Sunday, March 15, 2009

Upcoming Trips

Below is a list and links to some nature trips and events around NYC for the weekend of March 21 - March 22, 2009. I've added a few Staten Island listings and hope to include trips in the "other borough" regularly.

Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Brooklyn Potpourri: inlets, creeks and basins
Trip Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: waterbirds, ducks, waterfowl, early migrating passerines. Note ALL DAY EXCURSION
Registrar: Peter Dorosh, Email Prosbird@aol.com or TEXT Message 347-622-3559
Registration period: March 10th-March 19th
Car Fee: $ 12.00


New York City Audubon
Saturday, March 21, 9am-noon
Members-Only Tour: Manhattan Conservation
Guide: Glenn Phillips
Meet at 71 West 23rd Street for a bus tour of some of Manhattan's most important locations for bird conservation, from Battery Park to Inwood Hill. Along the way we'll visit some success stories (Morgan Mail Processing Center) and some future challenges. Limited to 35.
Registration will open March 9 for supporting members, Seniors and Students March 11.
Free for Supporting Members


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, March 21, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Early Bird Migrants at High Rock Park
Meet Howie Fischer in the High Rock Parking lot, top of Nevada Avenue.
We may still see the Juncos, Woodpeckers, Finches and Nuthatches. We expect to see early migrant songbirds such as E. Phoebes, Kinglets and Pine Warblers as well as the first arrivals and some lingering waterfowl such as the Ring-necked and the Wood Ducks on the wetlands of Pouch Camp.
Bring binoculars and dress for the cold weather and wind.
For more information phone Dick Buegler at 718-761-7496 or Howie at 718-981-4002.


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday March 21, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Spring Equinox Walk at Clay Pit Ponds State Park/Preserve: Pine barren trees and wildlife
Find out why Protectors urged the preservation of this parkland and how we got our name in 1975. See walk write up for February 1.
Meet at the park office building at the end of Carlin Avenue, off Sharrott’s Road in Rossville.
Call Dick Buegler 718-761-7496 for more information.


Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, March 21, 2009
New York Botanical Garden
NY Botanical Garden is an excellent place to bird in March. In addition to early spring birds, we experience the sights and smells of NYBG's lovely gardens. Our trip coincides with The Orchid Show, which people may visit after the field trip (see http://www.nybg.org/ for information on parking, admission to the Orchid Show and directions.)
Bring lunch.
Meet: 9:00 a.m. Lower Alley Parking Lot (Winchester Blvd.) for carpooling; or 9:30 a.m. at the New York Botanical Garden entrance.
Leaders: Linda & Rick Kedenburg, 718-740-2052, 631-734-7144, kedenbird@optonline.net


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, Mar 21, 2009
Early Morning Birding
8:00 a.m.
MARINE PARK

Springtime Meanderings
11:00 a.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Bunny Bonanza
1:00 p.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

First Day of Spring!
1:00 p.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, March 22, 2009
"Celebrate the BBC Centennial in Prospect Park" series
Leader: Shane Blodgett
Focus: Celebrating the Brooklyn Bird Club's founding in Prospect Park, commemorating the initial 1908 meeting of Edward Fleisher, eventual first President; and inspirational founder Edward Vietor "in a meadow" near the Vale of Cashmere. Each month, a morning walk will venerate the early life of the club, its first's birders, its 1909 charter. These walks will honor all the club members and guests birding in Prospect Park since the first years and throughout our history.
Meet 7:50-8 am at Grand Army Plaza's Stranahan Statue.
No registration necessary.


New York City Audubon
Sunday, March 22, 9am-noon
Peregrine Falcons in the City
Guide: Gabriel Willow
The Peregrine Falcon is a remarkable and charismatic bird, and a great conservation success story. It is a top predator and the fastest bird in the world; it can reach speeds of nearly 250 MPH. It was nearly driven to extinction by the use of the insecticide DDT, but has staged a remarkable comeback in recent years; NYC is now the proud home to over 15 pairs, the highest population density in the world of this species! Come on an early spring walk to seek our local nesting falcons on the Brooklyn Bridge and learn more about their urban habitat. Limited to 15.
$20 ($18 for NYC Audubon members at the Senior/Student level and up)
This event is currently sold out. Please call the NYC Audubon office at 212-691-7483 to be added to the waiting list in case of cancellations.


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Sunday, March 22, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Blue Heron Park at Dark
The spring migration is underway and evening is the best time to take part in the wonders of the Woodcock display that Cliff Hagen can explain to you. Blue Heron Park is a great place to witness the dance. The Woodcock winters as far south as Florida and Texas. The recently returned males strut and dance, then take off circling and singing, then swoop down to mate.
Meet at the Blue Heron Nature Center on Poillon Avenue.
Phone Dick Buegler at 716-761-7496 or Cliff at 718-313-8591 for more information.


Urban Park Rangers
Sunday, Mar 22, 2009
From Slumber to Spring
10:00 a.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

In the Heights Series: Fort Tryon Park
10:00 a.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Spring Awakenings
11:00 a.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Sounds of Nature
1:00 p.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

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