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 2017

1 Jan 2017 (Sun) 

Birding at Jones Beach, N.Y. (Audubon in the Parks)
Meet Della and Alan Wells at 5:45am at the Commuter Parking Lot, Route 303 North, West Nyack. See the first sunrise of 2017 and start your new "year list". Bring water/snack...we will find a nice warm restaurant for lunch! 845-942-5751

8 Jan 2017 (Sun) 

(Second) Sunday Walk at Kakiat County Park  Date changed due to annual New Year's Day activity  
Meet Ron Conzo at 8am at Kakiat County Park parking lot, Route 202 in the Village of Montebello, opposite Viola Elementary School. 845-369-8917

14 Jan 2017 (Sat)

Pelham Bay Park
Meet Peter Johnson at 8am at the Commuter Parking Lot, Route 303 North, West Nyack, for carpooling. Search for owls and waterfowl in this wild(er) corner of the Bronx. Dress warmly, bring snack and hot drink. Return by early afternoon. Stay for late lunch on City Island. 914-261-2895

27-29 Jan 2017 (Fri-Sun)

Winter Birding Overnight Trip: TBD
A weekend trip to view wintering birds with location TBD. Contact Julia Warger for details. 845-947-4453

February 2017

4 Feb 2017 (Sat)

Winter Birding at Shawangunk Grasslands NWR
Meet Julia Warger at 2pm 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

5 Feb 2017 (Sun) 

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

20 Feb 2017 (Mon)

Presidents' Day Birding at Kennedy Dells County Park
Meet Vicki Beaumont at 8am at the main (upper) parking lot at Kennedy Dells County Park in New City. Walk through the park on gravel paths looking for winter species. 845-268-2990

26 Feb 2016 (Sun)

Congers Lake Memorial Park in Winter
Meet Julia Warger at 10am 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

5 Mar 2017 (Sun)

First Sunday Walk at Kakiat County Park   
Meet Peter Johnson at 8am 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 6:30pm at the Kakiat parking lot, Route 202 in the Village of Montebello, opposite Viola Elementary School. Bring a flashlight. Sunset is at 7:06pm. 917-501-7951

19 Mar 2017 (Sun) Tallman Mountain State Park (Audubon in the Parks)
Meet Carol Weiss at 8am 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

2 Apr 2017 (Sun)

First Sunday Walk at Kakiat County Park
Meet Carol Weiss at 8am 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 8am 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 9am 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 Ron Conzo at 8am 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. 845-369-8917

28 Apr 2017 (Fri) Weekday Walk at the Elk Pen (Audubon in the Parks)
Meet Tom & Elyse Fuller at 9am 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

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 8am 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
7 May 2017 (Sun) First Sunday Walk at Kakiat County Park
Meet Ron Conzo at 8am 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 7am 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 9am 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)
Meet Della and Alan Wells at 8am 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

3 Jun 2017 (Sat) Shawangunk Grasslands NWR During Nesting Season
Meet Della and Alan Wells at 7am 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. 845-942-5751

4 Jun 2017 (Sun)

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

July 2017

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

August 2017

6 Aug 2017 (Sun)

First Sunday Walk at Kakiat County Park
Meet Ron Conzo at 8am 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 7:30am 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 2016

4 Sept 2016 (Sun)

First Sunday Walk at Kakiat County Park
Meet Ron Conzo at 8 a.m. in the parking lot, across from Viola School on Rte. 202 in Montebello. 914-393-5053

10 Sept 2016 (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. Take 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

17 Sept 2016 (Sat)

Hook Mountain Hawk Watch  (Audubon in the Parks)
Meet Jim Previdi 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. 914-656-2509

October 2016

2 Oct 2016 (Sun)

First Sunday Walk at Kakiat County Park
Meet Peter Johnson at 8 a.m. in the parking lot across from Viola School on Rte. 202 in Montebello. 914-261-2895

14 Oct 2016 (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 as we go uphill. There should be hawks and passerines migrating southward. The trip will take from 3 to 4 hours. Bring a beverage and a snack. 845-358-3659

15 Oct 2016 (Sat)

Trees of Tallman Mtn State Park (Audubon in the Parks)
Meet Jim Previdi 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. 914-656-2509

November 2016

6 Nov 2016 (Sun)

First Sunday Walk at Kakiat County Park
Meet Carol Weiss at 8 a.m. in the parking lot across from Viola School on Rte. 202 in Montebello. 845-358-3659

12-13 Nov 2016 (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 Jim Previdi 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 then birding on Sunday with Alan and Della Wells. Jim: 914-656-2509; Alan And Della: 845-942-5751

25 Nov 2016 (Fri)

Post-Thanksgiving Walk in Harriman State Park  (Audubon in the Parks) ***CHANGED from what was published in The Observer 69(3)***
Meet Peter Johnson at 9 a.m. at the Lake Tiorati Picnic Area (adjacent to Tiorati Circle on Seven Lakes Drive in Harriman State Park.) The group will then drive from there to the trailhead for an easy 2-mile hike in the woods to work off the prior day's meal. 914-261-2895

December 2016

4 Dec 2016 (Sun)

First Sunday Walk at Kakiat County Park
Meet Ron Conzo at 8 a.m. in the parking lot across from Viola School on Rte. 202 in Montebello. 914-393-5053

18 Dec 2016 (Sun)

Annual Christmas Bird Count
Join a team for our 70th Christmas Bird Count. Check www.rocklandaudubon.org or call Alan Wells at 845-942-5751