Field Trips

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RAS field trip calendar is usually updated in August for the September-December/early January part of our season, and in December for the January-August part of our season. Please check back often for additional updates!

All RAS field trips are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, all field trips depart from the Commuter Parking Lot, Route 303 North, West Nyack, NY. We carpool whenever possible.

Audubon in the Parks is an initiative with Audubon New York and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation to advance bird conservation in State parks. To highlight this partnership, RAS is proud to offer an Audubon in the Parks series of walks!

NOTE: If you plan to meet the group at the destination, please call the trip leader in advance!

January 2018

1 Jan 2018 (Mon) 

Birding at Jones Beach, N.Y. (Audubon in the Parks)
Meet Ron Conzo at 5:45 a.m. at the Commuter Parking Lot, Route 303 North, West Nyack. See the first sunrise of 2018 and start your new "year list". Bring lunch, water, and a snack. 914-393-5053

7 Jan 2018 (Sun) 

First Sunday Walk at Kennedy Dells County Park, New City  
Meet Ron Conzo at 8 a.m. at the Main Street (upper) parking lot. Look for winter species. 914-393-5053

February 2018

3 Feb 2018 (Sat)

Winter Birding at Shawangunk Grasslands NWR
Meet Julia Warger at 2 p.m. at the Commuter Parking Lot, Route 9W North, Stony Point near Hogan's Diner, for carpooling. See raptors and field birds. Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls are usually sighted just before sunset. 845-947-4453

4 Feb 2018 (Sun) 

First Sunday Walk at Kennedy Dells County Park, New City
Meet Carol Weiss at 8 a.m. at at the Main Street (upper) parking lot. Look for winter birds. 845-358-3659

19 Feb 2018 (Mon)

Presidents' Day Birding at Kennedy Dells County Park, New City
Meet Vicki Beaumont at 8 a.m. at the Main Street (upper) parking lot. Look for winter birds. 845-268-2990

25 Feb 2018 (Sun)

Congers Lake Memorial Park in Winter
Meet Julia Warger at 10 a.m. at the main parking lot of Congers Memorial Park (6 Gilchrist Rd.). Check out the variety of trees, birds and more around Congers Lake. Path is wheelchair accessible if no snow. 845-947-4453

March 2017 2018 TBD

5 Mar 2017 (Sun)

First Sunday Walk at Kakiat County Park   
Meet Peter Johnson at 8 a.m. at Kakiat County Park parking lot, Route 202 in the Village of Montebello, opposite Viola Elementary School. 914-261-2895

18 Mar 2017 (Sat)

Woodcocks at Kakiat County Park
Meet Caroline McDonald at 6:30 p.m. at the Kakiat parking lot, Route 202 in the Village of Montebello, opposite Viola Elementary School. Bring a flashlight. Sunset is at 7:06 p.m. 917-501-7951

19 Mar 2017 (Sun) Tallman Mountain State Park (Audubon in the Parks)
Meet Carol Weiss at 8 a.m. at Parking Lot D, Village of Piermont. Walk into Tallman Mountain State Park via the marsh path, looking for Eastern Phoebe and Fox Sparrow. 845-358-3659

April 2017 2018 TBD

2 Apr 2017 (Sun)

First Sunday Walk at Kakiat County Park
Meet Carol Weiss at 8 a.m. at Kakiat County Park parking lot, Route 202 in the Village of Montebello, opposite Viola Elementary School. 845-358-3659

15 Apr 2017 (Sat)

The Celery Farm, Allendale, N.J.
Meet Peter Johnson at 8 a.m. at the Celery Farm parking lot on Franklin Turnpike, Allendale, N.J.  Look for waterfowl and very early spring migrants. Great for beginners, may be wet underfoot. Over by noon. 914-261-2895

16 Apr 2017 (Sun)

Spring Stroll at Mt. Ivy Swamp
Meet Veronika Krause at 9 a.m. at Pomona Middle School parking lot on Pomona Rd. Look for Marsh Marigolds and Chipping Sparrows along the railroad embankment.
Over by noon. 845-359-9294

