Local Trips & Classes

"Let’s Go Birding Together" Walk, Central Park, 2018. Photo: NYC Audubon
Get ready for walks and van trips around NYC and beyond this winter. Registration for spring programs will open to NYC Audubon contributing members on Monday, March 7 at 9am. Non-members can begin registering on Monday, March 14, at 9am. This site will be updated with our winter offerings on March 4 by 5pm.

Please do not attend NYC Audubon programs if you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or have had recent contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. NYC Audubon is happy to issue a refund for any program missed due to Covid-19 safety compliance. At this time, mask-wearing is required for all program participants.

For the safety of our staff and of other participants, if you are registering for a van trip, you will need to provide proof of vaccination. We thank you for your cooperation.

Due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in New York City, NYC Audubon has decided to cancel upcoming van trips through the end of January for the safety of our trip participants and guides. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Wood Duck. Photo: François Portmann
Wood Duck. Photo: François Portmann
Prothonotary Warbler. Photo: Ryan F. Mandelbaum
Prothonotary Warbler. Photo: Ryan F. Mandelbaum
Sterling Forest trip. Photo: Don Riepe
Sterling Forest trip. Photo: Don Riepe
WINTER WATERFOWL ID WORKSHOP
Thursday, January 6, 6-7:30pm (virtual class) and Saturday, January 8, 2pm-4:30pm (trip)
Guide: Gabriel Willow

If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck . . . but is it a dabbling duck or a diving duck? Or could it be a grebe? This class will help you distinguish between ducks, geese, loons, grebes, and more. Following our virtual class, we'll put our newfound skills to work as we seek out the diverse mix of dabbling ducks, bay ducks, sea ducks, grebes, loons, and cormorants to be found in NYC. Limited to 15. $65 (45)
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CANCELED WINTER BIRDS OF JAMAICA BAY
Sunday, January 9, 8am-2pm
Guide: Tod Winston

Explore Jamaica Bay's ponds in search of wintering waterfowl including American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Snow Goose, and Horned Grebe--and walk the trails in search of sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, and other surprises. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $100 (70)
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WINTER WATERFOWL OF LONG ISLAND'S SOUTH SHORE (FULL)
Thursday, January 13, 8am-5pm
Guide: Tod Winston

We'll let the birds guide us as we visit a variety of freshwater ponds and barrier island spots, in search of a variety of wintering waterfowl and other birds. Possibilities include Hooded Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Pintail, Redhead, Black-crowned Night-Heron, and Belted Kingfisher. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $109 (76) 
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INTRO TO BIRDING: BIRD WALK IN VAN CORTLANDT PARK
Saturday, January 15, 8:30-11am
Guide: Tod Winston

Are you curious about "birding" but don’t have much (or any) experience? Come on a relaxed walk in Van Cortlandt Park to go over birding basics and see sparrows, finches, ducks, and more. Binoculars available upon request. Limited to 12. $36 (25)
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INTRO TO BIRDING: WILLOW LAKE, QUEENS
Sunday, January 16, 8:30-10:30am
Guide: Tod Winston

Are you curious about "birding" but don’t have much (or any) experience? Come on a relaxed walk along the trails of Flushing Meadows Corona Park to go over birding basics and see sparrows, finches, ducks, and more. Binoculars available upon request. Limited to 12. $36 (25)
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DUCKS, RAPTORS, AND MORE AT PELHAM BAY PARK, THE BRONX
Sunday, January 16, 9am-3pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow

Come explore the lovely coves and rocky outcroppings of Pelham Bay Park, as we look for wintering ducks, raptors, and more. Pelham Bay Park's combination of open water, salt marsh, rocky shore, both young and old growth forest, rare coastal tall grass meadows, and patches of dry and wet oak savanna are not just unique within the city, but also on this continent. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $100 (70)
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CENTRAL PARK WINTER BIRD TOUR
Friday, January 21, 9-11am
Guide: Gabriel Willow

Some of the best sightings await hardy nature-lovers willing to venture out in winter. Several species of owls are found in Central Park in the colder months, along with "winter finches" such as Pine Siskins, redpolls, and crossbills. Observing the adaptations for cold-weather survival among Blue Jays, titmice, and other resident species is fascinating as well. Limited to 15. $36 (25) 
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WINTER BIRDS OF SHIRLEY CHISHOLM STATE PARK, BROOKLYN (FULL)
Saturday, January 22, 8:30am-3pm
Guide: Tod Winston

