August Nature Walks and More!

by Jul 29, 2019News0 comments

Connect with nature this August by joining us for a Field Trip, Walk, or Science-in-Action!

Where can you see migrating shorebirds such herons and egrets?
On a Field Trip to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge! Join Naturalist Tait Johansson for high tide at the bay at the peak of shorebird migration at the refuge’s East Pond. We are also likely to see Glossy Ibis and many others! Bring binoculars, lunch, sunscreen, plenty of cold drinks, and boots/footwear so you won’t mind getting muddy.
Sunday, August 4, 10:00am-3:00pm. Depart Bylane 8:30am or meet at Visitor’s Center at 10:00am. Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate. Please register with Susan at or 914-302-9713.

What do the Native Gardens of Bedford Audubon and The New York Botanical Garden have in common?
They were both funded by the Leon Levy Foundation! Check out both gardens by joining BA Board Member Liz Stein for a Field Trip to the New York Botanical Garden! Plan on spending a couple of hours strolling the grounds and having lunch at one of the cafes if you’d like.
Tuesday, August 6, 9:00am. Depart Bylane at 9:00am to carpool or caravan (or meet the group there). Cost: $23 NYBG Admission Fee. Level of physical difficulty: Easy. Please register with Susan at or 914-302-9713.

If you missed seeing warblers during spring migration, join us in search of them as they head out!
Many warblers are already migrating by mid-August. Join Naturalist Tait Johansson in search of these and other songbird migrants on our popular Third Thursday’s Bird Walk on Maple Avenue in Katonah.
Thursday, August 15, 7:30-9:30am. Meet at the dam. Cost: Free. Level of physical difficulty: Easy. Please register with Susan at or 914-302-9713.

Spectacular flocks of Broad-winged Hawks pass through our area in mid-September, but Accipiters such as Sharp-shinned + Cooper’s Hawks provide the most consistent flight throughout the fall hawk-watching season.
Join us for Science in Action: Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch to experience the miracle of raptor migration. Our data is combined with other Hawkwatch sites to create population and migration analyses that help us better protect raptors and their habitats.
Beginning Sunday, August 25 through November, 9:00am-5:00pm (weather permitting). Arthur Butler Sanctuary on Chestnut Ridge Road in Bedford Corners. Registration not necessary.

Photo Credits:
Top: Flowers in the Leon Levy Native Garden by Susan Fisher;
Side-bar: HawkWatch 2018 by Charlotte R. Catalano


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