Eco Hike: Winter Birding


$20.00 per person



About this experience

Join our Deputy Director of Ecology, Elijah Goodwin, for a winter bird walk through the Rockefeller State Park Preserve ecosystem. We will focus on the bird life in and around our grassland ecosystem and forest edges, particularly on the birds that utilize our grasslands for food and shelter in the winter. We’ll look for wintering eastern bluebirds and hawks, and we’ll scan the winter geese flocks for rare species. You’ll gain some bird identification skills and learn about how the agricultural habitat supports our winter visitors and year-round residents. Bring your binoculars! 

Accessibility Guidelines: This hour-long tour will include long walks over varied topography. We do not recommend this program for children. Please wear good walking shoes that you don't mind getting dirty, as well as long sleeves and pants. Please expect elevation gains, uneven terrain, and, in the event of winter weather, the possibility of unplowed or untreated trails.

Unless otherwise noted, all Stone Barns Center programs take place rain or shine! We have a 72-hour cancellation policy for all tickets. For a refund, please contact us 72 hours prior to your visit at

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Elijah Goodwin is the Deputy Director of Ecology at Stone Barns Center. He joined us in 2019 to monitor bird populations on the pastured grasslands of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Since joining Stone Barns Center, Elijah has been instrumental in building the organization's ecological monitoring program.

Elijah brings over 25 years of experience as a research scientist and educator. While his primary training is as an ornithologist, he also has experience working with soil, plant communities, and DNA technology. He holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an M.S.T in Biology Education from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, also from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Elijah is also an award-winning nature and night/light painting photographer and owns a small photography, education, and ecological consulting business, Whimbrel Nature. He has served as president and a board member for the Color Camera Club of Westchester and is a science advisor for ⅔ For The Birds.