Monday, May 03, 2010

Upcoming Trips

Below is a list of upcoming, local trips for the weekend of May 8th - 9th, 2010:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, May 8, 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 and Sunday, 3 p.m.
Discover the Prospect Park you never knew! Meet birds and other wildlife on this walk, guided by a naturalist.

Sunday, May 9, 2010
Discover Tours
Every Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.
Discover the Prospect Park you never knew! Meet birds and other wildlife on this walk, guided by a naturalist.

Morning Bird Walk: Marvelous Migrants
Sunday, May 9, 8 a.m.
Meet the amazing birds who use the Park as a migratory layover on this expert-guided walk. Start your Sunday morning surrounded by nature!


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, May 8, 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.


The Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, May 8, 2010
"The Birdathon" - International Bird Migration Day
A global event celebrating the beauty of birds and habitats. This event encourages fundraising for conservation causes. For this year, a cause will be discussed and adopted by the Birdathon members, posted on the Prospect Sightings blog.
Prospect Park Birdathon
Leader: Paul Keim (718-875-1151)
If you are interested in forming a team with members or friends with encouragement for pledges and fundraising, or need more information, please contact the BBC Birdathon coordinator Peter Dorosh at Prosbird@aol.com.

Sunday, May 9th, 2010
Prospect Park
Meet 7 am at Bartel Pritchard Square entrance (16th St and PPSW Ave)
Trip Leader: Peter Dorosh


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Sunday May 9, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Reed’s Basket Willow Park
Discover this hidden natural park in Dongan Hills. We’ll visit the three bodies of water in the park and stroll through the woodlands. Although none of Reed’s basket willow still grow near the swamp from which the park gets its name, the woodlands and stream are still home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Meet at the Spring Street entrance in Dongan Hills.
For more information phone Clay Wollney at (718) 869-6327.


Staten Island Museum
Saturday, May 8, All Day!
Big Day Bird Count
Round-up at 8:00pm, Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place
Gather up a friend or two to go bird watching any where you would like on Staten Island from Midnight to Midnight, and record all species you find! Join other participants at the Round-Up to hear what and where other teams found throughout the day!
For more information call Seth Wollney at (718)483-7105

On-Going Events
Weekend Ecology Walks offered by the Nature Section
FREE monthly walks! Enjoy the beauty & ecology of Staten Island. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring binoculars if possible.
To register and confirm meeting places call Seth Wollney at (718) 483-7105.
Sunday, May 9, 8:00-10:00am
Warbler Walk at Clove Lakes
Meet at the Martling Ave Bridge, near the corner of Slosson and Martling Ave.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, May 8, 2010

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

Van Cortlandt Birding Club: Waves of Warblers
9:00 a.m.
Don't miss these tiny, colorful, flying gems that flock to our parks in migration seasons.
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Raptor Migration
11:00 a.m.
The raptors are returning from their winter vacation: let's see if we can find them. Bring…
Location: Pelham Bay Ranger Station (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Marshy Macro Invertebrates
11:00 a.m.
Explore the smallest salt marsh creatures.
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

A Haven for Herpetology
11:00 a.m.
Strack Pond in Forest Park is one of the best places in the City to observe reptiles and…
Location: Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Become a Bee Watcher
1:00 p.m.
Some solitary bees haven't been spotted since the 19th century. Thanks to bee…
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Blooming Wonders
2:00 p.m.
Discover the wonderful world of of wildflowers and try to identify what we find.
Location: Playground (in Bloomingdale Park), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day Wildflower Walk
11:00 a.m.
What better day is there to stop and smell the roses? You can't pick any wildflowers…
Location: Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park), Queens
Cost: Free

In Bloom Series Part II: Wildflower and Cherries
12:00 p.m.
What's in bloom at the Wildlife Meadow? Explore the blooms of Central Park and learn…
Location: Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

The Giants for Van Cortlandt
1:00 p.m.
Identify some of Van Cortlandt Park's leafy green giants -- trees!
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Natural History Walk
1:00 p.m.
Explore the natural history of Highbridge Park, located in Northern Manhattan.
Location: West 173 Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Insect Insanity: Buggin' Out
1:00 p.m.
There are millions of creepy crawly insects around the world. Let's see how many we…
Location: Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Go Native
1:00 p.m.
Learn about the Native American tribe that inhabited this area.
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Incredible Insects
2:00 p.m.
What vital role do insects play in the natural world? Hike through the woods and…
Location: High Rock Ranger Station (in High Rock Park), Staten Island
Cost: Free

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