Explore the open expanses of the spectacular Shirley Chisholm State Park, on the north shore of Jamaica Bay. We'll check the grasslands for Northern Harrier and Snowy Bunting and scan the bay for waterfowl including Bufflehead, scaup, and grebes. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $100 (70)
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WINTER EAGLES ON THE HUDSON (FULL)
Saturday, January 22, 9:30am-4pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow

Join NYC Audubon in seeking out one of the most incredible avian spectacles in New York: Bald Eagles wintering along the frozen Hudson River by the dozens or even hundreds. We will travel in comfort by Metro-North to Croton Point Park, where we will look for eagles before hiking up to Croton Point to seek out wintering Short-eared and Snowy Owls, Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, and other cold-weather specialties. Limited to 15. Round-trip Metro-North fare ($20.50) not included in trip price. $53 (37)
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BIRD WALK TO CENTRAL PARK'S RAMBLE AND RESERVOIR
Sunday, January 23, 8-11:30am
Guide: Tod Winston

Enjoy a winter trek through Central Park: We'll explore the Lake, Ramble, and Turtle Pond in search of wintering songbirds and owls, and then trek up to the Reservoir to look for ducks, gulls, and Peregrine Falcon. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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WINTER BIRDING ON THE SOUTH SHORE OF LONG ISLAND
Sunday, January 23, 9am-6pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow

Winter in New York brings the excitement of possibility: Will Snowy Owls appear in the dunes? Will Harlequin Ducks move westward from Cape Cod and Montauk and appear in closer waters? Will irruptive northern finches and Bohemian Waxwings move south from Canada? All of these species and more are possible on Long Island in the winter, along with more expected species such as loons, grebes, scaup, eider, Northern Harriers, and Purple Sandpipers. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $122 (85)
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WINTER WATERFOWL OF LONG ISLAND'S SOUTH SHORE
Thursday, January 27, 8am-5pm
Guide: Tod Winston

We'll let the birds guide us as we visit a variety of freshwater ponds and barrier island spots, in search of a variety of wintering waterfowl and other birds. Possibilities include Hooded Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Pintail, Redhead, Black-crowned Night-Heron, and Belted Kingfisher. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $109 (76) 
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GOVERNORS ISLAND WINTER BIRD TOUR
Friday, January 28, 9-11am
Guide: Gabriel Willow

Birding hot spot Governors Island is finally open to the public during the wintertime! Come seek overwintering birds and rarities with fellow hearty birders. Participants must reserve their own spot on the 9am Governors Island Ferry from Manhattan at govisland.com. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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RESCHEDULED INTRO TO BIRDING: BIRD WALK IN CENTRAL PARK
Saturday, January 29, 8:30-11am
Guide: Tod Winston

Are you curious about "birding" but don’t have much (or any) experience? Come on a relaxed walk in Central Park to go over birding basics and see sparrows, finches, ducks, and more. Binoculars available upon request. Limited to 12. $36 (25)
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GOVERNORS ISLAND WINTER BIRD TOUR
Saturday, January 29, 9-11am
Guide: Gabriel Willow

Birding hot spot Governors Island is finally open to the public during the wintertime! Come seek overwintering birds and rarities with fellow hearty birders. Participants must reserve their own spot on the 9am Governors Island Ferry from Manhattan at govisland.com. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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WINTER BIRDS OF DEKORTE PARK, NJ (FULL)
Sunday, January 30, 9am-2pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow

Come explore the wilds of the New Jersey Meadowlands at DeKorte Park. We'll be on the lookout for large flocks of Canvasbacks, Northern Pintails, Buffleheads, and Northern Shovelers. And we'll scan the skies for hunting raptors including Rough-legged and Cooper’s Hawks, Northern Harriers, and perhaps even a Snowy or Short-eared Owl. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $103 (72)
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WINTER BIRD EXPLORATION IN CENTRAL PARK
Sunday, February 6, 9-11am
Guide: Kellye Rosenheim

