2017 Schedule – Brooklyn
January 7, 2017 – 14 hour 5am – 7pm $190
June 4-5, 2017 – 22 hour 8pm – 6pm $250
August 27-28, 2017 – 22 hour 9pm – 7pm $250
Boat: BROOKLYN VI – 110′ very wide comfortable vessel, with bird-thirsty Captains and crew!
Marina: 2200 Emmons Ave.
Pier 6 Sheepshead Bay
Brooklyn, New York 11235
PARKING: There is on-street parking in the middle of Emmons Ave. right in front of the boat and extending for several blocks in both directions. If for some reason that’s full or if you prefer not to park on the street, the two closest parking lots I know of are at 1618 Sheepshead Bay Rd (about 0.7 miles from the boat) and 3804 Nostrand Ave (about 0.9 miles from the boat). Parking is around $12 as of April 2015.
RIDES from TRAIN Station: Please call us or email us to obtain a ride from the train station closest to the dock. We can also try to arrange carpools. So please ask!
LEADERS: We have great leaders! Check them out here. All of the leaders we use for our trips are excellent birders, often tour guides, certainly great with people, and are very approachable with in-depth knowledge of the seabirds, mammals, and cetaceans we encounter. Most leaders are well known in the birding communities where they reside, or are at least extremely familiar with the land-birding in their own “local patch”, and can be tapped for information. We often are willing to take private group charters to allow for combination birding trips (land and sea). So please ask if your bird club is interested in an outing such as this.
FOOD: This boat has a fully stocked operational galley. We sometimes will take pre-orders for food a week before we sail. Look for that email please and let us know what you want to eat, so there is enough onboard! We also encourage you to bring your own food, and beverages to stay hydrated and to not over-indulge. The galley can supplement your foods, or you can simply use the galley full-time for all your nutritional needs. The chef – “Philly” is friendly and personable, and does an incredible job of maintaining the food bar. Prices are reasonable and the food is good.
PREPARATIONS: Please read the preparations page of our website where you’ll also find an overnight packing list, to prepare for your adventure and to help prevent seasickness. We try to give you as much information as possible. Call or email with any questions. Click here to read the Preparations pages.
POLICIES: We must have policies to keep the pelagic trips running. You can find all the details here about our policies on REFUNDS, CANCELLATIONS, and More.
Target Birds Early Spring (April):
Black-legged Kittiwake, Northern Fulmar, Sooty and Manx Shearwaters, Red Phalarope, and lingering alcids.
Target Birds Spring (May – June):
Cory’s, Great, Sooty and Manx Shearwaters, Northern Fulmar, Leach’s and Wilson’s Storm Petrels, South Polar Skua, Parasitic, Pomarine, and Long-tailed Jaegers, Red and Red-necked Phalarope, Arctic Tern and others.
Target Birds Summer (August – Early September):
Wilson’s, Leach’s, Band-rumped, and White-faced Storm-petrels, Cory’s, Great, Audubon’s, and Manx Shearwater, Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers, South Polar Skua, Arctic Tern, Red-necked Phalarope and others.
Target Birds Fall (October – November):
Cory’s, Great, and Manx Shearwaters, Red Phalarope, Kittiwake, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers. Hoping to find Rarities! Exploration of this seas at this time is mostly to find rare species like Cape Verde Shearwater, and many others.
Target Birds Winter (Jan – March):
Dovekie, Common and Thick-billed Murres, Razorbill, Atlantic Puffin, Northern Fulmar, Black-legged Kittiwake, Iceland, Glaucous, Lesser Black-backed Gulls and others.