Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club

Unless otherwise noted, canoeing events depart from 19th St. off of 3rd Ave. Walking tours start from different locations and bicycle tours depart from Brooklyn Borough Hall.  Other events occur inside or outside our boathouse, at 165 2nd St. / off Bond St.

[ Rain 30 min. Prior to start time may cancel event and dates +30 days in the future are subject to change ]


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Birding By Canoe

May 11 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

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Birding by canoe, what could be better? Gowanus is an industrial area teeming with wildlife. Paddling along the canal and the mouth of the Gowanus bay is a great way to experience the vast biodiversity around us. Get your [Tickets] now!

We’ll head out in the morning from our 19th St. Bunker Launch site and see what kind of birds and wildlife we can find. Loyan Beausoleil, Bird Program Manager for the Washington Square Park Eco Projects and of Your Bird Story podcast, will be our birding guide. We’ll watch for water birds fishing and swooping and migratory birds hanging out in trees along the shore. If we’re lucky we might spot an osprey working on its nest!

Tickets are required to join, check back soon for a link. Each canoe will have up to 3 people. Solo paddlers are welcome, you will be paired with other members of the group based on experience and comfort in a canoe.

Weather (wind, waves or evidence of storm) may cancel programming with one hour advance notice. Meet at the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club 19th St. Launch, 2 19 St, Brooklyn, (off of 3rd Ave.), wear sunscreen and bring a bottle filled with water. Close-toed shoes are recommended, and wear clothing you don’t mind potentially being splashed. Use a restroom before arrival, as we have limited facilities on-site.

Local Nature Lab is committed to nurturing a love for nature and promoting biodiversity conservation through education, outreach, and hands-on experiences. The NYC Urban Bird Explorers program is made possible by a Blake-Nuttall ornithology grant.

Proceeds from ticket sales support the work of both the Gowanus Dredgers and Local Nature Lab.



May 11
8:00 am - 10:00 am
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Gowanus Dredgers Bunker (19th St.)
2 19th St.
Brooklyn, NY
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