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Monday, February 01, 2010

Upcoming Trips

Below is a list of upcoming, local trips for the weekend of February 6th - 7th, 2010:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Sunday, February 7, 2010, 10 a.m.
Morning Bird Walk: Backyard Birds
See the birds that call the Park home all winter. Start your Sunday morning surrounded by nature! Learn about the Great Backyard Bird Count and search for your favorite "backyard bird." Find woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatches eating from feeders along Prospect Park's Nature trails. Rain or shine. Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.

Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens
Trip Leader: Tom Preston
Focus: waterfowl, coastal variety, winter passerines, waterbirds
Car Fee: $15.00
Registrar: Marisa Wohl, email or call (718) 596-0285 up to
Registration period: January 26th - February 4th

Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Pelham Bay Park
Leader: Rob Jett
Registrar: Sandy Paci (
Registration opens Monday 1/25. Ride: $20.

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, February 6, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
High Rock Park
The winter may be a quiet time in the woodland; however, we will look for busy birds quietly fighting the cold in search of food. And if our feathered friends are in short supply, we can still enjoy the woods in their winter splendor. Our hike will bring us to the shores of Lake Ohrbach, the fresh water lake secluded in the Pouch Camp property. If the lake is open there may be some wintering Ring-necked Ducks. Dress for cold weather, a rugged hike and bring binoculars.
Call Howie at 718-981-4002 for more information.

Saturday, February 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ancient Trees of Wolfe’s Pond Park: Annual Bruce Kershner Winter Memorial Walk
In an easy two miles, large numbers of ancient trees, 200 to 300 years old, will be examined in Staten Island’s most ancient forest. Even with their leaves on, their wide girth and great height will be obvious. We’ll practice guessing their age using many clues. Our printed guide to ancient trees was prepared by the late Bruce Kershner, the northeast’s ancient tree expert. Walk up a short hill and view the broad flood plain forest of this major Bluebelt stream below us and discover an old, rare beech tree climax forest near the crest. We’ll have a few copies of his book for those who wish to purchase it. Meet at the far right corner of the parking lot at the end of Cornelia Avenue, near the rest rooms.
Call Sandra Mechanic at (718) 967-1037.

Sunday, February 7, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Mt. Loretto Harbor Seal Watch below the Bluff
Dress warmly and please bring your cameras and binoculars to see this magnificent sea mammal and have a photo to treasure and exhibit. Be sure to bring binoculars for close up views. We will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the Mt Loretto parking lot on Hylan Blvd. opposite the CYO building across Hylan Blvd.
For more information, phone Sandra Mechanic at (718) 967-1037.

Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, February 6, 2010

Early Morning Birding
8:00 a.m.
Learn everything you need to know about birds with the Rangers.
Location: Marine Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Birding Club
9:00 a.m.
Once a month, every month, come bird with us! Bring your own binoculars if you have them.
Location: Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Happy Hibernators
11:00 a.m.
Where do all the animals that call New York City parks home go in the winter? Come learn…
Location: Blue Heron Park Preserve, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Animal Tracking
12:00 p.m.
Animals leave behind different signs of their whereabouts, from scat to tracks. Learn…
Location: Alley Pond Park, Queens
Cost: Free

The Flower of the Month: The Iris
1:00 p.m.
Flowers have long been a part of many cultures of the world. Please come to learn…
Location: Marine Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Where Did They All Go?
1:00 p.m.
Ever walk around when it's cold and wonder how plants and animals survive through the…
Location: Fort Totten Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Winter Waterfowl
2:00 p.m.
Get a glimpse of New York’s winter water birds, such as brants, buffleheads, and…
Location: Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Early Birding
8:30 a.m.
The early bird gets the worm! Be sure to set your alarm clock and join us for this…
Location: Forest Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Winter Waterfowl Watch
10:00 a.m.
Ducks and geese fly thousands of miles to spend the winter in New York City's Central…
Location: Central Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Seal-shore Safari
1:00 p.m.
Seals hang out by the beach between December and March and you'll get to see them during…
Location: Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Surviving the Winter
1:00 p.m.
Learn how the winter residents of Prospect Park survive the cold weather. Dress…
Location: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Winter Survival
2:00 p.m.
Join us for our classic survival workshop. Navigation, fire starting, gear, and more will…
Location: Blue Heron Park Preserve, Staten Island
Cost: Free

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