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Let's Go Birding Together!

June is Pride Month, and Audubon is celebrating with Let's Go Birding Together bird walks and other LGBTQ inclusive activities.

The arrival of June marks Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, usually just shortened to Pride Month. Celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, and, in the case of Audubon, bird walks. Our Let's Go Birding Together series was founded and organized by Jason St. Sauver, Community Education director at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center in Denton, Nebraska. Other Audubon sites across the country have joined Jason in creating inclusive birding events.

Let's Go Birding Together walks are for everyone who loves birds and the outdoors. We welcome those who identify as LGBTQ, allies, families, and anyone who wants to enjoy an outdoor experience that is inclusive. Why do we do this? Because the outdoors has not always been a welcoming place for LGBTQ people and Audubon wants help change that.

Scroll down to see the 2022 calendar of events!

In June of 2022, Audubon partnered with drag queen and intersectional environmentalist Pattie Gonia on a series of videos, including a feature on Let’s Go Birding Together. Watch below for an in-depth look at the history of the program with its creator, Jason “The Birdnerd” St. Sauver, and candid conversations with Pattie Gonia on the importance of inclusivity in the outdoors.

Currently scheduled LGBTQ inclusive events at Audubon
(All times are local)

2022

Saturday, May 21

Pride Hikes: Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
Richmond, VT
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Co-presented by Audubon Vermont, Pride Center of Vermont, and Outright Vermont
Pre-registration requested
FREE

Sunday, May 22

Women Who Bird: May Migration
Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, VT
8:00am - 11:00am
Co-presented by Audubon Vermont, Pride Center of Vermont, and Outright Vermont
Pre-registration required
Sliding scale/pay-what-you-can 

Saturday, June 4

Let's Go Birding Together! Albuquerque 2022
Tingley Beach Bosque, Albuquerque, NM
8:00am - 10:00am
Presented by Audubon Southwest
Specific meeting spot: Meet at Bob Gerding Catch and Release Pond, 1521 San Carlos Rd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Registration required; limited to 20 attendees on a first come, first served basis
Binoculars available to borrow
FREE

Saturday, June 11

Let's Go Birding Together! bird walk
Howland's Island, Montezuma Wildlife Management Area, Savannah, NY
9:00am - 11:00am
Presented by Montezuma Audubon Center
Registration required and space is limited; suitable for ages 8 and up.
$5 child/$10 adult/$25 family

Sunday, June 12

Pride Hikes: Butternut Hill Natural Area
North Hero, VT
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Co-presented by Audubon Vermont, Pride Center of Vermont, and Outright Vermont
Pre-registration requested
FREE

Let's Go Birding Together! bird walk
Fresno, CA
7:00am - 2pm
Presented by Fresno Audubon Society
Even if you have never been birding before, you are specifically welcome to join!
Registration required
Binoculars available to borrow
FREE

Thursday, June 16

How to Draw Painted Buntings
Online
12pm - 1pm Pacific Time
Presented by Audubon California
Please register for this webinar in advance
FREE

Saturday, June 18

Let's Go Birding Together! Santa Fe 2022
Randall Davey Audubon Center, Santa Fe, NM
8:00am start
Presented by Audubon Southwest
Registration required; limited to 20 attendees on a first come, first served basis
Binoculars available to borrow
FREE

Let's Go Birding Together! bird walk
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
8:00am - 10:00am
Presented by New York City Audubon
Registration required; limited to 25 attendees
FREE

Let's Go Birding Together! bird walk
Lido Key Beach, FL
8:30am - 11:00am
Presented by Audubon Florida and the Sarasota-Manatee Bird Stewards
FREE

Friday, June 24

Let's Go Birding Together! evening bird walk
Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary, Oyster Bay, NY
6:30pm - 8:00pm
All ages welcome! Binoculars available to borrow
Registration requested
FREE

Saturday, June 25

Let's Go Birding Together! bird walk
Sunnyvale, CA shoreline
10:30am - 12:30pm
Presented by Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
Children are welcome as long as they bring a responsible adult.
Registration required; please wear a facemask
Binoculars available to borrow
FREE

Let's Go Birding Together! bird walk
Marymoor Park, Redmond, WA 
7:30am - 10:30am
Presented by Eastside Audubon Society
If you have specific accessibility needs, please reach out to the trip leaders and we will can adjust the route to accommodate you.
Binoculars available to borrow
FREE; parking at the park costs $1

Let's Go Birding Together! bird walk
Central Park, New York, NY
8:00am - 10:00am
Co-presented by New York City Audubon, National Audubon Society, and Feminist Bird Club
Advance registration encouraged but not required. Bring your friends!
Binoculars available to borrow
FREE

