Bedford Audubon Society

Bedford Audubon Society

A Northern Westchester & Eastern Putnam Counties, New York Chapter of the National Audubon Society

Celebrating Over 100 Years of Conservation 1913 — 2014

bird montageField Trips, Programs, and Special Events

We invite you to join us this autumn for a wonderful selection of lectures, field trips, and special events. Unless otherwise noted, Bedford Audubon's programs are free and open to the public.

All lectures are held in
the handicapped-accessible Garden Room
at the Katonah Village Library
(26 Bedford Road, Katonah, New York, 10536).

For programs meeting at Bylane Farm, 35 Todd Road, Katonah, please do not park on the road. There is ample parking available next to the offices and across the street.

Unless otherwise noted, please pre-register for field trips, workshops, and other programs with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801. Email notice to postpone or cancel a program due to inclement weather will be sent to registered participants by 6pm the day prior to the program.

Each field trip is given one of three levels of difficulty: Easy (E), Moderate (M), or Strenuous (S). Please discuss your level of mobility with the program registrar to ensure the field trip is appropriate for you.

Legal Liability Waiver

Participating in a field trip carries certain risks, and based on the recommendation of our legal counsel and insurance provider, it is required that all field trip participants carefully read and sign this release of liability. We appreciate your understanding.

Many of our field trips are held at BAS Headquarters at Bylane Farm.
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Mondays through the end of October, 10am

Volunteer: Leon Levy Native Garden.

Join gardening enthusiasts in the Leon Levy Native Garden at Bylane Farm every Monday morning through the gardening season. Volunteers of all gardening levels are welcome! Weather permitting. Level of difficulty: Moderate. Please call Janelle at 914.232.1999 for details and a volunteer application.

Through December 1

Science in Action: Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch.

The fall Hawkwatch has started! Join us at the Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch at the Arthur Butler Sanctuary on Chestnut Ridge Road in Bedford Hills every day from 9am to 5pm, weather permitting, to experience the miracle of raptor migration. Our data is combined with other Hawkwatch sites to create powerful population and migration analyses that help us better protect raptors and their habitat.

September

Monday, September 1

Office Closed: Labor Day.

Just because school’s almost starting doesn’t mean you can’t hit our trails! Enjoy one of our sanctuaries with your family or alone for some solitude.

Wednesday, September 10, 7am-2pm

Bird Walk: The Wonders of Fall Migration in Central Park with Bedford Audubon Naturalist Tait Johansson.

Central Park, a truly extraordinary “migrant trap”, is famous for its impressive concentrations of landbirds in spring and fall. We’ll stop at the boathouse for lunch, or bring your own. Meet at Bylane at 6am, or at 72nd St. and Central Park West at 7:15. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Wednesday, September 10, 7pm

Lecture: Migration of Northern Saw-whet Owls by Dr. Glenn Proudfoot at the Katonah Village Library.

Dr. Proudfoot and his team have used band recovery data compiled by the United States Geological Survey’s Bird Banding to examine movements of the Northern Saw-whet Owl across eastern North America. Join us to explore their site and migration route fidelity results. Cost: Free. No registration required; we’ll see you at 7pm for refreshments (please bring a reusable mug to help us reduce our ecological footprint) and the lecture begins at 7:30pm. Please note this lecture will be held in the Meeting Room at the Library, across the hall from our usual venue space.

Sunday, September 14, 8-11:30am

Workshop: Raptor Identification.

Sharpen your raptor identification skills before peak migration begins! This workshop, led by Bedford Audubon’s Naturalist and veteran hawkwatcher Tait Johansson, will prepare you for the season. The workshop starts with a classroom session at Bylane Farm at 8am, and then moves to our Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch at the Arthur Butler Sanctuary at 9:30am. Family friendly for kids 12 and up, but all children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Cost: Price includes 2 books: “Hawks from Every Angle” and “Hawks at a Distance”-- Members $40, and non-Members $55 (and we’ll credit $15 towards your $30 annual Membership if you join the day of the workshop). Please register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801 before September 5 (registrants after September 5 may not receive the books in time for the session).

Saturday, September 20 through Sunday, September 28

Science in Action: International Hawk Migration Week!

It’s about time sharks stop having all the fun—join us for special events all week long to celebrate hawk migration or just stop by the Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch to meet our Hawkwatch Team!

Saturday, September 20, 10am-12pm

Field Trip: Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch.

Celebrate the start of International Hawk Migration Week with a morning of hawkwatching, led by Bedford Audubon’s Tait Johansson. Meet at the Hawkwatch Platform. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy-Moderate. Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Wednesday, September 24, 9am-12pm

Special Event: Breakfast with the Hawks.

