Bird walks, field trips and lectures sponsored by the Bedford Audubon Society.
Field Trip to Jones Beach With Bedford Audubon’s expert birders, Joan and Richard Becker, Saturday, April 3. If carpooling, meet at Bylane Farm, 35 Todd Road, Goldens Bridge at 7:30 a.m. Be at the Jones Beach Marina/Coast Guard Station at 8:30 a.m. Return to Bylane by about 4:30 p.m. Bring a morning snack plus lunch. Register with Joan E. Becker, firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (914) 232-4806. Level of difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
Excursion to Edwin B. Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR, Oceanville, NJ With Bedford Audubon Naturalist Tait Johansson, Sunday, April 11, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 P.M. Carpool from Bylane Farm, 35 Todd Road, Goldens Bridge at 6:00 a.m. Return to Bylane at 7:30 P.M. A guided trip to one of the premier year-round birding locations on the Eastern Seaboard. Bring food and drinks for the day. Please register with Joan E. Becker, email@example.com or by telephone at (914) 232-4806. Level of difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
“A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birders and Their Quest to See It All” With Luke Dempsey, Wednesday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
Katonah Memorial House, 71 Bedford Road, Katonah
The Bedford Audubon Society is pleased to sponsor this illustrated lecture with Luke Dempsey, who will discuss his newly published book, A Supremely Bad Idea. Dempsey will recount his more or less haphazard introduction to birdwatching, which turned into a passion, an all out birding mania, and a quest to find the rarest birds of America. The book is the hilarious account of that quest, and those birds, and the three obsessive maniacs (Dempsey among them) who crisscross the country in search of their birds. Along the way, Dempsey narrates an amazing sequence of encounters with nature and humanity, including a man who is building a 40-foot ark in his Seattle backyard and a beautiful woman who shows him how to get rid of cowbirds.
Dempsey’s narrative style and comic timing has been compared to that of Bill Bryson. At the same time, he clearly demonstrates why so many millions of birders care so much about birds.
Luke Dempsey is the Editorial Director for Ballantine Books, a division of Random House. A graduate of Oxford University, he moved to the United States in 1995. Since then he has held a number of editorial positions in the publishing industry. He is the proud father of twin girls, both of whom love birds, too; he is also a member of the modern beat combo The Railbangers. A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birders and Their Quest to See It All will be for sale at the lecture and can be signed by the author.
This program is free and open to the public.
Katonah Memorial House is wheelchair accessible.
Please do not block the Fire Department access.
The Third Annual “Walk for Drew” Nature Hike at Franklin-Fels Sanctuary, North Salem With Bedford Audubon Society Naturalist Tait Johansson, Saturday, April 17, 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Carpool from Bylane Farm at 9:15 a.m. or meet at Franklin Fels entrance on Lakeview Road at 9:30 a.m.
This walk is in memory of “Drew” Reynolds, who died unexpectedly on February 7, 2008. Drew, a long-time friend, member, and supporter of BAS, surveyed and marked the trail system in the Franklin-Fels Sanctuary. Bring binoculars. Please register by calling Bedford Audubon at 914-232-1999. Level of difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
Pre-Earth Day Nature Walk at Bedford Audubon’s Bylane Farm, 35 Todd Road, Goldens Bridge With Tait Johansson, Followed by an Optics Show, Sunday, April 18, 8:30 a.m.–12 noon. Come celebrate Earth Day with a leisurely one-hour walk at Bylane. Afterwards, join Jerry Connolly, owner of the Audubon Shop, Madison, CT, who will display an assortment of binoculars, spotting scopes, accessories, and books at Bylane. Products will be available for sale. Refreshments will be served. No registration required. Level of difficulty: Easy to Moderate. .
Early Morning Spring Bird Walk With Bedford Audubon Naturalist Tait Johansson, Tuesday, April 27, 7:30 A.M.–9:30 A.M.
Starting at Maple Avenue, Katonah (intersection with Reservoir Road, off Route 22). Rain will cancel the walk. Please register by calling Bedford Audubon at 914-232-1999. Level of difficulty: Easy.
Early Morning Spring Bird Walk With Bedford Audubon Naturalist Tait Johansson, Thursday, April 29, 7:30 A.M.–9:30 A.M.
Starting at Bylane Farm. 35 Todd Road, Goldens Bridge. Rain will cancel the walk. Please register by calling Bedford Audubon at 914-232-1999. Level of difficulty: Easy-Moderate.