"It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it." - Edward Abbey
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Fuch's Pond is one the favorite watering holes of the Crab Meadow Watershed. We'll spend time exploring the woods for lingering winter birds like Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, and Rusty Blackbird. We will also look for Wood Duck and other waterfowl, Wilson's Snipe, and the first amphibians and plants emerging from the thaw. River otters have been documented in this area!
Registration is a Must, Group Size Limited to 15: (516) 782-0293
Directions: 21 Norwood Road. Take 25-A/Northern Boulevard in Northport. Go north(left hand turn) on Waterside over Norwood Ave, pass the pond on right, make the next right onto Seaside Court and there's a little parking area right on the left.
The Preserve includes miles of marked nature trails with local wildflowers, trees, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. We'll be looking for early spring migrants, perhaps even an early wave of warblers!
Directions: Meet in the parking lot off of Muttontown Lane, which is on the south side of Route 25A, just west of Route 106 in East Norwich. Follow Muttontown Lane to the end.
This trip will be led by an outstanding naturalist and while we will focus on the plant life of the preserve (spring ephemeral wildflowers should be in bloom!) we will be keeping an eye out for birds.
Registration a MUST, This Trip is Open to HOBAS Members Only & Group Size Limited to 15: 516-695-0763.
Directions: From Route 25A in East Norwich, take Route 106 north to Oyster Bay. Make left on to Lexington Ave then left on to West Main Street. At the Mill Pond (on the left), bear to the right as if to go to Bayville. At first traffic light (water will be on your right) make a left onto Cleft Road. Take Cleft Road to Frost Mill Road, make a left. (If you wind up on the causeway going over Beaver Dam, you have gone too far.) Shu Swamp will be on your right after you go under the train trestle. Do NOT use your GPS. You will end up in the wrong place
Beautiful scenery, famous monuments, and some of the best bird watching in the city. The must-see birds are the Monk Parakeets.
Registration: 631-885-1881 or email@example.com
Directions: LIE westbound to 48th St exit to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway south to the Hamilton Avenue exit. Continue on Hamilton Avenue until it becomes Third Ave. Continue on about 8 blocks to 25th St. Turn left at 25th St. and go two blocks. Cemetery entrance is straight ahead at Fifth Ave and 25th St.
One of the finest spots around the metropolitan area for warblers and other spring migrants as well as breeding birds. The array of birds that can be see is dazzling!
Registration: 631-885-1881 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions: Meet at the Boathouse, easily accessed from the pedestrian entrance on Fifth Ave near 76th St. Walk downhill veering left past the Alice in Wonderland statues, by the right side of the sailboat pond toward the right, up the hill, cross the roadway and to the Boathouse.
Picturesque, well-groomed nature trails, including the historic Walt Whitman Trail to Jayne's Hill (Long Island's highest peak), wind through this mixed-deciduous forested park. We will investigate this lovely preserve for migrating warblers, as well as other birds.
Directions: Take Sweet Hollow Road and turn right into north entrance. Meet at the upper parking area by the Jayne's Hill Picnic Area.
Doodletown is a haven for breeding warblers including hooded and the coveted cerulean. Kentucky warblers are very possible.
Registration: 516-695-0763 or email@example.com.
Directions: Travel west over the Tappan Zee Bridge to exit 13. Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway north. Go north to Route 6 to the Bear Mountain traffic circle. Leave the circle at the first exit, the Bear Mountain State Park exit. At the light, follow the left fork south along 9W. Within less than 1 mile there will be several small parking areas near two, white concrete abutments indicating the bridge over Doodletown Brook. Park along the road.
Stay overnight and join us on our Sterling Forest trip the next day for a Sterdoodle of a weekend! Field trip participants are responsible for locating their own overnight accommodations.
Golden winged warblers are the attraction here, along with many species of breeding birds.
Directions: Take Exit 15 off of NY 87 and head north. Make a left onto 17A. In about 2 miles make a left onto State Route 84 (Long Meadow Road). Follow this about 4 miles to HQ Building/Visitor Center where we will meet.
Beautiful Ward Pound Ridge Preserve is a mix of open fields, woodland and streams, making it a marvelous spot for breeding birds. Bluebirds are frequently observed and breeders include yellow billed cuckoo, belted kingfisher, 14 species of warblers, Cooper's hawks and northern goshawks. We should see plenty of these birds and possibly some late migrants while walking along the numerous hiking trails. Ward Pound Ridge is also known for its abundance of butterflies,and 83 species have been recorded there!
Registration: 631-885-1881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directions: Whitestone Bridge to the Hutchison River Parkway, then get on I-684 around exit 26. Exit I-684 at exit 6 onto NY-35 heading east. Entrance to park is near junction of NY-35 and 121 South, Cross River.
Songbirds have settled into their territories for the summer, but shorebirds are still migrating. We will start the day on the beach, looking for migrant Roseate, Royal, and Black Terns, and enjoying the local Black Skimmer colony. We will spend some time on the marsh side, enjoying the nesting Willets, Oystercatchers, Wilow Flycatchers, Boat-tailed Grackles, and maybe Gull-billed Terns.
DIrections: take the Meadowbrook Parkway south to the Loop Parkway toward Point Lookout. At the end of the parkway, merge onto Lido Blvd west. Turn left into Nickerson Beach park at the second light. There is no charge at this hour. Continue west past the tollbooths and turn into the large lot on the left after the skatepark. Meet in the southeast corner by the playground.
The Marine Nature Study Area is a 52-acre preserve devoted to environmental education and natural history. It is divided into eight instruction sites, each of which deals with a different aspect of the marine or estuarine environment.
Come celebrate Independence Day with HOBAS as we search for terns, shorebirds, and other saltmarsh denizens.
Directions: The Marine Nature Study Area is located at 500 Slice Dr. in Oceanside.
Parakeets and herons are finishing their last broods of the summer, and shorebirds are already migrating in numbers. We might get close looks at all of these, before exploring the nearby marsh.
Directions: take the Meadowbrook south to Merrick Rd west, and immediately take the left fork for Mill Rd. At the end, merge left onto Main Street and head south. Meet at Cow Meadow Park, at the very southernmost end of Main Street.