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Fri 20 Apr
Birding Basics at the Gardiner Library
Friday, April 20, 2018 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-1255

Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, in this third installment of a four-part series. During this program, we will take a walk on the trails near the library. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, a birding field guide or a smart device with a field guide installed. A few binoculars will be available for loan for participants who may not have their own binoculars. Interested participants are welcome to attend one or all four programs. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.

Sun 22 Apr
Nest Box Monitoring Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, April 22, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

This training will teach you to identify the birds using the birdhouse or nest in your yard and how to monitor the progress of the nestlings. Learn how to obtain and record data and how to keep your baby birds safe from harm. We will go outside to try out your new skills and conduct nest box checks in our fields. Appropriate for adults and children ages 9 & up. Call 872-0800 to register for this free program.

Registration: Required
Sun 22 Apr
Nest Box Monitoring Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, April 22, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

This training will teach you to identify the birds using the birdhouse or nest in your yard and how to monitor the progress of the nestlings. Learn how to obtain and record data and how to keep your baby birds safe from harm. We will go outside to try out your new skills and conduct nest box checks in our fields. Appropriate for adults and children ages 9 & up. Call 872-0800 to register for this free program.

Registration: Required
Tue 24 Apr
Early Morning Birders at Minnewaska
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 08:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Designed for birding enthusiasts, or those just looking to learn the basics, this series will offer various outings led by experienced birding volunteers and park naturalists. Participants will meet at the Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.

Fri 27 Apr
Birding Basics at the Gardiner Library
Friday, April 27, 2018 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, in this fourth installment of a four-part series. During this program, we will take a walk on the trails near the library. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, a birding field guide or a smart device with a field guide installed. A few binoculars will be available for loan to participants who may not have their own binoculars. Interested participants are welcome to attend one, or all four programs. For more information, please contact the Gardiner Library directly at 845-255-1255.

Sat 28 Apr
Spring Birds at Minnewaska
Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Are you interested in birds or curious about getting into birdwatching? Then, this birding basics program, which will focus on basic identification tips, how to prepare for a birding outing and advice on binoculars, is for you. Join Park Educator, Nick Martin, as we discuss some of these points, and afterwards take an approximately two-mile walk through the fields and forests of a former golf course at Minnewaska. Participants who have their own binoculars and field guides are encouraged to bring them. A few pairs of binoculars will be available for participants who do not have their own. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 Apr
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, April 28, 2018 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal and learn about where and how they live. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will introduce some of the birds of prey and other animals in her care. Learn what to do if you find an abandoned or injured animal and how to help prevent wildlife emergencies. Please bring a donation to support Kelly's work. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sat 28 Apr
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, April 28, 2018 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal and learn about where and how they live. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will introduce some of the birds of prey and other animals in her care. Learn what to do if you find an abandoned or injured animal and how to help prevent wildlife emergencies. Please bring a donation to support Kelly's work. Call 872-0800 for more information.

Sun 29 Apr
Moths, Birds, and Landscaping—The Night Shift at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, April 29, 2018 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Far from being just little brown nuisances, moths play a key role in the functioning of our plant and animal communities. Naturalist Catherine Klatt will introduce us to moths, in all their diversity and beauty. Explore the tight links between moths and birds, and unexpected ways that our home landscaping choices, especially using native plants, affect bird populations. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sun 29 Apr
Moths, Birds, and Landscaping—The Night Shift at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, April 29, 2018 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Far from being just little brown nuisances, moths play a key role in the functioning of our plant and animal communities. Naturalist Catherine Klatt will introduce us to moths, in all their diversity and beauty. Explore the tight links between moths and birds, and unexpected ways that our home landscaping choices, especially using native plants, affect bird populations. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Fri 04 May
Bird Walks with Saw Mill River Audubon at Rockefeller Preserve
Friday, May 4, 2018 06:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Led by Anne Swaim, Director of Saw Mill River Audubon. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded at the Preserve. More than 60 species nest here. The Preserve is designated by Audubon New York as an Important Bird Area.No registration required. Meets in the main parking lot

Sat 05 May
Jay Walking with Bedford Audubon
Saturday, May 5, 2018 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Join Bedford Audubon naturalist Tait Johansson at the Homestead to look for early spring migrating birds. Meet at themain parking lot at John Jay Homestead. Registration is recommended. Free admission.

