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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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.

January

Wednesday, October 8, 7pm

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

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.

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.

Sunday, January 11, 7-8:30pm

Workshop: Grow Native Plant from Seed with Barbara Gerson at the Pound Ridge Library

When invasives outcompete native plants, it’s time to level the playing field! Use Mother Nature’s own methods to propagate native plants from seed. Join us for this Invasive Project – Pound Ridge workshop to learn how to collect and sow seeds. Cost: Free. No registration required.

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.

Wednesday, January 14, 7pm

Lecture: An Unnatural History of Wildlife Law with Dr. J. Alan Clark

We’re thrilled to have one of our favorite speakers back! Dr. Clark is not only a biologist, but also an attorney and this lecture will explore the intersection of wildlife and the laws designed to protect and conserve them. 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, January 16 through Monday, January 19

Special Field Trip: Cape Ann inWinter

We invite you to join us for this special trip to Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Cape Ann is the winter home to a spectacular range of seabirds. Our masterful Naturalist Tait Johansson will guide this special extended trip around Rockport and Gloucester. 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 now! Cost: $100 for members, $130 for non-members and we’ll credit $30 towards your membership. Note: The fee for this trip helps offset expenses associated with our free nature walks and field trips. Level of difficulty: Easy-moderate. Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Monday, January 19, Office Closed: MLK Day

Explore our sanctuaries on your own—winter is a great time to scout for tracks and learn more about the mammals that live in our sanctuaries.

Saturday, January 24, 9am to 1pm

Workshop: Wild for Waterfowl

Last year’s weather didn’t cooperate as much as we would have liked, so we’re giving this another go! Bedford Audubon’s Naturalist Tait Johansson will first lead a classroom session at Bylane Farm on waterfowl biology and identification, and then the group will depart for Dean’s Bridge to put your new skills to work! We’ll also be offering a second session in February. Family friendly for kids 12 and older, but all children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Cost: $15 for Bedford Audubon members, or $30 for non-members and we’ll credit the workshop fee towards your membership if you join that day. Level of difficulty: Easy. Dress warm. Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Sunday, January 25, 9am - 12pm

Field Trip: Discover the Meadowlands in Winter with Meadowlands Field Specialist Mike Newhouse

Waterfowl galore, winter raptors, possible Snow Buntings and Horned Larks are all possibilities! Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Dress warm. Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Saturday, January 31, 8am-1pm

Bird Walk: Explore Greenwich Point with Bedford Audubon Naturalist Tait Johansson

Long-tailed ducks, scoters, and Goldeneyes oh my! Depart Bylane at 7am, or meet in the lot at the concession stand by 8am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Dress warm. Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

February

Tuesday, February 3, 9am-1pm

Workshop: Wild for Waterfowl with Naturalist-in-Residence Tait Johansson.

Tait will first lead a classroom session at Bylane Farm on waterfowl biology and identification, and then this time the group will depart for the Edith Read Sanctuary in Rye to put your new skills to work. Family-friendly for kids 12 and older, but all children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Cost: $15 for Bedford Audubon members, or $30 for non-members and we’ll credit the workshop fee towards your membership if you join that day. Level of difficulty: Easy. Dress warm. Please register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Saturday, February 7, 9am-3pm

See Us: EagleFest!

Join us at the New Croton Dam for a day of viewing our Nation’s symbol, the Bald Eagle. We’ll also be monitoring the local waterfowl and other birds, too! No registration necessary! Snow date Sunday, February 8.

Saturday, February 7, 10am-12pm

Volunteer: Vinecutting at the Russell Preserve in Pound Ridge with Bob DelTorto

Learn to identify vines in winter and the best way to remove invasive vines to protect the health of native trees with the Invasives Project – Pound Ridge and the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy. Please bring work gloves, loppers, and pruners if you have them. Cost: Free. Register with invasivesPR@bedfordaudubon.org.

