Welcome to Queens County Bird Club

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, prefer short trips or birding all day, you will feel at home!

The Queens County Bird Club Inc. is a “Full Service” organization of naturalists:
Monthly Meetings – Noted speakers, vivid presentations
Field Trips – half-day, all-day, weekend
Conservation – projects, advocacy, support

NEXT MEETING is LIVE – Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 7:30 pm.

Presentation“Cockatoos, Fairy-Wrens, & Roos:  Australia in Bits & Pieces” – with Donna Schulman  

Australia! Home of unique, endearing birds and mammals, bucket list destination for many a birder. With over 850 avian species and a geographic size as large as the continental U.S., where do you start? Donna visited Australia in 2022, dividing her time between the Northern Territory and the area around Melbourne, birding with a tour group, on her own, and with a private guide. Habitats birded ranged from the endangered savanna woodlands of Lee Point to the billabongs and sandstone walks of Kakadu N.P. (where you can also see aboriginal rock drawings) to the coastal heaths of Wilsons Prom to the ocean cliffs of the Nobbies. There will be photographs and video, of course, as Donna talks about the rewards and challenges of bird travel in an upside-down country where the parrots are wild, the people drive on the wrong side of the road, and no tipping is required.

Bio: Donna learned how to bird with QCBC and has branched out to Central & South America, Africa, SE Asia, Europe, and Australia. A former academic labor educator and library director, she reviews books for 10,000 Birds and Birding magazine and discusses best birding books with the members of the Birding Book Club on the American Birding Association podcast. Donna’s photographs have been featured in Birding and Birdwatching Magazine, the publications and social media of N.J. Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the educational signage of Negri-Nepote Grasslands in N.J. and a tern colony somewhere in Germany. She is a past editor of QCBC’s News and Notes.

Please arrive early since the front door must be locked after the meeting starts. 

Venue: Alley Pond Environmental Center – NEW BUILDING
229-10 Northern Blvd
Douglaston, NY 11362

Upcoming field trips – see Calendar link for details and registration info

  • Sunday June 2 – Ward Pound Ridge – Led by Eric Miller

    When: Sunday, June 2
    Where: (map)
    Description: QCBC’s annual trip to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in northern Westchester County.

    There are two meeting places, depending on your time of arrival. You must be inside the Ward Pound Ridge entrance prior to 8 am to avoid a vehicle use fee.

  • Saturday June 22 – Nickerson Beach – Led by Mike Zito

    When: Saturday, June 22, 7:30am – 12:30pm
    Where: 40.588552, -73.603587 (map)
    Description: The first part of this trip is Nickerson Beach, where we will view various species of terns, hopefully some that are rare to our area. Common Terns, which nest on this beach, will be abundant.

  • Sunday July 21 – Plumb Beach – Led by Joe Schiavone

    When: Sunday, July 21, 8:00am – 11:00am
    Where: 40.583525, -73.920092 (map)
    Description: This mini-trip will explore the marshy areas of Plumb Beach. Expecting to find Saltmarsh Sparrows, perhaps a Nelson’s too, as well as Clapper Rails.

    Contact the trip leader to register for this trip.

Hear a podcast of “It’s In Queens” featuring an interview with QCBC President Ian Resnick here.

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