Registration: Optional
Sat 05 May
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, May 5, 2018 09:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).
Sat 05 May
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, May 5, 2018 09:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).
Wed 09 May
Outdoor Adventure Series - American Kestrels in your Back Yard
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 06:30 PM
Allegany State Park - Quaker Area
(716) 354-9101 ext 236

The Environmental Education Department will show a PowerPoint on the secret lives of the American Kestrel, nesting in one of our naturalist's back yard. See what goes on inside a nest box as the nestlings grow and prepare to fledge the box. We will discuss how placing a nest box in your back yard can be a good introduction to summer birdwatching around your home.

This free event takes place at the Quaker Bathhouse on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 starting at 6:30 p.m. The Outdoor Adventure Series is a great way to learn about fun activities to do in Allegany State Park- Western New York's Playground. Check our Facebook page for more Outdoor Adventure Series programs coming up in 2018. For more information please contact the Environmental Education/ Recreation Department at 716-354-9101 ext. 236 or AlleganySP@parks.ny.gov  

Sat 12 May
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, May 12, 2018 09:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).
Sat 12 May
Global Big Day Bird Count
Saturday, May 12, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Knox Farm State Park
(716) 549-1050

A fun day of birding where birders across the world unite in pursuit of seeking how many birds can be seen in a single day! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 12 May
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, May 12, 2018 09:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).
Sat 12 May
High School Birding
Saturday, May 12, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1005

Have a birding requirement for school? We can help fulfill it! Join us on a walk as we search for birds.

Registration: Required
Sun 13 May
Bird & Breakfast
Sunday, May 13, 2018 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Enjoy a continental breakfast and a presentation introducing the local and migratory birds seen in our area. Afterward, take a walk through the preserve led by experienced birders from the Great South Bay Audubon Society. Binoculars and identification books will be available for loan.

Registration: Required
Sun 13 May
Bicycling & Birding
Sunday, May 13, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Buffalo Harbor State Park
(716) 549-1050

Bring your bicycle for a fun Buffalo waterfront ride and explore the "pocket parks" along the way for migrating birds! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Mon 14 May
Bird Walks with Saw Mill River Audubon at Rockefeller Preserve
Monday, May 14, 2018 07:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Led by Anne Swaim, Director of Saw Mill River Audubon. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded at the Preserve. More than 60 species nest here. The Preserve is designated by Audubon New York as an Important Bird Area.No registration required. Meets in the main parking lot
Fri 18 May
Bird Walks with Saw Mill River Audubon at Rockefeller Preserve
Friday, May 18, 2018 06:00 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Led by Anne Swaim, Director of Saw Mill River Audubon. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded at the Preserve. More than 60 species nest here. The Preserve is designated by Audubon New York as an Important Bird Area.No registration required. Meets in the main parking lot

Sat 19 May
Birding with Rich Guthrie at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, May 19, 2018 08:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Spring is here and birdsong is in the air. This is the best time to see birds dressed in their finest plumage and singing to find their mates. We'll start at the Nature Center feeders and head out on the trails at 8:30am. Beginners are welcome and binoculars are available to borrow. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Sat 19 May
Birding with Rich Guthrie at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, May 19, 2018 08:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Spring is here and birdsong is in the air. This is the best time to see birds dressed in their finest plumage and singing to find their mates. We'll start at the Nature Center feeders and head out on the trails at 8:30am. Beginners are welcome and binoculars are available to borrow. Call 518-872-0800 to register.

Registration: Required
Sat 19 May
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, May 19, 2018 09:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).
Sat 19 May
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, May 19, 2018 09:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).
Sat 19 May
Raptor Fest
Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Audubon Society of the Capital Region presents the second annual Raptor Fest at Schodack Island State Park. Guests of all ages will be fascinated by live birds of prey. Live music, food and beverage, and kids activities will make this a fun day for the whole family.

Main Event: 10am-4pm
Migratory Bird Walk: 8am
Raptor Walk: 9:30am
Live Eagle with Adirondack Wildlife: 11am
Migratory Bird Walk: 12pm
Hawks and Owls with Audubon Sharon: 12pm
Live Birds with Page Wildlife Center: 2pmSeining for Eagle Food: 3pm

Mon 21 May
Bird Walks with Saw Mill River Audubon at Rockefeller Preserve
Monday, May 21, 2018 07:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Led by Anne Swaim, Director of Saw Mill River Audubon. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded at the Preserve. More than 60 species nest here. The Preserve is designated by Audubon New York as an Important Bird Area.No registration required. Meets in the main parking lot

Sat 26 May
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, May 26, 2018 09:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).
Sat 26 May
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, May 26, 2018 09:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).
Mon 28 May
Memorial Day Bird Walk
Monday, May 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Evangola State Park
(716) 549-1050

Join us for our annual Memorial Day bird walk! We will walk the park's rim trail and search for the last of the migrants along Lake Erie. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.

