Local Trips and Classes

[b]Central Park Birding[/b]Central Park Birding

Come out and see what New York City has to offer!

NYC Audubon offers a great variety of trips and classes right here close to home, in all five boroughs and beyond. Please browse our selections of local trips and classes below.

 
To read about ongoing weekly walks with Bryant Park, Central Park, and Van Cortlandt Park,
please click here.
 


Upcoming Local Trips & Classes - Click on each event title to learn more

Saturday, February 13: Snow Birds of Floyd Bennett Field and Fort Tilden II, with Gabriel Willow

Saturday, February 13: Soaring Raptors - Eagles and Owls of the Hudson River Valley, with Joe Giunta

Sunday, February 14: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of the NY Harbor

Thursday, February 18: Winter Waterfowl ID Workshop, with Gabriel Willow

Sunday, February 21: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of the NY Harbor

Friday, February 26: Winter Birds of the Barrier Islands, with Peter Mott and Tod Winston

Saturday, February 27: Winter Thaw Bird Walk, with Don Riepe

Sunday, February 28: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of the NY Harbor

Saturday, March 5: Eagle Watch and Bird Walk at Inwood Hill Park, with Annie Barry

Saturday, March 5: Winter Birds of Barnegat, NJ, with Joe Giunta

Saturday, March 5: Central Park Winter Walk, with Gabriel Willow

Sunday, March 6: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of the NY Harbor

Saturday, March 12: Winter Birds of Sandy Hook, NJ, with Joe Giunta

Sunday, March 13: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of the NY Harbor

Saturday, March 26: Van Trip to the Early Spring Bird Walk at Jamaica Bay

Saturday, March 26: Early Spring Bird Walk at Jamaica Bay

Saturday, March 26: The Sky-Dance of the Woodcock, Brooklyn, with Gabriel Willow

Sunday, March 27: Intro to Birding - Bird Walk in Central Park, with Tod Winston

Wednesday, March 30: Beginning Birding, with Tod Winston

Saturday, April 2: The Sky-Dance of the Woodcock, Brooklyn II, with Gabriel Willow

Tuesday, April 5: Birding by Ear in Central Park, with Tod Winston

Saturday, April 16: Spring Migration in Pelham Bay Park, The Bronx, with Gabriel Willow

Saturday, April 16: Spring Bird Migration, with Don Riepe

Sunday, April 17: Birding Gems of Staten Island: Spring Hike in the Greenbelt, Staten Island, with Gabriel Willow

Monday, April 18: Monday Evening Spring Migration Walks in Central Park, with Gabriel Willow

Tuesday, April 19: Tuesday Evening Spring Migration Walks in Central Park, with Gabriel Willow

Wednesday, April 20: Wednesday Evening Spring Migration Walks in Central Park, with Gabriel Willow

Saturday, April 23: Birds & Plants: The NY Botanical Garden in Springtime, The Bronx, with Gabriel Willow

Sunday, April 24: The Birds of Woodlawn Cemetery, the Bronx, with Tod Winston and Joe McManus

Tuesday, April 26: 100 Years of the MBT: Spring Migrants of Central Park, Manhattan, with Kellye Rosenheim

Wednesday, April 27: Wednesday Morning Spring Migration Walks in Central Park, with Joe Giunta

Thursday, April 28: Thursday Morning Spring Migration Walks in Central Park, with Joe Giunta

Sunday, May 1: Birding Gems of Staten Island: Spring Migration at Freshkills Park, with Cliff Hagen and Tod Winston

Friday, May 6: Spring Warblers, with Joe Giunta

Saturday, May 7: Sterling Forest Warblers, with Don Riepe and Tod Winston

Tuesday, May 10: Peak Migration Day at Alley Pond Park and Jamaica Bay, with Joe Giunta

Wednesday, May 11: A Walk in the North Woods, Central Park, with Tod Winston

Friday, May 13: Introduction to Bird Song, with Joe Giunta

Saturday, May 14: Birding Gems of Queens: Forest Hills Gardens and Forest Park, with Tod Winston

Saturday, May 14: Birds & Plants II - The NY Botanical Garden in Springtime, The Bronx, with Gabriel Willow

Sunday, May 15: Nesting Peregrines and Red-tails of the Upper West Side, Manhattan, with Gabriel Willow

Saturday, May 21: Spring Migrants at Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan, with Annie Barry

Saturday, May 21: Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise, with Don Riepe and Mickey Cohen

Sunday, May 22: Horseshoe Crabs and Red Knots, with Don Riepe and Mickey Cohen

Sunday, May 29: Birding Gems of Staten Island: Clove Lakes Park, with Gabriel Willow

Thursday, June 2: The Breeding Birds of Doodletown Road, Rockland County, with Joe Giunta

Saturday, June 4: The Breeding Birds of Jamaica Bay, with Tod Winston

Saturday, June 4: Spring Migration on Randall's Island, with Gabriel Willow

Sunday, June 5: The Parakeets of Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, with Gabriel Willow