Venture out with Kellye Rosenheim to explore the winter bird life of Central Park. We'll seek out waterfowl, raptors, and hearty year-round residents.. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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WINTER BIRD EXPLORATION IN CENTRAL PARK
Friday, February 11, 9-11am
Guide: Kellye Rosenheim

Venture out with Kellye Rosenheim to explore the winter bird life of Central Park. We'll seek out waterfowl, raptors, and hearty year-round residents.. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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WINTER WATERFOWL OF THE BROOKLYN COAST
Saturday, February 12, 9am-3pm
Guide: Kellye Rosenheim

Join Kellye Rosenheim on a tour of Brooklyn’s most productive coastal winter waterfowl sites. We’ll visit Bush Terminal Piers Park, Gravesend, and Calvert Vaux in search of saltwater species such as Common Goldeneye, Long-tailed Duck, and Common Loon, as well as Horned and Red-necked Grebe. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $100 (70)
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WINTER BIRD TOUR AT INWOOD HILL PARK
Sunday, February 27, 9am-12pm
Guide: Nadir Souirgi

Inwood Hill Park, simply put, is a jewel. Nestled between the Hudson River, Dyckman Street, and Seaman Avenue, this last tract of largely undeveloped oak and tulip forest transports you to another world and another time. Glacial "pot holes," towering trees, and stunning river views create an unrivaled birding backdrop. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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WINTER BIRDS OF BARNEGAT, NJ (FULL)
Wednesday, March 2, 9am-4pm
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC

Explore Barnegat Inlet’s expansive beach to view the winter birds that gather where land, bay, and sea meet. Search for Harlequin Ducks, Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs, Snow Buntings, as well as Snowy and Short-eared Owls. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $129 (90)
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WINTER BIRD TOUR AT INWOOD HILL PARK
Sunday, March 13, 9am-12pm
Guide: Nadir Souirgi

Inwood Hill Park, simply put, is a jewel. Nestled between the Hudson River, Dyckman Street, and Seaman Avenue, this last tract of largely undeveloped oak and tulip forest transports you to another world and another time. Glacial "pot holes," towering trees, and stunning river views create an unrivaled birding backdrop. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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THE SKY-DANCE OF THE WOODCOCK
Saturday, March 19, 5-9:30pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow

The American Woodcock is a remarkable bird. It is in the sandpiper family but lives in woodlands, often far from beaches. The male performs an incredible crepuscular aerial display and song early in the spring, soon after the snow melts in the northern U.S. We’ll look for it (and bats, owls, and other critters) at Floyd Bennett Field. Bring a headlamp or flashlight and a snack. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $100 (70) 
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AUDUBON MURAL PROJECT TOURS IN NORTHERN MANHATTAN
Sunday, March 20, 10am-12:15pm
Guide: Leigh Hallingby

The Audubon Mural Project is an exciting effort to create murals of over 300 birds in the northern Manhattan neighborhoods of Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights. As all the birds painted are threatened by climate change, the project is designed not only to help us appreciate the beauty of the birds, but also make us aware of the challenges they face. In addition to seeing about 30 murals, we will visit John James Audubon's impressive gravesite in the Trinity Church cemetery.  Binoculars will be an asset on this walk. Limited to 20. $30 (20)
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THE SKY-DANCE OF THE WOODCOCK
Saturday, March 26, 5-9:30pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow

The American Woodcock is a remarkable bird. It is in the sandpiper family but lives in woodlands, often far from beaches. The male performs an incredible crepuscular aerial display and song early in the spring, soon after the snow melts in the northern U.S. We’ll look for it (and bats, owls, and other critters) at Floyd Bennett Field. Bring a headlamp or flashlight and a snack. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $100 (70) 
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EARLY SPRING WALK IN CENTRAL PARK (FULL)
Sunday, March 27, 7:30-10am
Guide: Tod Winston

Celebrate spring with NYC Audubon! Explore Central Park's hotspots in search of lingering winter visitors and early spring migrants. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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WINTER BIRDS OF SANDY HOOK, NJ (FULL)
Saturday, April 2, 9am-4pm
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC

Sandy Hook, a spectacular barrier island at the northernmost point of the New Jersey coast, hosts a variety of species including Arctic-bound migrants and harbor seals that lie on the beach to warm up in the sun. Other possible sightings include loons, sea ducks, Snow Buntings, and Horned Larks. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $115 (80)
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