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Celebrating 100 Years of Conservation 1913 — 2013
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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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March

Field Trip: Scouting at Croton Point Park with Naturalist-in-Residence Tait Johansson

Tuesday, March 25, 7am-12pm

Join Tait as he searches for early returning migrants like Killdeer, American Kestrels, and Eastern Meadowlarks. Depart Bylane at 6:30am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Workshop: Birding By Ear with Naturalist Tait Johansson

Saturday, March 29, 7-11am

Get ready for spring migration! Birding by ear is one of the most rewarding yet challenging ways to identify our avian friends. Tait will demystify bird calls and sounds in this special workshop, teaching you to apply a methodology for identifying and categorizing a variety of vocalizations. Great for novice and intermediate birders. We sold out last year, so register now! $25 for members, $30 for non-members; we’ll credit $30 to your membership if you join Bedford Audubon on the day of the workshop! Register with Tait at tjohansson@bedfordaudubon.org.

April

Bird Walk: Dance of the Woodcock at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Thursday, April 3, 7:15-8:30pm

We hope to see after work at this extraordinary ritual, where the male American Woodcock “peents”, struts, hurls himself into the evening sky, and glides back down to the ground again, all in hopes of attracting a mate. Meet Naturalist Tait Johansson in the parking area just before the toll booth, and bring a flashlight or headlamp. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy-moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Volunteer: Vine Cutting with Bob del Torto and The Invasives Project-Pound Ridge

Sunday, April 6, 2pm

A hands-on opportunity to learn to distinguish between invasive and native vines, and how to properly remove them while improving Pound Ridge at the same time! Meet at the Pound Ridge Town House. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy-moderate. Please register with invasivesPR@bedfordaudubon.org.

Lecture: Warblers with Author Tom Stephenson

Wednesday, April 9, 7pm, at the Katonah Village Library

Did you know that there the 56 warbler species in North America? Join the Warbler Guide’s author for an instructional discussion warbler identification—just in time for warbler migration! No registration required; we’ll see you at 7pm for refreshments, the lecture begins at 7:30pm.

Workshop: Backyard Birding

Saturday, April 12, 9-11am

Ever wonder what birds are fluttering around your yard or frequenting your feeder? Join Naturalist Tait Johansson to learn bird ID basics like habitat, behavior, size and shape, and color pattern. Part of our New Birder Series. Fun for the whole family (appropriate for children 8 and older, must be accompanied by an adult)! Meet at Bylane. Cost: $10 for members; $15 for non-members and we’ll credit $15 toward your membership if you join the day of the workshop. Level of difficulty: Easy. Advance registration required; please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org

Bird Walk: Discover FDR State Park in Yorktown

Saturday, April 19, 7:30am

Join Naturalist Tait Johansson and our partners Friends of FDR for an early spring scouting trip in this gem of a park. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy-moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Volunteer!

Tuesday, April 22

Celebrate Earth Day and show your love for Mother Earth by volunteering with Bedford Audubon or just get outside and enjoy one of our beautiful sanctuaries! Email Janelle at jrobbins@bedfordaudubon.org to learn more about volunteering.

Lecture: Birds & Bees in our Community

Tuesday, April 22, 7-9pm, at the Bedford Historical Society’s Historical Hall.

Join Bedford Audubon, Mianus River Gorge, Pound Ridge Land Conservancy, and Westchester Land Trust for the first in a four-part series on Birds & Bees. Mianus River Gorge’s Director of Research & Land Management, Dr. Chris Nagy, kicks off the series with a lecture on the bird and pollinator biodiversity and their ecological roles in our community. Refreshments served. Cost: Free. Please register with Tate Bushell at tate@westchesterlandtrust.org.

Nature Walk: Sixth Annual Drew’s Walk at Franklin-Fels Sanctuary

Thursday, April 24, 9-11:30am, .

Join Naturalist Tait Johansson for a walk in memory of Andrew Reynolds. Drew was a longtime friend, member, and volunteer who marked and surveyed the trail system in Franklin-Fels Sanctuary. Depart Bylane at 8:30am or meet at the Sanctuary entrance on Lakeview Drive at 9am. Rain date: April 25. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy-moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

John James Audubon’s Birthday

Saturday, April 26

Celebrate Audubon’s 229th birthday: give back through a donation of your time, money, or ideas to Bedford Audubon! Donations can be made at www.bedfordaudubon.org/donation.