Join us for a complimentary breakfast at the Hawkwatch, timed to take advantage of near peak Broad-winged Hawk migration. Perfect for families, though all children must be accompanied by an adult. Co-sponsored by Westmoreland Sanctuary. Meet at the Hawkwatch platform at the Arthur Butler Sanctuary, 265 Chestnut Ridge Road, Bedford Corners. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy-Moderate. Please register with Steve Ricker at Westmoreland at 914.666.8448 or sricker@westmorelandsanctuary.org.

Saturday, September 27, 9am-12pm

Field Trip: Meadowlands with Field Specialist Mike Newhouse.

Explore Harrier Meadow and DeKorte Park in search of migrating songbirds and sparrows and late shorebirds. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Sunday, September 28, 9am-12pm

Special Event: Breakfast with the Hawks.

Join us for a complimentary breakfast at the Hawkwatch, timed to take advantage of peak Sharp-shinned Hawk migration. Perfect for families, though all children must be accompanied by an adult. Co-sponsored by Westmoreland Sanctuary. Meet at the Hawkwatch platform at the Arthur Butler Sanctuary, 265 Chestnut Ridge Road, Bedford Corners. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy-Moderate. Please register with Steve Ricker at Westmoreland at 914.666.8448 or sricker@westmorelandsanctuary.org.

October

Saturday, October 4, 9am-12pm

Special Event: Breakfast with the Hawks.

Join us for a complimentary breakfast at the Hawkwatch, timed to take advantage of peak Cooper’s Hawk migration. Perfect for families, though all children must be accompanied by an adult. Co-sponsored by Westmoreland Sanctuary. Meet at the Hawkwatch platform at the Arthur Butler Sanctuary, 265 Chestnut Ridge Road, Bedford Corners. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy-Moderate. Please register with Steve Ricker at Westmoreland at 914.666.8448 or sricker@westmorelandsanctuary.org.

Wednesday, October 8, 7pm

Lecture: The Fog with Dr. Kathleen Weathers at the Katonah Village Library.

The aptly named Dr. Weathers from the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, a world-renowned expert in her field, will speak on how fog interacts with the air, land, and water, on mountains and coasts. We’ll learn how fog can envelope flora and fauna in both life-giving nutrients as well as harmful pollutants. Cost: Free. No registration required; we’ll see you at 7pm for refreshments (please bring a reusable mug to help us reduce our ecological footprint) and the lecture begins at 7:30pm.

Friday, October 10-Monday, October 13

Special Field Trip: Cape May Migration Bonanza!

Be part of a perennial favorite—our annual Columbus Weekend trip to Cape May. Fall is a great season to visit this eastern seaboard birding hotspot, and our Naturalist-in-Residence, Tait Johansson, will maximize your experience by leading you to a variety of habitats in search of migrating raptors, as well as other migratory and resident passerines and shorebirds. Our negotiated group hotel rates and optional fixed price dinners at local restaurants simplify the logistics and allow you to focus on the main attraction—the birds. Register early: this trip has a strict limit of 16 participants! Cost: $100 for members, $130 for non-members and we’ll credit $30 towards your membership. Level of difficulty: Easy-moderate. Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Monday, October 13

Office Closed: Columbus Day.

Leaf peeping! Need we say more?

Saturday, October 18, 8am to 1pm

See Us: John Jay Homestead Farm Market.

Join Bedford Audubon’s Naturalist Tait Johansson for a bird walk around the historic grounds, and then stay for the Farmers Market, which starts at 9am. Please note the Market has moved to the field adjacent to the Carriage Barn. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. No registration necessary, hard rain will cancel the walk.

Tuesday, October 21

Bird Seed Sale Order Due Date!

Please make sure you have your order placed by the close of business on October 21 to ensure your entire order is fulfilled.

Thursday, October 23, 7-9am

Nature Walk: Explore Hunt-Parker with Bedford Audubon Naturalist Tait Johansson.

Join us for a pre-work nature walk in the fields and woods around Bylane. Family friendly, but children must be accompanied by a guardian. Meet at Bylane. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Please register with Tait Johansson at tjohansson@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.232.1999.

November

Saturday, November 1, 10am to 2pm

Bird Seed Sale Pickup: at Bedford Hills Park.

Wednesday, November 5, 7am-12pm

Bird Walk: Croton Point Park in Late Autumn with Bedford Audubon Naturalist Tait Johansson.

