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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SEPTEMBER

Thursday, September 3, 6-7:30 pm

Nature Walk: Migration of the Common Nighthawk at Chestnut Ridge

Migrating Nighthawks can be seen here in impressive numbers, catching insects on the wing while heading south for the winter. Bring binoculars. Meet the Hawkwatch Team at the Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch platform in the Arthur Butler Sanctuary, 265 Chestnut Ridge Road in Bedford Corners. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at 914.519.7801 or jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org.

Monday, September 7, Office Closed: Labor Day

Get outside and enjoy the last unofficial day of summer!

Wednesday, September 9, 7:15 am-2 pm

Bird Walk: The Wonders of Fall Migration in Central Park

Join New York City birder Doug Kurtz and Bedford Audubon Naturalist Tait Johansson in Central Park, a truly extraordinary “migrant trap.” Central Park 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 6 am, or at 72nd Street and Central Park West at 7:15 am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Wednesday, September 9, 7 pm

Lecture: Project SNOWstorm with Don Crockett at the Katonah Village Library

Recent years have seen incredible numbers of Snowy Owls irrupting into southern regions like our own. Join Project SNOWstorm’s Don Crocket to learn how they’re harnessing technology to learn more about this majestic raptor, including tracking their movements on wintering grounds, range sizes, and nocturnal hunting activities. Cost: Free. No registration required; we’ll see you at 7 pm for refreshments (please bring a reusable mug to help us reduce our ecological footprint) and the lecture begins at 7:30 pm. Late Summer & Early Fall Lectures, Field Trips, and Special Programs continued

Saturday, September 12, 8-11:30 am

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 migration season. The workshop starts with a classroom session at Bylane Farm at 8 am, and then moves to our Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch at the Arthur Butler Sanctuary at 9:30 am. This is a family friendly workshop for kids 10 and up, but all children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Cost: Members $40, and non-Members $55 (and we’ll credit $15 towards your $30 annual Membership if you join the day of the workshop). Price includes 2 books: “Hawks from Every Angle” and “Hawks at a Distance.” 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).

Wednesday, September 16, 9-11 am

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 the week prior, based on what’s in bloom. Rain date Thursday, September 17. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at 914.519.7801 or jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org.

Saturday, September 19, 9 am-12 pm

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 to Moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Wednesday, September 30, 9 am-12 pm

Special Event: Breakfast with the Hawks

Join us for a complimentary breakfast at the Hawkwatch, timed to take advantage of near peak Sharpshinned 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 to Moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

OCTOBER

Friday, October 9-Monday, October 12

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 world-class 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—plus lodging and meals. Level of difficulty: Easy-moderate. Please register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Monday, October 12, Office Closed: Columbus Day.

If you're not on our Cape May Trip, you're missing out!

Wednesday, October 14, 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 the week prior, based on what’s in bloom. Rain date Thursday, October 15. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Wednesday, October 14, 7 pm

Lecture: Speaker to be confirmed. Katonah Village Library. Cost: Free. No registration required

We’ll see you at 7 pm for refreshments (please bring a reusable mug to help us reduce our ecological footprint) and the lecture begins at 7:30 pm.

Saturday, October 17, 9 am-12 pm

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. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

Thursday, October 22, 7:30 am-12 pm

Bird Walk: Croton Point Park

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

Friday, October 23

Last Day to Place your Fall Seed Sale Order!

Saturday, October 31, 8 am-1 pm

Bird Walk & See Us: John Jay Farmer’s Market

Join Bedford Audubon’s Naturalist Tait Johansson for a bird walk around the historic grounds at 8am, and then stay for the Farmers Market, which starts at 9 am. 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.

November 7, 10 am-2 pm

Fall Seed Sale Pick-Up: Bedford Hills Town Park.

Don’t forget to pick up your pre-ordered seed, suet, and other bird feeding supplies!


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