Brooklyn Bird Club Field TripsSummer/Early Fall 2016 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: 
    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 2016

    No registration is required for these weekly walks in Prospect Park during migration season. NOTE NEW STARTING TIME FOR SATURDAY WALKS.


    Aug. 23, Aug. 30, Sept. 6, Sept. 20, Sept. 27

    Leader: Rob Bate or Bobbi Manian

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


    Aug. 18, Aug. 25, Sept. 1, Sept. 8, Sept. 15, Sept. 22, Sept. 29

    Leader: Tom Stephenson  

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


    Sept. 3, Sept. 10, Sept. 17, Sept. 24

    Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik  

    Meet at Ocean/Parkside Avenues, “The Pergola” at 7:30 am

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


    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.)



    snipeSaturday, August 6th, A Local Shorebird Tour

    Leader: : Peter Dorosh 
    Focus:  Renowned locations in Brooklyn and Queens for
    shorebird and sandpiper species                                                                                                                                                           

    Car fee: $12.00 
    Peter Dorosh,  or text only cell 347-622-3559                                

    Registration Period: July 30th–August 4th      

    Note: High tide is 11:54 am


    snipeSunday, August 21st, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens

    Leader: Tom Stephenson 
    Focus:  Peak of
    shorebird and sandpiper species                                                                                                                                                                                

    Car fee: $12.00 
    Chris Laskowski, email                                                                

    Registration Period: August 13th–August 18th      

    Notes: Trip capped at 16 participants; high tide is 11:24 am


    snipeSunday, September 11th, Discovering Governor’s Island (new BBC trip location)

    Leader: Sean Zimmer 
    Focus:  Migrating songbirds, terns, debut location                                                                      

    Meet: 9:30 am at the Governor Island’s Ferry, ferries run from Brooklyn Bridge Park and lower Manhattan:

    Meeting location: ;

    Site profile/bird September list:;


    snipeCANCELLED: Autumn Weekend Trip, September 9th-11th, Cape May Birding Bliss



    snipeSaturday, September 17th, Fort Tilden Park, Gateway NP, Queens

    Leader: Peter Dorosh 
    Focus:  Peak of
    songbirds, swallows, terns, early raptors                                                                                 

    Car fee: $12.00 
    Peter Dorosh,  or text only cell 347-622-3559                                                                                                

    Registration Period: Sept 10th – Sept 15th

    Location checklist:

    snipeSaturday, September 24th, Finderne Wetlands and Duke Farms, Bridgewater, NJ

    Leader: Peter Dorosh 
    Focus: Autumn migration, debut location species                                                                                          

    Car fee: $25.00 
    Peter Dorosh  or text only cell 347-622-3559                                                                                                                                                               

    Registration Period: Sept 17th – Sept 22nd       

    Site profiles: ;

    Note: Time permitting, Glenhurst Meadows or another location may be a late day option for an all day trip. Finderne Wetland is a new BBN location; Duke Farms is a second time club visit



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