Bird Walk & See Us: The Native Plant Center’s Annual Plant Sale at Westchester Community College

Saturday, April 26, 8:15am-1pm

In honor of John James Audubon’s birthday, we’re partnering with The Native Plant Center to focus on birds and habitat during their annual sale. The day will kick off with a bird walk led by Naturalist Tait Johansson at 8:15. Stay for the Sale, which will offer a large selection of plants important to birds, and other festivities—the Sale opens to NPC members at 9:30, and to non-members at 10. Park in WCC’s Lot #1 and meet the entrance to the Sale. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. No registration necessary.

See Us: Pound Ridge Go Green Day at the Pound Ridge Elementary School

Saturday, April 26, 11am-3pm

Celebrate all things “green” in this family-friendly atmosphere and look for the Bedford Audubon table and games! Cost: Free. No registration necessary.

Bird Walk: Discover Muscoot Farm

Sunday, April 27, 7am

Join Bedford Audubon’s Naturalist Tait Johansson and Friends of Muscoot Farm for a spring bird walk on the beautiful grounds of Muscoot Farm. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. No registration required.

Nature Walk: Birds & Bees on the Trail

Sunday, April 27, 10am & 1pm

Join ecologist Jonathan Rosenthal, Co-founder of the Ecological Research Institute, on an exploratory field walk to investigate the relationships between insects and plants along the Westchester Wilderness Walk in Pound Ridge. Jonathan’s research focuses on ecosystem impacts of invasive plants, and participants will observe insects foraging on plants and learn how native and invasive plants differ as host plants for caterpillars. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy-moderate. Space is limited. Please register with Tate Bushell at tate@westchesterlandtrust.org.

Book Club: Beyond the Blue Horizon by Brian Fagan

Monday, April 28, 7pm,

Take a dip into the past to learn how early mariners’ bold decisions and voyages changed the course of human history. Members will receive a 15% discount when ordering the book from Little Joes in Katonah! Register with Ms. Elizabeth Royston at jroys516@aol.com.

May

Bird Walk: Discover Spring Migration at Maple Avenue in Katonah.

Thursday, May 1, 7-9am

Hone your birding skills with Naturalist Tait Johansson and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring warblers and other songbirds in the woods and shrublands along Cross River Reservoir. This walk is part of our New Birders Series, but experienced birders are welcome to join us—it’s the perfect way to start your day before work. Bring binoculars or call 914.232.1999 to borrow a pair. Rain will cancel the walk. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. No registration required.

Last Day to Apply: Marty McGuire Scholarship.

Friday, May 2, 5pm

The scholarship of up to $1,000 is awarded to local high school students conducting environmental research or pursuing a higher degree in environmental science or a related field. Visit www.bedfordaudubon.org for application guidelines.

Birding Hotspot: Explore Armonk.

Saturday, May 3, 8am

As part of our New Birders Series, new birders and nature enthusiasts in Armonk are invited to join Naturalist Tait Johansson in exploring neighborhood birding hotspots. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Nature Walk: Birds & Bees on the Trail.

Sunday, May 4, 8am

Join Naturalist Tait Johansson and Pound Ridge Land Conservancy Board Member Matt Coulter on an exploratory field walk to investigate the relationships between birds and plants in the varied habitats of the Clark Preserve. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy-moderate. Please register with Tate Bushell at tate@westchesterlandtrust.org.

See Us: Pound Ridge Pride Day.

Sunday, May 4, 11am-5pm

Join The Invasives Project-Pound Ridge and Bedford Audubon in celebrating Pound Ridge! No registration necessary.

Field Trip: Garret Mountain Park in Paterson, New Jersey.

Monday, May 5, 8am-1pm

The 568-acre park is situated more than 500 feet above sea level and provides sweeping views of northern New Jersey and the NYC skyline. Naturalist Tait Johansson will lead the group on trails around a beautiful pond at this excellent site for migrating songbirds, especially warblers. Bring lunch. Depart Bylane Farm at 6:45am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Moderate-strenuous. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

The World Series of Birding.

Saturday, May 10

Wish our very own talented Tait luck as he competes in the WSB! Last year his team, Zen Zugunruhe won the Cape Island Cup for the highest number of species, 146, south of the Cape May Canal.

Science in Action: Bird Banding at Bylane Farm.

Sunday, May 11, 9am

This is a truly unique opportunity to learn about bird banding and to see wild birds up close with Fordham doctoral candidate, Dawn Konkoly, who is conducting some of her research here. Fun for the whole family (appropriate for children 10 and older, must be accompanied by an adult)! Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Field Trip: Spring Migration in Central Park.

