Brooklyn Bird Club Field TripsFall/Winter 2016-2017 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 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, Oct. 4, Oct. 11

    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, Oct. 6, Oct. 13

    Leader: Tom Stephenson  

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


    Sept. 3, Sept. 10, Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8

    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.)



    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 terminal in lower Manhattan (note, do NOT go to the Brooklyn terminal as the first departure there is too late):

    Meeting location: ;

    Site profile/bird September list:;


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

    Leader: Tom Stephenson
    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:

    snipeCANCELLED: Saturday, September 24th, Finderne Wetlands and Duke Farms, Bridgewater, NJ


    snipeSaturday, October 1st, An October Day at Coney Island Creek Parks

    Leader: Chris Laskowski

    Focus: Beginning of sparrow migration and typical seasonal songbirds, raptors

    Meet: 7:25 am at the Stillwell Ave/Coney Island terminus stop (D,F,Q, & N train lines); Walk to Dunkin Donuts facing Surf Ave

    Registrar: No Registration needed.  

    Note: The two primary locations are Kaiser Park and Dreier Offerman/Vaux Parks


    snipeSaturday, October 8th, Sparrows of Fort Tilden and Riis Parks, Gateway NP, Queens

    Leader: Rusty Harold 
    Focus: Peak of
    sparrow, swallow, and raptor migration; beginning sea duck migration

    Car fee: $12.00 
    Donna Evans email

    Registration Period: Oct 1st – Oct 6th

    Location checklist:


    snipeSaturday, October 15th,    Fall in Prospect Park

    Meet 7 AM at Bartel Pritchard entrance of Prospect Park

    Leader: Ed Crowne 
    Focus:  peak of
    sparrows, raptors, early winter birds

    Meeting site: Bartel Pritchard Square entrance: 

    snipeSaturday, October 22nd , Floyd Bennett Field

    Leader: Rob Jett 
    Focus:  Peak sparrow and winter songbird migration, raptors

    Car fee: $10.00 
    Registrar: Janet Schumacher  or 718-594-7480

    Registration Period: Oct 15th – Oct 20th       


    snipeSunday, October 30th, A Bird Haunting at Greenwood Cemetery

    Leader: Bobbi Manian

    Focus: Peak of late fall migrants, sparrows and early winter songbirds

    Meet: 8:00 am at the main entrance 25th Street/5th Avenue (Nearest subway: R train 25th stop; walk south one block)


    snipeSaturday November 5th, An Autumn Rarity Quest
    Bobbi Manian & Dennis Hrehowsik
    Focus: Pursuit of good or rare birds to locations based on the week’s birding alert reports
    Registrar: Dennis Hrehowsik email
    Registration Period: Oct 29th - Nov 3rd 


    snipeSunday, November 13th, Salt Marsh Trail at Marine Park

    Leader: Dan Frazer
    Focus: Marsh birds, ducks, late sparrows, raptors
    Registrar: Kathy Toomey, email

    Registration Period: Nov 5th - Nov 10th 

    Site profile: 


    snipeSaturday, November 19th, Jones Beach State Park, Nassau County

    Leader: Steve Nanz
    Focus: Coastal waterfowl,  dune relevant species, raptors
    Car fee: $25.00 
    Registrar: Heidi Steiner
    email or call before 8 pm 718- 369-2116

    Registration Period: Nov 12th   - Nov 17th


    snipePOSSIBLE WALK: Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd “Turkey trot” in Prospect Park.

    NOTE: Check BBC Facebook and Prospect Park Sightings Blog if a walk is on and for details.


    snipeSaturday, December 3rd, Breezy Point, Rockaway Queens

    Leader: Mike Yuan

    Focus: Coastal waterfowl, open space birds, dune relevant species, raptors

    Car fee: $12.00 
    Bob Washburn

    Registration Period: Nov 26th    - Dec 1st   


    snipeSunday, December 11th, Prospect Park before the Xmas Count

    Leader: Peter Dorosh 
    Focus:  winter songbirds and lake species

    Meet: 8:00 AM at Bartel Pritchard entrance of Prospect Park

    Meeting site: Bartel Pritchard Square entrance: 


    snipeSaturday, December 17th, 117th Kings County Christmas Bird Count

    The great annual winter event that champions citizen science; it is the longest voluntary bird census on the North American continent. Started in 1909 as a protest against the “holiday side hunts” for the largest kill collection by hunters, ornithologist Frank K. Chapman organized the census with twenty-seven of his friends and volunteers to count birds that garnered much media attention; twenty-five Christmas Bird Counts were held that day, tallying 90 species. Since then the Christmas Bird Count has grown to encompasses over tens of thousands of birders of all skill levels, counting birds in all sorts of weather, for the great benefit of science.

    Compiler: Rick Cech
    Teams organizer: Bobbi Manian email

    Dinner/Count coordinator:  Heidi Nanz email or call before 8 pm 718- 369-2116

    snipeNew Year’s Day, January 1st, A walk along the western Brooklyn Coast
     Peter Dorosh (347) 622-3559
    Focus: First birds of the new year during an estimated 3 mile walk
    Meet: 9 am at the R train 45th St stop, west corner
    Note: Locations include Bush Terminal Pier Park; Pier 4 at 58th St; Owls Head Park; Greenwood Cemetery (optional)


    snipeWeekend trip, January 7th-8th,  A Jersey Winter Blitz-zer

    Leader: Peter Dorosh 
    Focus: Winter species, waterfowl, raptors, ducks, winter songbird residents

     Car fee :$85.00

    Registrar: Peter Dorosh or text only cell 347-622-3559

    Registration Period: Nov 15th  – Dec 30th    

    Note: Trip begins Saturday morning; Focusing on New Jersey premier winter locations and target species

    snipeSunday, January 15th, Eagles of the Delaware River Valley, Port Jervis area, NJ
    Leaders: Alan Baratz and Janet Zinn
    Focus: Primarily Eagles in their environment. Ducks, woodpeckers, common winter passerines
    Car fee: $45.00 
    Registrar: Janet Schumacher  or 718-594-7480
    Registration Period: Jan 7th –Jan 12th     
    Note: This trip is all day, returning in early evening; limited to 12 participants (3 cars). Little walking, primarily a driving stop-and-go trip.


    snipeSaturday, January 21st, Winter Wildcard

    Leader: Steve Nanz 
    Focus:  Trip itinerary based upon
    the week’s birding alert reports

    Car fee: TBD   
    Heidi Steiner email or call before 8 pm 718- 369-2116

    Registration Period: Jan 14th –Jan 19th       


    snipeSaturday, January 28th Waterfowl medley of Brooklyn Coast and Marshes

    Leader: Heydi Lopes 
    Focus:  primarily waterfowl, ducks and marsh species; raptors,

     Car fee: $10.00 
    Bobbi Manian email

    Registration Period: Jan 21st – Jan 26th      

    Note: likely locations begins with Marine Park Salt Marsh, Plumb Beach and Floyd Bennett Field



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