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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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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.

June

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

June, July, and August

Have you always wanted to hold a wild bird? Are you interested in our avian research? Join us for our fifth 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. Email Tait Johansson at tjohansson@bedfordaudubon.org to join the Call List.

Volunteer: Leon Levy Native Garden.

Mondays, 9am

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.

Bird Walk: Discover Muscoot Farm.

Sunday, June 1, 7am

Join Naturalist Tait Johansson and Friends of Muscoot Farm for an early summer bird walk on the beautiful grounds of Muscoot Farm. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. No registration required.

Nature Walk: Edible Invasive Plants & Other Tidbits

Sunday, June 1, 2pm

Learn what tasty invasive plants could end up on your dinner plate during this walking lecture with Master Gardener Carrie Sears! While edible weeds are all the rage in NYC now, Carrie comes from a family with a long history of gathering herbs and weeds. Meet at the Pound Ridge Town House. Please register with invasivesPR@bedfordaudubon.org.

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

Thursday June 5, 7:30am-4:30pm

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, bitterns, 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 6pm. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Birding Hotspot: Explore Armonk

Tuesday, June 10, 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.

Lecture: Lifestyles of East Coast Butterflies with Author Rick Cech at the Katonah Village Library

Wednesday, June 11, 7pm

Butterfly lifestyles reflect intimate links with the host plants on which they feed. Rick, an avid photographer and author of Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer’s Guide will explore questions like why do butterflies select only certain hosts, how do host plants fight back against browsing caterpillars, and how does plant choice affect other key aspects of a butterfly's lifestyle, from when it emerges as an adult to how it spends the winter? This is our last lecture before the summer break! No registration required; we’ll see you at 7pm for refreshments, the lecture begins at 7:30pm.

Field Trip: Scouting in Sterling Forest

Saturday, June 14, 8am-3pm

Naturalist Tait Johansson will lead an adventure to Sterling Forest in search of Golden-winged, Hooded, and Cerulean Warblers. Depart Bylane 7am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Nature Walk: Babes in the Woods at Westmoreland Sanctuary

Saturday, June 14, 2pm

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

Dragonfly Walk: Discover Muscoot Farm

Sunday, June 29, 10am

Join Naturalist Tait Johansson and Friends of Muscoot Farm for an early summer dragonfly walk on the beautiful grounds of Muscoot Farm. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. No registration required.

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