Learn about Shorebirds

This summer, explore shorebirds!
Here's a quick video about identifying shorebirds.
See our summer shorebird workshop and field trips below!

Friday, July 26, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Our next Birders U: Intro/Review to Shorebirds
Join us for this refresher/intro multimedia workshop on identifying shorebirds. Cost is $15/person for members of any Audubon group or youth age 10-18 and includes an ID book and handouts; $30/nonmember adult which includes above plus new membership in Saw Mill River Audubon. Payable at the door. Space limited. For adults and youth age 10 and up. Register by emailing us at office@sawmillriveraudubon.org or by calling 914-666-6503. Held at the Croton Point Nature Center. Sorry, no walk-ins are possible.

Saturday, July 27, 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Field Trip: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Join us for a morning of birding at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge where we will look for shorebirds, waterfowl and other birds. No registration needed. Meet us 7:00am in front of the Visitor's Center. Dress for the weather considering protection from sun and insects. Bring water. [Follow up to our Birders U: Shorebird ID intro/review the night before but open to all, whether or not you are part of the evening workshop.] Bring a lunch for our break between exploring the West and East Ponds or leave earlier from trip after first half.

Friday, August 9-Saturday, August 10
Overnight OR Day Trip: Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, NJ

Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge just north of Atlantic City offers excellent coastal birding with an eight-mile wildlife drive. The Refuge Visitor Center is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Northern Westchester. Option to drive down Friday afternoon for more birding & dinner together with overnight accommodations on your own. (Ask where some of us are planning to stay.) OR drive down early Saturday morning, leaving ~4:00am from Westchester.

  • We plan to bird Saturday, with break in between for lunch, and then return to NY late Saturday afternoon. (Opportunity to pick picnic supplies early Sat am at the famed Wawa Market just north of the refuge on Route 9 or bring your own.)
  • * * * Meet 7:00am Saturday at the Visitor Center parking. Street address: 800 Great Creek Road, Galloway, NJ 08205. Take care using "Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge" in mapping programs since there are multiple refuge entry points.
  • Bring binoculars, water, lunch, bug repellent and sun protection. (Light-weight long pants are a MUCH better bet than shorts!) Spotting scopes will be shared.
  • Registration required with advance $25/person payment via check to SMRA office OR use this payment link: http://www.sawmillriveraudubon.org/payment
  • IMPORTANT: also send us an email to register, to inquire about carpooling possibilities, and with any offers to share rides. Do let us know if you are driving down Fri eve or Sat early am so we know to expect you and can share cell phone number(s) to connect up with our group.

New to birding field trips or curious what our field trips are like? Read our Field Trip Tips.

See more Saw Mill River Audubon upcoming events here.

More about field trips

Peregrine Falcon at Croton Point. Photo: SMRA/Jeff Seneca.

Saw Mill River Audubon offers a year-round calendar of public programs and field trips. Our public programs are offered free of charge as part of our environmental education outreach. We do encourage an optional donation of $5/adult for our public field trips guided by SMRA staff or volunteers. This donation is entirely voluntary and all are welcome on our trips regardless of donation.

about our field trips
Some of our field trips are limited by registration to protect sensitive species and for a more positive experience for the group. Be sure to subscribe to our free, private email list to get early notice of trips that require registration as well as notice of new trips added since our last newsletter. Most of our trips are best suited for ages 10 and up unless otherwise specified. We have binoculars for free loan for any field trip, with notice. If we need to cancel a field trip, we will update our Google calendar, put a message on our office phone (914-666-6503), and send out an update to our private email list. We encourage carpooling and suggest that carpoolers offer to share costs of for gas/tolls with drivers.

event calendar

extended field trips
We also offer extended weekend birding trips. Extended weekend trips have included: South Jersey Birding (August 2018), South Jersey Birding (August 2017), Winter Birds in Minnesota (January, 2017), Cornell Lab & Montezuma NWR (November, 2016), South Jersey Birding (November, 2015), Spring Coastal Birding (May, 2014), Winter Birds in Minnesota (February, 2014), Adirondack Winter Birding (2013), Delaware Bay Spring Birding (2012).

We also sponsor at least one major birding trip each year to other parts of the United States or to other countries, practicing eco-tourism in our trip planning to support local conservation organizations and habitats. All our extended trips also include a tax-deductible donation to SMRA as part of their cost.

Where we have traveled: Nebraska Cranes (March 2019), Coastal California (Fall 2018), Southeast Arizona (April 2018), Coastal Texas (November 2017), Magee Marsh (April 2017), Southwest National Parks (October 2017), Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec (July 2016), Cuba (February/March 2016), Trinidad (October 2015), Olympic National Park (May 2015), Belize (March, 2014), Yellowstone (May, 2013), Texas Coast & Hill Country (April, 2012), Costa Rica (March, 2011), Nebraska Cranes (March, 2010), Southeast Arizona (April, 2008), and Trinidad (April, 2007).