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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April

Wednesday, April 8, 7pm

Lecture: Ecological Impacts of Fracking on Plant and Animal Life with Dr. Erik Kiviat.

High-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” for mining natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shales is widespread in Pennsylvania, and potentially across the expansive Appalachian Basin. Despite concerns about human health, there has been little study on the impacts of fracking on plant and animal life. Join Hudsonia’s Erik Kiviat for an exploration of these ecological impacts as well as a discussion on the disposal of fracking wastes from other states, the construction and expansion of the Westchester Algonquin Pipeline and other gas transmission pipelines, and a possible reversal of New York’s current fracking ban. Cost: Free. No registration required; we’ll see you at 7pm for refreshments (please bring a reusable mug to reduce our ecological footprint!), the lecture begins at 7:30pm at the Katonah Village Library.

Saturday, April 11, 10am-2pm

Seed Sale Pick-up: Town of Bedford Office Complex at 425 Cherry Street, Bedford Hills. *Please note new location!*

Don’t forget to pick up your pre-ordered seed, suet, nesting material, and hummingbird feeders from Bedford Audubon.

Sunday, April 12, 8am-12pm *Please note new date!*

Workshop: Warblers with Naturalist-in-Residence Tait Johansson.

Every spring, about 30 species of wood warblers are found migrating through our area, bringing with them a beautiful but bewildering profusion of colors and sounds. This workshop will focus on how to go about learning to identify the species in this celebrated family of birds, by sound as well as by sight. Cost: $40 for members and $55 for non-members and we’ll convert your workshop fee to a one-year membership at the Black-capped Chickadee level; cost includes “The Warbler Guide” by Stephenson and Whittle. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Thursday, April 16, 10am-12pm

Nature Walk: Annual Drew’s Walk at Franklin-Fels Sanctuary with Naturalist-in-Residence Tait Johansson.

This annual walk is in memory of Andrew Reynolds. Drew was a longtime friend, member, and volunteer who marked and surveyed the trail system in Franklin-Fels Sanctuary. This walk also makes for a great introduction to Bedford Audubon’s second largest sanctuary. Depart Bylane at 9:30am or meet at the Sanctuary entrance on Lakeview Drive at 10am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy-moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Wednesday, April 22, 7-9am

Earth Day Bird Walk: Discover Spring Migration at Maple Avenue in Katonah with Naturalist-in-Residence Tait Johansson.

iscover Spring Migration at Maple Avenue in Katonah. * New Birders Series * Join Naturalist Tait Johansson for Earth Day along beautiful Maple Avenue! Hone your birding skills, and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring warblers and other songbirds around the Cross River Reservoir. New and experienced birders alike are welcome to join us—it’s the perfect way to start the work day! If you need binoculars, please call Tait at 914.232.1999. Persistent rain will cancel the walk. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. No advance registration required.

Friday, April 24-Monday, April 27

Special Field Trip: Explore Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Braddock Bay in Central New York with Naturalist-in-Residence Tait Johansson.

*We have just a few spots open!* Braddock Bay is the best spring Hawkwatch in the northeast, and Naturalist Tait Johansson will point out the many spectacular migrating land birds and interesting waterfowl along the south shore of Lake Ontario. The trip is timed to coincide with the Braddock Bay Raptor Research Bird of Prey Days. We handle the logistics so you can enjoy the birds! Cost: $100/members and $130/non-members and we’ll convert your fee to a one-year membership at the Black-capped Chickadee level (does not include lodging and meals). Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate. For lodging and meal information, or to register, contact Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Tuesday, April 28, 7-9am

Bird Walk: Discover Spring Migration at Maple Avenue in Katonah. * New Birders Series *

Maple Avenue is a spring migration hotspot—join Naturalist Tait Johansson in search of spring warblers and other newly arriving songbirds. New and experienced birders alike are welcome to join us—it’s the perfect way to start the work day! If you need binoculars, please call Tait at 914.232.1999. Persistent rain will cancel the walk. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. No advance registration required.

