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Sat 26 May
Birding for Beginners at the Nature Center
Saturday, May 26, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join the park naturalist for an introduction to birding! What birds live in the area? Whey do they sing so much? What are they up to this time of year? Program will include a short intro followed by a search for birds in the park.

Patrons are advised to bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, and binoculars if you have them. For more information you can call 518-563-0369.

Sat 02 Jun
Bird Builders
Saturday, June 2, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
(518) 563-0369

Join a park naturalist to explore the wide variety of bird nests that can be found in the park. Participants will be able to try out their nest building skills and then take a short walk to look for birds and their homes.

Participants are advised to bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. For more information please call 518-563-0369.

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.

Mon 11 Jun
BIRD WALK WITH SAW MILL RIVER AUDUBON
Monday, June 11, 2018 07:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Meet in main parking area of Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Please note that Apr through Oct there is a $6/car fee collected by state parks payable at automated kiosk by credit card after entry. Come along with us on our free weekly birding walks at local birding hotspots. Beginners encouraged. Call or email SMRA for directions OR if you want to borrow a pair of binoculars for the walk: office@sawmillriveraudubon.org or 914-666-6503. No pre-registration needed. Walk happens even in rain! Monday | 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM | Rockefeller State Park Preserve | FREE | All ages

Mon 18 Jun
BIRD WALK WITH SAW MILL RIVER AUDUBON
Monday, June 18, 2018 07:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
(914) 631-1470

Walk begins 7:30am at the Pocantico/Sleepy Hollow Road entrance of Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Come birding with us! Call or email SMRA for directions and if you want to borrow a pair of binoculars for the walk otherwise no RSVP needed. We go rain or shine! ROAD DIRECTIONS to Sleepy Hollow Road Trails Entrance to RSPP at the intersection of Route 117 and Route 448, turn S onto Rte. 448. Make immediate RIGHT onto Old Sleepy Hollow Road and follow for ~1.6 miles, Old Sleepy Hollow Road crosses under Rte. 117 and then is alongside 117. Continue to "T" intersection stop sign. Turn left onto Sleepy Hollow Rd Extension. Cross back under Rte. 117 and continue for about 1/3 mile. Look for other cars parked just before the trail crossing either side of road. Meet at trail kiosk just downhill from Sleepy Hollow Rd Ext. Saw Mill River Audubon 914-666-6503 office@sawmillriveraudubon.org Monday | 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM | Rockefeller State Park Preserve | FREE | All ages

Sun 03 Jun
Birding with Rich Guthrie at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 3, 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.

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.

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.

Fri 25 May
Bird Bingo
Friday, May 25, 2018 10:30 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join us for a fun introduction to birding. All you have to do is look and listen. We will learn to spot as many local birds as we can while playing bird bingo! Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from the classroom. Welcome to people of all ages and all experience levels. This event is free and meets at the Creekside Classroom. Program will be cancelled if there is rain. For more information please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 111
Sat 26 May
Spring Bird Walk
Saturday, May 26, 2018 09:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a naturalist on an easy walk to learn about the birds that live in Spa Park. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from the classroom. This event is free and meets at the Creekside Classroom.
Wed 27 Jun
Wildlife Wednesday – Bird Walk with George Steele
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

At the Visitor Center Grounds. Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns Kim and Keri.June 27th will be an evening Bird Walk with Environmental Educator George Steele. We'll stroll along the river looking for waterfowl, herons and other birds--perhaps a bald eagle will fly by!

Wed 25 Jul
Wildlife Wednesday – Wild Edibles with Anita Sanchez
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center Grounds- Wild Edibles With educator and author Anita Sanchez We'll collect some common edible plants from lawn and meadow, and then create a salad to see what they taste like. We'll also sample some wild teas.Come explore the wonders of nature at Schoharie Crossing. Our Wildlife Wednesday program covers a range of topics – from aquatic life to birds to plants and environmental awareness. These programs are facilitated by Environmental Educators George Steele and Anita Sanchez as well as NYS Parks Naturalist Interns Kim and Keri.

Sun 12 Aug
Early Morning Birdwalk w/ George Steele
Sunday, August 12, 2018 06:30 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us for this Early Morning Bird Walk with environmental educator George Steele! Come listen to the early morning chorus and identify some of the many birds of the Mohawk Valley.

Program will occur on the grounds of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper shoes for walking on damp grass.

Sun 03 Jun
Birding with Rich Guthrie at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, June 3, 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.

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.

Sun 27 May
Drop In Program: Live Birds of Prey at Minnewaska
Sunday, May 27, 2018
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 Nature Center to meet these amazing and beautiful animals in person! Pre-Registration is NOT required.
Tue 29 May
Early Morning Birders
Tuesday, May 29, 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. Participants will meet at the Minnewaska main entrance and should come prepared with binoculars. Outing destinations will be determined the day of the program.
Sat 08 Sep
Hudson River Birding Ramble
Saturday, September 8, 2018 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Fall Migratory birds. Join Rockland Audubon Society’s Della and Alan Wells as they explore the diverse bird habitats of Stony Point. Bring binoculars! Gates open 7:45a.m., Meet in parking lot. Open to all, from new to experienced birders.

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 09 Jun
National Get Outdoors Day: Citizen Science Saturdays & Fishing Clinic
Saturday, June 9, 2018 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Citizen Science Day 12:00-1:30: Do you like science? Help us collect important data about wildlife inthe park! This program will include oyster monitoring, Project Budburst, bird watching, and more! Bring a smart phone or camera if you have one. Ages 7+ and Adults

Fishing Clinic 2pm-4pm: Come learn to fish at Gantry Plaza State Park! We will supply all materials needed. All Ages, children must be assisted by an adult.

Sat 16 Jun
Guided Bird Walk
Saturday, June 16, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

At Pier 4 Fishing Pier- Learn to identify common birds of New York City! Meet at the Fishing Pier. All materials provided. Ages 5+ and Adults
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 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 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 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
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
National Get Outdoors Day: Bird Walk at 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.
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.
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 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 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 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).
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 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
National Get Outdoors Day: Bird Walk at 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.
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
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.
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 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
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
Family Bird Hike
Monday, May 28, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Delta Lake State Park
(315) 337-4670

The morning program will be a beginner bird hike, perfect for families of all ages. A small number of children's binoculars will be available to borrow. We will meet at Tent #2. Please bring water and comfortable walking shoes. No pre-registration is necessary. Program free with park admission. If you have any questions, please call the park office at 315-337-4670.

Sat 26 May
Family Bird Hike
Saturday, May 26, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Selkirk Shores State Park
(315) 298-5737

Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Bring the kids and grandkids as we search for songbirds and learn the basics of bird identification. A small number of children’s binoculars will be available to borrow. We will meet outside the Recreation Center. Please bring water and comfortable walking shoes. No pre-registration is necessary. Program free with park admission. If you have any questions, please call the park office at 315-298-5737
Sun 27 May
Family Bird Hike
Sunday, May 27, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Verona Beach State Park
(315) 762-4463

Bring the kids and grandkids for an avian adventure. A small number of children’s binoculars will be available to borrow. We will meet at the fisherman’s parking lot. Take Route 13 north to the dirt access road on the right side, 0.25 miles from the park’s main entrance. Please note there are no restrooms at this location.

Please bring water and comfortable walking shoes. No pre-registration is necessary. Program free with park admission. If you have any questions, please call the park office at 315-762-4463.

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 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).