Local Trips & Classes

"Let’s Go Birding Together" Walk, Central Park, 2018. Photo: NYC Audubon
They're back! We are excited to announce that fee-based bird walks and classes will be returning this fall. Registration will open to NYC Audubon contributing members on Monday, August 16 at 9am. Non-members can begin registering on Monday, August 30, at 9am. While our van trip favorites will unfortunately not be available this fall, we are so excited to see you all out in the parks again! Listings for our fall 2021 offerings are below!

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 encouraged but not required for vaccinated participants of our outdoor programs. If you are unvaccinated, please wear a mask throughout the event as a courtesy to your fellow participants and to our guides.
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
INTRO TO BIRDING: BIRD WALK IN CENTRAL PARK
Thursday, September 2, 5:30-7pm 
Guide: Tod Winston
Are you curious about "birding" but don't have much (or any) experience? Come on a relaxed walk through Strawberry Fields and the Ramble to go over birding basics and see warblers, tanagers, sparrows, waterbirds, and more. Binoculars available. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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INTRO TO BIRDING: BIRD WALK IN CENTRAL PARK
Saturday, September 4, 8:30-11am
Guide: Tod Winston
Are you curious about "birding" but don't have much (or any) experience? Come on a relaxed walk through Strawberry Fields and the Ramble to go over birding basics and see warblers, tanagers, sparrows, waterbirds, and more. Binoculars available. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Register
MORNING FALL MIGRATION WALKS IN CENTRAL PARK
Tuesdays, September 7-October 26, 7:30-10:30am
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Birders of all levels can enjoy this fun and educational series of eight walks, observing the diverse and ever-changing waves of migrants that stop over Central Park during fall migration. Limited to 20. $180 (126)
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MORNING FALL MIGRATION WALKS IN CENTRAL PARK
Wednesdays, September 8-October 27, 7:30-10:30am
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Birders of all levels can enjoy this fun and educational series of eight walks, observing the diverse and ever-changing waves of migrants that stop over Central Park during fall migration. Limited to 20. $180 (126)
Register
MORNING FALL MIGRATION WALKS IN CENTRAL PARK
Thursdays, September 9-October 28, 7:30-10:30am
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Birders of all levels can enjoy this fun and educational series of eight walks, observing the diverse and ever-changing waves of migrants that stop over Central Park during fall migration. Limited to 20. $180 (126)
Register
AUDUBON MURAL PROJECT TOUR IN NORTHERN MANHATTAN
Sunday, September 12, 10am-12pm
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. This updated tour features around 30 murals and a visit to John James Audubon's impressive gravesite in the Trinity Church cemetery. Binoculars will be an asset on this walk. Limited to 20. $30 (21)
Register
INTRO TO BIRDING: MARINE PARK, BROOKLYN
Saturday, September 11, 8:30-10am 
Guide: Tod Winston
Are you curious about "birding" but don't have much (or any) experience? Come on a relaxed walk along Marine Park's Salt Marsh Nature Trail to go over birding basics and look for wading birds, raptors, shorebirds, waterfowl, warblers, and more. Binoculars available. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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MORNING FALL MIGRATION WALK IN PROSPECT PARK
Saturday, September 11, 8-11am
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Join Gabriel Willow for a leisurely walk to get to know the fall migrants of 'Brooklyn's backyard'. Beautiful Prospect Park has a wide variety of habitats that attracts a number of both breeding and passage migrant bird species, with even more recorded than in Central Park. We will explore the Park's meadows, forests, and waterways in search of migratory warblers, vireos, thrushes, tanagers, waterfowl, and more. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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FALL MIGRANTS OF WOODLAWN CEMETERY, THE BRONX
Sunday, September 12, 8:30-11am
Guides: Tod Winston, Joseph McManus, Susan Olsen
With Woodlawn Conservancy
Join us for a morning bird walk and tour of beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery: Tod Winston and Joseph McManus will help look for fall migrants and year-round residents on the expansive, wooded cemetery grounds, while the Woodlawn Conservancy's Susan Olsen will share fascinating stories about Woodlawn’s history and the interesting mixture of individuals interred there. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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FALL MIGRATION BIRDING TOUR OF CENTRAL PARK
Sunday, September 12, 8am-10am
Guide: Kellye Rosenheim
