Monday, February 22, 2010

Upcoming Trips

Below is a list of upcoming, local trips for the weekend of February 27th-28th, 2010:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Introduction to Birdwatching
Every Saturday, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds.

Discover Tours
Every Saturday & Sunday, 3 p.m.
Discover the Prospect Park you never knew! Meet birds and other wildlife on this walk, guided by a naturalist.

Sunday, February 28, 2010
Discover Tours
Every Saturday & Sunday, 3 p.m.
Discover the Prospect Park you never knew! Meet birds and other wildlife on this walk, guided by a naturalist.


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, February 27th, 2010
Debbie Becker leads a free bird walk at the Garden every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center.


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday February 27, 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Old Mill Road
Park at the end of Old Mill Road, behind the church. 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 return along the Blue Trail. This area has not been accessible for many years and is now open. We are surrounded by beautiful, old woodlands as well as newly grown stands of cottonwoods and other pioneer plants. We’ll see the flow of the famous Hessian Spring as it crosses the road and view Fresh Kills estuary.
For more information phone Clay Wollney at (718)869-6327.

Sunday, February 28, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Full Snow or Hunger Moon: Sunset-Moon Rise Walk at Mt. Moses
Sunset is at 5:47 p.m. and moon rise is 6:09 p.m. However it takes the moon another 20 minutes to rise above the hills of High Rock. Meet at intersection of Rockland and Meisner Avenues. Flashlight is required for each person in your group. You may bring a light refreshment to share with others. The walk is barely twenty minutes each way. As we walk past the Rockland Avenue intersection, you will see hundreds of trees and shrubs. NYCDEP planted them to landscape the newly designed dam flood control system. Children have always enjoyed this brief walk for an astronomy event and the sharing of some refreshments at the top. The walk leader is Sandra Mechanic.
For more information contact Sandra at 718-967-1037.

Sunday, February 28, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Owl Prowl at Blue Heron Park
Meet owl enthusiast Cliff Hagen at the Blue Heron Park Nature Center for a night hike through the woodlands of South-East Annadale. The park is located between Hylan Blvd. and Amboy Road on Poillon Avenue.
For directions or more information call Cliff Hagen at (718)313-8591.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, February 27, 2010

Early Morning Birding
8:00 a.m.
Join the Rangers for early morning birding.
Location: Marine Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Winter Waterfowl
10:00 a.m.
A great variety of ducks and other birds spend the winter at the Van Cortlandt Lake. Learn…
Location: Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Eagle Watch
10:00 a.m.
Join us on a walk to the Hudson River as we look for bald eagles, which visit the city this…
Location: Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Duck, Duck, Goose
10:00 a.m.
As the weather gets cold, the birding gets hot. Join us as we look for ducks and geese that…
Location: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Loons, Grebes, and Buffleheads…Oh My!
10:00 a.m.
Come walk along the waters of the Little Neck Bay to discover the diverse winter birding in…
Location: Fort Totten Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Making Tracks
11:00 a.m.
Learn how to identify and locate animal tracks found in and around woodland areas, then…
Location: Blue Heron Park Preserve, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Owl Prowl
6:00 p.m.
Learn all about the owls of Blue Heron Park from what they eat to what they sound like.…
Location: Blue Heron Park Preserve, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Leaping Lizards and Other Critters!
11:00 a.m.
Even though it’s not a leap year, we still like animals that rely on jumping to…
Location: Blue Heron Park Preserve, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Raptors: Masters of the Sky
12:00 p.m.
Explore the natural history, biology and ecology of raptors with a lecture and hawk…
Location: Central Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Nature Knowledge
1:00 p.m.
Test your knowledge of nature as you learn about the amazing plants and animals that call…
Location: Baisley Pond Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Winter Tree ID
2:00 p.m.
Test your tree knowledge as we learn to identify trees without their leaves.
Location: Crotona Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

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