: August 5th – August 10th     

    Note: This trip caps at 16 participants


    snipeAugust 26th - August 27th  Weekend OVERNIGHT :New Jersey’s  shorebird spectacle at Brigantine

    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Focus: Shorebird diversity, terns, colonial waders, early warblers, flycatchers and other songbirds; mostly at Edward G Forsythia NWR ( “Brigantine”)

    Car fee: $75.00 
    Peter Dorosh (or  

    Registration Period: July 15th- August 13th

    Note: Trip caps at 12; this is a one night hotel stay over. Trip leaves Saturday early morning.

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