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 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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Jump into July with nature walks and workshops with Bedford Audubon!

Birds may be quieting down in the heat of the July summer, but butterflies and dragonflies abound!

Join Bedford Audubon this month to learn more about these winged creatures. And don’t forget about opportunities to take part in our conservation research projects! New programs are always being added, so please check our Facebook page for the latest nature news and program offerings.

Mondays, 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? 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 or 914.232.1999 for a Volunteer Application.

July, & August

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

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 to early August at the Hunt-Parker Sanctuary. Expect muddy and strenuous conditions. Call or email Tait Johansson at 914.232.1999 or to join Call List– come once or come often!

July, & August

Science in Action: Wood Thrush Project

Join our team, led by Tim Guida of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, to sight and re-capture Wood Thrush outfitted with geolocators. Expect muddy and strenuous conditions. Call or email Tait Johansson at 914.232.1999 or for details.

Saturday, July 11, 10 am-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 lunch. Cost $40 for members, $55 for nonmembers (includes course materials). Level of difficulty: Easy. Please register by July 8 with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at or 914.519.7801.

Sunday, July 12, 10 am

Nature Walk: Discover the Butterflies of Muscoot Farm

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

Thursday, July 16, 10am-12pm

Nature Walk: Butterflies & Dragonflies of Hunt-Parker Sanctuary

Naturalist Tait Johansson will lead this walk through the native garden, wetlands, and meadows at our largest wildlife sanctuary. You can expect to see Mulberry Wing, Black Dash, and other wetland skippers, as well as Tiger Spiketail, Canada Darter, Unicorn Clubtail, and many other dragonflies. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at or 914.519.7801.

Wednesday, July 22, 10 am-3 pm

Field Trip: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Join Naturalist Tait Johansson for high tide in the bay, which sends shorebirds in impressive numbers to the refuge’s East Pond. We should also see herons, egrets, Glossy Ibis, and many others! Bring binoculars, lunch, sunscreen, plenty of water, and boots/footwear you don’t mind getting muddy. Depart Bylane 8:45am or meet at Visitor Center at 10am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate. Register with Ms. Jeanne Pollock at or 914.519.7801.

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