Corning Riverfront Park/NYS Museum Ornithology Collection

Leader or Speaker: 
Jeremy Kirchman
Location of Event: 
Corning Riverfront Park, Albany
Date: 
March 24, 2018 - 8:30am - 12:00pm

Location

Corning Riverfront Park Albany, NY
United States
42° 39' 14.7492" N, 73° 44' 39.3612" W

Saturday, March 24, CORNING RIVERFRONT PARK/NYS MUSEUM ORNITHOLOGY COLLECTION (Albany County; morning)

Coordinator: Jeremy Kirchman - jeremykirchman [at] gmail [dot] com - 518-708-3617

We’ll bird the Corning Riverfront Park before heading over to the New York State Museum for a behind-the-scenes tour of its ornithological collections.

Albany’s Corning Riverfront Park is a city-owned, 15-acre urban waterfront property along the Hudson River, known as Corning Preserve until recently. While its former name may have overstated the actual state of wildlife abundance, diversity, and habitat found there, it remains the best public access to the Hudson River in downtown Albany. In late March, dedicated river watching can yield occasional rewards. In recent years, several species of diving ducks, grebes, all three North American mergansers, and returning Double-crested Cormorants have been recorded there as early spring migrants. The river can also attract concentrations of gulls, wintering Bald Eagles, and a pair of Peregrine Falcons that nests at the nearby Dunn Memorial Bridge. The Hudson is easily viewed from the park’s leisurely, level walking paths, and we can also check the brushy habitat around the riverside pond for landbirds.

Donut and coffee stop at Cider Belly en route to the NYSM at approximately 10:30. Tour begins when all are reassembled in the NYSM lobby, and will last about one hour.

Meet at the Corning Riverfront Park parking area along Quay St. in Albany at 8:30 am.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Contact the coordinator no later than Mar. 17th, to sign up. There is a limit of 15 people, HMBC members have preference.