Sunday, May 10, 2009

Spotlight On: Birding Tours of Bryant Park

Know a bit about birding and find yourself wondering why some birds eschew woody forrests and vast open spaces to call Bryant Park home? Know nothing about birding but looking to pick up a new hobby? 

Come to the park on Mondays at 8am, through May 25, to catch one of three tours left in our brand new program, Birding Tours of Bryant Park. We want to make things as easy as possible for you, so like all BP programs it’s free and all you need to bring is yourself!

Tours begin at Heiskell Plaza on the northwest corner of BP (by the ‘wichcraft kiosks) and are led by Gabriel Willow, an expert birder and Senior Naturalist at the New York City Audubon Society. His areas of expertise include birds, ecology, history, and horticulture. In Bryant Park, Gabriel teaches at a beginners pace and touches on all aspects of bird behavior from nesting and mating, to migration and how to recognize specific species and genders. 

Birding Tours of Bryant Park

Small group sizes allow participants to ask questions, share anecdotes, and even receive one on one tutorials on the proper way to use binoculars (yep, those are provided for you!). Over the past few sessions, BP birders have identified a total of 11 different migratory species, not including the park’s resident pigeons and three kinds of sparrows. Who knew so many types of birds were hanging out in midtown?

Birding Tours of Bryant Park - Yellow Breasted ChatDon’t be shy - come join the group and learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the birds in Bryant Park. You can catch the remaining tours on Monday mornings, 8am - 9:15am, through May 25.

Still don’t think birding’s your thing? We’ve also got tai chi, yoga, evening music, a lunch time author series, and more, all coming up this week! Visit our calendar for details.

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