Brooklyn Bird Club Field Trips Fall/Winter 2014 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:
  • Jumping Birds

    Tuesday and Thursday Seasonal Prospect Park Walks

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

    TUESDAYS: Sept. 9th,16th, 23rd, and 30th; Oct 7th,14th

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

    THURSDAYS: August 28th, Sept. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, Oct. 2nd, Oct. 9th, Oct. 16th.

    Leader: Tom Stephenson. Meet at the Stranahan Statue, Grand Army Plaza, 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.

    snipeSunday, September 21st Staten Island Greenbelt Mt. Moses
    Leader: Mike Shanley & Isaac Grant
    Focus: Hawk watching. Passerines in flight and woodlands
    Registrar: Mike Shanley, email
    Car fee: $10.00
    Registration period: Sept 9th- Sept 18th
    Leaders note: Join Mike Shanley and Isaac Grant as we make our way to the top of Moses Mountain and scan the skies in search of raptors and other migrating birds. We will also target Neotropical migrants as we make our way through the woodlands that lead to the top of the mountain.
    Site profile: "In the early 1960s Robert Moses, the notorious New York City planner and Parks Commissioner attempted to construct the Richmond Parkway over Todt Hill cutting through what is today's Greenbelt. Earth and rock blasted away for the highway was hauled to a remote area eventually forming a 260-foot-high mound ironically nicknamed "Moses Mountain." The name stuck but the Parkway did not. Intrepid citizen-activists vigorously protested the highway and won their battle. Today, a steep hike up a much greener Moses' Mountain rewards visitors with a panoramic view of the Greenbelt and New Jersey's Atlantic Highlands, 15-miles in the distance."

    snipeSaturday, September 27th, Brooklyn "Wildcard"
    Leader: Keir Randall
    Focus: Best birding activity cluster or rare birds will be determined by the week's listserve reports for Brooklyn area
    Car fee: TBA by leader
    Registrar: Dennis Hrehowsik, email
    Registration period: Sept 16th - Sept 25th

    snipeSaturday, October 4th "Leader's Choice"
    Leader: Steve Nanz
    Focus: Best birding activity cluster or rare birds will be determined by the week's listserve reports for Brooklyn area
    Car fee: TBA by leader
    Registrar: Heidi Steiner-Nanz, email
    Registration period: Sept 23rd - Oct 2nd

    snipeNOTE NEW DATE DUE TO WEATHER: Sunday, October 12th Marine Park's "Brooklyn" Sparrows
    Meet: Grand Army Plaza #2/3 train stop at 7:00AM
    Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik, email

    snipeSaturday, October 18th, Greenwood Cemetery
    Meet: 8 AM at main entrance 25th St. & 5th Ave.
    Leader: Tom Preston
    Note: nearest train line is "R" to 25th Street stop.

    snipeSaturday, October 25th Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn
    Leader: Rob Jett
    Focus: migration peak sparrows, raptors and grassland species
    Car fee: $10.00
    Registrar: Sandy Paci, email
    Registration period: Oct 14th - Oct 23rd

    snipeFriday, October 31st, Halloween walk in Prospect Park
    Meet: 1:00 PM at the picnic tables on Well Drive near the Lake northwest shore (access Vanderbilt St park entrance)
    Leader: Bobbi Manian
    Note: Closest subway is F line to Ft Hamilton Parkway, back entrance ; or #68 bus

    snipeSaturday, November 1st, Birding on Brooklyn's Terminal Moraine ridge: Sunset Park hawk watch and Greenwood Cemetery
    Meet 8 am at Greenwood Cemetery entrance at 4th Avenue
    Leader: Peter Dorosh, 1-347-622-3559 (text message only) in case of wet weather
    Focus: Hawk watching in this first ever BBC visit to Sunset Park at approximately11:00 after Greenwood Cemetery early birding; migrants will be early winter species
    Note: bring a small chair.
    Nearest train: "R" ,"D",or "N" line to 36th St, walk east