Croton Point is a fine local birding spot, especially good for sparrows, raptors and other open country birds like Horned Larks. Meet at Bylane at 6:45 or at the Croton Point Park entrance booth at 7:30. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Dress warm. Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Sunday, November 9, 8am-12pm

Bird Walk: Edith Read Sanctuary with Birder Doug Bloom.

Join our friends at Bronx River Sound Shore Audubon for an exploration of this birder’s destination. Meet at the sanctuary. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Dress warm. Please register with Doug Bloom at 914.834.5203.

Monday, November 10

Office Closed: Veterans’ Day

Thank you to all who have served!

Wednesday, November 12, 7pm

Lecture: The Conservation of Plants in the Hudson River Tidal Zone with Dr. Robert Naczi at the Katonah Village Library.

Dr. Naczi, a curator of North American Botany at the New York Botanical Garden, will describe his work on the conservation of plants within the imperiled intertidal zone of the Hudson, and how it relates to his prime area of interest, plant identification. Cost: Free. No registration required; we’ll see you at 7pm for refreshments (please bring a reusable mug to help us reduce our ecological footprint) and the lecture begins at 7:30pm.

Saturday, November 22, 8:30am-2pm

Bird Walk: Jamaica Bay with Bedford Audubon Naturalist Tait Johansson.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is a migratory stopover for large numbers of waterfowl and other waterbirds in late fall, including impressive flocks of Snow Geese. Family friendly for kids 12 and older, but children must be accompanied by a guardian. Meet at Bylane at 7:15 or at The Jamaica Bay Visitors’ Center at 8:30. Dress warm and bring a lunch. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30

Office Closed: Thanksgiving.

We’re thankful to have members like you!

December

Wednesday, December 10, 10am-12pm

Nature Walk: Winter Tree Identification with Bedford Audubon Naturalist Tait Johansson.

Learn to use a tree’s structure, bark, and other clues to ID it, even after the leaves have fallen. Family friendly, but children must be accompanied by a guardian. Meet at Bylane. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Dress warm. Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Wednesday, December 10, 7pm

Lecture: Save the Date!

Stay tuned for more details. Cost: Free. No registration required; we’ll see you at 7pm for refreshments (please bring a reusable mug to help us reduce our ecological footprint) and the lecture begins at 7:30pm.

Monday, December 15, 7-9pm

Bird Walk: Owl Prowl in Lewisboro with Bedford Audubon Naturalist Tait Johansson.

Join us in search for elusive owls in the Bedford-Lewisboro area. Family friendly for children older than 10, but all kids must be accompanied by a guardian. Meet at Bylane. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Moderate. Dress warm and bring a headlamp or flashlight and binoculars. Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Saturday, December 20

Science in Action: Peekskill/Northern Westchester Christmas Bird Count.

Join the fun and contribute to citizen science. Contact Mike Newhouse at michael.newhouse@njmeadowlands.gov if you’d like to join this 115 year old tradition!

Monday, December 22, 8:30am to 1pm

Bird Walk: Winter Solstice at Marshlands Conservancy & Read Sanctuary with Bedford Audubon Naturalist Tait Johansson.

OK, so the Winter Solstice is really December 21, but join us anyway to look for Great Horned Owls and Fox Sparrows in the forest and for wintering ducks, loons, and grebes along the coast. Depart Bylane at 7:45am or meet in the parking lot by the boathouse at Playland at 8:30. Level of difficulty: Moderate. Dress warm. Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Wednesday, December 24 through Sunday, January 4

Office Closed: Christmas & New Year’s Holidays.

January

Thursdays in January & February, 1 hour before sunset

Science in Action: EagleWatch.

Starting January 8 and ending February 26, Tait and a team of volunteers will monitor roosting Bald Eagles within the Lower Hudson Valley Important Bird Area (IBA) at George’s Island, New Croton Reservoir, and Verplanck. Family friendly—a great way to introduce science to your kids! If you’re interested in this fun and exciting citizen science project please email Tait at tjohansson@bedfordaudubon.org or call 914.232.1999.

Saturday, January 3

Science in Action: Putnam Christmas Bird Count

Another chance to lend your birding skills to the cause! Contact Charlie Roberto at 914.271.0840 to learn how you can help.

Tuesday, January 13, 7-9am

Bird Walk: Dean’s Bridge with Bedford Audubon Naturalist Tait Johansson

Start the work day right! If the weather cooperates, ice elsewhere will concentrate large numbers of wintering waterfowl at the open water by Dean’s Bridge for easy viewing and identifying. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Dress warm. Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.


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