Join co-author of Birdwatching in New York City and Long Island, Kellye Rosenheim, for the perfect Sunday morning activity: birdwatching! Tour the best Central Park birding spots in search of fall migrants. Registration required. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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EVENING FALL MIGRATION WALKS IN CENTRAL PARK
Mondays, September 13-October 18, 5-6:30pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Witness the spectacle of autumn migration as songbirds follow the Atlantic Flyway to their tropical wintering grounds. Look for tanagers, warblers, and other neo-tropical migrants in the wilds of Central Park. Limited to 15. $146 (102)
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EVENING FALL MIGRATION WALKS IN CENTRAL PARK
Tuesdays, September 14-October 19, 5-6:30pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Witness the spectacle of autumn migration as songbirds follow the Atlantic Flyway to their tropical wintering grounds. Look for tanagers, warblers, and other neo-tropical migrants in the wilds of Central Park. Limited to 15. $146 (102)
Register
BIRD WALK IN CENTRAL PARK'S NORTH WOODS
Wednesday, September 15, 8-11am
Guide: Tod Winston
Explore the peaceful North Woods and Loch at the height of fall songbird migration. We'll seek out warblers, vireos, tanagers, grosbeaks, and more. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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EVENING FALL MIGRATION WALKS IN CENTRAL PARK
Wednesdays, September 15-October 20, 5-6:30pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Witness the spectacle of autumn migration as songbirds follow the Atlantic Flyway to their tropical wintering grounds. Look for tanagers, warblers, and other neo-tropical migrants in the wilds of Central Park. Limited to 15. $146 (102)
Register
FRIDAY MORNING FALL MIGRATION WALK IN THE NORTH END, CENTRAL PARK
Friday, September 17, 8am-11am
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Meet just inside the entrance the Park at Central Park West and 103rd Street. Most NYC birders are familiar with The Ramble, but fewer visit the north end of Central Park, which includes equally productive woodlands, waterways, and meadows. The Pool, Loch, Ravine, and North Woods together constitute one of the wildest and most beautiful areas of Central Park, and during fall migration are full of warblers, vireos, thrushes, orioles, tanagers, cuckoos, and more. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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BIRDING GEMS OF STATEN ISLAND: CLOVE LAKES PARK
Saturday, September 18, 9am-1pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Journey to the "forgotten borough" to discover some of the beautiful forests and incredible birding spots at Clove Lakes Park. Look for ducks and seabirds in New York Harbor on our way across on the ferry ride and then catch a bus to the Park. Numerous warblers, vireos, tanagers, and other migratory songbirds can be seen here. We'll even see one of the largest and oldest trees in NYC. Bus fare ($2.75 each way; please bring your MetroCard or exact change) not included in registration price. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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BEGINNING BIRDING
Classes: Wednesdays, September 29-October 13, 6:30-8:30pm
Trips: Saturdays, October 9, 8-10:30am, and October 16, 8am-12pm
Instructor: Tod Winston
Learn the keys to identifying the spectacular variety of birds that migrate southwards through New York City every fall. Even if you've never picked up a pair of binoculars, you’ll soon be identifying warblers, thrushes, waterbirds, and more—both by sight and by ear. This series features three fun and educational virtual class sessions and two in-person field trips, location to be discussed in class. Limited to 12. $179 (125)
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FRIDAY MORNING FALL MIGRATION WALK IN THE NORTH END, CENTRAL PARK
Friday, October 1, 8am-11am
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Meet just inside the entrance the Park at Central Park West and 103rd Street. Most NYC birders are familiar with The Ramble, but fewer visit the north end of Central Park, which includes equally productive woodlands, waterways, and meadows. The Pool, Loch, Ravine, and North Woods together constitute one of the wildest and most beautiful areas of Central Park, and during fall migration are full of warblers, vireos, thrushes, orioles, tanagers, cuckoos, and more. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Register
FRIDAY MORNING FALL MIGRATION WALK IN THE NORTH END, CENTRAL PARK
Friday, October 8, 8am-11am
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Meet just inside the entrance the Park at Central Park West and 103rd Street. Most NYC birders are familiar with The Ramble, but fewer visit the north end of Central Park, which includes equally productive woodlands, waterways, and meadows. The Pool, Loch, Ravine, and North Woods together constitute one of the wildest and most beautiful areas of Central Park, and during fall migration are full of warblers, vireos, thrushes, orioles, tanagers, cuckoos, and more. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Register
