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Sun 13 Oct
Autumn Bird Walk with Alan Devoe Bird Club
Sunday, October 13, 2019
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 fall migrant birds and waterfowl throughout the site. Keep your eyes peeled and you may see a scarlet tanager, a belted kingfisher, or a yellow-throated vireo! Program is free and appropriate for all ages!
Sun 29 Sep
Live Birds of Prey Drop-In Program at Sam’s Point
Sunday, September 29, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area
(845) 647-7989

Have you ever been so close to a hawk that you could see how sharp its talons are? Have you ever been so close to an owl that you could see what color eyes it has? Now is your chance! Join Annie Mardiney, wildlife rehabilitator for Wild Mountain Birds, and Laura Davis Kennedy, Sam’s Point Interpretive Ranger, to see and learn about these fascinating raptors. Stop by the picnic area near the Visitor Center to see a variety of live education birds. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 18. Pre-registration is NOT required.
Sun 29 Sep
Pine Cone Bird Feeders Drop-In Program at the Minnewaska Nature Center
Sunday, September 29, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Bring your family to the Minnewaska Nature Center and make a delicious snack for migrating birds. Wear your sloppy clothes or an apron to roll pine cones in a high calorie mix of vegetable shortening and seeds. Each pine cone will have a string attached to the top so that it can be hung outside your home in a tree. This fatty meal is a welcome source of energy for birds getting ready for winter. And, when the birds come to eat, you’ll have a perfect opportunity to watch them forage! This program is recommended for children over the age of six, accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Younger children are welcome to join the activity, but they may require adult assistance. This is a drop-in program and pre-registration is NOT required.
Sun 22 Sep
Birds with Botany for Beginners (Western Section)
Sunday, September 22, 2019 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
(631) 423-1770

During this program, geared for novice adult birders, we'll be searching for birds...no birds? -we'll learn plants! Bring binoculars. Approximately 2 miles.

Registration: Required
Sat 21 Sep
Fun Facts with Kelly: Birds
Saturday, September 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Joseph Davis State Park
(716) 745-7273

Chirp, chirp! Joseph Davis State Park is a Bird Conservation Area – a place that a variety of feathered friends call home. Join an Interpretative guide in listening and looking for as many species of birds we can find and talk about the various species that pass through our back yard! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.
Registration: Required
Sat 21 Sep
Live Birds of Prey Drop-In Program at Minnewaska
Saturday, September 21, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Annie Mardiney, wildlife rehabilitator from Wild Mountain Birds, for an up-close and personal look at some of the raptors common to the Shawangunk Ridge. Live education birds may include red-tailed hawk, broad-winged hawk, American kestrel, barred owl, screech owl and great horned owl. Stop by the Minnewaska Yurt, located in the grassy field next to the parking lot closest to Lake Minnewaska, to meet these amazing and beautiful animals in person! Pre-Registration is NOT required.
Sat 14 Sep
Hudson River Valley Ramble: Hawk Watch Drop-In at Minnewaska
Saturday, September 14, 2019 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Each Fall, thousands of raptors, including eagles, hawks and falcons, migrate over the Shawangunk Mountains on the way to their wintering grounds. Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, at the Beacon Hill picnic area, for a drop-in program to watch for migrating raptors. This area is off the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, on the east side of Lake Minnewaska and next the Beacon Hill Footpath trailhead. There will be an information table set up for those who want to learn more about these amazing animals. And, for those wanting a closer view of these stunning birds, we’ll have a spotting scope to look through and binoculars to borrow. This program will be cancelled in the event of rain. This is a drop-in program and pre-registration is NOT required.
Sat 14 Sep
Bird & Breakfast
Saturday, September 14, 2019 08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
(631) 581-1072

Enjoy a continental breakfast (courtesy of The Great South Bay Audubon Society) 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 Audubon Society. Binoculars and identification books will be available for loan. Reservations are required and will be accepted two weeks prior.

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Sep
Vulture Awareness Day at Minnewaska: The Grossly Important Vulture
Saturday, September 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

In September 2009, two conservation groups from South Africa and the United Kingdom organized the first International Vulture Awareness Day. It is now observed on the first Saturday in September and will take place this year on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Come join us at Minnewaska to celebrate this bird, which is key to human, and other animal, health and is encountering population declines in parts of the world. In this program, we will talk about why vultures are important, some of their interesting adaptations and how to identify the two species of vultures found in this part of New York. Afterwards, we will go for an approximately one-mile hike on trails near the Nature Center to for vultures perched or in flight. This program is recommended for all ages. This program meets at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 07 Sep
Morning Birding Walk
Saturday, September 7, 2019 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

This event is co-sponsored by Rockland Audubon Society as part of the New York State Audubon in the Parks program.

Enjoy a two-hour walk led by Ron Conzo of the Rockland Audubon Society in search of neo-tropical birds on their migration. First time birders welcome! Experienced birders will enjoy exploring diverse habitats including; brackish river and marsh, fresh water pond, meadows, lawn and woodland areas.

Bring binoculars, or borrow an extra pair from the group. Wear sturdy shoes or boots.

Meet in the parking lot.

Mon 02 Sep
Drop-in Program: Zero Waste Week Education Workshop at the Minnewaska Nature Center
Monday, September 2, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come to the Minnewaska Nature Center on Labor Day to learn how to reduce your carbon footprint by eliminating trash, especially the huge amounts of waste generated from single-use plastics. Engage in fun activities for all ages to estimate your volume of trash per year, to understand the impact of landfills on our environment, and to see where changing your habits may make a big difference. We will provide you with resources to help you not only reduce the amount of trash you generate, but to even become waste-free, a challenging but rewarding endeavor. Finally, become educated on local legislative action in both Ulster County and New York State in waste reduction, and learn how you can make your voice heard on these issues. Pre-registration is NOT required.
Sun 01 Sep
Birding Across the Old Orchard at Minnewaska
Sunday, September 1, 2019 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Elizabeth Axley, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Member, on a leisurely hike to identify the many wonderous birds of Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Participants can expect to primarily see wood-warblers and other songbirds on this trip. All levels of birdwatching experience are welcome — Elizabeth will help guide your identification of all birds seen. This adventure will take place on an approximately two-mile loop starting on the Upper Awosting Carriage Road, traversing the Old Orchard on a footpath, continuing along the Castle Point Carriage Road and finishing on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. If you need to borrow binoculars for this event, please reserve them in advance when you register. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 24 Aug
We Fly by Night
Saturday, August 24, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Hamlin Beach State Park
(585) 964-2462

Hamlin Beach State Park is an important area for birds because of its diversity of habitats including marsh, pinewoods and lake shoreline. But what are these birds up to at night? Come find out as we walk from the Camper Recreation Building to the park's Administration Building to observe Purple Martins and look for owls on the way back! Meet at the Camper Recreation Building.

Sat 24 Aug
Bird Walk with Judy Callahan
Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:00 AM
Lake Erie State Park
(716) 792-9214

10am, free to public, Lake Erie State Park, Brocton, 716-386-3165x208