Sat 02 Jun
Bird Walk with Alan Devoe Bird Club
Saturday, June 2, 2018 08:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Join us for a walk around Clermont State Historic Site with the Alan Devoe Bird Club. Participants of this free event will be looking for spring migrant birds throughout the site.

Sat 02 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 2, 2018 09:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).
Sat 02 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 2, 2018 09:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).
Sat 02 Jun
Purple Martin Discovery
Saturday, June 2, 2018 10:00 AM
Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua
(716) 386-2722

Ever wonder about the bird hotels located near the Marina? Come meet Randy Oste of the Bemus Point Purple Martin Society as he leads you into the world of the Purple Martin Community at Long Point. Meet at the Marina parking lot. Program is free to the public (approx. 1 hour).

Sat 09 Jun
RBA Young Birders Tour
Saturday, June 9, 2018 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Carpool through the park on the west side of the river visiting many different havitats that will enable observers to locate dozens of bird species. Sponsored by the Rochester Birding Association. Mt. Morris Dam Snack Bar.
Sat 09 Jun
RBA Young Birders Tour
Saturday, June 9, 2018 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Carpool through the park on the west side of the river visiting many different havitats that will enable observers to locate dozens of bird species. Sponsored by the Rochester Birding Association. Mt. Morris Dam Snack Bar.
Sat 09 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 9, 2018 09:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).
Sat 09 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 9, 2018 09:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).
Sun 10 Jun
RBA Bird Tour
Sunday, June 10, 2018 05:30 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Mt. Morris Dam Snack Bar. Bring a lunch. Carpool through the Park on east or west sides of the river visiting many different habitats that will enable observers to locate over 75 species of birds. Sponsored by the Rochester Birding Association.
Sun 10 Jun
RBA Bird Tour
Sunday, June 10, 2018 05:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Mt. Morris Dam Snack Bar. Bring a lunch. Carpool through the Park on east or west sides of the river visiting many different habitats that will enable observers to locate over 75 species of birds. Sponsored by the Rochester Birding Association.
Sun 10 Jun
Explore the Bluebird Trail at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 10, 2018 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Want to see an Eastern Bluebird? Sneak a peek at some Tree Swallow hatchlings? Our Bluebird Trail winds through fields and woods with homes for over 25 nesting pairs of birds. Join us as we check on who's in our nest boxes and monitor and record data on several bird species. Bring binoculars and be prepared to walk on uneven terrain. Program is free and open to all ages. Space is limited, please call 518-872-0800 to register.

Sun 10 Jun
Explore the Bluebird Trail at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 10, 2018 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Want to see an Eastern Bluebird? Sneak a peek at some Tree Swallow hatchlings? Our Bluebird Trail winds through fields and woods with homes for over 25 nesting pairs of birds. Join us as we check on who's in our nest boxes and monitor and record data on several bird species. Bring binoculars and be prepared to walk on uneven terrain. Program is free and open to all ages. Space is limited, please call 518-872-0800 to register.

Fri 15 Jun
Moonlit Owl Hike
Friday, June 15, 2018 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

We're back with another (warmer) Moonlit Owl Hike! We'll trek out and hike around the park to look and listen for one of nature's most elusive and gorgeous creatures. Bring your best owl call, we will practice some of our own to try and get some owls to talk with us.Pre-registration is not required and this event is free to the public. Please leave your pets at home for this event.

Sat 16 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 16, 2018 09:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).
Sat 16 Jun
Plover Hike
Saturday, June 16, 2018 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach Nature Center
(516) 780-3295

Come take a walk with us to see the endangered Piping Plover, that nest on the sandy beaches of Jones Beach. We will observe different nesting sites and hopefully get to see some hatchlings.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Jun
Plover Hike
Saturday, June 16, 2018 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Come take a walk with us to see the endangered Piping Plover, that nest on the sandy beaches of Jones Beach. We will observe different nesting sites and hopefully get to see some hatchlings.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 16, 2018 09:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).
Sat 16 Jun
Who’s at Your Backyard Bird Feeder
Saturday, June 16, 2018 01:00 PM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

Join Judy Callahan as she explores the birds and other critters feasting at the backyard bird feeder. Meet at the campground playground - program is free to the public (approx. 1 hour).

Sat 23 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 23, 2018 09:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).
Sat 23 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 23, 2018 09:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).
Sat 30 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 30, 2018 09:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).
Sat 30 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 30, 2018 09:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).