Thursday, April 30, 7-11am

Field Trip: Explore Clough Preserve & Ice Pond

Putnam County Land Trust’s Clough Preserve and Ice Pond area boasts a nice variety of migrant landbirds. Join Naturalist Tait Johansson for a walk through the Preserve and area shrub swamps. Limit 10 registrants due to limited parking. Depart Bylane Farm 6:30am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

MAY

Mondays through October, 9-11am

Volunteer: Leon Levy Native Garden

Love to get dirty? Want to learn more about native plants and their importance for birds, butterflies, and pollinators? Well, join our Garden volunteers each Monday morning through the end of October as we expand and renovate the Leon Levy Native Garden at Bylane Farm. Gardeners of all ages and experience are invited (students younger than 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). Contact Janelle at jrobbins@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.232.1999 for a Volunteer Application.

Saturday, May 2, 8am

Birding Hotspot: Explore Carmel. * New Birders Series *

New birders and nature enthusiasts are invited to join Naturalist Tait Johansson in exploring neighborhood birding hotspots in Carmel. Bring binoculars, or call 914.232.1999 to borrow a pair. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Sunday, May 3, 8am-1pm

Field Trip: Garret Mountain Park in Paterson, New Jersey

This 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 truly excellent site for migrating songbirds, especially warblers. Bring lunch. Depart Bylane Farm at 6:45am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Saturday, May 9

Birdathon: Support Bedford Audubon’s Conservation Mission!

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

Tuesday, May 12, 7:15am- 2:30pm

Field Trip: Spring Migration in Central Park

More than 200 species of birds pass through this metropolitan oasis on their migratory routes each spring and fall. Naturalist Tait Johansson 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.

Wednesday, May 13, 8am

Birding Hotspot: Explore Yorktown. * New Birders Series *

New birders and nature enthusiasts are invited to join Naturalist Tait Johansson on a bird walk on the North County Trailway. Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of the Trailway and Route 129 in Yorktown. Hone your birding skills and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring warblers and other songbirds. Bring binoculars, or call 914.232.1999 to borrow a pair. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Wednesday, May 13, 7pm

Annual Meeting & Lecture: History of Botanical Art by Dorie Petrochko at the Mount Kisco Library. * Note Location *

Join us for our annual meeting, voting, and elections and stay for a wonderful lecture on the history of botanical art. Dorie is an accomplished artist, with degrees from Wagner and Southern Connecticut State University and a certificate in Botanical & Natural Science Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden. She has exhibited widely, and current serves as the President of the Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators. 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.

Thursday, May 14, 7-9am

Bird Walk: Discover Spring Migration at Bylane Farm in Katonah * New Birders Series *

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.

Saturday, May 16, 7:30am-12noon

Field Trip: Doodletown Road in Bear Mountain State Park

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 6:30am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Moderate-strenuous. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Sunday, May 17, 7:30am

Bird Walk: Discover Muscoot Farm

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

Tuesday, May 19, 7-9 am

Bird Walk: Discover Spring Migration at Angle Fly Preserve in Somers. * New Birders Series *

Hone your birding skills with Naturalist Tait Johansson and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring warblers like Blue-Winged and Chestnut-sided Warblers in shrubby old field habitat. Although part of our New Birders series, this walk caters to novices and experienced birders alike—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.

Wednesday, May 20, 9-11am

Nature Walk: Native Gardens. * New! *

Each month, Leon Levy Native Garden Chair Liz Stein will take a group to a different local native garden to explore different gardening styles, techniques, and conditions. Some gardens will be public spaces, and others private. This is a great way to increase your gardening acumen and get ideas for your own native gardens! Locations will be decided based on what’s in bloom. Rain date Thursday, May 21. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Wednesday, May 20, 7pm

Lecture: Birding Cuba with Arturo Kirkconnell at the Chappaqua Library Theater

Cuba's bird life is diverse with more than 370 species recorded and at least 26 endemic species, including the world's smallest bird, the Bee Hummingbird, the charming Cuban Tody, and the striking Elegant Cuban Trogan. Arturo Kirkconnell is the Bird Curator for the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba, author, and has led birding tours in his native Cuba since 1988. This lecture is co-sponsored by all five of the Audubon chapters in Westchester County! No registration necessary.

Thursday, May 21, 7am-1pm

Workshop: Spring Shorebirds.

