The Forest in May: Migrating Birds
In May, the bird diversity in Black Rock Forest and the surrounding region increases dramatically due the arrival of migratory birds who travel here from Central America, South America and the Caribbean to reproduce.  If you walk in the Forest at this time, be ready with a pair of binoculars and your ears tuned in. Expect to hear dozens of spring bird songs like the emphatic "teacher, teacher, teacher" song of the ovenbird and the incessant "here I am, where are you?" of the red-eyed vireo. Before heading out, you can practice listening to the songs at this link: To learn more, join Barnard  Environmental Science Professor, Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch on our June 3 workshop, “Birding by Ear”! RSVP to Brienne Cliadakis at
Photos: Prairie Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler;   Credits: Alan Wells.