Let's Go Birding Together! bird walk
Governors Island, New York, NY
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Presented by New York City Audubon
No registration required. Meet on Governors Island at Nolan Park House #17.
Binoculars available to borrow
FREE

Let's Go Birding Together! bird walk
Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washougal, WA
8:00am - 11:00am
Co-presented by Vancouver Audubon, Columbia George Refuge Stewards, and the Fish and Wildlife Service at Steigerwald Lake NWR
Registration required Binoculars available to borrow; Donuts, pastries, and drinks included!
FREE

Sunday June 26

Let's Go Birding Together! beginner bird hike
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, San Antonio, TX
8:30am - 10:00am
Registration required General: $5 Person/$15 Family; Members: FREE
Binoculars available to borrow

2021

New events happening every month in Texas!

Sunday, November 28

Let's Go Birding Together bird walk
Commons Ford, Austin, TX
8:00am - 10:00am 
Presented by Travis Audubon Society
Registration required
Please register in advance by emailing Amy Sugeno, the LGBT walk organizer, at amysugeno (at) gmail (dot) com. Additional details will be provided to participants closer to the field trip date.

Sunday, December 26

Let's Go Birding Together bird walk
Commons Ford, Austin, TX
8:00am - 10:00am 
Presented by Travis Audubon Society
Registration required
Please register in advance by emailing Amy Sugeno, the LGBT walk organizer, at amysugeno (at) gmail (dot) com. Additional details will be provided to participants closer to the field trip date.

Older 2021 Events

Saturday, June 5

Let's Go Birding Together bird walk
Greenwich Audubon Center, Greenwich, CT
10:00am start
Presented by Greenwich Audubon Center
Registration required
SOLD OUT

Audubon For All guided birding hike
Montezuma Audubon Center, Savannah, NY
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Presented by Montezuma Audubon Center
$5/child, $10/adult, $25/family
Space is limited and pre-paid online reservations are required.

Sunday, June 6

Let's Go Birding Together bird walk
Rio Grande Nature Center, Albuquerque, NM
8:00am start
Presented by Audubon Southwest
Pre-registration required to attend
Register for this FREE event

Saturday, June 12

Audubon For All guided birding hike
Esker Brook Trail, Seneca Falls, NY
10:00am - 12:00pm
Presented by Montezuma Audubon Center
$5/child, $10/adult, $25/family
Space is limited and pre-paid online reservations are required.

Thursday, June 17

Let's Go Birding Together, Alaska! bird walk
Westchester Lagoon, Anchorage, AK
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Presented by Audubon Alaska
FREE; binoculars will be available for those who need them.
Pre-register here

Friday, June 18

Let's Go Birding Together yoga + guided walk
Grange Insurance Audubon Center, Columbus, OH
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Presented by Grange Insurance Audubon Center
Registration required

Saturday, June 19

Let's Go Birding Together bird walk
Patrick Smith Park, Santa Fe, NM
8:00am start
Presented by Audubon Southwest
Pre-registration required to attend
Register for this FREE event

Let's Go Birding Together: A Pride Month Celebration at the Bent
Bent of the River Audubon Center, Southbury, CT
9:00am - 10:30am
Presented by Bent of the River Audubon Center
Registration required
FREE

Audubon For All guided birding hike
Colvin Marsh, Savannah, NY
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Presented by Montezuma Audubon Center
$5/child, $10/adult, $25/family
Space is limited and pre-paid online reservations are required.

Let's Go Birding Together: A Pride Month Celebration outdoor walk
Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center, Oyster Bay, NY
9:00am - 10:30am
Presented by Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center
FREE but space is limited. Binoculars provided.
Pre-registration required

Community Bird Tour: Let's Go Birding Together
Sharon Audubon Center, Sharon, CT
8:30am - 10:00am
Presented by Sharon Audubon Center
Registration required
FREE

Let's Go Birding Together Pride at Charleston Slough
Charleston Slough, Palo Alto, CA
10:00am
Presented by Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
FREE, binoculars available
Register here

Sunday, June 20

Pride Hikes: Shelburne Bay Park
Shelburne Bay Park, Shelburne, VT
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Co-presented by Audubon Vermont, Pride Center of Vermont, and Outright Vermont
Pre-registration requested
FREE

Tuesday, June 22

Let's Go Birding Together bird walk
Tifft Nature Preseve, Buffalo, NY
6:30pm
Co-presented by Buffalo Audubon Society and Feminist Bird Club Buffalo
Binoculars available 
Register here

Saturday, June 26

Let's Go Birding Together bird drawing workshop & bird tour
Greenwich Audubon Center, Greenwich, CT
1:00pm - 3:00pm
$10+ (various ticket levels)
Pre-registration required to attend
Register HERE

Audubon For All guided birding hike
NYSDEC Montezuma Wildlife Management Area, Savannah, NY
10:00am - 12:00pm
Presented by Montezuma Audubon Center
$5/child, $10/adult, $25/family
Space is limited and pre-paid online reservations are required.

