Monday, March 08, 2010

Upcoming Trips

Below is a list of upcoming, local trips for the weekend of March 13th-14th, 2010:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, March 13, 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, March 14, 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, March 13, 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.


Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, March 13th, 2010
Calvert Vaux Park (Dreier-Offerman), Gravesend
Trip Leader: Mary Eyster
Focus: raptors, waterfowl, open field birds, returning early spring passerines
Car Fee: $12.00
Registrar: Peter Dorosh, Email Prosbird@aol.com or TEXT Message 347-622-3559
Registration period: March 2nd - March 11th


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Brooklyn & Queens Coastal Sites
Leader: Shane Blodgett
Registrar: Lenore Swenson
Registration opens Monday 2/22.
Ride: $20.


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, March, 13, 11 a.m. to 1p.m.
Early Spring Coastal Plant Dune Walk at Gateway
Join Sandra Mechanic, naturalist and photographer, to explore the unique challenging beach habitats of both dry and salty conditions for plants. We will find mostly last year’s dried plants including Winged Pigweed, Common Lambs quarters, evergreen Prickly Pear Cactus (native to Staten Island), Seaside Goldenrod, Sickle leafed Golden Asters, Dune grass, Salt marsh grass, the evergreen False Heather, Earth Stars (a kind of puff ball) and loads of sprouting Pinweeds that few recognize even when they are mature and flowering, but they are all over this area. We may see some winter bird visitors such as the snow buntings and horned larks on the open lawns along with our typical residents and many shore birds if the tide is low. Meet at the Hylan Blvd parking lot to Great Kills Park, Gateway, opposite Buffalo St, a stop on the #78 bus line. Drivers pick up passengers there at 10 a.m. then drive into the park about a mile to the first parking lot and park at the beach side in the first near corner to your left. If time permits, we will walk over to the educational building in front of which the Ranger Jackie Duhon and Protectors planted a Wildflower Garden with several hundred plants of 9 wildflower species, 4/14/07, the day before the eight inch rain storm. Bring water and a light snack.
For more information phone Sandra Mechanic at (718) 967-1037.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, March 13, 2010

Early Morning Birding
8:00 a.m.
A weekly Ranger-led birding walk of the Salt Marsh Nature Trail.
Location: Marine Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Winter Waterfowl
11:00 a.m.
Take a stroll around Prospect Park Lake while we look for some winter visitors to…
Location: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Plants Alive in a Cold World
1:00 p.m.
Learn how plants survive the cold winter months.
Location: Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Dabbling Ducks
2:00 p.m.
Do you know the difference between those dynamic ducks and other feathered friends? …
Location: Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Before the Ides of March
5:00 p.m.
A cloud of gloom hangs over the Ides of March. Let's take this opportunity to…
Location: Riverside Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Whooo Said That?
1:00 p.m.
Winter is the best time to see wild owls in New York City. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Location: Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Spring Ahead
1:00 p.m.
Spring is just around the corner; let's see what is peeking through our forest.
Location: Alley Pond Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Denizens of the Dark
4:30 p.m.
Join the Rangers for an after-hours hike as we search for bats, raccoons, owls and whatever…
Location: Kissena Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Astronomy Club
6:00 p.m.
Gaze at the heavens through our high-powered telescope, as we identify constellations,…
Location: Blue Heron Park Preserve, Staten Island
Cost: Free

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