Monday, July 12, 2010

Upcoming Trips

Below is a list of upcoming, local trips for the weekend of July 17th - 18th, 2010:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, July 17, 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, July 18, 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, July 17, 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)
Friday, July 16, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Blue Heron Park at Dark
The 250 acres of forested, freshwater wetlands that make up Blue Heron Park hosts a collection of nocturnal critters. Join Cliff Hagen as he walks the back trails of Blue Heron to seek out the bats, birds and bugs that inhabit the park at dark. Dress against mosquitoes and bring a light to use sparingly. Sugaring for moths will take place as well so you can share some fruit juice if you wish. Meet at the parking lot on Poillon Ave, between Hylan Blvd. and Amboy Road.
For more information call Cliff Hagen at 718-313-8591.

Saturday, July 17, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Buck’s Hollow Birding
The Greenbelt is home to dozens of species of nesting birds and there is no better section of woodland to search for and identify our feathered friends than in Buck’s Hollow. In years past Howie Fisher has confirmed rare birds fledging young in the area and with any luck this summer’s search will prove fruitful as well. Meet at the intersection of Manor Road and Rockland Avenue, near the wide entry road to Eger Home up the hill.
For more information call Howie Fischer at 718-981-4002.

Saturday, July 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Forest Restoration at Gretta Moulton, High Rock
Meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot at High Rock. If you come late, walk to the first bend of the entry road and follow the Yellow Trail to the Green Trail and on to our working location where we will be removing invasive vines from shrubs and saplings. If you don't have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (& refreshments). After a two hour work session (our 169th consecutive monthly workshop), we will take a short walk along nearby trails.
For more information call Don Recklies at (718) 768-9036 or Chuck Perry at (718) 667-1393.


Staten Island Museum
July 18, 2010 - July 18, 2010 (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
Conference House Park
Teen Invasive Plant Workshop & Removal
What are invasive plants and why should we remove them? Get your hands dirty as we learn about the threat posed to our native flora by foreign invaders from a professional Parks Dept. ecologist. Gloves, bags and light refreshments provided.
Meet in front of the Visitor's Center at Hylan Blvd. and Satterlee St.
Visit the club website for more information, or call Seth Wollney (718) 483 - 7105


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, July 17, 2010

Van Cortlandt Bird Club: Sighting by Sound
9:00 a.m.
You may not see them at first, but sounds can help you locate them. For weekday bird...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Galls Galore!
11:00 a.m.
In nature, not everything is as it appears to be. Learn about the weird and wacky places...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Tree Tour
11:00 a.m.
Stroll through our beautiful park as you learn about its wide variety of trees.
Location: Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Canoe the Creek
11:00 a.m.
Enjoy a day of canoeing on the beautiful Gerritsen Creek as we canoe it's...
Location: Burnett Street and Avenue U (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Advanced Canoeing: Little Neck Bay
11:00 a.m.
Space is limited. Ages 12 and up. To register, visit...
Location: Front Gate (in Fort Totten Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Butterfly Safari
11:00 a.m.
We'll teach you how to safely capture, study, and release some of nature's most colorful...
Location: Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park Preserve), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Life in the Lake
1:00 p.m.
Dragonflies scour the surface in search of food, while fish patrol the underwater world....
Location: Crotona Nature Center (in Crotona Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Family Camping
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.
Be part of the time-honored tradition of camping in the woods. Enjoy a barbecue...
Location: Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bird Watch
8:00 a.m.
Enjoy a brisk walk in the park while we use our binoculars to search for the raptors and...
Location: Inwood Hill Nature Center (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Forever Wild! Twin Island Hike
10:00 a.m.
From the rocky shore to the forest, this island has it all. See it for yourself!
Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Orchard Beach), Bronx
Cost: Free

Compost Workshop
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meet at the Community Compost Center at the Inwood Hill Nature Center to learn how you can...
Location: Inwood Hill Nature Center (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

River Views
11:00 a.m.
Enjoy the dramatic views of the Palisades and Hudson River from this quaint park in the Bronx.
Location: 232 Street and Henry Hudson Service Road Southbound (in Riverdale Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Children's Gardening Workshop
11:00 a.m.
Encourage your little one's green thumb by helping the Rangers in the garden. Kids...
Location: Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Canoeing the Lake
12:00 p.m.
Learn the basic of canoeing so you can sign up for one of our advanced programs later in...
Location: Crotona Nature Center (in Crotona Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Animal Tracking
1:00 p.m.
Be an animal detective as we follow the tracks of the animals that live in Marine Park.
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

What's Living Underneath
1:00 p.m.
Life abounds underneath and around the waters of Turtle Pond. Let's take a closer...
Location: Belvedere Castle (in Central Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Living Log
2:00 p.m.
Find out how much life there is in that "dead" log on the side of the trail.
Location: Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park Preserve), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Be a Nature Detective
3:00 p.m.
Kids put their wildlife investigation skills to the test as we use clues to find natures...
Location: Kissena Playground (in Kissena Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Astronomy 101
8:00 p.m.
Stargazing can be a thrill when using proper equipment. Learn the basics of...
Location: Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park), Queens
Cost: Free

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