MORNING FALL MIGRATION WALK IN PROSPECT PARK
Saturday, October 9, 8-11am
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Join Gabriel Willow for a leisurely walk to get to know the fall migrants of 'Brooklyn's backyard'. Beautiful Prospect Park has a wide variety of habitats that attracts a number of both breeding and passage migrant bird species, with even more recorded than in Central Park. We will explore the Park's meadows, forests, and waterways in search of migratory warblers, vireos, thrushes, tanagers, waterfowl, and more. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Register
FALL MIGRANTS OF INWOOD HILL PARK, MANHATTAN
Saturday, October 9, 9-11:30am
Guide: Annie Barry
Join Annie Barry for a hike through a mature forest in search of kinglets, warblers, flycatchers, sparrows, thrushes and more, then search the shore of the Inwood Hill Park saltmarshes for herons and ducks. Some hilly walking required. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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INTRO TO BIRDING: JAMAICA BAY, QUEENS
Sunday, October 10, 8:30-11am 
Guide: Tod Winston
Are you curious about "birding" but don't have much (or any) experience? Come on a relaxed walk around Jamaica Bay's trails to go over birding basics and look for wading birds, raptors, shorebirds, waterfowl, warblers, and more. Binoculars available. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Register
AUDUBON MURAL PROJECT TOUR IN NORTHERN MANHATTAN
Sunday, October 17, 10am-12pm
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. This updated tour features around 30 murals and a visit to John James Audubon's impressive gravesite in the Trinity Church cemetery. Binoculars will be an asset on this walk. Limited to 20. $30 (21)
Register
INTRO TO BIRDING: BIRD WALK IN VAN CORTLANDT PARK, THE BRONX
Sunday, October 17, 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 around Van Cortlandt Park's nature trails to go over birding basics and look for warblers, sparrows, woodpeckers, raptors, and more. Binoculars available. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
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SPARROW ID WORKSHOP
Thursday, October 21, 7-8:30pm ( virtual class); 
Sunday, October 24, 1pm-3pm (in-person field trip)
Instructor: Gabriel Willow
Sparrows are one of the most challenging groups of birds to identify, yet beautiful and fascinating once they can be distinguished. Learn to identify those LBJs (little brown jobs) by studying behavior, field marks, and songs in a virtual session, then head out to Central Park to practice your skills. Sparrow species seen in prior years include Field, Swamp, Savannah, White-crowned, and Lincoln's. Limited to 15.  $65 (45)
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FALL BIRD WALK IN GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY, BROOKLYN
Saturday, October 23, 10am-1pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow
With Green-Wood Cemetery
Explore Green-Wood Cemetery, rich in both history and wildlife, in search of fall migrants and its unique avian residents: the brilliant green Monk Parakeets that nest there. Native to South America, these charming immigrants flourish even in our harsh winters. Limited to 15. $46 (32)


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RAPTOR ID WORKSHOP
Thursday, October 28, 7-8:30pm (virtual class)
Saturday, October 30, 12-2pm (in-person field trip)
Instructor: Gabriel Willow
If you've ever been to a hawkwatch, you've probably been amazed at the ability of the hawk-watchers to call out IDs of soaring raptors so distant that they look like specks on the horizon. This virtual class will help you distinguish between accipiters, buteos, vultures, eagles, and more. Learn how their shapes reflect their behavior and ecology, and how subtle differences in form and pattern will allow you to identify raptors with a newfound confidence, then test out your new skills in person with a field trip to Fort Tryon Park. Limited to 15. $65 (45)
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AUDUBON MURAL PROJECT TOUR IN NORTHERN MANHATTAN
Sunday, November 14, 10am-12pm
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. This updated tour features around 30 murals and a visit to John James Audubon's impressive gravesite in the Trinity Church cemetery. Binoculars will be an asset on this walk. Limited to 20. $30 (21)
Register
AUDUBON MURAL PROJECT TOUR IN NORTHERN MANHATTAN
Sunday, December 12, 10am-12pm
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. This updated tour features around 30 murals and a visit to John James Audubon's impressive gravesite in the Trinity Church cemetery. Binoculars will be an asset on this walk. Limited to 20. $30 (21)
Register