Wednesday, June 8: Sunset EcoCruise to the Harbor Heron Islands

Saturday, June 11: Explore the Meadowlands by Pontoon Boat, Secaucus, NJ, with Tod Winston

Saturday, June 11: Prospect Park Bird Walk, with Gabriel Willow

Wednesday, June 15: Sunset EcoCruise to the Harbor Heron Islands

Wednesday, June 22: Sunset EcoCruise to the Harbor Heron Islands

Saturday, June 25: The Breeding Birds of the Hudson Highlands, NY, with Gabriel Willow

Wednesday, June 29: Sunset EcoCruise to the Harbor Heron Islands

Wednesday, July 6: Sunset EcoCruise to the Harbor Heron Islands

Wednesday, July 13: Sunset EcoCruise to the Harbor Heron Islands

Wednesday, July 20: Sunset EcoCruise to the Harbor Heron Islands

Wednesday, July 27: Sunset EcoCruise to the Harbor Heron Islands

Wednesday, August 3: Sunset EcoCruise to the Harbor Heron Islands

Wednesday, August 10: Sunset EcoCruise to the Harbor Heron Islands

Wednesday, August 17: Sunset EcoCruise to the Harbor Heron Islands

Ongoing Events 

WINTER BIRDING AT WAVE HILL, THE BRONX

Sundays, February 14, March 13 9:30-11:30am
Guide: Gabriel Willow
With Wave Hill 

Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center. Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of bird species and their behaviors on these captivating walks. Wave Hill’s garden setting overlooking the Hudson River flyway provides the perfect habitat for resident and migrating birds. Advanced registration is recommended, either online at www.wavehill.org, at the Perkins Visitor Center, or by calling 718-549-3200 x251. (Walks run rain or shine; in case of severe weather call the number above for updates.) Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. NYC Audubon members enjoy two-for-one admission (see www.wavehill.org for more information)

 

SPRING BIRDING AT WAVE HILL, THE BRONX
Sundays April 10, May 8, and June 12, 9:30-11:30am
Guide: Gabriel Willow
With Wave Hill
Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center. Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of bird species and their behaviors on these captivating walks. Wave Hill’s garden setting overlooking the Hudson River flyway provides the perfect habitat for resident and migrating birds. Advanced registration is recommended, either online at www.wavehill.org, at the Perkins Visitor Center, or by calling 718-549-3200 x251. (Walks run rain or shine; in case of severe weather call the number above for updates.) Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. NYC Audubon members enjoy two-for-one admission (see www.wavehill.org for more information)

 

QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN BIRD WALKS
Saturdays April 9, May 7, June 4, and Sundays April 24 and May 22; 9-10am
Guide: Tiffany Adams
With Queens Botanical Garden
We are happy to announce a new series of spring migration bird walks in partnership with Queens Botanical Garden. Register for one date or the whole series of five free walks. Explore the Garden in search of migrant songbirds and learn about the valuable resources that the Garden offers birds and other wildlife. Binoculars available. Limited to 25. Appropriate for all ages. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.queensbotanical.org/calendar. Free with Garden admission

 

BIRDING TOURS OF BRYANT PARK
Mondays, April 11 – May 16, 8-9am
Thursdays, April 14 – May 19, 5-6pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow
With Bryant Park Corporation
Meet at the Birding Tour sign at the 42nd Street and 6th Avenue entrance to the park. Discover the surprising variety of birds that stop in Bryant Park during migration. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

 

BIRDING BASICS FOR FAMILIES: THE RAMBLE, CENTRAL PARK
Saturdays, April 30–May 28, 10-11am
Guides: NYC Audubon, Conservancy Discovery Guides
Offered by the Central Park Conservancy
Meet at the Belvedere Castle (inside the Park, mid-Park just north of the 79th Street transverse). Experience Central Park’s precious bird habitat and migration hot spot with Conservancy Discovery Guides and NYC Audubon. Witness firsthand how the Conservancy’s work has made the Park a sanctuary for birds. Binoculars available. Free: pre-registration is recommended as space is limited. Ages 5+. Families only: maximum of three children per parent or guardian; no groups For weather cancellation updates and pre-registration information, call 212-772-0288.

 

BIRDING BASICS FOR FAMILIES: NORTH WOODS, CENTRAL PARK
Sundays, May 1–May 29, 10-11am
Guides: NYC Audubon, Conservancy Discovery Guides
Offered by the Central Park Conservancy
Meet at the Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues). Experience Central Park’s precious bird habitat and migration hot spot with Conservancy Discovery Guides and NYC Audubon. Witness firsthand how the Conservancy’s work has made the Park a sanctuary for birds. Binoculars available. Limited to 20. Age 5 and up. Free: pre-registration is recommended as space is limited. Ages 5+. Families only: maximum of three children per parent or guardian; no groups. For weather cancellation updates and pre-registration information, call 212-860-1370

 

VAN CORTLANDT BIRD WALKS, THE BRONX
Saturdays, May 7-July 30, 8-9:30am
Guides: NYC Audubon, Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy
With the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy
Meet at Van Cortlandt Nature Center. The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. For more information, please call 212-691-7483. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

 

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