July 2023 Programs
Registration is required for all programs by emailing Susan at email@example.com unless otherwise specified.
The Pine Warbler is the only warbler that eats lots of seed (primarily those of pines). This means you could see one at your bird feeder (unlike almost all other warblers).
But if you join Tait for this month’s Third Thursday’s Bird Walk, you might see one of these small, yellowish warblers in its natural habitat. We’ll also be looking for Indigo Buntings and other breeders that might still be around including Spotted Sandpiper and Yellow-throated Vireo. We will also get a good view of the dam’s resident Cliff Swallow colony. This is a popular, easy walk – and a perfect way to connect with nature before heading into the rest of your day.
Thursday, July 20, 7:30-9:30am. Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Easy (this walk is mostly flat with only a gently incline). to register.
How competitive are you?
Round up your family and friends, brush up on your bird trivia and try your luck at BINGO as you join us for a spirited summer Game Night on the patio at Bylane Farm. Come as a team or come solo and make new friends by leaving the teams to us (maximum 5 people per team). Sips and snacks will be served – and there will be prizes! The games will commence at 6:30pm but you are welcome to join us from 6:00pm in the garden.
Thursday, July 20, 6:30pm (doors open at 6:00pm). Cost: $10 per person, taken at the door (cash or check), but you must register by Tuesday, July 18. to register. (The entrance fee for this event will help offset expenses.)
Birder, activist, daughter: this is her story.
Join us on the patio at Bylane for the Bylane Book Club discussion of our July read, Birdgirl: Looking to the Skies in Search of a Better Future by Mya-Rose Craig. The author is a British-Bangladeshi birder, environmentalist, activist, and is an international force. In this moving memoir, she chronicles her mother’s struggle with mental illness, and shares her passion for social justice and fierce dedication to preserving our planet. The book follows Mya-Rose and her family as they travel the world in search of rare birds and astonishing landscapes. But a shadow moves with them, too—her mother’s deepening mental health crisis. In the face of this struggle, the Craigs turn to nature again and again for comfort and meaning. The book is relatively new but there are plenty of copies to borrow in Westchester Libraries, and it is available as an eBook and audiobook if that is your preference.
Monday, July 24, 6:30pm*. Cost: Free. to register. *For regular book club members, please note the earlier start time of 6:30pm.
Luna moths do not eat in their adult form and rely on energy they stored up as caterpillars.
Check out the nightlife in our Native Habitat Garden with our Summer Garden Intern Mason Rowe and Naturalist Tait Johansson at our first Moth Night. Learn how to use a light trap to attract nocturnal insects like moths, beetles, and net-winged insects. Frequent fliers include the Sphinx Moth, Woolly Bear, Gypsy Moth, and Luna Moth. Watch a pinning demonstration and learn some fun moth trivia!
Thursday, July 27, 8:30-10:00pm (rain date is July 28). Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Easy. to register.
Don’t miss our bird banding swan song!
Since early June, Naturalist Tait Johansson and Summer Field Biologist Dana Heikkila have been getting up before the birds to operate an active Monitoring Avian Productivity & Survivorship (MAPS for short) Station in our Hunt-Parker Sanctuary. MAPS is a North American research project led by the Institute for Bird Populations, and Bedford Audubon’s banding data is submitted alongside more than 500 other MAPS Stations to provide critical information relating to everything birds.
Interested in checking it out in person without trekking to the banding station? Register for our Bird Banding Demo for a bird’s eye view of what our team does in the field. We’re excited for Tait and Dana to show us how it’s done right in our own back yard!
Saturday, July 29, 8:00-10:00am. Cost: Free (but donations to support our MAPS program are appreciated). to register. Family-friendly; children must be accompanied by an adult.