CAA Birding Event in Central Park

Join Us in the North Woods on Monday, May 13, 2024

We are organizing a birdwatching event, led by Tod Winston (left), of NYC Audubon. We've decided to go to Central Park's magnificent North Woods for two reasons: 1) The Ramble – the Park's most popular birding destination – could be overly crowded. 2) For New Yorkers who don't know the beauty of the Park north of 96th Street, this will be a great opportunity to discover a more rustic part of Central Park and one of Olmsted & Vaux's greatest creations.
No experience birdwatching is necessary! 
Who can participate: 
► You must be a dues-paying CAA member to register; one guest allowed.
► Up to 20 people only.
► Contact us to join the waiting list if registration is full. If we can get another 15 to 20 people who are interested, we will schedule another birding event this spring.
When: Be an early bird and join us at 8 am, Monday, May 13, 2024.
Where: 104th Street and Central Park West, in Central Park's North Woods
Terrain: There are unpaved paths, stone steps and some inclines. 
How Long: Our guide is available through 11 am, but you can peel off early if desired. Most likely, we will birdwatch from 8 am to 10/10:30 am.
What can we expect to see? A wide variety of songbirds (and non-singing birds)!
BYOB:  Please bring your own binoculars! If you don't have any, let Andrea know at A very limited number may be able to be supplied by NYC Audubon. 
What if it rains? The event will go on if there is light drizzle. If it's a true rainy day, the event will be postponed.

Please note: There are no bathroom facilities once we begin the event.

Who is our guide? Tod Winston wears several NYC Audubon hats. In his role as Urban Biodiversity Specialist, Tod conducts bird surveys at several high-profile green spaces across the city including Madison Square Park and the Javits Center green roof. As one of NYC Audubon's birding guides, he teaches our Beginning Birding course and leads walks and trips around the city including the popular spring Birding by Ear series. Read more about Tod's work as one of NYC Audobon's guides.
Tod began working with NYC Audubon in 2007 as a volunteer writer for The Urban Audubon member newsletter and surveyor for the Harbor Herons Nesting Survey. Since then he has served in many roles including Associate Director of Content, Program Manager, Communications Manager, and Conservation Research Associate, where he led NYC Audubon's Harbor Herons Nesting Survey and helped with wading bird and cormorant bird-banding. Tod also worked for several years at National Audubon Society, as Program Manager for the organization's Plants for Birds project. 
A lifelong birder who got to know the wonders of the natural world in the company of his nature-loving father, Tod is grateful to spend his time bringing new people to the joy of birds and aiding in their conservation. Tod holds a BA in psychology from Oberlin College and a certificate in postbaccalaureate basic sciences from Columbia University.
What if I want to learn more before I go birding? No advance homework is required, but these links might get you psyched about the outing:

►NYC Audubon's Birding 101 page

The Central Park Conservancy's page on the North Woods

NYC Audubon's Central Park page, which covers the whole page but includes sections (if you scroll down) on the areas around the North Woods and the Ravine.

Questions? Contact Andrea at



Cost per person: $10 (No refunds unless we can replace you from the waiting list)


You must be logged in to the website with your password to access registration.


Note: To participate, we will ask you (and any guest) to sign a waiver of liability (for Chase Alumni Association, Tod Winston and NYC Audubon), to be returned within 10 days of registration.





(17 as of April 16, 2024 at 4 pm, Eastern)


Andrea Axelrod (1)

Dorothea Berger (2)

Richard Bittenbender (1)

Diane Bresee (1)

Alan Delsman (1)

David Dempsey (1)

Gerri Fachine and John Tworsky (2)

Ron and Linda Mayer (2)

Lou Morrell (1)

Katherine Patton (2)

Liz Pike (2)

Ralph White (1)