Brooklyn Bird Club Field Trips Winter/Early Spring 2015 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:
    Plaza St/ Union St Warren Statue:
    Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue Pergola
  • Jumping Birds

    Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday Seasonal Prospect Park Walks 2015

    No registration is required for these weekly walks in Prospect Park during migration season.

    TUESDAYS: April 7th, April 14th, April 21st, April 28th, May 5th, May12th, May 19th, May26th

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

    THURSDAYS: April 9th, April 16th, April 23rd, April 30th, May 7th, May 14th, May 21st, May 28th

    Leader: Tom Stephenson. Meet at the Stranahan Statue, Grand Army Plaza, at 7:15 a.m.

    NEW! SATURDAYS: April 4th, April 11th, April 18th, April 25th, May 2nd, May 16th

    Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik. Meet at Ocean/Parkside Avenues “The Pergola” 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, January 24th, Coney Island to Norton Point walk
    Leader: Rob Jett
    Focus: coastal species, waterbirds, gulls
    Registrar: Janet Schumacher, email or cell: 718-594-7480
    Registration period: Jan 13th-22nd
    Note: Coney Island shore walk. Distance to Norton Pt from Stillwell Ave terminus subway hub is about 1 ½ miles; limit 15 registrants.

    snipeSaturday, January 31st, New Jersey Winter Tour
    Leader: Rick Wright
    Car fee: $35.00
    Registrar: Sandy Paci, email or cell # 347-834-5881
    Registration period: Jan 20th - Jan 29th

    snipeFebruary 14th-15th, Overnight Weekend: Montauk Point and East End, Long Island
    Leader: Rob Bate
    Focus: Winter birds of various habitats, waterfowl and winter flocks
    Car fee: $100.00
    Registrar: Bobbi Manian email
    Registration period: Jan 2nd - Feb 5th

    snipeNEW DATE: Saturday, February 21st, Sunset Park Neighborhood Birding Tour
    Leader: Peter Dorosh (347-622-3559 text only)
    Focus: winter passerines, ducks, waterfowl, gulls
    Itinerary: This long winter walk will pass through the cemetery, then Sunset Park after the cemetery exit at 4th Ave, before heading northwest to the coast to the new Bush Terminal Pier Park. An option if continuing will be the former Army terminal Pier 4 eight blocks west along 1st Avenue. At least 3.5 miles walking. Nearest train afterwards will be the R line at either 45th or 53th or 59th St stops.
    Meet: No registration necessary. Meet 8 am at the Greenwood Cemetery's east entrance, Prospect Park West Avenue and 20th Street. Nearest subway: F train to 15th St/Prospect Park, walk 3 blocks west on Prospect Park West Avenue to GWC meeting site.

    snipeSaturday, February 28th, Fort Tilden Winter Birds
    Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
    Focus: Coastal birds, dune species and waterfowl, gulls, raptors
    Car fee: $12.00
    Registrar: Bobbi Manian, email
    Registration Period: Feb 17th - Feb 26th

    snipeSunday, March 8th, Prospect Park
    Leader: Rafael Campos
    Focus: winter passerines migrants, early Spring migrants, waterfowl, raptors
    Meet: 7:30 AM at Grand Army Plaza Park entrance "Stranahan Statue"
    Note: Daylight Savings Time begins

    snipeSaturday, March 14th, Massapequa Preserve Greenbelt Trail by LIRR
    Leader: Peter Dorosh (347-622-3559 text only)
    Focus: a long casual flat hike on the preserve's Greenbelt trail
    Train fee: To be determined at Brooklyn's Atlantic Ave Long Island Railroad station
    Registrar: Peter Dorosh, (preferred) or 347-622-3559 text
    Note: the registrar will communicate the train time of departure and instructions to participants. Meet downstairs at the ticket windows.
    Registration Period: March 3rd - March 12th

    snipeSunday, March 22nd, Greenwood Cemetery
    Leader: Ed Crowne
    Focus: early spring migrants, exiting and straggling winter birds
    Meet: 8:30 am at the Greenwood Cemetery east entrance, Prospect Park West Avenue and 20th Street. Nearest subway: F train to 15th St/Prospect Park, walk 3 blocks west on Prospect Park West

    snipeSaturday, March 28th Carnarsie Park and the Southeast Brooklyn coast
    Leader: Bobbi Manian
    Focus: early spring migrants, sparrows, coastal species, waterbirds, gulls, returning raptors
    Car fee: $12.00
    Registrar: Mike Yuan, email
    Registration Period: March 17th - March 26th

    snipeSaturday, April 4th Prospect Park Spring Series
    Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
    Note: this is a new Saturday series walk till middle May (EXCEPT May 9th Birdathon). See the dates at the beginning of the trips page, above.
    Meet: 7:15 am "The Pergola" entrance, Ocean Ave and Parkside Ave corner. Nearest train "Q" line to Parkside Ave, across the street or "Prospect Park" stop on the "Q" line as well-requires a 5 block walk south on Ocean Avenue from Lincoln Road exit. ("B" Express train does not run on weekends.)

    snipeSunday, April 12th, Staten Island Spring
    Leader: Mike Yuan
    Focus: first Spring neotropical songbird migrants, late ducks, sparrows, upland grass species
    Car fee: $25.00
    Registrar: Dennis Hrehowsik, email
    Registration Period: March 31st - April 9th

    snipeSaturday, April 18th, Floyd Bennett & Marine Park
    Leader: Heydi Lopes
    Focus: first Spring neotropical songbird migrants, sparrows, raptors, upland grass species, early shorebirds
    Car fee: $10.00
    Registrar: Bobbi Manian, email
    Registration Period: April 7th - April 16th

    snipeSaturday, April 25th, Celebrating 40 years birding: A Return to High Tor State Park
    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Car fee: $25.00
    Registrar: Peter Dorosh (preferred) or 347-622-3559 text
    Registration Period: April 14th - April 23rd
    Note: Peter Dorosh celebrates 40 years of birding in a symbolic and commemorative walk, to honor his first Brooklyn Bird Club trip at this locale led back then by Ron and Jean Bourque. Trip requires some upward gradual hiking from the trailhead. More details on the terrain at the time of registration. Other easier nearby locations will be visited-likely Stony Point Park or Mount Ivy County Park as options. High Tor State Park near Nyack is the club's first trip since the leader's debut as participant over 35 years ago.

    snipeSunday, May 3rd, Ridgewood Reservoir and Forest Park, Brooklyn-Queens's Border
    Leader: Steve Nanz
    Focus: peak of spring migrants
    Car fee: $10.00
    Registrar: Heidi Steiner-Nanz, email or call before 8 pm 718- 369-2116
    Registration Period: April 21st - April 30th



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