Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum will host urban ecologist Dr. Robert DeCandido for a Summer Owl Walk and Talk on Wednesday, August 10 at 8:00 p.m. Better known as “Birding Bob” to the legions of New Yorkers who follow him on wildlife walks through city parks, Dr. DeCandido will focus on the Great Horned Owl that nests in Pelham Bay Park. It is one of 11 owl species that can be found in New York City at different times of the year. After a brief introductory talk on the owls of New York City, Dr. DeCandido will call in a pair of “wild” Great Horned Owls from the nearby woods for everyone to see. Visitors are welcome to bring beach chairs.

Dr. DeCandido began the first study of migrating birds of prey in New York City at Pelham Bay Park in autumn 1987, counting more than 18,000 hawks, eagles and falcons of 13 species in migration by 1990.  He has also studied the owls of Pelham Bay Park, and began the reintroduction of the Eastern Screech-Owl into Central Park in Manhattan, where these owls are now breeding again after a 60-year absence.

A leader of bird walks, an environmental consultant, teacher and photographer, Dr. DeCandido has published more than 20 scientific papers in journals such as Biological Conservation, The Wilson Bulletin and The Journal of Raptor Research.  Popular articles about his work have appeared in Natural History magazine and Birder’s World.

Registration is requested. Cost is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students; members: $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. Call 718-885-1461 or email to register or for more information.

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is located at 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, New York. To reach us by public transportation, take the #6 Lexington Avenue Local subway to Pelham Bay Park station, followed by the Westchester Bee-Line #45 bus direct to the mansion gate.  For driving directions, please visit The mansion and carriage house are open to the public for guided tours on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The gardens and grounds are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to dusk. Mansion admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, free for children under six. Visiting the garden and grounds is free.


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