    snipeSaturday, November 8th, Jones Beach, Long Island
    Leader: Joe Giunta
    Focus: Coastal winter birds and waterfowl, gulls, raptors
    Car fee: $25.00
    Registrar: Jerry Layton email (preferred) or home phone 718-788-0286 (before 8 pm)
    Registration Period: Oct 23th - Nov 6th

    snipeSunday, November 16th, Plumb Beach region, Brooklyn coast
    Leader: Bobbi Manian
    Focus: Coastal birds and waterfowl, gulls, raptors
    Car fee: $10.00
    Registrar: Dennis Hrehowsik, email
    Registration Period: Nov 4th - Nov 13th

    snipeSaturday, November 22nd, The great marathon birding hike of western Rockaway
    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Focus: Coastal birds and waterfowl, gulls, raptors, winter passerines
    Itinerary: This long beach hike will cover Riis Park, heading west along the coastal dunes and beach through Fort Tilden to the Breezy Point tip and back. Approximate walking distance is 9 miles round trip . Wear good shoes, bring light scope and lunch. For folks in good condition, steady gait.
    Registrar: Peter Dorosh, 347-622-3559 text only
    Meet 8 am at Hillel Place and Flatbush Ave corner.
    Nearest train IRT "Brooklyn College" station( last stop) or B 41 bus. From here we take the Q 35 bus to the Fort Tilden stop, 1st stop after the Marine Park Bridge (opposite the firehouse)

    snipeSaturday, December 6th, Brooklyn Gull Tour
    Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
    Focus: primarily gull species, waterfowl, raptor and winter passerines seen during tour
    Car fee: $12.00
    Registrar: Mike Yuan, email (preferred)
    Registration Period: Nov 25th - Dec 4th

    snipeSaturday, December 13th, Ducks of Kings County
    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Focus: primarily duck species, along with other bird species
    Car pool: $12.00
    Registrar: Peter Dorosh, Email or TEXT Message 347-622-3559
    Registration Period: Dec 2nd- Dec 11th

    snipeSaturday, December 20th, 115th Christmas Bird Census
    Teams Coordinator: Mary Eyster, email
    Compiler: Rick Cech, Assisted by Paul Keim
    Comments: Teams Coordinator Mary Eyster assigns trip leaders and participants, assimilating teams and establishing starting points with team leaders. Please email as early as possible for participation in this great event. Time is needed to plan and figure out the details.
    The count dinner is held at the Prospect Park Audubon Center (Boathouse). Help and assistance is needed for dinner setup. The coordinator is Heidi Steiner-Nanz, email to get details.

    snipeThursday, January 1st, 2015, A Birdy New Year's Day Celebration in Prospect Park
    Leader: Peter Dorosh
    Meet at Bartel Pritchard Square park entrance at 9 am.

    snipeSaturday, January 3rd, A Coney Island Winter Trek
    Leader: Mike Yuan, email
    Focus: coastal species, waterbirds, gulls
    No registration: Meet 8 am at Dunkin Donuts outside Stillwell Ave subway terminus station

    snipeSaturday, January 10th, Jones Beach, Long Island
    Leader: Steve Nanz
    Focus: Coastal winter birds and waterfowl, gulls, raptors
    Car fee: $25.00
    Registrar: Heidi Steiner-Nanz email or call before 8 pm 718- 369-2116
    Registration Period: Dec 30th -Jan 8th Mar 4 - Mar 13

    snipeSaturday January 17th, The NY State Waterfowl count
    For more information at end of this year, 2014, contact Region 10 (Long Island) Coordinator: Ron Bourque, email
    Focus: water birds and ducks survey of Brooklyn and western Queens locations
    Contact for team setup: Peter Dorosh, Email or TEXT Message 347-622-3559

    snipeSaturday, January 24th, Norton Point Sea watch (Seagate, Coney Island)
    Leader: Rob Jett
    Focus: coastal species, waterbirds, gulls
    Registrar: Janet Schumacher, email or cell: 718-594-7480
    Registration period: Jan 13th-22nd
    Note: 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



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