Monday, April 27, 2009

Upcoming Trips

Below is a list of local field trips for the weekend of May 2nd - 3rd, 2009:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, May 2nd, 2009, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Prospect Park
Meet: 8:00am at Grand Army Plaza's park entrance.
Leader: Tom Stephenson
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.


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, May 2nd, 2009, 10:00am to 12 noon
The New Old Mill Road
Park at the end of Old Mill Road, alongside the old church. Do not park in the church's main parking lot.
We'll stroll along Old Mill Road, a newly designed multi-use trail, next to Fresh Kills, below the hills of Latourette Golf Course, and turn right at the end toward Richmond Hill Road. We’ll see the flow of the famous Hessian Spring as it crosses the road. We may return by the Blue Trail. This area has not been accessible for many years and is now open. We are surrounded by beautiful, old woodlands where the very tall, state rare, Gamma Grass, Yellow Giant Hyssop (a mint) and American Strawberry Bush grow.
For more information phone Dick Buegler 718-761-7496 or Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009, 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Spring Migrants at Clove Lakes Park
We will do an afternoon walk to look for spring migrants in a number of places in the park, including the ponds, the stream, the meadows and wooded hillsides.
Meet at the Martling (concrete) bridge on Martling Ave. We expect to find a large number and great variety of birds in this walk. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable shoes for walking.
For more information, phone Dick Buegler at 718-761-7496 or Howie at 718-981-4002.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, May 02nd, 2009
Early Morning Birding
8:00 a.m.
MARINE PARK

Bird Club: Bronx-Manhattan Birding Big Day Out
9:00 a.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Advanced Hiking
12:00 p.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, May 3rd, 2009, 7:30am-12:00pm
Prospect Park
Meet: 8:00am at Grand Army Plaza's park entrance.
Leader: Rafael Campos
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.


New York City Audubon Society
Sunday, May 3rd, 2009, 9:00am-1:00pm
Biking & Birding Series Opener
Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Spring has sprung and the birds are returning from their tropical wintering grounds! May is also Bike Month. To celebrate, get outside, get back on your bike now that the warm weather is here, and learn more about our beautiful spring migrants in Prospect Park, home to nearly 250 species of birds and a nationally-recognized Important Bird Area, and nearby Green-Wood Cemetery. A gentle ride of moderate distance with some hills. Bring binoculars, water, and your bicycle.
Meet at the Grand Army Plaza Arch. (Distance: 5 miles, some significant uphill in Prospect Park.) Limited to 15.
$20 ($18 for NYC Audubon members at the Senior/Student level and up)


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Sunday, May 3rd, 2009, 10:30am to 2:00pm
Early Spring Wildflower and Fern Walk along the Palisades and the Hudson
Join Greenbrook Sanctuary's Director/Naturalist, Nancy Slowik, in her annual wildflower/fern search north of Greenbrook Sanctuary. Moderate 2-1/2 mile walk is scheduled to see the peak blooming of Spring Beauties, Dutchman's-breeches, Wild Ginger, Early Meadow-rue and other spring delights. Dick, Sylvia and Sandra plan to leave Staten Island at 9:30 a.m. for the 37 mile drive in about 45 minutes
Bring binoculars to see raptors (hawks and other birds of prey) and early spring bird migrants. Pack a lunch and beverage.
Phone Dick to carpool. Drivers in their cars take the NJ Turnpike to its northern end, then the Palisades Pkwy to exit 2, and follow signs to the Alpine Boat Basin, where we meet near the historic Kearney House, north end of the parking lot.
To register and for more information phone Dick at 718-761-7496.


Urban Park Rangers
Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
Spring Migration
10:00 a.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Canoeing the Creek
10:00 a.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Native Plants of the Marsh
11:00 a.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Cherry Blossom Walk
11:00 a.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Nature Photography Series: Macro Photography
1:00 p.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Canoeing the Creek
1:00 p.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

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