Let's Go Birding Together bird walk
Rowe Sanctuary, Gibbon, NE
9:00am - 11:00am
Presented by Rowe Sanctuary
Some pairs of binoculars are available to borrow
FREE

Let's Go Birding Together - Klineline Pond bird walk
Klinelile Pond, Salmon Creek, WA
9:00am - 11:00am
Presented by Vancover Audubon Society
FREE
email president at vancouveraudubon dot org to register

Sunday, June 27

Let's Go Birding Together bird walk 🏳️‍🌈  the event that started it all! 🏳️‍🌈
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, Denton, NE
10:30am - 12:00pm
FREE
Registration required -- details coming soon 

Let's Go Birding Together - Humboldt Park bird walk
Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL
9:00am - 11:00am
Co-presented by Chicago Ornithological Society and Feminist Bird Club Chicago
FREE
Advanced registration REQUIRED

Tuesday, June 29

Queering Nature: A Pride Month Panel
ONLINE
6pm ET/3pm PT - 7pm ET/4pm PT
Hosted by Audubon Vermont
FREE
Register for the panel discussion here 

Saturday, October 2

Let's Go Birding Together Outing
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center
Grand Boulevard, San Jose, CA

10:00am - 12:00pm PT
Free, pre-registration required to attend
 

2020

Wednesday, June 24

Let's Go Birding Together Facebook Live virtual bird walk
Birmingham Eastside Ecogarden, via Facebook Live (Birmingham, AL)
9:00am-9:30am
Presented by Alabama Audubon  

 

Saturday, March 08

Pride Hikes: Hinesburg Town Forest
Hinesburg Town Forest (Hinesburg, VT)
12:30pm-3:00pm
Co-presented by Audubon Vermont, Pride Center of Vermont, Outright Vermont, and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation 

 

2019

Friday, April 26

Let's Go Birding Together owl prowl
Seward Park Audubon Center (Seattle, WA)
7pm-9pm
$10

Saturday, May 4

Planting Pride at Oakledge Park
Audubon Vermont (Burlington, VT)
10:30am-1:30pm

Thursday, May 16

Let's Go Birding Together bird walk
Buffalo Audubon Society (Buffalo, NY)
6pm-8pm
Free, but donations gratefully accepted. Call 585-457-3228 to register.

Saturday, May 18

Let's Go Birding Together bird walk
Green Mountain Audubon Center (Huntington, VT)
9:30am-1:30pm

Sunday, June 2

Let's Go Birding Together bird walk
Audubon Center in Greenwich (Greenwich, CT)
11:00am-1:30pm

Friday, June 7

Let's Go Birding Together yoga/birding classes
Grange Insurance Audubon Center (Columbus, OH)
6:30pm-8:00pm
In partnership with Queer Behavior and Equitas Health and Equality Ohio, experience 60 minutes of yoga followedy by a 30-minute bird walk.

Sunday, June 9

Let's Go Birding (and Brunching) Together bird walk
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center (Denton, NE)
10am-11:30am
$5 suggested donation for brunch. Led by Jason St. Sauver with brunch at the end. In partnership with OutNebraska.

Let's Go Birding Together bird walk for the whole family
Seward Park Audubon Center (Seattle, WA)
10am-12pm

Tuesday, June 11

DC Office Pride bird walk
Constitution Garden and Reflecting Pool (Washington, DC)
9:00am-10:30am
Hosted by Audubon's DC office. 

Thursday, June 13

Let's Go Birding Together bird walk with Audubon Alaska
Westchester Lagoon (Anchorage, AK)
6pm-8pm
After the bird walk, the fun continues at The Raven https://www.facebook.com/TheRavenAK/

Saturday, June 15

Let's Go Birding Together Central Park bird walk
co-presented by National Audubon Society and NYC Audubon (New York City, NY)
9:30am-12:30pm
Meet at 72nd Street and Central Park West

Let's Go Birding Together bird walk
Audubon Center Bent of the River (Southbury, CT)
10am-12pm

Let's Go Birding Together bird walk
Audubon Center at Debs Park (Los Angeles, CA)
8:30-10:30am

Let's Go Birding Together bird walk
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove (Audubon, PA)
8:00am-10:00am
Please dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. No open-toed shoes will be permitted. Any updates/cancellations will be posted to the JJAC facebook page the day prior to the event. This event is presented in partnership with with the Montgomery County LGBT Business Council.

Let's Go Birding Together bird walk
Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary (Cold Spring, NY)
9:00am
Free. Reservations can be made at cmacs@audubon.org