23 Apr 2017 (Sun)

Lord Stirliing Park, Great Swamp, N.J.
Meet Zenon Bachir at 8 a.m. at the Joseph St. Lawrence Community Center, Torne Valley Rd and Orange Ave, Suffern. Seek out spring migrants along the trails of Lord Stirling Park in the western part of New Jersey’s Great Swamp, Bernards Township, Somerset County. Bring lunch. Return by 2pm. 845-624-9980

28 Apr 2017 (Fri) Weekday Walk at the Elk Pen (Audubon in the Parks)
Meet Tom & Elyse Fuller at 9 a.m. at the parking area for the Elk Pen section of Harriman State Park off Arden Valley Rd. 0.3 mi east of Rte. 17. Eastern Bluebirds, Prairie Warblers, and Field Sparrows are possibilities at this unique field habitat. Over by 11am. 845-351-2893

May 2017 2018 TBD

6 May 2017 (Sat) Spring Birding at Stony Point Battlefield  (Audubon in the Parks)
Co-sponsored with Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site. Meet Alan and Della Wells at 8 a.m. in
the parking lot at the end of Battlefield Rd, accessed from Park Rd. off Route 9W in Stony Point. Take an early spring stroll through this historic site on the Hudson River. 845-942-5751, Park Phone 845-786-2521.

Special instructions: although the Battlefield is closed to the public for the foreseeable future, the walk will take place.  The gate will open at 7:45 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. but then will be closed and locked.  Please plan to stay for the full two hours as the gate will remain locked during the field trip.  Parking will be confined to the area around the circle at the Arch/bridge. 

7 May 2017 (Sun) First Sunday Walk at Kakiat County Park
Meet Ron Conzo at 8 a.m. at Kakiat County Park parking lot, Route 202 in the Village of Montebello, opposite Viola Elementary School. 845-369-8917
8 May 2017 (Mon) Doodletown  (Audubon in the Parks)
Meet Carol Weiss at 7 a.m. at the pull-off on Route 9W, south of Bear Mountain, just north of the Iona Island causeway for an early morning trek up Doodletown Rd. in Bear Mtn. State Park. Look for neotropical migrants. Bring drink and snack and expect a 4-hour trip. 845-358-3659
12 May 2017 (Fri) Weekday Walk at Ironwood Drive  (Audubon in the Parks)
Meet Tom & Elyse Fuller at 9 a.m. at the cul-de-sac at the end of Ironwood Drive in Tuxedo. This section of Sterling Forest State Park can be good for Golden-winged Warblers, Indigo Buntings, Prairie Warblers, and other shrubland species. Over by 11am. 845-351-2893

13 May 2017 (Sat)

Doodletown for Beginners (Audubon in the Parks) CANCELLED due to Northface Endurance Challenge
Meet Della and Alan Wells at 8 a.m. at
the pull-off on Route 9W, south of Bear Mountain, just north of the Iona Island causeway. Practice bird ID and binocular use. Loaner binoculars available. Some uphill walking. 845-942-5751

27-29 May 2017 (Sat-Mon)

Spring Birding Overnight Trip TBD
A 3-day weekend trip to view migrating birds or unique location. Contact Karen D'Alessandri for details. 845-290-0456

June 2017 2018 TBD

3 Jun 2017 (Sat) Shawangunk Grasslands NWR During Nesting Season
Meet Carol Weiss at 7 a.m. at the Commuter Parking Lot on Route 9W in Stony Point (just south of Hogan’s Diner). Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge is a hotspot for grassland birds. 845-358-3659

4 Jun 2017 (Sun)

First Sunday Walk at Kakiat County Park
Meet Peter Johnson at 8 a.m. at Kakiat County Park parking lot, Route 202 in the Village of Montebello, opposite Viola Elementary School. 914-261-2895

July 2017 2018 TBD

2 Jul 2017 (Sun) First Sunday Walk at Kakiat County Park
Meet Carol Weiss at 8 a.m. at Kakiat County Park parking lot, Route 202 in the Village of Montebello, opposite Viola Elementary School. 845-358-3659