Does trying to identify shorebirds frustrate you? Sandpipers, plovers, oystercatchers, stilts and avocets, known collectively as “shorebirds”, include in their number the most impressive athletes of the avian world, some species flying thousands of miles nonstop during their epic migrations. But these fascinating birds are often bewilderingly difficult to identify. Join our Naturalist Tait Johansson for this workshop at a time when many shorebirds are in brighter plumages, and there are somewhat fewer species to sort through than in summer and fall. Workshop will start with a classroom session, after which we head to Big Egg Marsh on Jamaica Bay in Queens. Bring lunch and waterproof footwear. Cost: $55 for members, $75 for non-members (includes course materials). Level of difficulty: Moderate. Limited to 8 people. Register by May 11 with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

JUNE

June, July, & August

Science in Action: Monitoring Avian Productivity & Survivorship (MAPS) Call List

Have you always wanted to hold a wild bird? Are you interested in our conservation research? Join us for our seventh season of MAPS! Bird banding occurs approximately every ten days from June 1 to early August at the Hunt-Parker Sanctuary. Expect muddy and strenuous conditions. Call or email Tait Johansson at 914.232.1999 or tjohansson@bedfordaudubon.org to join the Science in Action Call List – come once, or come often!

Saturday, June 6, 7:30am-3:30pm

Field Trip: Spring Peeping at Bashakill Marsh & Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge

Grab your binoculars and join Naturalist Tait Johansson for a full day of birding! Bashakill supports breeding for wetland-dependent species like Virginia Rail, Sora, Common Moorhen, both bitterns, both cuckoos, and a large array of songbirds. The nearby National Wildlife Refuge has breeding populations of Bobolink, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Upland Sandpiper. Depart Bylane at 6am and return 4:30pm. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Tuesday, June 9, 8am

Birding Hotspot: Explore Carmel. * New Birders Series *

New birders and nature enthusiasts in Carmel are invited to join Naturalist Tait Johansson in exploring neighborhood birding hotspots. Bring binoculars, or call 914.232.1999 to borrow a pair. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Wednesday, June 10, 7pm

Lecture: Ornithology & Meteorology with Patrick Comins at the Katonah Village Library. * Note Location *

Join Audubon Connecticut’s Director of Conservation for a rousing lecture on how weather impacts birds—and birders. Learn how to read the forecast not just to dress for the next day, but to predict the best birding conditions. 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, June 13, 8am

Birding Hotspot: Explore Yorktown. * New Birders Series *

New birders and nature enthusiasts are invited to join Naturalist Tait Johansson in exploring neighborhood birding hotspots in Yorktown. Bring binoculars, or call 914.232.1999 to borrow a pair. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Saturday, June 13, 2pm

Nature Walk: Babes in the Woods at Westmoreland Sanctuary.

Join Westmoreland Director of Conservation & Wildlife Management Steve Ricker for a family-friendly exploration of the forest in search of spring’s babies. Plants, insects, birds, mammals and other organisms are all producing offspring at this time of year. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy-Moderate. Please register with Steve at 914.666.8448.

Tuesday, June 16, 8am-3pm

Field Trip: Scouting in Sterling Forest

Naturalist Tait Johansson will lead an adventure to Sterling Forest in search of Golden-winged, Hooded, and Cerulean Warblers. Depart Bylane 6:45am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801

Thursday, June 18, 9-11am

Nature Walk: Native Gardens. * New! *

Each month, Leon Levy Native Garden Chair Liz Stein will take a group to a different local native garden to explore different gardening styles, techniques, and conditions. Some gardens will be public spaces, and others private. This is a great way to increase your gardening acumen and get ideas for your own native gardens! Locations will be decided based on what’s in bloom. Rain date Friday, June 19. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Saturday, June 20, 9am–1pm

Workshop: Butterflies.

Learn the natural history and identification of our local butterflies with indoor instruction and an outdoor butterfly walk, led by Naturalist Tait Johansson. Bring binoculars, close-focusing ones if possible, and bring lunch. Cost $40 for members, $55 for nonmembers (includes course materials). Level of difficulty: Easy. Limited to 8 people. Please register by June 10 with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Sunday, June 21, 7:30am

Bird Walk: Discover Muscoot Farm

Join our Naturalist Tait Johansson and Friends of Muscoot Farm for a bird walk on the beautiful grounds of Muscoot Farm. Some species found here in June include Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and Prairie and Hooded Warblers. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. No registration required.


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