2020, City Parks, Morning Events, Parks, Weekend

Sat. May 2, 2020, 8:15am: Birding and Nature Meditation at Central Park

Red cardinal in Central Park in June, 2019

Bird in the Pepper Tree

Don’t mind my inexplicable delight

in knowing your name,

little Wilson’s Warbler

yellow as a lemon, with a smooth, black cap..

Just do what you do and don’t worry, dipping

branch by branch down  to the fountain….

A name is not a leash.

– By Mary Oliver

Do you know there are approximately 230 different species of birds can be found in Central Park? Some are year round and some would stop by during the spring and fall migration season.  Join Lin Gordon (nature meditation teacher) and Stephen Roylance (retired science teacher) in taking an early morning walk through Central Park, where we will listen to the sounds within and without.

Who: Lin Gordon and Stephen Roylance

When: 8:15am-10:30am, Saturday, May 2, 2020

Where: Meet at 72nd St and Central Park West entrance 

Public Transportation: 72nd St station, 1, 2, 3, B or C by Subway

Registration Fee: Sliding scale from $15, $20, to $25.

No prior meditation or birding experience needed.


  • Binocular
  • Water
  • Organic bug/tick repellent


  • Comfortable clothing
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Facilitators Bios:

Stephen Roylance

Stephen has been birding since he was 10 and has since birded around the North and South America. He has witnessed birding migration patterns changing due to climate change. He first confronted the tragic relationship between birds and the destruction of the environment with the extinction of the Dusky Seaside Sparrow in 1987. Since then, he’s seen a decline of too many bird species. His personal experience in seeing this decline has led him to get in touch with the very real grief we all experience when we understand what climate crisis means for our planet. This grief, he believes, is the touchstone to action, but only if we allow ourselves to access it.