Wednesday, February 11, 7pm

Lecture: The Gotham Coyote Project with Dr. Mark Weckel

Coyotes in New York City! Why are they here? Where do they live? How many are there? What do they eat? Mark Weckel of the American Museum of Natural History will explain how the Gotham Coyote Project is trying to answer these questions and others. Please bring a reusable mug to help us reduce our ecological footprint. Cost: Free. No registration required; we’ll see you at 7pm for refreshments, the lecture begins at 7:30pm at the Katonah Village Library.

February 13-16

Science in Action: The Great Backyard Bird Count!

Launched in 1998 by the National Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen science project to collect data on wild birds and display results in near real-time. Since them, more than 100,000 people of all ages have contributed observations to create this annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. All you need to do is tally the numbers and species of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days during the count period, at any location anywhere in the world! Register at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/get-started/.

Saturday, February 14, 9-11am

Workshop: Wildlife Photography with Bedford Audubon Members Chet Friedman and Marcus Robertson

Interested in taking a better photo of that stunning Northern Flicker or the Red-tail on the wing? Chet and Marcus will explore wildlife photo etiquette, knowing your subject and surroundings, composition, equipment, tips and tricks. Bring your camera! Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Dress warm. Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Monday, February 16, Office Closed: Presidents’ Day.

We like to think that Washington and Lincoln would approve! Get out and explore our sanctuaries on foot or by snowshoe if the weather allows!

Saturday, February 21, 7-9pm

Nature Walk: The Winter Sky at Bylane with Bedford Audubon Member Alan Alterman.

Learn to use an orrey to understand the reasons for seasons, eclipses, long nights and short days, and moon phases and conjunctions—and how Ursa Major lost his tail! The Westchester Amateur Astronomers will bring their deep sky telescopes to help us explore the Moon’s craters, Jupitor’s moons, and the Seven Sisters and also to find Orion, the Bull, the Bear, the Dog, the Queen, and Home Plate. This is a great program for families, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Dress warm. Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801. Snow date February 22.

March

Wednesday, March 11, 7pm

Lecture: Climate Change & Birds with Dr. Gary Langham

Did you know that 314 North American bird species are threatened or endangered due to climate change? Join National Audubon’s Chief Scientist and author of the groundbreaking climate change report for a lecture on the impacts of climate change on our feathered friends. Cost: Free. No registration required; we’ll see you at 7pm for refreshments, the lecture begins at 7:30pm at the Katonah Village Library.

Thursday March 12, 8am-1pm

Field Trip: Marshlands Conservancy & Edith Read Sanctuary with Naturalist-in-Residence Tait Johansson

Just in time for displaying waterfowl, Fox Sparrows, early returning migrants, and perhaps Great Horned Owls! Depart Bylane at 7:15am or meet us at the boathouse on Playland Lake at 8am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Saturday, March 14, 7-11am

Workshop: Birding By Ear with Naturalist-in-Residence Tait Johansson

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! Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members and we’ll convert your workshop fee to a one-year membership at the Black-capped Chickadee level. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Saturday, March 21, 8:30am-2pm

Field Trip: Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge/Black Dirt Region with Naturalist-in-Residence Tait Johansson

Join Tait and the group in search of exciting spring migrants like Rusty Blackbird, Wood Duck, Northern Pintail, and Green-winged Teal. Possible stop at Shawangunk Grasslands on the way back for Rough-legged Hawks and Eastern Meadowlark. Depart Bylane 7am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Sunday, March 22, 7-8pm

Forum: Creating Wildlife Habitat with Dr. Linda Rohleder at the Pound Ridge Library

Lure butterflies, birds and other wildlife to your property by planting their favorite trees, shrubs, and perennials. Join the Invasives Project – Pound Ridge, the Lower Hudson Partners in Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) for this spring forum. Our own Tait Johansson will be on hand with Mianus River Gorge’s Dr. Chris Nagy to answer questions. Cost: Free. No registration necessary.

Saturday, March 28, 7am-12pm

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

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.

Tuesday, March 31, 7:15-8:30pm

Field Trip: Dance of the Woodcock at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

We hope to see you 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.


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