August 2017 2018 TBD

6 Aug 2017 (Sun)

First Sunday Walk at Kakiat County Park
Meet Ron Conzo at 8 a.m. at Kakiat County Park parking lot, Route 202 in the Village of Montebello, opposite Viola Elementary School. 845-369-8917

13 Aug 2017 (Sun)

Birds and Cameras at Jamaica Bay NWR
Meet Alan & Della Wells at 7:30 a.m. at the Commuter Parking Lot, Route 303 North, West Nyack, for carpooling to this birding hot spot. Alan's group will concentrate on photography. Full day trip. Bring lunch. 845-942-5751

September 2017

3 Sept 2017 (Sun)

First Sunday Walk at Kennedy Dells County Park, New City
Meet Ron Conzo at 8 a.m. at the Main Street (upper) parking lot. 914-393-5053

9 Sept 2017 (Sat)

Hudson River Birding Ramble at Stony Point Battlefield (Audubon in the Parks)
Co-sponsored with Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site. Meet Alan and Della Wells at 8 a.m. at 44 Battlefield Rd, accessed from Park Rd. off Route 9W in Stony Point, for an early fall stroll through the diverse habitats at this historic site on the Hudson River. First-time birders welcome (loaner binoculars available.) 845-942-5751, Park Phone 845-786-2521

16 Sept 2017 (Sat)

Hook Mountain Hawk Watch  (Audubon in the Parks)
Meet TBD at 9 a.m. by the flagpole at the Executive Golf Course, Rockland Lake State Park South. Walk to the top of Hook Mtn. to view migrating hawks. Bring hat, binoculars, water. Bring food if you wish to stay all day. 914-393-5053

24 Sept 2017 (Sun)

Meadowlands
Meet Zenon Bachir at 8 a.m. at the Commuter Parking Lot, Route 303 North, West Nyack. Look for shorebirds, ducks, and more. 845-202-0302

October 2017

1 Oct 2017 (Sun)

First Sunday Walk at Kennedy Dells County Park, New City
Meet Ron Conzo at 8 a.m. at the Main Street (upper) parking lot. 914-393-5053

13 Oct 2017 (Fri)

Doodletown (Audubon in the Parks)
Meet Carol Weiss at 8 a.m. at the parking area on Route 9W, opposite the Doodletown historic marker. We will take the old road, stopping to bird and look for migrating hawks and passerines; 3 to 4 hours. Bring a beverage and a snack. 845--358-3659

14 Oct 2017 (Sat)

Trees of Tallman Mtn State Park (Audubon in the Parks)
Meet TBD at 10 a.m. at the south entrance of Tallman Mountain State Park on Route 9W to learn about the trees of the park and view the fall foliage. 914-393-5053

November 2017

5 Nov 2017 (Sun)

First Sunday Walk at Kennedy Dells County Park, New City
Meet Ron Conzo at 8 a.m. at the Main Street (upper) parking lot. 914-393-5053

11-12 Nov 2017 (Sat & Sun)

Fall Migration at Brigantine and Cape May, NJ
All-day trip Saturday to Brigantine Unit of Edwin B. Forsythe NWR, N.J. Meet TBD at 6:30 a.m. at the Commuter Parking Lot, Route 303 North, West Nyack. If desired, continue on to Cape May for an overnight stay, and birding on Sunday. 914-393-5053

24 Nov 2017 (Fri)

Leader's Choice Field Trip
Contact TBD. Check the website a few days in advance for details of the day-after Thanksgiving field trip. 914-393-5053

26 Nov 2017 (Sun)

Rye-Greenwich
Meet Ron Conzo at 7:30 a.m. at the Commuter Parking Lot, Route 303 North, West Nyack. See winter ducks, shorebirds, and owls.Bring lunch. 914-393-5053

 

December 2017

3 Dec 2017 (Sun)

First Sunday Walk at Kennedy Dells County Park, New City
Meet Ron Conzo at 8 a.m. at the Main Street (upper) parking lot. 914-393-5053

17 Dec 2017 (Sun)

Annual Christmas Bird Count
Join a team for our 71st Christmas Bird Count. Check www.rocklandaudubon.org or call Alan Wells at 845-942-5751