Brooklyn Bird Club Field TripsWinter/Early Spring 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 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.)


    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, March 5th, Jones Beach State Park, Nassau County

    Leader: Joe Giunta 
    Focus:  Migrating seabirds, dune open space species, ducks, shorebirds

    Car fee: $25.00 
    Registrar: James &Amy Cooke email  CC  Home #: (516) 739-0647 (Before 8:30 PM)

    Registration Period: Feb 25th - March 2nd


     snipeSaturday, March 11th, “A Woodcock at Greenwood Cemetery?””

    Leaders: “The Timberdoodlers Crew”
    Focus Peak time for American Woodcock; migrating and resident winter woodland birds

    Meet: 8:00 am at the main Greenwood Cemetery entrance at 25th St & 5th Ave, at the Castle Arch. Nearest subway is the “R” train at 25th Street.                   

    Note: This walk is led by the BBC Birdathon team “Timberdoodlers” of Bobbi Manian, Dennis Hrehowsik & Kristin Costello.


    snipeSaturday, March 18th, Ridgewood Reservoir to Jamaica Bay

    Leader: Steve Nanz 
    Focus:  Wetland species, freshwater & salt water ducks, early upland species

    Car fee: $12.00 
    Marisa Wohl email

    Registration Period: March 11th - March 16th


    snipeSunday, March 26th, “Prospect Park Spring Awakenings”

    Leader: Ed Crowne

    Focus:  early spring passerines, late winter stragglers

    Meet: 8:30 am at Bartel Pritchard Park entrance

    snipeSaturday April 1st, Prospect Park Anniversary Weekend Walk
    Dennis Hrehowsik and Stanley Greenberg
    Focus:  Join the Brooklyn Bird Club to welcome the earliest migrants of the year and meet some of the Park’s winter waterfowl. Please note this tour leaves promptly at 8 am, and participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars. Rain or shine.

    Meet: 8:00 Parkside Avenue Entrance

    snipeSunday, April 2nd, Marine Park Salt Marsh & Floyd Bennett Field
     Rob Jett
    Focus:  Raptors, wetland species, open space species, late ducks, early shorebirds, sparrows

    Car fee: $10.00 
    Registrar: Janet Schumacher  or 718-594-7480                                         
    Registration Period: 
    March 25th - March 30th  

    snipeSaturday, April 8th, “Brooklyn Patch Boiding”

    Leader: Peter Dorosh 
    Focus:  A fun discovery tour of selected parks under 60 acres

    Registrar: Peter Dorosh or text 347-622-3559

    Registration Period: April 1st - April 6th

    Note: Likely locations are Brooklyn Bridge Park, Fort Green Park, Bush Terminal Pier Park and nearby Owls Head Park (optional)

    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     

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