Tuesday, May 13, 7:15am-3:30pm

More than 200 species of birds pass through this metropolitan oasis on their migratory routes each spring and fall. Naturalist Tait Johansson and Bedford Audubon member Doug Kurz will lead this urban expedition. We’ll stop at the Boathouse for lunch (or bring your own). Depart Bylane Farm at 6am or meet at 72nd Street & Central Park West at 7:15am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy-moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Annual Meeting & Lecture: Movement, Growth, & Habitat Use of Juvenile Wood Turtles with Marnie Miller-Keas, Field Biologist at West Point.

Wednesday, May 14, 7pm

Join us at 7pm for Bedford Audubon’s annual meeting and Board elections, and then stay for a rousing lecture on Wood Turtles. No registration required; we’ll see you at 7pm for refreshments, the lecture begins at 7:30pm.

Bird Walk: Discover Spring Migration at Bylane Farm in Katonah.

Thursday, May 15, 7-9am

Hone your birding skills with Naturalist Tait Johansson and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring warblers and other songbirds in the woods, fields and shrublands of the Hunt-Parker Sanctuary. This walk is part of our New Birders Series, but experienced birders are welcome to join us—it’s the perfect way to start your day before work. Bring binoculars or call 914.232.1999 to borrow a pair. Rain will cancel the walk. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. No registration required.

Bird Walk: Discover Muscoot Farm.

Saturday, May 17, 7:30am

Join Bedford Audubon Member Paul Lewis and Friends of Muscoot Farm for a spring bird walk on the beautiful grounds of Muscoot Farm. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. No registration required.

Workshop: Birds & Bees in the Garden at the Leon Levy Native Garden.

Saturday, May 17, 10am & 1pm

Our fourth and final program in our Birds & Bees Series! Join Kim Eierman of EcoBeneficial for an exciting hands-on workshop on the whys and hows of native plant interactions with birds, bees, and other pollinators in Bedford Audubon's Leon Levy Native Garden at Bylane Farm. This workshop will focus on how you can turn your home landscape into a wildlife oasis! Kim is a Certified Horticulturist, a Master Gardener, a Master Naturalist, and an Accredited Organic Landcare Professional and teaches at New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center, and Rutgers Home Gardeners School. Please come dressed for getting dirty in the garden. Rain or shine. Cost: Free Level of difficulty: Easy. Space is limited. Please register with Tate Bushell at tate@westchesterlandtrust.org.
Sunday, May 18, Birdathon: Support Bedford Audubon’s Conservation Mission!

More details to be provided at www.bedfordaudubon.org Register your team with Janelle at jrobbins@bedfordaudubon.org.

Bird Walk: Owl Prowl at Hunt-Parker Sanctuary.

Monday, May 19, 9-10:30pm

Join Naturalist Tait Johansson for an evening in search of our intriguing resident Eastern Screech-Owls and then stay for hot cocoa on the back patio. Please dress warmly and bring a headlamp or flashlight. Meet at Bylane Farm. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Bird Walk: Discover Spring Migration on Maple Avenue in Katonah.

Tuesday, May 20, 7-9am

Hone your birding skills with Naturalist Tait Johansson and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring warblers and other songbirds in the woods and shrublands along Cross River Reservoir. This walk is part of our New Birders Series, but experienced birders are welcome to join us—it’s the perfect way to start your day before work. Bring binoculars or call 914.232.1999 to borrow a pair. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. No registration required. Rain will cancel the walk.

Birding Hotspot: Explore Pound Ridge.

Thursday, May 22, 8am

As part of our New Birders Series, new birders and nature enthusiasts in Pound Ridge are invited to join Naturalist Tai Johansson in exploring neighborhood birding hotspots. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Office Closed: Memorial Day.

Monday, May 26

Get out enjoy spring in our sanctuaries!

Field Trip: Doodletown Road in Bear Mountain State Park.

Tuesday, May 27, 7-11am

Doodletown Road is known as one of the best places in our area to find Hooded and Cerulean Warblers as well as many other songbirds. Join Naturalist Tait Johansson in a search for these gems! Enjoy the walk up the rugged trail past the ruins of a “lost civilization.” Depart Bylane Farm at 6:45am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Moderate-strenuous. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Field Trip: Excursion to Clough Preserve, Putnam County.

Thursday, May 29, 7-11am

Naturalist Tait Johansson will lead the group on an amble along the trails of the Clough Preserve, which boasts a nice variety of migrant landbirds, and then along abandoned railroad tracks that abut Ice Pond and an adjacent shrub swamp. Depart from Bylane 6:30am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy-moderate. There is a strict limit of 10 participants due to limited parking at the Preserve. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Birding Hotspot: Explore Pound Ridge.

Saturday, May 31, 8am

As part of our New Birders Series, new birders and nature enthusiasts in Pound Ridge are invited to join Naturalist Tait Johansson in exploring neighborhood birding hotspots. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

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