Monday, June 14, 2010

Upcoming Trips

Below is a list of upcoming, local trips for the weekend of June 19th - 20th, 2010:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, June 19, 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, June 20, 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.


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, June 19, 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, June 19, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Forest Restoration at Egbertville Ravine
Meet at the side of Meisner Road (toward the Eger Nursing Home) close to the intersection of Meisner and Rockland. We will follow the White Trail south beyond Nevada Avenue and uproot or prune the invasive vines that strangle the trees and shade out our native plants. We will concentrate on the Oriental Bittersweet that has grown into the tops of the trees there. If you don't have your own, Protectors will supply gloves, loppers and pruners (& refreshments). After a two hour work session, we will take a short walk over nearby trails.
Call Don Recklies at (718) 768-9036 or Chuck Perry at (718) 667-1393 for more information.

Saturday, June 19, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Blue Trail to Latourette Woods
Join naturalist Sandra Mechanic on a stroll through the Latourette Woods. Admire the famous Frank Lloyd Wright house along the way and see a pair of very tall 100 year old American Larch or Tamarack trees, a conifer with needles and cones but not evergreen since it annually sheds its needles. The trail passes through a large forest of mixed age Tuliptrees and numerous other tree species we can easily identify, as it winds down to Meisner Pond. Park and meet near the end of Old Mill Road, near St. Andrews Church, off Arthur Kill Road.
Registration is required. Phone Sandra Mechanic at (718) 967-1037.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, June 19, 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 Bird Club: The Flying Eyeball
9:00 a.m.
Birds' eyesight is many times keener than human. No wonder, their eyeballs take up…
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Fresh Kills Tours
10:00 a.m.
Witness the dramatic transformation, as well as the turkey vultures, red-tailed hawks, and…
Location: Freshkills Park/William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Dragons and Damsels
11:00 a.m.
No, we are not talking about knights in shinning armor, but dragonflies and damselfies,…
Location: Crotona Nature Center (in Crotona Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Bug Watching
11:00 a.m.
You've heard of bird watching, but come try the unique art of bug watching!
Location: Picnic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Cass Gallagher Hike
12:00 p.m.
The cool hardwood forest in the northwest section of Van Cortlandt Park is a wonderful…
Location: Broadway and Mosholu avenues (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Forever Wild! Explore Twin Island
1:00 p.m.
Comb the beaches, scour the salt marshes, and hike the woodlands of these former Islands…
Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Orchard Beach), Bronx
Cost: Free

Flowers in Bloom Series Park III: Secret Garden Tour
1:00 p.m.
Spend some moments among springtime's finest flowers on this stroll through Central Parks…
Location: Conservatory Garden (in Central Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Fresh Kills Tours
1:00 p.m.
Witness the dramatic transformation, as well as the turkey vultures, red-tailed hawks, and…
Location: Freshkills Park/William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Family Camping
6:00 p.m.
Spend part of your weekend enjoying a night under the stars. The evening will be…
Location: Inwood Hill Nature Center (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Birds and the Bees
10:00 a.m.
Learn about the intricate role that birds and bees play in flower pollination, seed…
Location: Albert H. Mauro Playground (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Inwood Fledgling Watch
10:00 a.m.
Red-tailed Hawks are dedicated parents that protect and nurture their young. This…
Location: Inwood Hill Nature Center (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Seining the Shores
11:00 a.m.
There's more than one way to catch a fish! For this slightly diffrent take on…
Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Orchard Beach), Bronx
Cost: Free

Canoe the Creek
11:00 a.m.
Enjoy a day out on the waters of beautiful Gerritsen Creek. Bring water and…
Location: Burnett Street and Avenue U (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Explore the Shore
1:00 p.m.
It's easy for New Yorker to forget just how close they live ot the seashore. Explore…
Location: Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park), Queens
Cost: Free

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