"It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it." - Edward Abbey
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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 email@example.com.
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.